Washington Department of Natural Resources
Olympia, WA, USA
Executive Policy Advisor – Olympia Recruitment #2019-05-7332 Want to join something GREAT and make a difference? Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz leads the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in accomplishing its mission to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington's lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations. The policy team at DNR supports Commissioner Franz by advancing solutions to complex challenges toward a future where Washington's lands, waters, and communities thrive. Recent successes include:
Launching a 20-year plan to restore the health of 1.25 million acres of forests and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
Advancing 21st century wind and solar energy projects to generate revenue for schools and counties, and help Washington transition to a clean energy future.
Launching the Rural Communities Partnership Initiative to reenergize rural economies with keystone projects, including reopening a hardwood mill in Raymond, building a facility to recycle derelict boats in Ilwaco, and building out broadband Internet in Northeast Washington, among others.
Expanding and improving recreation opportunities on public lands.
The Executive Policy Advisor serves at the pleasure of the Commissioner and reports to the Commissioner's Strategic Advisor. The Executive Policy Advisor supports the Commissioner, the Strategic Advisor, and the Executive Team with expertise, advice and project leadership on major strategic issues. This position's primary focus is to develop solutions to significant public policy challenges facing the agency. Initial topics may include:
Advancing new, innovative opportunities to generate revenue on state trust lands;
Fostering higher labor standards for clean energy projects and other department opportunities;
Improving urban development opportunities, such as affordable housing, in support of public needs and DNR's trust responsibilities;
Promoting new approaches to equity and environmental justice through wildfire preparedness and urban forestry; and
Creating rural economic development projects such as cross-laminate-timber infrastructure.
The successful candidate will achieve these outcomes by coordinating with subject matter experts from internal, external and interagency groups, ultimately leading to the implementation of plans, policies and agreements that support DNR's mission. Your office will be located in the Natural Resource Building in Olympia, Washington but ability to work from home or other DNR facilities when compatible with job responsibilities. Travel may be required, including occasional overnight trips.
What will we trust you with?
As Executive Policy Advisor, your colleagues will entrust you to:
In partnership with the Legislative Director, write, justify, advocate for and support agency request legislation; conduct research on the environmental, economic and political impacts of legislation; assist in the management of the legislative process;
Consult with and advise members of executive management on environmental and operational issues, including gathering and incorporating feedback from Division and program managers;
Provide internal and external communications to accomplish agency policy objectives and provide consultation and research on policy issues;
Work with programs to identify information required for policy development, legislation, and recommended priorities;
Sponsor, coordinate, and lead ad hoc work groups on subjects of agency-wide strategic importance; incorporate key information about external organizations, interests, issues, and analysis;
Work with diverse and competing interest groups to develop solutions and resolve conflicts around high-profile issues;
Bring creative thinking to the on-going development and implementation of long-range strategic initiatives and plans; and translate long-range goals into short-term actionable projects.
Our Why DNR manages 5.6 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. DNR generates revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. DNR also protects public resources such as fish, wildlife, and water quality, and provides public access to outdoor recreation. In addition, DNR leads wildland fire prevention and suppression for much of the state and administers the state's forest practice rules. DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $245 million and has over 1300 permanent employees with approximately 500 additional staff hired during the summer fire season. We have some of the most talented people in the industry. We honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust. We invite you to learn more about our culture, our careers, and why some of the top forestry and natural science professionals have joined Washington DNR by visiting our DNR website.
Who are we looking for? Desired Qualifications: The right candidate has:
A Bachelor's Degree or higher in a field relevant to the position's responsibilities.
Experience working with diverse and competing interest groups to develop solutions on high profile projects.
Ability to develop, maintain and strengthen partnerships and work cooperatively with others, inside and outside the organization.
Ability to work as part of a team to develop and achieve department and project goals.
A strong work ethic and commitment to public service.
Strong problem solving skills, creative thinking ability, and vision.
Innovative mindset and approach.
Active listening skills as demonstrated by the ability to resolve conflicts; receive and convey ideas, thoughts and information.
Write effectively; and communicate persuasively at all levels of the organization and externally.
Knowledge of state personnel and budgeting practices; policy theory and principles; and organizational theory.
Knowledge of current economic, social, political and regulatory developments.
Knowledge of methods and objectives of natural resources planning and management.
Ability to develop short and long-range plans.
Ability to develop and implement management systems; conceive and conduct independent research projects.
Ability to coordinate/facilitate/manage the work of ad hoc teams formed from cross-agency resources.
Work cooperatively with government officials, agency staff, senior managers, industry representatives and the public at all levels.
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Washington Department of Natural Resources
Sedro-Woolley, WA, USA
POSITION PROFILE: Come help us manage state-owned aquatic lands so that people and orcas thrive, businesses and eelgrass meadows grow, and waterfront public access and salmon are preserved in perpetuity. We are looking for a leader (District Manager) for a team of six professional staff who are based in beautiful and peaceful Skagit County, nestled between the Skagit Valley farmlands and the foothills of the North Cascades. This team's work focuses on the majestic rivers, lakes, and marine waters of northern Puget Sound including those in and around Whatcom, San Juan, Skagit, and Snohomish counties and Camano Island. The District Manager will ensure that management of state-owned aquatic lands in in the Orca Unit of the Orca-Straits District is executed in a sustainable manner, ensuring environmental protection of aquatic lands. The District Manager works with individual citizens, private industry, Tribes, other governments, and other stakeholders to ensure resources are managed to preserve ecological and economic viability, including clean-up, pollution prevention, habitat conservation and protection, restoration, and assessment of proper use of state-owned aquatic lands. This is accomplished primarily through aquatic land leasing .
The District Manager's responsibilities include the following:
Directly supervising four professional land managers and one office assistant.
Overseeing the supervision of one natural resource technician who reports to a land manager.
Setting expectations, providing feedback, prioritizing workload, and coaching staff.
Ensuring that the team achieves the DNR vision and mission and does so consistent with the DNR values and core competencies.
Playing a key role in the development of policy, procedures, and guidance for the district and the division.
Managing and negotiating the most complex and sensitive aquatic land management issues in Orca Unit's area of operations.
Ensuring the proper use of state-owned aquatic lands by reviewing all leases, easements, and license documents generated by staff.
Helping to support other division activities including management of Aquatic Reserves, review of local government Shoreline Master Programs, and environmental review of proposed projects affecting state-owned aquatic lands.
If you are fascinated by and enjoy the following, you may be an ideal candidate:
The DNR mission.
Helping your staff do their jobs well and to get better every year.
Mastering unusual, often technical topics such as property legal descriptions, property rights, and environmental protection statutes and rules.
Drafting strong contracts that meet the goals of the state (which include ensuring environmental protection, promoting public use and access, and minimizing risk) and our business partners (lessees/grantees/licensees).
Helping your staff, colleagues, and senior managers solve complex public policy, environmental, and real property management problems.
Non-routine work; even experienced staff learn something new nearly every day.
Providing excellent customer service both internally and externally.
A Bachelor's Degree in natural resource management, forestry, geography, marine science, environmental science, other science, land use or environmental planning, public policy, engineering, real estate, business, or other relevant field.
Two years of related professional work experience in one of the aforementioned specialties.
Knowledge of and/or experience with contracts, business or property management.
Experience interpreting and implementing guidelines, regulations, and laws.
Demonstrated ability to provide good customer service.
Experience negotiating contentious issues in a respectful, responsive and informed manner.
Effective relationship- and team-building skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent prioritization skills.
Proficient with the Microsoft suite of computer programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
Three years of supervisory experience of professional staff including hiring, setting expectations, training, providing feedback, and coaching.
Experience working with natural resource management/environmental protection issues.
Experience with real estate management, including commercial real estate practices, appraisal, and lease/contract management and development
Experience working with governments at the local, state, tribal, and/or federal level.
Knowledge of Puget Sound (Pacific Northwest) riverine, estuarine, and marine nearshore ecosystem processes and habitats.
Experience operating small motorboats.
A natural curiosity – someone who appreciates the how and the why, and who embraces new challenges and new technologies.
SPECIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
Must have a valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements.
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