Puget Sound Partnership

The Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency leading the region’s collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. The Puget Sound Partnership brings together hundreds of partners to mobilize partner action around a common agenda, advance Sound investments, and advance priority actions by supporting partners.

Puget Sound Partnership Tacoma, WA, USA
Jun 10, 2018
Full time
As the Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator, you will work with local communities, including elected officials, watershed groups, tribes, federal and state agencies, non-profits, and the business community and identify and focus resources to foster specific actions for salmon recovery plans. You will also be responsible for providing team leadership on substantive salmon recovery topics.   Implementation of the Puget Sound Action Agenda requires vital local partnerships. You will be responsible for working with local communities to enhance local integration and implementation of the Action Agenda. You will connect local groups to available technical resources and will assist in developing strategies. You will foster learning and information sharing to improve effectiveness and efficiency across watersheds, local communities, and the region.  You will communicate the needs of local communities to the Partnership and the priorities of the Partnership to local communities.   We are a small, passionate, mission-driven, team-oriented, and fast-paced organization with an exceptional interdisciplinary staff.  We are looking for experienced and exceptional people to join our team and help lead Puget Sound to recovery.   If you enjoy networking and protecting our environment, we encourage you to apply! Duties Some of what you will enjoy doing will include: Salmon Recovery Work with local coordinators in assigned Puget Sound watersheds to support their development and implementation of watershed planning and adaptive management processes and decision-making for the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan. Support funding mechanisms for salmon recovery efforts in Puget Sound, including the region's role in the Salmon Recovery Funding Board process, Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Program, and engaging with partner programs including those managed by the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Maintain weekly or more frequent contact with salmon recovery watershed leads and key partners in assigned geographies to identify needs and opportunities in line with the salmon recovery plan. Respond to public inquiries about salmon recovery in assigned watersheds. Monitor and (where regional assistance is needed) engage in watershed specific projects that advance salmon recovery (e.g. funding and mitigation programs, land protection efforts, etc.) Local Action Agenda Implementation Work with the Local Integrating Organizations (LIOs) in the assigned Action Area(s).  These LIOs are composed of representatives of local governments, tribes, salmon recovery lead entities, private sector entities, watershed planning units, watershed councils, shellfish protection areas, regional fishery enhancement groups, marine resource committees, nearshore groups, non-governmental organizations, conservation districts, and community groups.  Maintain weekly or more frequent contact with the LIO leads and key partners in assigned geographies to identify needs and opportunities that align with the Action Agenda. Support development of LIO prioritization processes and decision-making. Support reporting requirements for LIO sub-agreements managed by the Partnership's Local Project Implementation Program, including biannual reports to the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) and quarterly reports to EPA on LIO development and progress. If regional support is needed, engage in locally specific projects that advance local implementation of the Action Agenda. Regional Initiatives and General Engagement Work as part of a team of Ecosystem Recovery Coordinators. Each Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator is assigned regional topics for which they are team or agency lead. The roles and responsibilities for regional topic leads are further defined in the PDPs of the staff. Inform and support watersheds and local communities on Puget Sound Partnership, Action Agenda, and salmon recovery requirements for management and reporting. Support regional meetings as needed, including those for the agency's three Boards, the Salmon Recovery Council, and associated subcommittees. Manage contracts and sub-agreements with local areas and watersheds, including tracking progress, approving invoices, and negotiating new scopes of work. Help connect watershed groups and local communities to technical resources to support salmon recovery and Action Agenda implementation. Support initiating and completing priority actions to implement the Action Agenda and the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan at the local and regional scale. Qualifications  REQUIRED: A Master's degree in natural resource management or related field and five (5) years of professional experience   OR Bachelor's degree and eight (8) years of professional experience.   Experience should include some of the following : Knowledge of ecosystem–based management Knowledge of federal, state, and regional funding programs and annual/biennial funding cycles Knowledge of ecology and population biology of salmonids Knowledge of Endangered Species Act recovery planning Experience in managing contracts, monitoring and tracking progress Experience working with local jurisdictions and tribes Experience with adaptive management and natural resource planning Knowledge of institutions governing and implementing key habitat, harvest, and hatchery management programs Familiarity with state legislative process *Frequent travel to project sites and partner meetings throughout Puget Sound. *Valid driver's license and insurance.   PREFERRED: Experience in Open Standards or natural resource monitoring General understanding of market-based funding mechanisms, such as in-lieu fee and other conservation banking General understanding of climate science and key players in the region Familiarity with water pollution prevention Familiarity with shellfish ecology Knowledge of the Puget Sound Action Agenda Knowledge of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan Experience in conflict resolution/mediation between parties over natural resource issues Required Competencies. Communicates Effectively – Is effective in a variety of communication settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, or among diverse styles and position levels. Attentively listens to others. Articulates messages in a way that is broadly understandable. Adjusts communication content and style to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders. Manages Complexity – Asks the right questions to accurately analyze situations. Acquires data from multiple and diverse sources when solving problems. Evaluates pros and cons, risks and benefits of different solution options. Looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers. Collaborates – Models collaboration across the organization. Facilitates an open dialogue with a wide variety of contributors and stakeholders. Promotes high visibility of shared contributions to goals. Plans & Aligns – Focuses on highest priorities and sets aside less critical tasks. Breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions. Stages activities with relevant milestones and schedules. Anticipates and adjusts effective contingency plans. Strategic Mindset – Anticipates future trends and implications accurately. Readily poses future scenarios. Articulates credible pictures and visions of possibilities that will create sustainable value. Ensures Accountability – Follows through on commitments and makes sure others do the same. Acts with a clear sense of ownership. Takes personal responsibility for decisions, actions, and challenges. Provides balanced feedback at the most critical times.  Supplemental Information In addition to completing the online application, applicants must   attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position: A   letter of interest , describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position; A current   resume , detailing experience, and education; and A list of at least three (3)   professional references   with current telephone numbers.   READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY: The initial screening will be based solely on the contents and completeness of the "duties summary" section of your application in Careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and the supplemental questionnaire. A resume will not substitute for completing the "duties summary" section of the application. Responses to the supplemental questionnaire regarding work experience must be reflected in the "duties summary" section of the application. By submitting materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.  Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or   jobs@des.wa.gov .  The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the   Washington Relay Service . Closing 6/19/2018 11:59 PM Pacific Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Puget Sound Partnership Tacoma, WA
Jun 09, 2018
Full time
The Puget Sound Partnership leads the region's collective effort to restore, protect, and sustain Puget Sound. We align the work of our partners around a shared vision and science-driven, prioritized strategies. We ensure smart investments that help to allocate resources efficiently and effectively. By striving to remove financial, regulatory, and resource barriers for our partners, we serve as a catalyst for success in restoring health to Puget Sound. Our main office is in a LEED Platinum-certified building on the waterfront in Tacoma, WA within a 10 minute walk of downtown (restaurants, shopping, museums, farmer's market, etc.).   In this position, you will provide internal expertise, consultancy and leadership on salmon recovery to the organization's integrated planning division. You will facilitate and coordinate the continued development and implementation of regional salmon recovery plans and develop a vision for how they relate to and integrate with and into the agency's full scope of responsibilities, products and programs--including the Action Agenda, the science plans and reports, adaptive management.   You will also be responsible for fostering relationships and coordinating implementation with salmon recovery regions across the state as well as with associated federal and state agencies. You will work with partners to adaptively manage and advance implementation of the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan (Volumes 1 and 2) and manage the development of an agency backbone role for the development and implementation of the steelhead recovery plan by NOAA and other partners.    In addition, you will work closely with staff to support internal integration and communication among the local and regional recovery products, plans and programs of the organization through communication and strategic planning. This position will develop and lead the implementation of a strategy to integrate the recovery and protection needs, opportunities, knowledge, resources and learning of Puget Sound salmon.   LEADERSHIP PHILOSOPHY: Leadership is expected of everyone in the organization, and is defined as follows:  We are committed to achieving our mission of accelerating and advancing the recovery of Puget Sound.  To ensure our success, we are equally committed to running our agency in a high-performance manner that focuses on high quality products and processes and a collaborative approach.   We achieve high performance by: Valuing one another, our diversity, and our contribution to the agency and the mission; Embracing shared leadership, and empowering all staff, as critical thinkers, to make timely evidence-based decisions in a collaborative manner; Promoting learning - and implementing what we learn – by using the adaptive management cycle for both programs and internal operations; and Optimizing our human and financial resources.  More information on the Partnership is available at our website:  www.psp.wa.gov.      We are a small, passionate, mission-driven, team-oriented, and fast-paced organization with an exceptional interdisciplinary staff.  If this sounds like the place where you can make a difference, we encourage you to join our team! Duties Salmon Recovery: Oversee continued development, implementation, monitoring and adaptive management of salmon recovery plans Manage the contract with the Recreation and Conservation office Coordinate and ensure information sharing across the agency, especially as between local and regional planning efforts Coordinate closely with the Boards Program to convene, facilitate, and support the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council and integration of salmon recovery efforts with the work of the agency's Boards program Coordinate and oversee communication among these efforts and partners by working closely with the organization's Communication's Lead Support integration of salmon recovery priorities into the Action Agenda through adaptive management of the Chinook, Habitat and other relevant Implementation Strategies and engagement with the Action Agenda team and process as needed Participate in statewide funding allocation discussions and negotiations Support Legislative Director and Executive Director in state and federal legislative processes Coordinate annual Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) project review process, including 4-year Work Plan reviews and strategy consistency reviews Coordinate closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the 5 Year Status Review and other NOAA requests Engage with the salmon workgroup of the Partnership's monitoring program Represent the organization as appropriate at salmon recovery workgroups and bodies such as the Council of Regions, Governor's Salmon Recovery Office, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Salmon Recovery Network, Washington Salmon Coalition, and Watershed Leads meeting Work with agency staff to integrate salmon and ecosystem recovery and advance related agency Strategic Plan goals.   Quality Improvement: Promote, implement and foster an environment that proactively supports change and innovation within the area of responsibility Facilitate team efforts in continuous quality improvement activities consistent with the Governor's quality initiative Management of Work: Ownership (accountability and responsibility) for the lines of business. This will include the ability to prioritize work consistent with agency budgets, work plans, priorities, standard operating procedures (SOPs), policies and best practices, etc., and the ability to make important/critical decisions for which the position is responsible for. This includes: Responsibility for high quality and cost effective operations on a daily and long term basis Collaboration with peers as necessary based on the work being conducted Recognizing organizational risk and opportunity and dealing with them appropriately Identifies conflicts and proactively initiates corrective action Demonstrate the ability to balance demands and keep multiple initiatives and work tasks going at the same time, including: Makes and communicates timely, clear, firm and fact-based decisions with short and long-term objectives in mind Reviews and analyzes division workload and the connection to the workloads of partners (internal and/or external) as a preliminary step before making decisions Understands their scope of authority and escalates appropriately Uses data and stakeholder feedback to drive decisions, including appropriate use of performance measures to manage the business in the near and long-term Effectively partners with other partners (internal and/or external) to accomplish outcomes in a way which promotes teamwork and decision making at the lowest possible level   Supervision of Staff, where applicable: Supervises the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund manager Engages staff in a way that supports high performance and quality improvement Partner with the supervisors and managers of staff to assist them in: Exercising independent judgment within legal and agency HR policy frameworks related to: interviewing, hiring, training, mentoring, recognizing, and developing personnel Development of training plans for each position in the division (dependent on budget) as it relates to salmon recovery Partners with staff on professional development goals and objectives as it relates to salmon recovery Demonstrates abilities in the area of holding staff accountable, including giving them clear direction, defined objectives, and managing performance based on agency policy and HR best practices   Sound Fiscal Management: Responsible for expense and revenue budgets related to regional organization contract with GSRO. This includes understanding and monitoring line item authority Responsible for contract and grant management related to salmon recovery efforts. Understands and models the use of agency fiscal policy and related state and federal policies Qualifications REQUIRED:     Master's degree in natural resource management or related field  AND Five (5) years of professional experience   OR A Bachelor's degree AND Eight (8) years of professional experience   The most successful candidate will also need: Experience working in ecosystem based management Experience working in federal, state, and regional funding programs and annual/biennial funding cycles Experience working with ecology and population biology of salmonids Experience working with Endangered Species Act recovery planning Experience with adaptive management and natural resource planning Knowledge of institutions governing and implementing key habitat, harvest, and hatchery management programs Experience working with tribal communities Experience in managing contracts, monitoring and tracking progress Familiarity with Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan and the salmon recovery system in Puget Sound Familiarity with the Puget Sound Action Agenda Strong relationships with Puget Sound salmon recovery partners and lead Experience working with the Governor's Salmon Recovery Technical Competencies: Project management frameworks and tools Multiparty facilitation Contract management Personal Competencies: Action oriented – Takes on new opportunities with a sense of urgency and drive things forward Collaborates – Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives-able to bring people together to leverage skills, talents, and resources to get greater results than the sum of the parts Plans and Aligns – Lines up plans and projects to sync up with strategic organizational priorities. Help people get organized, remain focused, and keep the organization moving in the right direction Manages conflict – Handles situation of conflict effectively and productively, looking for opportunities, alternatives and potential for breakthroughs Drives vision and purpose – Paints a compelling picture of a vision and strategy that motivate others to actions Balances stakeholders – Anticipates and balances the needs of multiple stakeholders, knows who to engage and when, and how to divide time and resources among the needs of different stakeholders Strategic Mindset – Making decisions and taking actions now that will lead to the future success of the organization; recognizing opportunities and avoiding risks that lead to long term success Communicates Effectively – Able to clearly, effectively and concisely deliver the right message to the right people at the right time and to listen effectively PREFERRED: Experience in Open Standards or natural resource monitoring Experience with Miradi and Habitat Work Schedule Supplemental Information As you can see, this isn't your typical posting where we require you to fill out a long application.  We value your time and would love to hear more about why you are interested in this position.  All you need in order to be considered for this opportunity is to attach: A  Cover Letter :  We want to know more about you!  Why are you interested in this position and what would make you a good candidate? A  resume  detailing your past experience and education as it relates to the position. A few moments of your time to answer only a few  supplemental questions  attached to this application. Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or   jobs@des.wa.gov   The State of Washington is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture. We encourage women, veterans, people of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the   Washington Relay Service . Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com