Northwest Seaport Alliance

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Tacoma and Seattle. The first of its kind in North America, the NWSA is the fourth-largest container gateway. Regional marine cargo facilities also are a major center for bulk, breakbulk, project/heavy-lift cargoes, automobiles and trucks.

Northwest Seaport Alliance Tacoma, Washington, USA
May 31, 2019
Full time
Job Summary The Sr. Manager, Air Quality & Sustainable Practices leads the Port of Tacoma and the Northwest Seaport Alliance Air Quality & Sustainability Team and is a key member on the Environmental and Planning Services leadership team. This position is responsible for managing and leading crucial air quality and sustainability programs and projects consistent with the organization's environmental policies, strategic plan and business objectives. This position is also responsible for ensuring that the organization's developments, assets management, operations, plans, initiatives, and routine activities are in compliance with local, state and federal air quality laws and regulations. In addition, this position will assist with public and private facilities development actions, and the development of environmental policies and programs that foster "beyond compliance" stewardship and growth of the port and the alliance's initiatives. This is a working manager responsible for leading a team and managing their own projects.  This position will be responsible for spending time in both the South Harbor (Tacoma) and North Harbor (Seattle, Pier 69). The majority of their time will be spent in Tacoma.  This position will also be required to travel locally, domestically and internationally as needed. Primary Functions Manages development and implementation of the alliance and the port's air quality and sustainability programs and initiatives, including green house gas and diesel particulate reduction plans, site condition assessment, design, operational benchmarking/monitoring/inventorying and customer assistance (assistance in the environmental aspects of property transactions and redevelopments). Manages local, state federal and international agency negotiations regarding air quality and sustainable practices and assists with on-site operations and construction activities. Manages local, state and federal agency negotiations and coordination regarding air quality grants targeted to support port and alliance clean air policies and commercial operations. Manages internal and external stakeholder input and expectations, ensures partner concerns are addressed and assists with the development of future "beyond compliance" stewardship and sustainability strategies. Effectively manages, supervises and directs assigned personnel. Provides leadership and oversight in the implementation of the assigned projects, programs and initiatives, including interagency and intra-port coordination with multiple port/alliance departments. Advises managers, business leaders and tenants on environmental risks, liabilities, benefits and opportunities. Manages overall unit budget for assigned projects.  Works closely with other departments including Engineering, Real Estate, Commercial, Operations and Maintenance to identify and resolve environmental issues that could adversely affect the port/alliance.  Makes recommendations to address technical, legal and community issues relating to assigned projects. Required Education & Experience Bachelor's Degree with emphasis in environmental studies, environmental or natural sciences, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, business administration or related field.  Master's Degree is preferred.  Minimum of eight (8) years' progressively responsible experience in managing environmental projects, to include air quality regulatory compliance, emission reduction initiatives and environmental sustainability programs and initiatives. This position requires an understanding of Federal and Washington State air quality regulations and policies and emerging regulatory programs.  Successful candidates must have substantial experience in negotiating and obtaining a variety of federal, state, and local permits and grants. Experience must include extensive experience in the supervision of professional staff in a work unit or team.  Must have experience with contract processes, including the direction and management of consultants.  Project and contract management experience with professional consultants is desirable.   Must be able to satisfactorily complete, within six (6) months of hire, training certification in the following areas: 40 hours HAZWOPER and 8-hour HAZWOPER for supervisors/managers in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120, WAC 296.843 and WAC 296.824.  Additional Requirements The desired candidate will have the ability to make transactional and analytical decisions related to research, planning and negotiating, financing and other transactional issues. The alliance is interested in candidates who possess excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.  Must be self-motivated and able to work independently or as part of a highly professional team.  The ability to balance the best interests of the alliance and customer plans and strategies is also required.  The ability to think and act creatively in achieving business goals is a key characteristic for success.  Strong written communication skills are mandatory, including customer correspondence as well as internal and Commission memo communications. Must have strong presentation skills and be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Software including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This individual must demonstrate a caring customer service attitude, a strong commitment to operational excellence and be able to display behaviors and a commitment to the organization's core values.  We value an individual who also brings an impeccable work ethic, is honest and models a high level of integrity.  The alliance wants candidates who display enthusiasm, energy and a drive to succeed.  Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer the organization's culture is built on the following values: Integrity, Customer Service, Competitive Spirit, Courage, Sustainability and Collaboration.  The alliance seeks candidates who can align and model these values both internally and externally and understand what it means to carry out these values in their everyday work. Remember to say you found this opportunity at