Environmental Quality, Dept - Phoenix, AZ

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The Lead Environmental Program Specialist (EPS) is responsible for providing lead analytical oversight regarding all activities related to state implementation plan (SIP) and rule development. This position works independently, with minimal supervision, from the Environmental Program Supervisor and, on occasion, the Planning Section Manager. The Lead EPS coordinates rule development and SIP activities and reviews legal and technical requirements for the Clean Air Act (CAA). The position provides assistance to Air Quality Division staff and the public regarding information on the SIP and
Arizona Statutes and rules; also assists in researching and developing position papers and recommending departmental policies related to implementation of the CAA, federal, and state legislation. The Lead EPS coordinates and schedules meetings involving all necessary participants internally, externally, private and public to gather data, hold stakeholder workshops, establish state rule and/or SIP revisions. The Lead EPS is responsible for maintaining timelines for all activities associated with SIP/rule
development as well as performing special assignments related to SIP and rulemaking at the federal and local levels, as assigned by management. In this position, the Lead EPS develops and maintains a working relationship with division and department staff,
stakeholders, and local and federal agencies, as necessary. The Lead EPS also stays apprised of knowledge regarding current legislation, policies and procedures.

The ideal candidate will have strong analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. They will have the ability to interpret and apply statutes, regulations, and policy documents and integrate complex scientific, engineering, legal, and administrative
information toward planning air quality projects. The candidate must be able to prepare clear, concise and accurate written documents and reports, and conduct well-organized and clear verbal communications with individuals and groups as well as the ability to research regulations and documents, assist in facilitating meetings, and use word processing and project management software.

The candidate should also have a working knowledge of state and department personnel rules and other operating procedures. Ideally they will have an understanding of Federal/State air pollution laws, including Clean Air Act (CAA), Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations; Arizona Statute, Title 49, Chapter 3; and Arizona Administrative Code Title 18, Chapter 2. Knowledge of management practices to assure efficient organizational performance.

This position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.

All newly hired employees are subject to the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.

This position participates in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)*.

* ASRS enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment, if not already an ASRS member at the time of hire.

Comprehensive benefits package includes accrual of sick and vacation leave, and 10 holidays per year; health* and dental insurance*; retirement plan; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance. Optional employee benefits include short-term disability*, deferred compensation, and supplemental life insurance*.

* Elective benefits for new employees hired on or after July 20, 2011, will be subject to a 90-day waiting period, except for transfers from other State agencies or who regularly worked for the State of Arizona within 2 years prior to the date of hire.

Location: Air Quality Division/State Implementation Plan/Section/SIP Unit
Supervisor: Lisa Tomczak
Position Number: SEV000000811