Environmental Protection Specialist (OEEJ)
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-028-13

Agency: District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
Office of Enforcement and Environmental Justice

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 2725 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Duration of Appointment: Term Appointment - Not to exceed 13 months

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Opening date: December 5, 2012

Promotion Potential: No Promotional Potential. Time limited positions are not subject to Career Ladder promotions.

Salary Range: $77,884.00 - $100,357.00 per annual

First Screening Date: December 17, 2012

Duties

Brief Description of Duties:

The mission of DDOE is to protect and restore the environment, conserve natural resources, and improve the quality of life in he District of Columbia. As the nation's capital city, the District will become a model of environmental protection and sustainable environmental practices. In partnership with other District agencies.

Serves as the as an expert regulatory advisor to the Supervisor of the OEEJ and is responsible for assisting in the development and administration of DDOE¿s Environmental Enforcement and Environmental Justice Programs. Incumbent will serve as the Department¿s Environmental Justice Coordinator as it relates to those program activities.

Participates in recommending, formulating and implementing enforcement policies, strategies and procedures for new and existing programs. Reviews internal and external guidance, rulemaking and legislation for conformity with enforcement direction of agency. Utilizes research skills to provide direction and guidance in support of the operation of the various programs and activities within the department. Ensures that program implementation achieves desired goals and is in line with underlying policies being implemented.

Coordinates the District's environmental enforcement activities with external entities including regulated local and federal offices and agencies and federal authorities with oversight of the District¿s environmental matters. Assists in the planning, development, and administration of enforcement policies that impact the health and well-being of DC residents and visitors.

Researches enforcement best practices in all Department areas, drawing on local, national and foreign resources and examples. Assists the supervisor in coordinating the District Government's response to environmental issues. Drafts and reviews legislation and rulemaking involving new enforcement initiatives.

Assists in identifying the District's environmental enforcement needs and problems. Assists in establishing enforcement initiatives for the Department and District government, resulting from environmental concerns. Recommends initiation of new enforcement initiatives to the supervisor.

Reviews the Department's program performance and recommends program changes to the supervisor as it relates to enforcement issues.

Coordinates the Department's representation on DC and interstate bodies involving environmental enforcement matters and represents the Department before the DC Council and other local and interstate bodies involved with environmental enforcement matters. Works with other DC and with Federal agencies to achieve consensus on enforcement policy and advance the enforcement goals of the Department. Represents the Department in enforcement policy and advance the enforcement goals of the Department.

Communicates with external stakeholders, including environmental and other nonprofit groups, on environmental justice matters and environmental initiatives and policies. Advises other District agencies and the public as to the best environmental practices.

Qualifications

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Ranking Factors

Ranking Factor #1:

Describe your significant experience with the principles, concepts, practices, methods, and techniques related to improving quality within a government agency.

Ranking Factor #2:

Describe your significant experience with and/or knowledge of environmental statutes and regulations.

Ranking Factor #3:

Describe your demonstrated, extensive experience working with, and training or , diverse professionals in at least one or the following areas: Standard Operating Procedures, database usage, or environmental enforcement.

Ranking Factor #4:

Describe your demonstrated skill and experience in extracting information from databases, analyzing that data, and tehn writing clear reports summarizing the analysis.

Conditions of Employment

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in an office setting and field environment. During inspections and / or investigations, there is exposure to potential as well as known toxic or hazardous chemicals in industrial situations where environmental conditions cannot be controlled. The work involves the carrying of sampling and monitoring equipment; and climbing over containers of hazardous materials. Positions relating to water quality or fisheries and wildlife may require walking over rough terrain, in and near the water, as well as riding in and operating boats. Since conditions and materials at each site may present a physical or health hazard, caution must be exercised. The work requires a wide range of safety precautions such as use of safety glasses, hard hats, protective clothing, respirators, and life jackets. Participation in ongoing health and safety training is required as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's promulgated standards.

Physical Effort: The work within the office is sedentary. However, the work requires regular and recurring construction or inspections, investigations, or surveys in which there is considerable amount of walking, stooping, bending, and climbing, and may require carrying light equipment. The work may involve considerable risks and discomforts in physical surroundings or job situations, and compliance with health and safety regulations is required.

Other Significant Factors: Bachelors degree preferred

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement:

Eligibles for the District of Columbia's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits:

Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the
Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required
to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide
District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Other Information: Must be a certified risk assessor in the District of Columbia, or able to obtain such certification within 6 months from date of hire. Must remain certified as a risk assessor for the entire duration of employment under this position. Failure to maintain such certifications can result in ineligibility from the position.

How to Apply

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to Kenita Saunders-Romero, Management Liaison Specialist, at kenita.romero@dc.gov.

Closing Statement

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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