Environmental Resources Director
Dakota County - Apple Valley, MN

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DEPARTMENT: Environmental Resources
HOURS: Full-time
SALARY RANGE: Click here to view full salary range
LOCATION: Apple Valley WSC
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013

The Environmental Resources Director is responsible for the overall direction of Dakota County's Environmental Resources Department. The individual in this position provides leadership in developing, planning, and administering a vision for protecting and enhancing the physical environment and natural resources that provide a high quality of life in Dakota County.

The Environmental Resources Director directs a group of professional staff working in the areas of solid and hazardous waste, water protection, watershed and dam management, and land conservation and assures the necessary integration of these efforts to achieve the Department's goals and objectives. The Director also directly supervises the Vermillion River Watershed Administrator.

The individual in this position reports to the Physical Development Division Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor's Degree in environmental studies, public health, environmental health, physical or biological science, public administration, geography, or other related field AND
• 5 or more years of management and supervisory experience with increasing responsibility in the environmental field.

• Master's Degree in environmental studies, public health, environmental health, physical or biological science, public administration, geography, or other related field

Duties & Responsibilities:

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.
1. Provides leadership in creating a clear vision and direction for environmental programs in the County to provide a quality physical environment.
2. Researches and addresses environmental issues that threaten the quality of life in Dakota County.
3. Directs and supervises professional staff directly or through designated supervisors to include the assignment of work, review of work performed, evaluation of performance, selection, training and disciplinary activities.
4. Develops strategic and tactical plans to meet County needs and establishes strategies for implementing these plans.
5. Oversees the development of annual goals, objectives, work plans and budgets.
6. Assures appropriate use of approved budgets.
7. Provide leadership in the coordination and integration of work within the County involving other governmental agencies, and private and non-profit entities in the County to achieve goals and objectives related to the environment.
8. Develops partnerships with other organizations on environmental issues.
9. Assures that services and programs that are provided are consistent with laws, rules, and accepted standards of practice.
10. Represents Dakota County on special committees, to joint powers organizations, and before governmental bodies at the local, regional, state and federal level.
11. Effectively represents environmental programs to the Board of Commissioners, County Administrator, senior management, other County departments and the public.
12. Provides leadership, as a member of the County Physical Development Management Team, to assure that organizational services and operations of the County are consistent with the environmental values of the County.
13. Recommends new legislation and works to impact pending legislation.
14. Other duties as assigned or directed.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Duties 1-13 are essential funcytions.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment:

• Ability to inspire others to achieve results in promoting involvement, participation and cooperation.
• Ability to support and encourage employees to fully develop their knowledge, skills and abilities.

• Demonstrated skill in analyzing needs and preparing long-range and strategic responses to these needs.
• Demonstrated skill in preparing and managing budgets.
• Ability to analyze and modify processes to reduce time and resource requirements while continuing to meet customer needs.

Organizational Knowledge and Strategy
• Ability to create and support effective working relationships within and between departments, and outside agencies.
• Ability to identify and effectively respond to changing customer needs, interests, and requirements.

Communication/Interpersonal Relations
• Ability to effectively present analysis and recommendations through spoken and written communications.
• Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with others.
• Ability to effectively conduct meetings and public forums

Analytical Thinking
• Ability to plan, implement and evaluate programs, systems, policies and procedures.
• Ability to establish objectives and performance measures as well as to communicate,, support and evaluate the achievement of objectives and measures.

Technical Skill
• Knowledge of principles, techniques and laws related to the environmental field.
• Practiced knowledge of the legal system behind environmental regulation.
• Working knowledge of computers and computer applications.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is sedentary; it is usually accomplished while incumbent is comfortably seated at a desk or table. There is some walking and travel to meetings and conferences away from the regular place of work. Items carried typically include light objects such as briefcases, notebooks, work papers, and data printouts. Lifting of moderately heavy objects generally is not required. No special physical effort or ability is required to perform the work.

SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

Dakota County Employee Relations
Main Number 651.438.4435 (contact 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday)
Fax 651.438.8178

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