Washington State Unit Supervisor (WMS Band 1) in Lacey, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Unit Supervisor (WMS Band 1)position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building (HQ) in Lacey, WA.

The Unit Supervisorposition reports to the Pollution Prevention and Regulatory Assistance (P2RA) Section Manager. This position is responsible for implementing actions in support of the agency's Reducing Toxic Threats initiative, ensuring compliance with product safety laws and regulations, working to advance green chemistry/alternatives, assessments, and HWTR's Toxics Evolution project.

The unit has 10 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff positions. This unit supervisor has delegated authority for making decisions granted by the Section Manager. This position requires managerial skills to support professional staff actions to implement statewide toxics reduction strategies, legislation, policies and programs that have significant impact on statewide environmental quality and public health. This position functions as a unit supervisor by assigning and managing unit resources, developing, promoting and implementing program initiatives. The unit supervisor is responsible for tracking day-to-day activities related to unit personnel, staff training and staff development. This position may also represent the Section Manager before elected bodies, other governmental agencies, interest groups, news media, and the general public.

We are looking for applicants who are able to lead technical staff to advance cutting-edge programs related to safer chemicals and products. Applicants should have the ability to work effectively across agency program areas to meet sampling preparation, testing and analytical results. We are looking for applicants who can work in a timely fashion to meet compliance and enforcement goals for product testing laws. Applicants should have the ability to work with diverse internal and external stakeholders to communicate and seek input in the rapidly advancing field consumer product safety, green chemistry, sustainability and alternatives assessments.

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To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is made up of people dedicated to fostering sustainability, preventing pollution, and promoting safe waste management. We do many different things in a coordinated approach to protect the people and environment of Washington from pollution from hazardous products and waste.

The Unit Supervisor position coordinates with Program and Executive Management for making decisions where precedents are not clear. This position requires analysis and strategic thinking in collaboration with the Section Manager. This work includes new and emerging legislative, regulatory and policy development that may have regulatory impacts at the state and national levels.

Several key functions include:

  • Coordinating the agency's PBT strategy, including maintaining rulemaking and policy guidance.
  • Providing scientific and technical assistance support for Chemical Action Plans (CAPs), as required.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Children's Safe Products Act (CSPA), Toxics in Packaging, Better Brakes law, and other product safety statutes and rules.
  • Developing and implementing the Product Testing Program Charter, including following agency requirements for QAPPs, coordination with EAP/Manchester Laboratory, database support, compliance and enforcement actions and product testing budget monitoring.
  • Planning and implementing Green Chemistry business assistance and education programs, including serving as a technical resource to Northwest Green Chemistry.
  • Implementing and expanding state and national use of alternatives assessments and chemical hazard assessment tools and guidance.
  • Providing statewide chemistry, scientific and engineering technical assistance support to internal and external partners.
  • Promoting sustainability reporting activities, including the agency's Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) report.
  • Supporting HWTR's Toxics Evolution initiative.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 7, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 6, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in environmental sciences, chemical engineering, environmental management, green chemistry, green engineering, planning or public administration or closely allied field.


Four or more years of professional level work in an environmental field which included leading staff or supervising staff who are performing work in an environmental field.

Examples of professional level experience is defined as work performed at a journey or senior level. An environmental field of work includes work in such areas as environmental enforcement and inspections, scientific studies, surveys and analyses, environmental chemistry, interpretation of environmental policy and technical environmental assistance.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in green chemistry, green engineering, chemical engineering, environmental analysis and control.

A Master's degree in a field noted above may substitute for the Bachelor's degree and two of the four years of professional experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Five years of experience in management and/or supervision.
  • Knowledge of Washington State laws and regulations pertaining to consumer products, hazardous waste and pollution prevention.
  • Training in organizational development, crucial conversations or team leadership.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A copy of your resume.
  • Submit three to five professional references.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Ken Zarker at: ken.zarker@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Ken Zarker to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-HWTR3141-08525

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $66,775.00 - $85,560.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA