In addition to developing and fostering a work culture that values Safety, Respect, Team, and the Environment, the Director of Environmental Programs provides administrative leadership and guidance to the Environmental Programs Division of NEW Water with responsibility over the areas of Watershed Management, Aquatic Monitoring, Laboratory and Research, Environmental Compliance, and Sustainability.
Work involves management and supervision of the Environmental Programs Division to ensure efficient operations and supporting the Treatment Plant Operations and Aquatic Monitoring program by the Laboratory and Research department. Management and direction of activities related to effective Watershed Management programs and grants, reporting and compliance of permits and environmental requirements related to Environmental Compliance by NEW Water.
This is accomplished through sound scientific analysis, water quality monitoring, environmental assessments, engineering decisions, quality laboratory functions and working with government and conservation organizations to build community support for water quality efforts, watershed management and sustainable environmental outcomes.
Plays a key role in realizing NEW Water’s strategic plan for collaborative leadership to achieve operational resiliency and optimization, regional water quality improvements, and resource recovery as a member of the Executive Team.
Skill in maintaining effective working relationships with subordinates, NEW Water staff, consultants, contractors, customers, Directors of Public Works for municipalities, agricultural interests, and the general public. Ability to build community support for local and regional water quality programs and projects.
Skill in the application of watershed management techniques and conservation, and sustainable methods to solve water quality problems; and skill in designing work plans and management improvements.
Skill in preparing clear, concise, and thorough technical reports and evaluations of environmental problems; skill in representing NEW Water before the citizenry at public meetings, serves on stakeholder committees.
Ability to organize and manage the work of subordinate managers; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to understand, follow, and handle highly complex policies, procedural and/or technical problems; ability to critically analyze process problems and to use sound judgment in arriving at an effective and appropriate solution; ability to direct accurate recordkeeping and the preparation of routine and special reports; and ability to communicate management and process design concepts to those who are not technically versed in the details of Division activities.
Knowledge of Adaptive management and nutrient trading concepts, watershed management, agricultural non-point conservation practices, and nutrient management. Knowledge of Total Maximum Daily Load and watershed management plan for total suspended solids and total phosphorus in the lower Fox River Basin and Lower Green Bay, urban storm water management methods, State administrative codes and statutes that relate to non-point pollution control.
General knowledge of laboratory techniques, methods and equipment associated with municipal wastewater treatment testing and analysis of samples from aquatic monitoring water quality program. General knowledge of EPA and DNR WPDES permit policies.
A minimum of ten years experience in a progressively responsible public or private sector position related to Natural Resources Management, Watershed Management or Environmental Public Administration.