The mission of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is to protect the public health and welfare and to conserve, improve and protect the natural resources of the state of Connecticut. As trustee of the environment for present and future generations, the Department achieves its mission through its regulation, enforcement and licensing procedures which help control pollution; by managing the state’s parks and forests and other recreational amenities; and by developing and coordinating the state’s environmental plans and educational programs with other public and private agencies.
The Department carries out its mission in a way that encourages the social and economic development of the state while preserving the natural environment and the life forms it supports. Fundamental to fair administration of its programs and services is the Department’s effort to reach all segments of the population.
About the position:
As an Environmental Justice & Equity Director, you will have the opportunity to work under the leadership of the Chief of Planning, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, the Office Director for Environmental Justice and Equity will oversee Environmental Justice, Indian Affairs, and DEEP’s Diversity & Inclusion program. This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, located in Hartford, CT. We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year!
Examples of Duties:
- Responsible for management of a major program office
- interprets and administers pertinent laws
- meets with outside agencies to advise on departmental policies and procedures
- serves as liaison with other agencies, municipal, state and federal governments
- evaluates operations and projects assigned to office
- makes recommendations for improvements
- provides technical direction to unit staff
- provides information to community
- represents department at meetings
- responds to inquires relating to assigned programs
- may advise senior level staff on status of permits, process management, projects, legislation and policy and regulations pertaining to assigned areas of responsibility
- directs staff and operations of office
- determines priorities and coordinates, plans and manages activities
- formulates office goals and objectives and ensures implementation of same
- reviews and evaluates effectiveness of established or proposed policies and/or programs assessing options and developing recommendations for improvement
- conducts performance evaluations; prepares reports and correspondence
- recommends policy
- drafts policy statements and regulations
- prepares or assists in development of office budget
- performs related duties as required.
Knowledge & Skills:
- Considerable knowledge of relevant environmental, energy, climate mitigation or adaptation, public utility, broadband, telecommunications, conservation, and/or environmental justice or equity programs, laws and regulations
- considerable knowledge of environmental protection and energy principles, practices and issues
- knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques
- considerable interpersonal skills
- considerable oral and written communication skills
- considerable ability to apply relevant agency policies and procedures
- ability to initiate and direct programs
- analytical, negotiating and organizational skills.
- Nine (9) years of professional experience in the energy, environmental, broadband, and/or telecommunications field.
- Five or more years of experience leading environmental justice programs and initiatives.
- Experience in environmental protection or public health related coursework.
- Experience in Environmental Justice (EJ) principles and history, through training and education or lived experience.
- Experience working with community organizations in Connecticut that focus on addressing environmental justice, disparities in health outcomes, inequities in living conditions, and/or lack of political power for communities of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Americans, immigrants, other People of Color (“BIPOC”), low-income communities, people with disabilities, and other historically disadvantaged people.
- Experience working with state, local, and regional community organizations.
- Excellent skills in persuasion, negotiation and influence, including the ability to effectively navigate in a complex political environment.
- Experience both verbal and written communications to audiences of varying levels within an organization in groups, individuals as well as community settings.
- Application closes on January 4, 2022.
- Location: Hartford, CT
- Salary: $104,604.00 – $142,638.00/year