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The Environmental Programs Manager position will be housed in The Denver Environmental Health Environmental Quality Division (EQD). The position will administer environmental responsibilities for the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) and National Western Center Office (NWCO).
EQD's mission is to assure environmental protection by providing assessment, regulatory compliance, technical assistance, environmental education, and stewardship initiatives for both private sector and city operations. Areas include air emissions, solid/hazardous waste management, water quality, site assessment and cleanup, environmental sustainability, and emergency response.
The NDCC was established by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in 2013 to align several major redevelopment and infrastructure projects in Denver's Globeville, Elyria, Swansea, and River North neighborhoods. The NDCC is a coordinated effort among several city departments and community partners to ensure integrated planning and deliberate connections among the converging projects. The six NDCC projects are:
• National Western Center/National Western Stock Show
• CDOT's reconstruction of Interstate 70
• Transportation Oriented Development around the 38th and Blake Station
• Brighton Boulevard redevelopment
• River North development
• Development and implementation of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhood plans
About Our Job
This is a Limited position with an expected end date of 12/31/2022.
This position will focus on initiatives and projects which address historical land contamination, improve air and water quality, improve public health, and work towards a more sustainable future in the NDCC neighborhoods.
The short-term goals of this position are to quickly become familiar with the projects underway in the NDCC neighborhoods and to to develop productive relationships with the staff members of NDCC, NWCO, DEH, and neighborhood representatives. The long-term objective of this position is to to improve public health and environment in the NDCC/NWCO neighborhoods, through broadly coordinated efforts and resources, and act as a trustworthy source of information for the NDCC neighborhoods and state and federal regulatory agencies.
Lead, facilitate, and strategically plan for initiatives, goals, objectives, and priorities to improve the environment and public health in the NDCC neighborhoods
Develop and implement large scale, complex environmental programs in a multi-disciplinary setting
Integrate scientific principles with law, business, information technology, and engineering for environmental protection, planning, permitting, compliance, recovery, remediation, reclamation or removal purposes
Coordinate, advise, and direct DEH and other resources for NDCC and NWCO to address environmental and public health responsibilities, including:
protecting public health and managing the city's environmental risk and liability during real estate transactions and/or land use changes
assessing redevelopment plans for potential environmental issues and providing recommendations
assuring that Regulated Building Materials (asbestos, lead based paint, etc.) surveys and investigations are completed to meet acquisition, demolition, and operational needs
assuring that on-going operations within lease-back properties are identified and addressed throughout acquisition process
coordinating Central 70 environmental/mitigation concerns
preparing project schedules, budgets, and cost estimates for sampling and remediation activities
reporting to local, state, and federal regulators for required environmental compliance
providing technical assistance to city departments for environmental compliance
Develop strategies and work plans for remediation projects (Superfund, RCRA Corrective Action, VCUP, OPS, etc.) through working with DEH and other stakeholders
Recommend the city's position on pertinent environmental issues and provide expert testimony on federal, state, and local regulations, lawsuits and settlements
Communicate environmental issues and the department's mission and goals with all levels of the public, employees, consultants and developers
Act as NWCO/NDCC spokesperson on environmental issues and concerns by building and maintaining relationships with agencies and the community to advise of changes and improve program decisions in controversial areas
Prepare presentations and present communications material related to NDCC/NWCO environment and public health related activities during meetings with senior management teams, city staff, the GES community and all other project partners
Our future colleague is someone who understands complex scientific and environmental topics. You know what a Superfund site is and why it is a Superfund site, but you can also explain it to people who have never even heard the term "Superfund."
Our ideal candidate:
Has a Bachelor's degree in environmental science, geology, engineering, or other related physical science
Has at least 5 years of experience managing complex environmental issues and regulatory programs
Has at least 5 years of experience collaborating with and participating in cross-agency and stakeholder teams
Has at least 5 years of experience in initiative development, work planning, budget development, and project management
Is bilingual in English and Spanish
Demonstrates expertise in complex, public administrative and/or project management in diverse contexts
Demonstrates commitment to exceptional work standards, urban problem-solving and thoughtful community-building approaches
Has the ability to think creatively and problem solve in sometimes difficult, time constrained situations
Is exceptional at writing, editing, and presentations
Has experience in the local (Denver and/or Colorado) public process, stakeholder involvement, and community outreach
Communicates effectively with community members, agencies, nonprofits and a wide array of stakeholders
Is proficient in Microsoft Project and MS Office Suite
We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you have the following required minimum qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, project management, or a related field
3 years of professional project management experience in the related occupational group including planning, managing, and scheduling projects and preparing and reviewing contract documents
Education/experience equivalency: A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements
About Everything Else
Classification Title: We call this job an Environmental Programs Manager. The official job classification title is Project Manager II.
Application Timeline: Please apply as soon as you are able as this posting can close without notice.
Hiring Salary Range: $76853 - $99000
Assessments/Testing: This position does not require an assessment.
Pre-employment Screening: An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions.
The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.