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Environmental Programs Manager

R25

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the planning, organization, supervision and coordination of work related to environmental programs, consumer protection programs, water resources management, hydrologic studies, engineering structures, or other environmental concerns, and will direct the work activities of a staff of professional and technical personnel in the multifunctional enforcement of state and federal laws and regulations applicable to protection of the environment and public health.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Plans and directs programs, inspections, investigations of consumer protection programs, industrial and solid waste storage, collection, transportation and disposal; of private and public water supplies; of private, public or industrial waste water treatment facilities and of air quality control facilities.
  • Develops or assists in the development of program policies and regulations and develops, recommends and implements procedures to increase program effectiveness.
  • Provides consultation and technical assistance to local environmental and health agencies in planning and implementing an environmental program or consumer protection program; serves as a technical resource for industrial and professional groups.
  • Negotiates work plans, enforcement issues and related matters with local, state and federal representatives; oversees the preparation of budgets, federal program grant requests, annual program goals and objectives, and program status reports.
  • Directs statewide monitoring and surveillance programs to determine compliance with state and nationally standardized requirements.
  • Represents the agency at public meetings, conferences, and legislative hearings and on committees and panels relating to the protection of public health and the environment.

Level Descriptors

The Environmental Programs Manager job family has four levels which are distinguished by the level of supervisory/management responsibility, the areas and levels of interaction within and outside the agency, complexity and breadth of function, financial impact of the area managed and the degree of autonomy with which the incumbent is permitted to function.

Level I Code: R25A Salary Band: N

This is the basic management level of this job family where employees are typically responsible for planning, organizing and supervising the activities of a division of limited to moderate size or scope or a section of a large division involved in the enforcement of state laws and regulations pertaining to the protection of the environment, public health, water resources, or other environmental concerns.  Some positions may have responsibility assigned for planning, organizing and supervising a statewide environmental program or project, or for directing environmental programs for a district or area of the state.  This includes developing and enforcing compliance standards, initiating investigations, directing enforcement proceedings, and conducting public hearings and meetings related to the program assigned.  At this level employees will provide administrative supervision and technical guidance to a staff of professional and technical personnel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the principles and practices of applicable programs; of state and federal laws pertaining to applicable programs; of biological, radiological and chemical analysis and applicable laboratory methodologies; of monitoring and surveillance techniques; of environmental problems and the principles of environmental control; of the preparation and review of environmental grant applications; of the survey and inspection of environmental and sanitary conditions; of epidemiology; of budget preparation and control; and of the principles of ground and surface water geology, hydrology, and biology; and of the principles and practices of effective supervision.  Ability is required to develop, implement and manage programs; to apply research methodologies; to develop and control budgets; to organize and conduct public hearings; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to interpret applicable state and federal laws; to develop and implement training programs; to analyze complex situations and make sound judgments; and to collect and analyze data.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in a physical, natural, biological, geological or hydrological science, engineering, environmental science, environmental health, geography, anthropology, archeology, sociology, or related field and three years of professional experience in one or more of the above areas; OR a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 semester hours in one of the above areas and five years of qualifying professional experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of professional experience in one or more of the above areas for each year of the required education.

Level II Code: R25B Salary Band: O

At this level of this job family employees are assigned responsibilities involving the direction of a major environmental or consumer protection division, section or program.  This may include providing technical supervision and training to environmental and public health personnel, including developing program procedures and planning, organizing and interpreting environmental or consumer protection programs for implementation within multiple administrative districts of the state, or in a major division or section involved in the enforcement of both federal and state laws related to environmental or public health control.  Duties assigned include evaluation of technical quality of local environmental or consumer protection programs and personnel, making workload analysis and recommending program changes; monitoring inspections and analyzing activity levels to maximize utilization of personnel; supervise and ensure that inspections and surveys are performed in a standardized and uniform manner; and coordination of inspections, enforcement and work assignments with other divisions, programs and agencies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus knowledge of program planning and evaluation and administrative principles and practices.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus one additional year of qualifying professional experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

Level III Code: R25C Salary Band: P

At this level employees are assigned responsibilities for assisting in the direction of a major comprehensive statewide environmental or consumer protection program, division, or department and the coordination of program activities with other environmental or public health programs of the state.   In this role they will assist in budgeting and planning for future program direction, set standards within federal and state guidelines, direct studies of program needs, review and analyze information from studies and projects for immediate and long-range program development, direct staff training programs, make recommendations concerning environmental or public health legislation, and perform various administrative functions as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus additional knowledge of personnel training and planning, and ability to develop, implement and manage programs dealing with large-scale problems.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified at Level II plus one additional year of qualifying professional experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

Level IV Code: R25D Salary Band: Q

This is the senior administrative management level of this job family, where employees are assigned responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing statewide program activities of a major department or multiple divisions and coordinating statewide program activities with other environmental or public health programs in the state.  Some positions may be responsible for assisting in the administration of a major division or department responsible for multifunctional environmental or consumer protection programs and the enforcement of federal and state environmental or public health laws. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus knowledge of the various programs being administered; and of the principles and management of protection of the environment and public health. Ability is required to plan, coordinate and evaluate the activities of multiple work units and to interpret, analyze and resolve complex administrative and personnel problems.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one additional year of qualifying professional experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

Secial Requirements

Some positions will require eligibility for registration with the Oklahoma State Department of Health as a Registered Sanitarian, as provided by 63 O.S. 1988 Section 1-2201 (A) which states in part “The State Board of Health shall enact reasonable rules and regulations governing the qualification, examination, fees, state reciprocity and registration of sanitarians. . .” and 1-22-2 (2) “have a four year baccalaureate degree with a major in environmental health, environmental science, physical science, natural science, biological science, agricultural science or equivalent ‘with at least thirty (30) semester hours of work in physical, natural and biological science experience, public health and/or environmental health’ together with such other qualifications as may be established by the Board of Health.”

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and Oklahoma State Department of Health requires a degree in one of the above areas.

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality requires one year of qualifying professional experience in a supervisory capacity for levels II-IV.

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