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Pollution Response Programs Coordinator

R21

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are involved in planning, organizing and directing programs of the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and the Oklahoma Emergency Response and Notification Act (OERNA).  This includes coordinating responses to citizen complaints and company spill reports with environmental regulatory agencies.

Typical Functions

  • Provides information to the public relating to the programs, and serves as primary liaison to federal, state and local planning committees for program development and implementation of state and federal laws.
  • Prepares complex administrative documents on department activity, and recommends new or revised procedures and polices.
  • Prepares news releases and responds to media inquiries regarding pollution incidents.
  • Interprets federal and state environmental pollution rules, regulations and laws, and advises agency personnel, county emergency response personnel and other environmental agencies.

Level Descriptor

Level I: Code: R21A Salary Band: J

This job family consists of only one level and employees are responsible for performing all functions involving the planning, organizing and directing of the EPCRA and OERNA programs.  In this role they will provide assessment of immediate response requirements to local enforcement agencies, fire departments or city officials, and will coordinate the EPCRA and OERNA programs with related programs within the agency and with other agencies.  Employees will be responsible for the spill and complaints reporting and response system, which includes determining the nature and scope of a complaint or spill, notifying the responsible agency, and monitoring, coordinating and reviewing the technical investigation and response to complaints.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required include knowledge of environmental issues; of environmental complaint investigation and management; of federal and state environmental rules, regulations, and laws; and of public relations.  Ability is required to analyze pollution problems; to coordinate technical investigations and reviews; to interpret and evaluate information; to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Education and Experience requirements consist of a bachelor’s degree and two years professional experience in environmental complaint management or investigation or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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