Diesel Reduction Unit Supervisor (Environmental Planner 5)

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Air Quality Program (AQP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Diesel Reduction Unit Supervisor (Environmental Planner 5) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
As the Diesel Reduction Unit Supervisor, you will be the senior policy consultant for oversight of the state and federal Volkswagen settlements and the Clean Diesel Grants team. The settlement dollars and grants will incentivize the reduction of emissions from diesel exhaust to reduce greenhouse gases and protect those most affected by toxic diesel emissions.
In this role, you will:
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and management support on policy and program development. 
  • Set strategic goals and objectives consistent with federal consent decrees, trustee guidance, and legislative direction. 
  • Create and administer effective, consistent, and equitable grant programs. 
  • Recruit, evaluate, train, mentor, and promote career development of staff.
You will also serve as a liaison to the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, state agencies, the settlement trustee, and a wide variety of public and private external stakeholders regarding Volkswagen mitigation fund oversight.
The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard public health and the environment and support high quality of life for current and future generations.
Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until December 31, 2032.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to an 80% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on September 11, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before September 10, 2023. If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date. 
Please Note: We will review all applications received before the date above. Additional reviews after this date typically only occur if we have a small applicant pool, or if a successful Hire was not made.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *Click here for more information 

About the Department of Ecology

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) 
are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.

We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 


What makes this job unique?
As part of the Air Pollution Reduction Grants section, you will supervise environmental professionals in the Diesel Reduction Unit in the design, planning, oversight and management of the federal Volkswagen settlement, the state Volkswagen penalty, and the Clean Diesel Program. You and your team will track criteria and greenhouse gas pollution emissions reductions for each of the projects and identify funds for grant recipients to maximize emissions reductions and incentivize the transition to zero-emission transportation. Additionally, you will be an ongoing source and liaison to Tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and community members in educating them on grant opportunities, and helping with grant application submissions and supplementary materials.
What you will do:
  • Lead the overall design, planning, and implementation of the Volkswagen settlement and Clean Diesel programs, and statewide expenditures of grant funds.
  • Recommend projects to receive funding in accordance with the requirements for all sources of funds, including the state legislature, VW settlement, and Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program.
  • Assist grantees in the identification of matching funds to maximize emissions reductions.
  • Write, review, and conduct analysis of technological developments, state and federal legislation, and regulations.
  • Ensure creation and administration of an effective, consistent, and equitable funding program.
  • Serve as the agency representative and subject matter expert in internal and external processes involving Volkswagen mitigation fund oversight.
  • Communicate and collaborate with key stakeholders, actively engage with and respond to inquiries and requests for program-specific information.
  • Convene VW steering committees and workgroups as needed. Support and serve as the key staff liaison to these groups.
  • Assign work to Unit staff, recruit, evaluate, train, coach, mentor, and promote career development of staff.
  • Ensure the unit’s work is high quality and adheres to agency grant management best practices.


Required Qualifications:

Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:

  • 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
  • 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

 Option 1:
  • A Bachelor's degree with major emphasis in transportation, environmental, natural resource, land use, urban, or regional planning, landscape architecture, geography, or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or a closely related field, AND
  • Seven years of professional experience in transportation, environmental, natural resource, land use, urban, or regional planning, grant administration, and/or program development. 
 Option 2:
  • A Master's degree or above with major emphasis in transportation, environmental, natural resource, land use, urban, or regional planning, landscape architecture, geography, or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or a closely related field, AND
  • Five years of professional experience in transportation, environmental, natural resource, land use, urban, or regional planning, grant administration, and/or program development.
Option 3:
  • Two years of experience as an Environmental Planner 4, at the Department of Ecology.

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
  • Expert knowledge of air quality and air quality regulation in Washington.
  • Expert knowledge of transportation infrastructure and planning.
  • Knowledge of grant administration.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.   

Application Instructions:
It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • A list of three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):
  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:

Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

Application Attestation: 
The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed. 

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Molly Spiller at: Molly.Spiller@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Molly to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email 

Why work for Ecology?
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. 

posted: 01 September 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.