Affordable Housing Cleanup Grant Program Lead - Washington State Department of Ecology

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: United States,
Deadline: open until filled


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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Would you like to contribute to reducing the displacement and gentrification that often follow the cleanup of contaminated sites? Do you have the project management skills needed to lead the expansion of our new Affordable Housing Cleanup Grant Program ? Our ideal candidate will have a passion for reducing environmental and health disparities, a creative mindset, demonstrated experience building relationships and managing workgroups or stakeholder processes, and the ability to conduct research and policy analysis to support program development and enhancement.

The Toxics Cleanup Program  (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Affordable Housing Cleanup Grant Program Lead (Environmental Planner 4) position. This position can be located at any of the following locations statewide:

Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA .
Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA .
Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA .
Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA .

In this role, you will focus a lot of your time in areas that communities desperately need: contaminated site cleanup, affordable housing, and environmental justice. You do not need previous experience in these areas, only a desire to work in them. You will lead implementation and program enhancements for our grant program to clean-up contaminated sites that redevelop into affordable housing. Developing policy for this new program and connecting the work to our Brownfields Program’s efforts will play an important part of your role. To do so, you will get to conduct research and build relationships with state agencies, as well as with other states that may have similar programs. You will also collaborate with stakeholders from private, government, non-profit groups, and the community to obtain feedback on the grant development and implementation.

The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.

Ecology’s AHCGP provides grants for the cleanup of contaminated sites for affordable housing development. The program supports communities by:

• Cleaning up environmental contamination for residential use;
• Providing meaningful community engagement that informs and shapes decisions throughout the cleanup process; and
• Integrating longer-term goals of shared economic and community asset building across a diverse population

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.

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. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

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.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, the initial screening date is May 2, 2022. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 1, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is not currently required to work in the office on a regular basis. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” 

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