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General Prof IV, V and VI (Environmental Managers)

Recruitment #091123-H6G4AU-08

Opening Date:12/14/2009 8:00:00 AM
Closing Date:12/18/2009 5:00:00 PM
Type of Recruitment: Open Competitive
Salary:Please see the announcement for salary information.
Employment Type: Full Time
Location(s): RYE - Colorado City

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INTRODUCTION

Come work for CDOT in Pueblo by leading a collaborative team dedicated to ensuring that the statewide transportation system is constructed and maintained in an environmentally responsible, sustainable, and compliant manner.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITION

  • Primarily 8:00 am - 5:00 pm work hours Monday-Friday
  • Approximately 20% spent in the field, 80% spent in the office for the Environmental and Planning Manager
  • Approximately 60% spent in the field, 40% spent in the office for the Environmental Manager
  • Extensive travel required during work hours throughout Southeastern Colorado
  • Occasional overnight travel 2-3 times a year throughout Colorado
  • General Professional IV salary range: $4733-6828
  • General Professional V salary range: $5481-7903
  • General Professional VI salary range: $6041-8713
  • While these are the full salary ranges, due to the State's hiring freeze the starting salary for these positions is expected to be at or near the range minimum

There are two positions within the Environmental Unit which will be filled with the resulting eligible list(s) from this announcement.  We are accepting applications for these positions at three levels: General Professional IV, General Professional V, and General Professional VI but will only create one or two eligible lists.  The Environmental and Planning Manager will be filled at either the General Professional V or VI level, and the Environmental Manager will be filled at the General Professional IV or V level.  The level in which the eligible list(s) will be established will be dependent upon the qualifications of the applicant pool.

BENEFITS

CDOT offers a variety of benefits for employees including:
  • Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month),
  • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Medical and dental plans
  • State paid life insurance policy of $40,000
  • Choice of 2 retirement plans
  • 401K and 457 plans
  • State paid Short Term Disability coverage
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Work life programs
  • Tuition reimbursement programs
  • Training

See the CDOT website for complete information on benefits at http://www.dot.state.co.us/chrm/benefits.asp

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

These positions are located in the Region 2 Headquarters office, located in Pueblo, CO.  As the Region 2 Environmental and Planning Manager (General Professional V or VI) you will plan, direct and manage all activities so that all required federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, procedures and other mandated requirements are met so that the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) plans, programs, and construction projects may proceed. 

Other duties include:
  • Manages internal programs and projects, such as the Transportation Enhancement Program, including the solicitation of projects, project selection, contract administration, billing and project close out; manages the region's Bicycle and Safe Routes to Schools programs; oversees the region's transportation planning process, including development of long range plans, statewide plans, transportation improvement programs, and required amendments to these plans;
  • Manages and assists with local agency transportation projects that involve environmental issues; completes project applications and forms; reviews agreements, consultant selection, and plan preparation; monitors project progress, and assures that all projects comply with all application laws and regulations;
  • Evaluates proposed transportation projects and determines requirements to assure compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations; once all environmental impact studies and environmental assessments are completed, certifies to federal, state and local agencies that all required mitigation measures are complete; monitors construction projects for compliance; prepares environmental studies/analyses; writes environmental documents and obtains permits;
  • Analyzes changes in policies, regulations, and proposed rulemaking and provides recommendations, comments and guidance on potential impacts to CDOT; reviews technical reports, studies, and documents to determine effects on region policies, programs, and projects;
  • Supervises the Environmental and Planning staff; provides training, assigns tasks, monitors progress and establishes work standards; approves leave requests; prepares and conducts performance reviews;
  • Acts as liaison to other CDOT units, local, state and federal agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, transportation planning regions, and the public; responds to questions, problems, and issues; explains project impacts on communities and the environment; interprets federal and state transportation and environmental laws; advises employees on environmental laws and regulations; negotiates resolutions and issues involving CDOT projects or proposals;
  • Other duties as assigned.

As the Environmental Manager (General Professional IV or V), you will ensure that all environmental clearances are obtained in a timely manner and that transportation projects are advertised in compliance with all applicable state, federal and local laws and regulations.

Other duties include:
  • Develops unit work plans and project schedules; oversees environmental activities and clearances to ensure timely completion and compliance with all application environmental rules and regulations; manages task orders for a variety of environmental related tasks (e.g. hazardous waste investigations, environmental monitoring, environmental resource identification, etc.);
  • Evaluates proposed projects and determines the level of environmental analysis required; conducts technical studies and initial site assessments; monitors project planning and construction and determines if additional studies are warranted; reviews technical studies, reports, and documents by CDOT employees and consultants and determines adequacy of environmental analysis;
  • Supervises or workleads three Environmental Specialists; provides training and technical expertise, assigns tasks, monitors progress and establishes work standards; approves leave requests; provides input for performance reviews;
  • Acts as liaison to other CDOT units, local, state and federal agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, transportation planning regions, and the public; responds to questions, problems, and issues; explains project impacts on communities and the environment; interprets federal and state transportation and environmental laws; advises employees on environmental laws and regulations;
  • Other duties as assigned.

CDOT EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

General Professional IV: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resource management, environmental science, ecology, geology or a closely related field AND three years of full-time professional experience coordinating environmental studies, which included recent experience with complex projects requiring NEPA compliance in multi-resource areas (e.g. natural resources, air/noise, transportation planning, erosion control, historic properties, etc).  This experience must be specifically documented on your application.

General Professional V: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resource management, environmental science, ecology, geology or a closely related field AND four years of full-time professional experience coordinating environmental studies, which included recent experience with complex projects requiring NEPA compliance in multi-resource areas (e.g. natural resources, air/noise, transportation planning, erosion control, historic properties, etc)This experience must be specifically documented on your application.

General Professional VI: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resource management, environmental science, ecology, geology or a closely related field AND five years of full-time professional experience coordinating environmental studies, which included recent experience with complex projects requiring NEPA compliance in multi-resource areas (e.g. natural resources, air/noise, transportation planning, erosion control, historic properties, etc).  This experience must be specifically documented on your application.

Only two positions will be filled, the Environmental and Planning Manager at either the General Professional V or VI level, and the Environmental Manager at either the General Professional IV or General Professional V level, depending on the qualification of the applicants.

NOTE: A legible copy of your unofficial college transcript(s) or credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report will result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.  

The Exceptional Applicant will be an environmental professional/manager and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

  • Extensive experience and knowledge of CDOT and FHWA procedures related to NEPA compliance for transportation construction projects;
  • Knowledge and experience in managing water quality programs;
  • Knowledge and experience in the state transportation planning process;
  • Broad knowledge of environmental resources;
  • Experience managing consultant work and contracts;
  • Extensive experience reading and interpreting construction plans and designs, and construction phasing;
  • Strong experience working with local, state, and federal agencies;
  • Ability to partner with multi-disciplinary professionals, consultants, and staff, with sensitivity to their needs and priorities;
  • Ability to develop innovative approaches to solve multi-agency compliance issues
  • Excellent leadership and/or supervisory skills of professional and support staff; including employment decisions, and setting a positive team environment;
  • Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner, improve productivity and effectiveness within the unit;
  • Polished facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Time and project management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking ability; 
  • Excellent reasoning, analytical, and problem solving ability;
  • Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;
  • Effective ability to negotiate to find mutually acceptable solutions and to build consensus through give and take;
  • Effective interpersonal and relationship building skills;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple assignments, priorities, and projects in a demanding environment;
  • Fluency in MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access), SAP, and ability to quickly learn new software.

Document on your application or additional pages the extent that you possess the above competencies.

SUBSTITUTIONS

A combination of full-time professional environmental work experience in general environmental assessment/compliance on transportation related projects, or recent project work with NEPA, CEQA, SEQA, or other state-affiliated NEPA processes, which provided the same kind, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor’s degree.  A Master's or Doctorate degree in biology, natural resource management, environmental science, ecology, or geology may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and one year of experience.

 

 

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

A Criminal background check may be conducted. This position is required to operate vehicles during the work day, so must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado driver's license with a driving record that does not exceed our application limits, which include:

  • Seven or more violations while operating a motor vehicle in the last seven years, four or more violations in the last three years, or three violations in the last year.
  • Any reckless driving violation within the last three years, or two or more reckless driving violations in the last seven years.
  • Any driving offense within the last three years that was caused by alcohol or drugs, or two or more convictions for driving offenses involving alcohol or drugs in the last seven years.
  • Suspension or revocation of driver’s license in the last two years, or two or more suspensions or revocations in the last seven years.

ADA ACCOMMODATIONS

Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment examination.  To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the disability which justifies the accommodation.  Because it requires several days for CDOT to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the exam date.  Failure to provide the medical documentation several days in advance of an exam could make it impossible for CDOT to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation.

To request a reasonable test accommodation for this examination, please contact the Center for Human Resource Management at (303)757-9216 or the ADA Coordinator, Ben Cordova, at (303)757-9594, 4201 E. Arkansas Ave., Denver, CO 80222 several days before the exam date.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through competitive examination of merit and fitness. Part or all of the exam for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the applications to assess and rank applicants, who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group or establish an eligible list for referral to the position. Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Responsibilities, Education and Experience Requirements, Exceptional Candidate, and Necessary Special Requirements sections as listed above. Attach additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your score or inclusion in the final pool of qualified candidates.

Appeal Rights: If you believe the content of the examination for this position was arbitrary, capricious or contrary to rule or law (scores and ranks are not considered as conduct or content), you may view the instructions for the appeal process and complete the Colorado State Personnel Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form found at: www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/DPA-SPB/SPB/1232721347216 . Appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date of the examination was administered.

TRANSFER APPLICANTS

To be eligible to request a transfer an employee must:

  • have been in his/her current position for at least one year,
  • be currently classified in the same class or with the same grade maximum as announced,
  • meet the minimum qualifications listed in this announcement, and
  • have at least a level 2 performance rating.

Transfer candidates must submit a complete application, following the directions in this job announcement, by the posted deadline. If you meet the qualifications for a transfer and wish to be considered as a transfer, type "TRANSFER" in the first job in your job history within your application. You will be added to the eligible list as a transfer candidate. However, at the department's discretion, transfer candidates may be requested to participate in the exam process. If it is determined that you are not eligible for transfer, but meet the qualifications for the position, you will be included in the exam process.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online in JobAps using the link below)
2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (please submit online in JobAps using the link below)
3) A legible copy of your official or unofficial college transcript(s) or NACES credential evaluation report showing your degree has been conferred (if applicable)
4) The education, experience, abilities, and accomplishments listed in this announcement have been identified as critical to successful performance in this position.  Please be prepared to attach to your on-line application a written narrative describing your interest in this position with CDOT, your experience in business administration, and how your experience, abilities and accomplishments as an environmental professional relate to this position's requirement of planning, directing, and managing environmental and planning services.  Please be specific and detailed regarding your role, number of staff supervised, size of budget(s), types of environmental projects, major issues handled, negotiated changes, and coordination with project teams and stakeholders.  Limit your answers to a total of 2 singled-sided typewritten pages (11-point font preferred).  Your responses may be used as a part of the exam process.

Please Note: Uploaded files within your online application cannot exceed 1 MB in size. Files larger than 1 MB cannot be opened or viewed once submitted, so cannot be reviewed for consideration for this position.

Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application, but may be used to supplement information to the application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement will result in your application being rejected.

Colorado Address Confidentiality Program (ACP): If you are covered by the Address Confidentiality Program, CRS 24-21-201 through 24-21-214, please notify the HR office or analyst listed on this announcement so that you are provided the appropriate time extension for notifications provided by U.S. mail. The extension allowed under this program applies only to U.S. mail notifications that include a deadline of 10 days or less.

YOU MUST BE A RESIDENT OF COLORADO TO APPLY. THE STATE OF COLORADO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

APS (SAP #50003670 & 50003649/PCR#20948 & 20946)