Manager III – Climate Programs (Grade M3)
Montgomery County Government
Department of Environmental Protection
2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, Maryland 20902
Salary Range: $82,068 to $148,607
The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County’s air, water, and land in a sustainable, innovative, inclusive, and industry-leading way while fostering smart growth, a thriving more sustainable economy and healthy communities.
Montgomery County has established ambitious goals related to addressing climate change, including the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 and creating a climate-resilient community. Achieving these goals requires the development, implementation, and on-going management of a broad range of programs and initiatives.
This position will oversee staff and programs focused on climate-related activities, including technical programs; community engagement and communications; legislative and policy matters; and pursuit and distribution of grants, incentives, and other financial tools designed to promote private sector climate actions.
WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING:
As the Manager III for Climate Programs, you will work closely with other senior management in the Division and Department, and with other entities in the County and the region to ensure coordinated delivery of climate-related programs and services to residents and businesses in the County. The magnitude of addressing the climate challenge requires a dynamic individual comfortable working in an evolving environment, willing to explore new opportunities, and experienced collaborating with others in the public and private sector.
This position will be responsible for helping create and manage a new section within the Energy, Climate, and Compliance Division of DEP.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Managing professional staff engaged in climate programs, including hiring employees, developing and coordinating work programs, guiding and approving employee work, evaluating employees, and creating a collaborative and rewarding workplace environment.
- Overseeing current, and developing new, technical programs and activities (e.g., expanding solar and other renewable energy technologies, implementing nature-based climate solutions) designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate clean energy, sequester carbon, and create a more resilient community.
- Developing and expanding the Division’s capacity to identify, apply for, and manage State and Federal grants, as well as to develop grants and incentives for distribution to residents, businesses, non-profit organizations, and other entities in order to promote implementation of positive climate and energy-related actions.
- Overseeing community engagement programs, including broad communications designed to educate the general public about actions they can take to address climate change, as well as initiatives focused on engaging with, and co-collaborating on the development of, climate and community enhancement activities in historically underserved communities.
- Coordinating Department involvement in drafting, reviewing, and commenting on climate and energy-related legislation and regulations at the County, State, and Federal level, including collaborating with elected officials and other key stakeholders to influence the development of policies consistent with the County’s climate and energy goals.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
- An experienced people and program manager
- An individual passionate about addressing the climate crisis with experience overseeing multiple and varied climate-related activities
- An individual that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of their work
- Excellent organizational, analytical, and decision-making skills
- The ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment, and to collaborate effectively and tactfully with others within and outside the department, including residents, business owners, advocacy organizations, and elected officials
This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a County vehicle to travel frequently to attend meetings, engagement events and perform other work at various locations throughout Montgomery County and the metropolitan region where public transit may not be available.
Occasional evening or weekend work is required.
As a manager/supervisor of both unrepresented and unionized employees, this position has a responsibility for fostering a positive working environment based on mutual trust, respect, and cooperation.
To ensure a positive workplace and to comply with federal, state and County laws, the incumbent is responsible for completing mandatory trainings within the first three to six months or within the specified timeframe.
For information about Montgomery County Government’s comprehensive benefits package, please visit the MCG Total Rewards webpage and check out our competitive benefits!
Experience: Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the development and management of climate related programs.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
License: Possession and maintenance of a valid Class “C” (or equivalent) driver’s license from the applicant’s state of residence when required for job-related duties.
There are NO Preferred Criteria Assessments. All applicants will be reviewed by the Office of Human Resources for minimum qualifications. Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be rated “Qualified,” placed on the Eligible List, and may be considered for interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications of the same grade or higher will be placed on the Eligible List as a “Transfer” candidate and may be considered for an interview.
Preference for interviews will be given to applicants with experience in the following:
- Experience managing a broad range of activities and professional staff involved in the implementation of innovative climate-related programs and initiatives.
- Experience working with underserved sectors of a community that have not historically been the focus of climate or energy-related programs.
- Experience developing and managing budgets; engaging in procurement activities, including development and evaluation of solicitations, and managing contracts.
- Experience managing human resource functions, including hiring employees, developing and coordinating work programs, guiding and approving employee work, and evaluating employees.
If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.
Montgomery County Government offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.
To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please visit our website at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HR/Recruitment/MCGCareers.html and click on the “Job Openings” tab. Read the full job description under the “Managerial Executive” Job Category. Interested candidates must create an online account in order to apply.
The requisition number is IRC57958.
This Recruitment Closes May 19, 2023.
All resume submissions must address the preferred criteria for the position, which are listed in the full advertisement, preferably in a separate section of the resume.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Resume Preparation Tips listed under the “Career Resources” tab on the Office of Human Resource’s WORK4MCG webpage.