Permitting Ombudsman

Title: CO-P4599-Ombudsman

Hiring Range: $50,811 – $96,448

Agency: Dept of Environmental Quality

Agency Website:

Recruitment Type: General Public – G

Job Duties

The Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Regulatory Affairs is seeking two qualified candidates to serve as Ombudsman. They provide technical and regulatory assistance to guide applicants through the DEQ permit process and ensure that permits are processed in an efficient and timely manner. These positions assist in the development and updating on a permit guidance brochure. The Ombudsman position provide early guidance, direction, and advice to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership for communication to interested economic development prospects. These positions research and evaluate policy and regulatory interpretation issues for proposed projects. Coordinate and attend meetings with project applicants, DEQ regulatory staff, and state/federal resource agencies to identify, discuss and resolve permitting requirements, fees, timelines and potential permitting challenges.

Minimum Qualifications

-Knowledge of state and federal environmental laws, regulations and permitting programs and -how they apply to economic development activities

  • Knowledge of environmental protection principles, practices and issues
  • Oral and written communications skills
  • Analytical, organizational and negotiating skills
  • Ability to apply agency regulations, policies and procedures

Preferred Qualifications:

-College education in civil and environmental engineering or the biological, physical, earth or environmental sciences

-MBA, Masters in Planning, or Law degree

-Experience as an real estate development or financial analyst, attorney or engineer in an environmental regulatory or permitting


-Experience in obtaining permits from a state regulatory agency

Special Instructions:

The Commonwealth of Virginia welcomes all applicants authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not provided; therefore, applicants must be a citizen or national of the U.S., a Lawful Permanent Resident, or an alien authorized to work.

Excluding current DEQ Employees, selected candidates for employment MUST pass a criminal background check. A valid driver’s license is required of all DEQ employees in order to operate a state-owned or leased vehicle.

The Application Process: Individuals desiring to be considered for this position must submit a completed employment application at:

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. A

Our Commitment: DEQ is an equal opportunity employer by both policy and practice. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive work environment with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. It is DEQ’s intent that its employment and personnel policies and practices conform to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination. DEQ will provide if requested, reasonable accommodation to applicants in need of accommodation in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. If any assistance is needed, please contact DEQ Human Resources Office at 804-698-4000.

Contact Information:

Name: Human Resources

Phone: 804-698-4000


In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.