The Stormwater and Toxics Policy Manager will be responsible for implementing and expanding on WEC’s portfolio of approaches for reducing impacts from stormwater and toxics. Working with state agencies, local governments, partner organizations and coalitions is critical to succeed. The successful candidate must be able to identify strategic opportunities to effect durable environmental changes.
- Strengthen stormwater policies and regulations to accelerate adoption of green stormwater infrastructure using a range of tools from incentives to regulatory based. Work in collaboration with partners on programs such as the recently released Nature’s Scorecard, completed as an accountability measure to increase compliance with stormwater municipal permit requirements under the Clean Water Act. Seek creative solutions to advance municipal and industrial stormwater, including tracking administrative processes through the Department of Ecology.
- Grow and institutionalize the Orcas Love Raingardens program in Tacoma and beyond, in collaboration with community leaders and partner organizations. Identify how to structure the program for long-term success centered in the local community.
- Advance racial equity in Puget Sound advocacy. Develop authentic relationships with tribes and communities of color to better understand the cultural significance of Puget Sound, the Salish Sea, and the lands and waters that surround them, and work together to protect these values for all.
- Work with partner organizations to increase the effectiveness of the Model Toxics Control Act, which will face three rounds of formal rulemaking in coming years at the Department of Ecology.
- Identify and implement strategic opportunities to keep toxic chemicals out of the environment and out of humans by reducing toxics at the source.
- Commitment to applying a racial equity lens to all of our work, including what policy areas we engage in, who we partner with, and how we achieve durable transformational change
- Knowledge of Puget Sound region, including laws, policies, regulations, legislative process, rulemaking
- Able to evaluate highly complex policy and technical issues to find the root causes of problems or policy triggers to effectively advocate for positive change
- At least five years of experience in environmental policy, science, law, or a related field that builds analytical skills
- Bachelor’s degree in public policy, law, urban planning, sustainability, science, engineering
- Expertise in stormwater policy and experience developing and implementing strategies for accelerating the adoption of green stormwater infrastructure
- Effectively communicate Puget Sound team efforts and advocacy positions to a range of audiences, including newsletters to members, media, comment letters to government officials, and multi-media tools that reach new audiences in creative ways.
- Experience in leadership roles, negotiation, facilitation, and convening groups to seek shared solutions
- Flexible, creative, and able to thrive in a dynamic non-profit environment that requires prioritizing across multiple topics and simultaneous demands
- Work effectively independently, as a critical member of the Puget Sound team, and in coalitions with partner organizations while maintaining a professional and respectful approach
- Writing grants and reports to funders, including developing measurable outcomes.
- Familiarity with state and federal laws such as the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and Model Toxics Control Act, Shoreline Management Act, Growth Management Act, and State Environmental Policy Act
- Experience with environmental economics and financial marketplaces, including creative financing for Puget Sound protection and recovery elements
- Experience applying a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to previous work