Senior Climate Change Specialist, Executive Director’s Office, Colorado Department of Natural Resources – Denver

Published 21:49 on July 11, 2019  /  Last updated at 21:49 on July 11, 2019  /  Job Postings  /  No Comments

This position provides strategic input, guidance and expertise to long-range planning regarding drought affects, mitigation and preparedness as well as climate change impacts to long range planning, not only within the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and DNR but throughout Colorado State Government.  Additionally, this position provides expertise and guidance on matters of vulnerability and risk and how they fit into broader statewide goals and processes, such as the Colorado Climate Plan and Colorado's Water Plan.

Senior Climate Change Specialist – Executive Director’s Office

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (DNR).

Denver, CO, USA

$8,265.00 – $9,704.00 Monthly

OPEN TO STATE OF COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY

The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado, unless this requirement is waived by the State Personnel Board. This announcement does not include a residency waiver.

If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.

Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state’s natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors.  In an effort to build diversity and inclusion we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

The Executive Director’s Office (EDO) manages and supervises the activities of the Divisions within DNR in the stewardship of Colorado’s natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of its citizens – both now and in the future.  EDO combines and manages the administrative, operational and performance functions of all DNR division, including the EDO.

Description of Job

This position provides strategic input, guidance and expertise to long-range planning regarding drought affects, mitigation and preparedness as well as climate change impacts to long range planning, not only within the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and DNR but throughout Colorado State Government.  Additionally, this position provides expertise and guidance on matters of vulnerability and risk and how they fit into broader statewide goals and processes, such as the Colorado Climate Plan and Colorado’s Water Plan. The primary focus of these duties is examining how potential climate change impacts affect the state as a whole and what strategies the state can employ to reduce vulnerabilities.  This includes determining techniques and methodologies to be used in analysis, managing projects, recommending policy, and leading the development of new materials on the topics, in addition to educating co-workers and other state employees on unfamiliar concepts surrounding climate change vulnerability and risk as it pertains to water supply planning.  As climate change and extreme extend beyond political boundaries this position is also charged with developing strategic partnerships with federal agencies and influencing federal policy decisions that affect the State.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Climate Change Policy

  • Coordinate state agency efforts on climate change integration into operations and planning across state agencies.
  • Manage and coordinate the development of statewide climate change implementation plan(s).
  • Execute and implement the requirements of HB 13-1293 in accordance with state statute.
  • Review, research, analyze, evaluate, and interpret data and research findings necessary to develop approaches for quantifying and considering uncertainties of climate change in planning and management.
  • Advise state and federal leadership on climate change mitigation, adaptation and management.

Coordinate Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Management Activities for Water Supply Planning

  • Provide technical expertise and guidance on matters of vulnerability and risk and how they fit into broader agency and statewide goals and processes, such as the implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan and the development of the Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI).
  • Determine techniques and methodologies to be used in analysis, managing projects, and leading the development of new materials on the topics.

Drought Response and Planning

  • Serve as the technical specialist to conduct studies and surveys, perform research and analysis of existing drought planning and implementation efforts, including monitor and evaluate program effectiveness and outcome.
  • Serve as the leading authority on drought mitigation and response for the state as a whole and is responsible for implementation and updates to the FEMA approved Drought Mitigation and Response Plan to ensure continued compliance.
  • Work with other western states on federal initiatives to increase drought preparedness through NOAA’s National Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Coordinate Activities with Other Entities
Provide high-level technical expertise, analysis and advice related to climate change to the Governor’s Office, State Agencies, the legislature, CWCB, and interested stakeholders in accordance with legislation, statues, and executive orders

Water Efficiency and the Water Efficiency Grant Program (WEGP) Management
Review and approve HB1365 & HB1254 grant applications and water conservation plans submitted by entities & agencies for State approval.
Serve as technical resource to entities and agencies as requested.
Promote the Office of Conservation and Drought Program (OWCDP) grant programs and technical assistance services to insure proper accounting and approval of all WEGP invoices and contracts.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, water resource planning and/or management, watershed management, watershed science, hydrology, hydraulics, or a closely related field AND six years of professional experience in drought preparedness/response and climate change vulnerability/impact/adaptation as they relate to preparedness, long-term planning and policy at state level.

Substitutions
Work experience as stated in the minimum requirements demonstrating competencies equivalent to the competencies learned through completion of the required education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis up to four years for the bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree in the appropriate fields referenced in the minimum requirements may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree and one year of the required experience.

Preferred qualifications

  • Detailed knowledge of climate change vulnerabilities for the State of Colorado in water/natural resources, energy, public health, transportation and other relevant sectors.
  • Detailed knowledge of climate change mitigation and adaptation opportunities for the State of Colorado, both technical and policy based.
  • Detailed knowledge of the State’s Drought Mitigation and Response Plan, as well as state and federal requirements for hazard mitigation planning.
  • Detailed knowledge of best management practices for drought response and planning across all sectors and how these fit into broader long term planning efforts throughout the state.
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to collaborate and build strategic partnerships across local, state and federal agencies, including advocating for high level policies that benefits the State of Colorado.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, often with short timetables and with a multitude of stakeholders.
  • Willingness to work across disciplines and on ad hoc tasks as they develop.

Conditions of Employment

  • Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state of Colorado Driver’s License
  • Must be willing and able to travel in both in-state, out-of-state, sometimes in remote locations
  • Must be willing and able to occasionally travel internationally
  • Must be willing and able to exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently in order to move objects

Appeal Rights 

It is recommended that you contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications.  However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process.  The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb.  If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system be made according to merit and fitness.

APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COVER LETTER OF INTEREST AND RÉSUMÉ AT TIME OF APPLICATION

Part or all of the assessment for this position may include a review of your application materials.  Application materials will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. If you are notified that you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you will be given two business days from the date of the notification to submit an addendum in order to attempt to resolve the matter. It is recommended that you submit the addendum or contact the Human Resources Specialist listed below immediately to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications.

Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process may consist of a comparative analysis of all application materials. Utilizing your application, résumé and cover letter, the review would be a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies, job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and job fit.  It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application, résumé and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position.

Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:

  • Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement
  • Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement; varied and not one dimensional; and demonstrate progressively higher level of responsibility with a wide range
  • Job Fit – Experience will be evaluated to determine how well your past experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position.  Current experience is preferred.

Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments.  Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion in future steps in the assessment process.

ADAAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Naomi Nigro by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

E-verify

The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program’s Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you will are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S.  Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at http://dhs.gov/e-verify

Toll–Free Applicant Support – Technical Help

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues.   Helpful hints: If you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it.

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