Washington State: Olympic Region Manager

Posted on September 16, 2023
Washington State: Olympic Region Manager
Position description:

Would you like to be part of an organization committed to realizing a bright future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive? Are you ready to meet the challenges of a changing climate and ever-increasing demands on our natural resources? Do you hold equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and environmental justice as important and inseparable values vital to mission accomplishment? Do you enjoy helping others grow and reach their full potential? Would you like to live and work in one the most beautiful places on Earth? Well, this may be your dream job! We are the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and we are looking for the right person to lead the team of 165 permanent and seasonal employees who comprise DNR’s Olympic Region.

  •  Serve as the Commissioner of Public Lands’ chief representative within the geographic boundaries of Olympic Region;
  • Serve as a member of DNR’s Senior Leadership Team;
  • Provide outstanding leadership for a Region staff of 130 permanent employees and 35 seasonal firefighters;
  • Oversee implementation of DNR’s natural resource management and protection programs within the Region;
  • Implement a pro-active workplace safety program to improve employee safety awareness and reduce accidents and injuries;
  • Lead and coach implementation of DNR’s equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and environmental justice initiatives by Region staff;
  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships and communications with elected officials, local governments, Indian Tribes, regional offices of other state and federal agencies, and stakeholder groups; and
  • Develop and ensure proper utilization of a $29 million biennial operating budget.
  • A Bachelor’s degree AND ten years of professional level experience with a demonstrated progression in leadership responsibilities in the areas of natural resource management and personnel management.
  • Key Knowledge
    • Knowledge of organizational leadership principles and practices.
    • Knowledge of continuous improvement and change management practices and processes. 
    • Knowledge of principles and practices of natural resource management.
    • Knowledge of wildfire prevention and suppression practices, and the Incident Command System (ICS). 
    • Familiarity with Washington's Forest Practices Act and Rules.
    • Familiarity with Washington State‘s legislative process.
    • Familiarity with the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as these apply to the Department of Natural Resources.

  • Key Skills
    • Experience-based ability to lead a large organization.
    • Strong commitment to ethical leadership and the goals of equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and environmental justice.
    • Experience-based ability to create a positive work environment, build morale, and elicit sustained superior job performance.
    • Excellent communications skills.
    • Experience-based ability to guide a team through deadline and workload pressures, and to resolve competing workload demands.
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to solve tough problems. 
    • Experience-based ability to develop and implement large budgets.
    • Strong safety awareness and orientation.

  • DNR Leadership Competencies:
    • Decisiveness
    • Influencing/Negotiating
    • External Awareness
    • Strategic Thinking
    • Risk Management
    • Political Savvy

  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
  • Knowledge of natural resource management issues in the Pacific Northwest. 
  • Awareness of Washington’s Indian Tribes, tribal sovereignty, and treaty rights. 
  • Familiarity with principles and practices of labor unions and collective bargaining.

The Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

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