The Department of Ecology’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. The majority of our staff are currently working from home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews. Keeping Washington Clean and EvergreenProtecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill a Program Budget Manager (WMS Band 2) position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.The Program Budget Manager position is responsible for the ongoing operational management of the program’s budget. This includes coordinating budget activities within the program, and ensuring budget planning is integrated with program and agency strategic planning and performance measurement.We are looking for applicants who have strong oral and written communication skills, who can communicate complex information to diverse audiences including executive management, legislators, staff and the public. Experience using Washington State budget and accounting systems and tools is ideal. We are also looking for candidates who have strong people skills with the ability to build and nurture collaborative teams that are highly functioning.As an agency, we invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog. Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.Program Mission: To protect and improve air quality in Washington. The Air Quality Program’s vision is clean, healthy air for all of Washington. This position contributes to Ecology’s and the Air Quality Program’s missions by providing accurate, useful information and analysis for sound decision making, and maximizing use of resources while staying within budget.Some of the key work activities of the Program Budget Manager position are:Manages and monitors approximately $200 million budget for the Air Quality Program’s unique activities, including projecting and tracking revenue and expenditure trends, preparing and recommending budget/funding addition and reduction options, and provide managers with accurate financial data on a regular basis.Designs a long-range strategic budget plan that: anticipates and identifies financial problems, creates solutions, and has a contingency element built in.Assists and advises the Air Quality Program Manager, Ecology’s Chief Financial Officer and other decision makers on agency and state budgetary and accounting issues. Serves as the fiscal note manager for the Air Quality Program, including developing short-term and long-term estimates for the financial impact of proposed legislation. Manages four professional technical staff who track expenditures and allotments, implement and administer grant programs, and administer contracts and receivable agreements.This position has direct decision-making authority on budget requests (strategic and detailed), budget allotments, allotment adjustments, expenditure plans, expenditures, and other financial and planning actions. The position brings important, politically sensitive or controversial issues to the Air Quality Program Manager and/or the Ecology Chief Financial Officer with well-crafted and thought out recommendations. Often this position will need to coordinate with management, policy experts and other budget staff. This position provides the opportunity to be a state and national leader in an area that protects Washington’s public health, environment and way of life. This position will be able to provide leadership and coordination on major budgetary and policy issues related to air quality in Washington.This position is overtime exempt. However, the incumbent is expected to be flexible in willingness to adjust work schedule and work additional hours as needed to meet business demands and deadlines.This position requires infrequent travel which may include traveling to various meetings around the state, Pacific Northwest, and US. Occasional overnight travel may be necessary to attend conferences or meetings both in and out of state. Our most valuable resource is people and their teamwork. We fully embrace and strive to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion. We support, develop, empower and rely on people to the fullest extent. We respect diverse opinions, expertise, talents and natures to build strong, well-functioning teams that reach goals.This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be November 23, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 22, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.Required Qualifications:A Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics, statistics, business, public administration or closely allied field.ANDThree years of professional experience in public sector budget management, fiscal management, accounting or related work. ANDKnowledge and proficiency with computers including spreadsheets, database, word-processing and accounting or related work.Desired QualificationsFive years of experience in Washington State Agency budget management.Experience using Washington State budget and accounting systems and tools.Why work for Ecology?Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State’s environment.A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth Student debt and how working for Ecology can helpEmployees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details. *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more informationSupplemental InformationApplication Instructions: Please attach the following documents as attachments to your application in order to be considered for this position:A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.A resume outlining your professional communications experience.your college transcripts.Please complete the applicant profile when applying.Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely.(Blank or incomplete responses will disqualify you.)Department of Ecology employees, please answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on “Look for Jobs” and select Dept. of Ecology under the “Department” search list. Click “Apply Search.”Other InformationIf you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail email@example.com. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page. If you have specific questions about the position, please email Kathy Taylor at: Kathy.Taylor@ecy.wa.gov.Please do not contact Kathy to inquire about the status of your application.The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.The Washington State Department of Ecology 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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