Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
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.
Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have 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, Ecology is a good fit.
The IT Project Manager position will serve as the IT technical expert for NWP’s large-scale and highly-complex projects. The work being performed is unique due to the NWP’s regulatory role at the Hanford Site and NWP’s regional location and is setting standards for large data initiatives. An example of the complexity is the evolving business needs and shifting priorities that result when coordinating with multiple federal and state agencies, including the United States Department of Energy (USDOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Washington State Department of Health.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation while making a decision and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience.
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts
This position reports to the Technology & Environmental Data section supervisor. This individual provides expert IT project management and application development services for Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program (NWP). This work includes initiating, planning, controlling, monitoring, closing, and reporting on large projects that support mission critical initiatives, including the reissuance and publication of the 16,000 page Hanford site-wide dangerous waste permit.
Job duties also include:
The IT Project Manager position, leads cross functional teams in determining IT business needs. Team members include IT, regulatory, and administrative staff. The position will also analyze the overall work and individual tasks required for the project and assign tasks to team members and sub-teams.
- Facilitates requirements gathering meetings across multiple business units.
- Analyzes input for conflicting requirements and negotiates solutions that meet business needs.
- Translates business requirements into IT system requirements.
- Documents business and IT systems requirements in the requirement section of the Project Plan.
- Develops regulatory project schedules and IT development schedules.
- Creates Roles and Responsibilities documents.
- Defines team members and requirements.
- Develops use cases and user stories.
- Manages project schedules and agendas.
- Assigns tasks to team members.
- Tests plans and scripts.
Is responsible for participating in program planning and policy as it pertains to development, updates, and replacements of databases and associated applications.
Task: Develops strategies around technologies in order to continue scalability with emerging Ecology business requirements.
Develops change management plans, project plans, and training plans. Monitors the implementation of these plans. Consults with business team and leads business process change. Change management plans include consideration of the human elements involved in change, as well as the technical ramifications of changes in IT systems. Project plans include guidance directed at multiple audiences including users, implementers, and upper management. The IT project manager may have to also act as a trainer if training resources are unavailable. Deliverables include but are not limited to:
- Change Management plans.
- Guidance documents.
- Project plans.
Communicates to stakeholders and management on IT project status.
For example, this task includes:
- Negotiates requirement changes/implementation with the project team.
- Prepares briefing papers for upper management.
- Gives presentations to upper management.
- Gives presentations to end users.
- Facilitates meetings.
- Written documents such as meeting notes and reports.
- Oral and written presentations to management.
Provides IT leadership and expert consultation for medium to large-scale projects that integrate environmental data and distinct information systems. This position independently supports, maintains and enhances applications in the following projects – Waste Management, Transition, Environmental Restoration, Tank Waste Storage and Tank Waste Treatment and Nuclear Waste Program business functions.
Implements information technology solutions using Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) packages. Develops specifications for COTS solutions. Compares and evaluates alternative COTS and hosting solutions; Recommends acquisition of COTS; Configures and integrates COTS with existing IT solutions and databases; Works with COTS vendors for ongoing enhancements and support.
Works with Application Developer to ensure applications are functioning according to design specifications and applicable Ecology and State standards. Documents all changes to applications. Develops and implements strategies for data migration.
Tracks, resolves, and documents critical application issues/bugs.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be March 15, 2021. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 14, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please note: This position is being re-posted to increase the size of the applicant pool. If you have previously applied, you do not need to re-apply.
An Associate’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Information Technology OR completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in an Information Technology or related program
Two (2) years of recent senior level professional experience in Information Technology including project management of large-scale projects and/or major organization-wide systems; AND computer application development and maintenance of large-scale systems.
Four (4) years of recent senior level professional experience in Information Technology including project management of large-scale projects and/or major organization-wide systems; AND computer application development and maintenance of large scale systems.
- Four (4) years of professional project management experience on projects crossing program and/or agency boundaries.
- Certification as an Agile Certified Practitioner, such as the PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner).
- Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI) or a university or college.
- Professional experience supporting users of commercial off-the-shelf solutions, including configuring the solution and interacting with the vendor in the installation and operation of the solution.
- Knowledge of federal requirements of the storage of Official Use Only (OUO), National Security Sensitive (NSS) and other classified documents.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- A valid driver’s license is required to operate state vehicles.
- This position must be able to obtain an unescorted US Department of Energy Richland Operations Office security clearance badge (Download PDF reader), and Hanford Local Area Network access account (Download PDF reader).
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 help
Employees 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 information
Please complete the short on-line application, supplemental questions and upload:
- Your current chronological resume.
- A cover letter explaining how you fit the requirements of the position.
- Three professional references with current contact information.
- Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
- Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile’s resume text field.
- Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including “please see resume,” may disqualify you from further consideration.
When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):
- Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
- Do not attach documents that are password protected as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.
It is in the candidate’s best interest to submit all of the documents requested above. Applications without these documents may be declined.
Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to 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.
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This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.
This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.
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. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.