Solid Waste Management Program Manager (EMS Band 4)

State of Washington

State of Washington

Lacey, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2023

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology is currently looking to fill the Solid Waste Management Program Manager (Exempt Management Service Band 4) position. This position reports to Ecology’s Deputy Director and is located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.


We are seeking an experienced leader, strategic thinker, and forward looking, creative problem solver to manage and lead our Solid Waste Program. The Program’s responsibilities include groundbreaking waste reduction and recycling work, including product stewardship programs, food waste reduction, elimination of single-use plastics, and oversight of the state’s Recycling Development Center. This position is also responsible for regulatory and non-regulatory elements of the solid waste management system including oversight of solid waste facility permitting, remedial action at landfills, local government planning for solid waste management, and providing technical assistance to local governments in establishing and optimizing waste reduction and recycling programs. This position represents the Director of Ecology on a wide variety of waste reduction and solid waste management issues, working hard to find unique solutions to reduce, reuse, and recycle for a healthy environment in harmony with a strong economy for everyone.
This is an exciting and challenging position for a proven leader. It's an opportunity to become part of a dynamic executive leadership team that engages federal, state, local, Tribal, elected officials and environmental group interests to create innovative partnerships. It is through these partnerships that we pursue our commitment to reducing all kinds of waste and developing solid waste management solutions, thereby advancing solutions for a clean future for people and the natural environment.

Please note: This position is being re-posted to increase the applicant pool. If you have already applied, you do not need to re-apply.

Our Mission at the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. 

Program Mission: The mission of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) program is to reduce wastes through prevention and reuse, keep toxics out of the environment, and safely manage what remains.

Modern Work Environment:  Ecology employees have some opportunity to telework in combination with working in the office and/or in the field based on position and business need. This position is expected to work in the office/field at least 60% of the time and may telework up to 40% of the time. It is a requirement that while employed by the State of Washington, employees’ primary residence must be within the State of Washington.  


Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on September 22, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before September 21, 2023If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date.  

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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth *Click here for more information 

About the Department of Ecology

Protecting 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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.   
Who are we looking for?

We're looking for an experienced leader to manage our Solid Waste Management (SWM) program. We are especially interested in applicants who have the enthusiasm and aptitude to develop and pursue creative solutions on a broad range of waste reduction measures. In this role, you will serve as a principal advisor, decision-maker and spokesperson in carrying out the responsibilities of the program. You will be responsible for the administration and management of the state of Washington’s Solid Waste Program under state and delegated federal law to assure protection of public health and the environment and preservation of the state’s natural and economic resources. This position is responsible for waste reduction efforts and the regulatory and non-regulatory elements of the solid waste management system including oversight of:
What you will be doing:
  • Overseeing our agency’s product stewardship programs for electronic waste, paint recycling, mercury lights, and solar panels.
  • Implementing the State’s Use Food Well Washington Plan to meet our goals of eliminating food waste by at least 50% and reducing at least half of all edible food waste.
  • Implementing groundbreaking legislation to eliminate the single-use plastics that fill landfills, contribute to litter, and pollute the ocean.
  • Providing oversight to the Recycling Development Center which is spearheading efforts to create a more sustainable and cleaner recycling system for Washington.
  • Solid waste facility permitting. 
  • Remedial action at landfills.  
  • Local government planning for solid waste management. 
  • Development of Moderate Risk Waste technical assistance to local governments in establishing and optimizing waste reduction and recycling programs. 
  • Developing and delivering information and education programs related to appropriate solid waste management. 
  • Administration of the Ecology Youth Corps (EYC) program to employ youth and young adults in the removal of litter from state roads and other areas. 
In this role, you will manage extensive grant funds including solid waste grants to local Public Works and Health Departments for proper solid waste management and enforcement; Public Participation Grants (PPG) to aid in local citizen understanding of cleanups and waste education; and litter grants and contracts to state and local government for leveraging beneficial efforts to prevent and pick up litter.

You will also manage the regulatory activities of the Industrial Section engaged in air, water, and waste issues at the state’s largest point sources for pollution (oil refineries, pulp and paper mills, and aluminum smelters). You will facilitate a proper single-point-of-contact status with these facilities, and work to provide predictable regulation in cooperation with Ecology’s Air Quality, Water Quality, and Hazardous Waste Programs. In addition, you will work with EPA to align state and federal interests for the operation and regulation of these facilities.

 A Key Member of Ecology's Executive Management Team

It is critical that this important position maintains the highest standards of personal, professional, and ethical conduct to support the state's commitment to efficient, effective, and accountable government.
This is a highly visible role with other federal and state agencies involved in environmental management with impacts on the development of local government decisions and infrastructure for solid waste and recycling activities and facilities. This includes influencing litter prevention and cleanup at all government levels.
As a key member of Ecology’s Executive Leadership Team, you will:
  • Represent the Director with Federal, regional, state, local, Tribal and elected officials, the general public, environmental groups, environmental justice advocacy groups, and the business community. 
  • Develop credibility as a dependable and accurate problem solver and source of information for local, state, and Tribal leaders. 
  • Work with other programs and agencies, Tribal governments, local governments, and various organizations to formulate and implement various policies, procedures, guidelines and rules related to Washington's solid waste management. 
  • Make recommendations to the Executive Leadership Team on how to implement programs and develop policies including agency direction for work procedures to ensure responsive service delivery and consistency. 
  • Foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and respectful workplace. 

Required Qualifications:

A total of eleven years of experience and/or education.

Experience: in professional level management, which includes the following:

  • Five (5) years of professional level supervisory responsibility, including experience-managing supervisors.
    1. Providing direction to mid-level managers and supervisors in scientific, engineering and/or public health fields, which included coaching, training, recruitment, evaluation, and performance.
    2. Providing oversight of a program's diverse functions combining and directing all aspects to meet overall program objectives.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of budget management experience.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of strategic planning experience (annual or biennial based business plan) including the ability to conceptualize and articulate the future direction of a program.

Please note: Experience in each of the areas may have been gained concurrently. 

Education: With a major study in environmental, physical or natural science, environmental studies, engineering, public administration, planning public policy, political science, law, or other related qualifying discipline.


All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:  

Possible Combinations

College credit hours or degree – as listed above

Years of required experience - as listed above

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

11 years of experience

Combination 2

30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.

10 years of experience

Combination 3

60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).

9 years of experience

Combination 4

90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.

8 years of experience

Combination 5 

A Bachelor's Degree

7 years of experience

Combination 6

A Master’s Degree or higher

5 years of experience

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

The ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below. 

  • Experience as a second-level supervisor.
  • Experience working with or applying policy decisions from the Washington Health Disparities Map.
  • Experience leading or managing in a large agency or organization.
  • Working in or collaborating with state and local government. 

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • A list of three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  
For Your Privacy:

When attaching documents to your application (such as 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. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation: 

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.  

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Heather Bartlett at: Heather.Bartlett@ecy.wa.govPlease do not contact Heather to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email

Why work for Ecology?

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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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.