Environmental Program Director


Position Title

Environmental Program Director

Job Type





E11 (65957.0 - 98936.0)




Position Summary

Under direct supervision the Environmental Program Director is responsible for managing and supervising the Washoe Environmental Protection Department (WEPD). Supervises the WEPD staff, manages and administers government grants, including several grant budgets and maintaining reporting requirements. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Resource or related field and five years experience in the Environmental field, of which two years include experience administering grants; or a combination of education and experience.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.

  • Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy.

  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.

  • Preference will be given to Qualified Native American Indians.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Responsible for completing grant tasks and deliverables.

  • Responds to government requests for proposals and prepares new environmental grant proposals.

  • Coordinates with the Tribal Chairperson, General Counsel, Cultural Resources Committee, and Tribal elders to develop long, middle and short term environmental planning and department goals, on consultation efforts with federal, state, local and other tribal governments on environmental efforts.

  • Responsible for keeping Tribal leadership, the Tribal Council and Community Councils informed about the progress and direction of the WEPD by attending meetings, submitting reports and meeting individually as necessary.

  • Works with environmental consultants and federal funding agencies.

  • Responsible for the administration of Washoe environmental regulatory and interim development processes and systems, and responsible in coordinating specific technical assistance projects within the Washoe communities, programs, development and conservation projects.

  • Compiles and utilizes data to focus on the overall environmental planning functions.

  • Establishes and maintains an accurate and current information and data systems.

  • Develops for approval, a current and effective administrative procedures to implement program delivery.

  • Identifies issues and developmental programs related to environmental resources within Washoe territories and the entire Washoe homeland.

  • Delegates projects, related to the fulfillment of grant deliverables, to WEPD staff and monitors progress and provides assistance.

  • Develops and coordinates Tribal environmental resource assessments, studies, and surveys, and obtains other pertinent information within the jurisdiction of the Washoe Tribe.

  • Responsible for environmental program development, planning and implementation, including budget development and tracking and other categorical environmental programs.

  • Insures the perpetuation of a Tribal Comprehensive Managerial Planning System.

  • Maintains a multi-disciplinary reference library on Environmental subjects.

  • Responsible for implementation and administration of awarded grants.

  • Prepares project reviews and conducts field site visits.

  • Reviews and develops comment letters on federal, state and private proposed projects.

  • Conducts staff meetings to keep all assigned employees aware of department information.

  • Increases department's effectiveness by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; communicating values, strategies, and objectives; assigning accountabilities; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; developing a climate for offering information and opinions; integrating functional objectives; providing and participating in educational opportunities.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Knowledge of traditional form of government and tribal customs and traditions.

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, requirements, and codes.

  • Knowledge of research methodologies and data analysis, policy development, and synthesis of complex planning issues.

  • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of action.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment.

  • Ability to be persuasive and tactful in controversial situations.

  • Ability to exercise initiative in planning, organizing, and independently working to accomplish complex work assignments.

  • Ability to create and present effective speeches and presentations.

  • Ability to interpret applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and requirements.

  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).

  • Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.

  • Skill in budget preparation and administration.

  • Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing technical, operational, and financial reports.

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee occasionally is required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level. Occasions may arise requiring work outdoors where exposure to natural weather conditions and various dusts and mists may occur. Prolonged standing and walking may be on uneven surfaces or unstable ground. Situations where safety-toe shoes, safety goggles, gloves, protective face shields, or hardhats are needed may occur.