Location NOTE: This position is currently located in Tumwater, Washington. Depending upon incumbent, this position may be located in Tumwater OR Richland, Washington.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) – Division of Environmental Public Health, Office of Radiation Protection is seeking an innovative and collaborative environmental health professional who has demonstrated leadership and management skills to fill the position of Director, Office of Radiation Protection.
Reporting to the Assistant Secretary for EPH, the Director of ORP is responsible for policy development, decision-making, and program implementation in numerous areas including: The federal Agreement State program, radioactive materials licensing and inspection, radioactive waste management, x-ray registration and inspection, radioactive air emission policies and rules, environmental radiation impacts, radiological emergency preparedness and response, and information management and process development. This position develops statewide policy, sets strategic directions/priorities, and allocates resources, which requires a high level of independent management and technical expertise. These efforts are directed at a wide variety of stakeholders including other agencies, tribes, legislators, and the public in order to implement actions that result in the reduction of human exposure to radiation; and is responsible for directing ORP's radiological emergency response effort.
The Washington State Department of Health is most interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience and skills in the following competencies:
- Know yourself – Demonstrates self-awareness, self-management and continual growth and learning. A person who knows themselves is able to identify their thoughts, feelings, and wants and then effectively put them into words in the moment. They are aware of their patterns, strengths and limitations, and they seek feedback and knowledge to continually learn and grow from their experiences.
- Understand Others – Demonstrates interpersonal awareness and the ability to be inclusive. A person who understands others knows that everyone has their own experience of any given situation. They seek to understand all perspectives and leverage the generative nature of differing opinions and experiences so that outcomes are of the highest quality.
- See the Whole – Demonstrates organizational and political awareness, relationship building skills, and effective decision making. A person who sees the whole understands how the agency is connected in vision, mission, and function. They are able to balance state government, DOH, EPH, and stakeholder interests to make effective decisions as well as champion· decisions that have been made. They know the importance of relationships in understanding all perspectives and demonstrate effective group behaviors.
- Create an Environment of Success – Demonstrates the ability to integrate performance leadership into program activities, provide coaching and mentoring for improved success, provide personalize recognition and celebrate successes, and displays characteristics of interpersonal influence. A person who creates an environment of success is able to clearly articulate their vision and expectations to their team and garner commitment. They ensure accountability and continued success through feedback, coaching, and recognition. They diligently apply the PLAN, DO, CHECK/STUDY, ACT methodology to ensure that activities are effective and efficient.
- Model the Way – Demonstrates ethics and integrity, consistently walking their talk. A person who models the way is highly credible. They do what they say they are going to do and then they do it. And they consistently set the example by aligning their personal actions with shared values.
- Technical Knowledge – Extensive knowledge of public and environmental public health principles.
- Communication Skills – Strong written and verbal communication skills, facilitation, negotiation, and meeting management.
- Management/Leadership – Highly skilled in leading, coaching, and directing staff; conflict resolution; effective prioritization skills; managing several complex programs, issues, and projects simultaneously; strong interpersonal and external environment interaction and collaboration skills.
And, who meet or exceed the following DESIRED qualifications:
- A Bachelor's degree or higher in a physical or biological science or engineering, or closely related field.
- Five (5) or more years of progressive experience leading and managing an environmental or environmental health program which includes demonstrated experience using both regulatory and technical assistance approaches.
- Five (5) or more years of supervisory experience.
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