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Iowa City, Iowa
United States
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Environmental Manager/Coordinator: Single site
Environmental Manager/Coordinator: Multi-site
Industry Segments:
Environmental Services, Regulatory, Utilities
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
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Environmental Compliance Director

The University of Iowa Environmental Compliance Director will provide overall leadership for the development, implementation and management of policy, processes, and practices for the UI campus-wide environmental compliance program. The person in this job will manage strategic initiatives and ensure the University adheres to current regulatory requirements of environmental compliance.

 This person will successfully oversee and facilitate risk assessment processes and follow external standards. He/she will coordinate and recommend any needed corrective action plans and related resource allocation to UI leadership. Partner with stakeholders across campus responsible for compliance and with external agencies and or other UI resources personnel including regular reporting to UI senior leaders, Board of Regents, and other external agencies.  Support, engage, and manage Environmental Compliance team.  This role will be responsible for budget, spending, and resource needs.  Continuous focus on process improvement and department collaboration will be a valued expectation of this position.

Specific Job Duties:

  • Oversee and provide leadership for the UI campus wide environmental compliance team, including mentoring, coaching, hiring, and discipline.
  • Expert/Leader acting as primary owner of Campus-Wide Permits (Title V Operating Permit, PAL Permits, Boiler MACT and MS4 Storm Water permit) and design programs to ensure continued compliance.
  • Rethink and restructure current UI compliance policies and procedures to reduce campus risk while improving effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Develop plans and processes to enable coordination of environmental compliance responsibilities with the Utilities Concessionaire to ensure that all environmental requirements are met for Campus-Wide Permits of which they are a part.
  • Establish procedures for Utilities Concessionaire to fulfill environmental reporting and records accessibility requirements in accordance with the Concession Agreement.
  • Track Environmental KPI performance of Utilities Concessionaire.
  • Develop clear designation of responsibilities for emergency response and reporting of spills, hazardous conditions, and excess emissions among all units of the University, including the Utilities Concessionaire.
  • Ensure compliance with other environmental programs, such as UST, NPDES, GHG Reporting, SPCC, NSPS, RICE MACT, Flood Plain, and more as they arise.
  • Interface with regulatory agencies to obtain pertinent guidance and to facilitate good communication and streamlined implementation of regulatory actions, negotiating terms and conditions to protect the interests of the university while achieving full compliance with requirements.
  • Provide technical review of Capital Plans and O&M Plans submitted by the Utilities Concessionaire as a member of the Technical Review Committee. Ensure that any environmental liabilities resulting from those plans are properly identified and effective compliance plans put in place between the University and Utilities Concessionaire.
  • Oversee and verify the automated continuous collection of environmental compliance data from the Utilities Concessionaire to the University through the PI system interface.
  • Provide routine reporting of environmental compliance status to UI Leadership.


About Environmental Services:
Environmental Services ensures that the University of Iowa is in compliance with all local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations during and after any construction process on UI property.  The Environmental Compliance team within UI Utilities provides permitting and compliance services to help the campus meet a range of regulatory requirements.  Compliance services are provided in areas such as Air Quality, Spill Prevention, Water Quality, Underground Storage Tanks, Greenhouse Gas Reporting, Refrigerant Management, Storm Water Management, Contaminated Sites, and Flood-Plain coordination.

About The University of Iowa:
The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, with 11 colleges offering internationally recognized programs in disciplines ranging from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. Iowa draws nearly 33,000 students from more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and employs about 29,500 faculty and staff.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering discipline, Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering discipline and related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience equal to master’s level studies.
  • Expert knowledge and experience (typically 7 or more years) with environmental permitting, modeling, and management.
  • Extensive ability and experience (typically 5 or more years) applying an organization's performance management system, practices, and tools to supervising, developing, and improving individual, team, and organizational performance.
  • Extensive experience negotiating with regulatory agencies for permit terms and rules interpretation
  • Demonstrated experience handling unique environmental compliance challenges and risks to foresee/identify potential problems and proactively identify solutions to address in advance.
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office applications
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and build healthy working relationships and partnerships with colleagues within and external to own unit, those to whom services are provided, vendors, the public, regulatory/governmental agencies, etc., all of whom may be seen as "customers" or receivers of services provided by the University.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies for working with diverse faculty, staff, and students.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • JD Degree
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and implementing continuous improvement processes.
  • Experience directly supervising environmental compliance staff and/or staff working from remote locations.
  • Experience with environmental requirements for power plants.
  • Extensive ability to contribute to operational (short term), tactical (1-2 years) and strategic (3-5 years) planning in support of the overall business plan.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to utilize tools, techniques and processes for gathering and reporting data.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, policies and practices for planning and administering a budget.


Application Details:

  • In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Compliance Director
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Pay Level: 7B
  • Starting Salary Minimum: $123,108
  • Starting Salary Maximum: To Commensurate
Contact Information
  • Organization: Finance & Operations (General)
  • Contact Name: Benjamin Fish
  • Contact Email: [email protected]