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Environmental Liability Reduction Advisor
Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
The position would lead Seattle City Light’s effort to systematically reduce the Utility’s exposure to current and anticipated future environmental compliance risks and liabilities through increased utility-wide auditing (discovery), strategic coordination, and planning. This program would include a thorough risk analysis of the processes, such as capital projects in Energy Delivery, within the Utility, actual auditing of operations in the field, and further development of an integrated Environmental Management System. This position will report to the Manager, Environmental Management and Compliance unit within the Environmental Affairs and Real Estate division.
This position is the Environmental Affairs lead responsible for:
Reducing City Light’s environmental liability and the risk of pollution by addressing historical contamination,
Reducing the presence and use of toxic material in current operation,
Systematically address engineering, business rules, and planning procedures,
Developing an auditing system that will allow for a wide range of methods to ensure the Utility’s compliance with laws and regulations.
Focus on reducing future costs for correcting environmental problems, significantly reducing the risk of an oil spill to a body of water, and reducing harm to the environment and public health.
Education: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, or environmental related field (other combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).
Experience: 10 years progressive responsibility for environmental analysis (auditing, permitting, NPDES, spill response)
Work Environment/Physical Demands:
Work may be performed in the field including remote wilderness locations, on rivers and reservoirs, hazardous waste sites, household hazardous waste collection facilities and electrical facilities, and/or in a normal City office/work environment.
Occasional exposure to hazardous wastes, chemicals, and other conditions requiring safety precautions.
Certification/License: Driver's License.
Master’s Degree in an Environmental related field.
Successful experience working with utilities or large organizations, working on large projects, coordinating the work of project managers, consultants, and project team members.
Strong technical knowledge on developing and implementing best management practices strategies and risk management in the environmental field.
Successful experience working with utilities or large organizations to implement environmental management system practices and auditing programs.
Strong experience and organizational skills working with outside divisions to develop process improvements and ensure environmental compliance.
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others.
Experience providing leadership, focus, and direction to multidisciplinary work groups across organizational lines.
Technical knowledge (implementing audits, best management practices, NPDES, risk management).
Experience developing recommendations for senior management on policy options and program direction. Self-starter.
Customer service oriented.
Work well under pressure.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Strong analytical and communication skills (oral and writing).
Excellent writing skills.