Director of Policy, Planning & Public Affairs

Website Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Salary  $44.49 – $66.82 Hourly

Location Salt Lake County, UT
Job Type Full Time
Agency 480 Department of Environmental Quality
Job Number 23620
Closing 5/26/2020 11:59 PM Mountain
Recruiter Crystal Haywood,, 801-536-4281
# of Openings 1
195 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City Utah
Background Check
You must successfully pass a criminal history check.
Schedule Code
AD – Employees Reporting to Dept. Head, Commissioners, or Dept. Director – At will: Employees in this position serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer in an at will status and may be terminated at any time without cause. This is not a career service position.
This position is eligible for a full benefits package. See benefits tab below for details.
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Job Description
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is seeking a Director of Policy, Planning & Public Affairs. This position will report directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for a broad range of duties within the agency including all aspects of legislative and governmental affairs, strategic planning, public affairs, policy development and supervisory duties.

Principle Duties
The Director of Policy Planning & Public Affairs helps the Department of Environmental Quality fulfill its mission by completing the following duties:

  • Develop strategic plans and direct the implementation for the department and its 5 divisions by interacting and coordinating with the department’s executive management, government officials, business, media, and the public.
  • Develop comprehensive public affairs policy and direct all aspects of public relations and business assistance and business outreach for the agency.
  • Represent the agency’s interests on key issues with legislators, federal, state and/or local governments, in the media or with private organizations.
  • Identify various political, social and economic factors which could impact the Department of Environmental Quality and make recommendations to the Executive Director on policy response.

Ideal Candidate
The best person for this position has:

  • A minimum of 5 years experience working with regulatory programs under the Utah Environmental Quality Code or other federal, state, or local regulations.
  • Experience developing and implementing effective strategic plans and directing public affairs programs.
  • Strong communication skills which includes the ability to communicate complex issues to a wide variety of audiences in a clear and concise manner.
  • The ability to adapt and has demonstrated experience directing and supervising staff including determining workload, delegating assignments and monitoring and evaluating performance.
  • A broad understanding of the multiple environmental programs the agency has been tasked with implementing by both the state and federal governments.
  • Experience developing and advancing policy positions on federal and state legislation and regulations.

Preference may be given to those are a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Public Relations, Political Science, Marketing, or equivalent. A Masters degree is also preferred.

Why You Should Join Our Team
As a benefited employee of the Department of Environmental Quality, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. Click here to view a summary of the benefits we offer. We also provide generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work-life balance. You will work on important public policy issues to benefit state residents.

The Agency
For more information about the Department of Environmental Quality, click here.

Supplemental Information
  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
State of Utah
2120 State Office Building

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84114


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