Regional Administrator (Job #5671)

Website Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Salary $91,000.00 – $99,000.00 Annually
Location  Pocatello, ID
Job Type Full Time
Department Department of Environmental Quality
Job Number 5671
Closing6/17/2021 5:00 PM Mountain
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is seeking a full-time Regional Administrator for our Pocatello Regional Office with considerable knowledge of environmental protection programs as well as strong leadership and communication skills.  This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

About the Agency: 
DEQ works closely and collaboratively with a wide range of public and private partners, including federal and state agencies; the Board of Environmental Quality; city, county, and tribal governments; businesses; community organizations; and Idaho citizens. These partnerships are critical to accomplishing our environmental and human health protection mission.  The agency is committed to working in partnership with local communities, businesses, and citizens to identify and implement cost-effective environmental solutions.

There are six regional offices in the following cities: Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Pocatello, and Twin Falls. Each region’s staff consists of specialists in air quality, water quality, and waste management and remediation issues. They are knowledgeable about environmental issues in their particular regions and work directly with citizens, businesses, and industries to implement the state’s environmental policies and programs.

DEQ’s Pocatello Region in southeastern Idaho includes the cities of Pocatello, Chubbuck, Blackfoot, Preston, American Falls, Soda Springs, Montpelier, and Malad. This region encompasses 11.7% of the state’s geographical area and is home to about 12.6% of the state’s population.  It is well known for the agricultural production of wheat, potatoes, and sugar beets.   It has world renowned fisheries throughout the region including Bear Lake, the Snake River, Bear River, and Blackfoot River.  Southeastern Idaho is also one of the world’s major phosphate producing regions. Phosphate mining and processing has been an important industry in the area since the early 20th century.

Finally, this region is home to Lava Hot Springs and numerous other geologic features and outdoor recreation opportunities are second to none.  This region’s unique blend of urban, industrial, and rural character brings forth a variety of environmental protection challenges & opportunities.

Example of Duties
This position manages the Pocatello office and oversees the regional administration and implementation of multiple statewide regulatory and non-regulatory environmental protection programs.  Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Administering the implementation and management of water, air, and solid waste environmental protection programs in the Pocatello region;
  • Developing, maintaining, and supervising an effective program for handling citizen complaints and inquiries;
  • Establishing and maintaining excellent communications and working relationships with local community leaders, government officials, legislators, the regulated community, special interest groups, and the general public;
  • Developing, recommending and implementing regional plans, priorities, policies, and procedures;
  • Negotiating and monitoring contractual agreements and other matters requiring DEQ action;
  • Soliciting input from environmental and industrial groups and communities to identify environmental priorities;
  • Representing the Department with associations, industry officials, coalitions, and task forces;
  • Participating in public meetings and hearings;
  • Assisting in community environmental planning and management decision making;
  • Supervision including staffing, training, managing, and evaluating regional program managers;
  • Collaborating in the annual Department Strategic Planning efforts;
  • Coordinating regional activities with the Department Director and Division Administrators;

Ensuring responsible fiscal management of the region’s personnel and operational budget. 

Minimum Qualifications
Desirable Candidates will Possess the Following Qualifications:  A minimum of five years of any combination of experience and education that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and increasing responsibility in the following areas:

Environmental Protection Expertise:

  • Substantial written and oral communication skills;
  • Considerable experience managing aspects of environmental programs;
  • Good knowledge of scientific or engineering principles and practices, public education and participation concepts and strategies, emergency response procedures, environmental enforcement and permitting programs, federal and state environmental rules, regulations, standards, and issues;
  • Experience negotiating environmental written agreements and/or contracts.

Organizational Management:

  • Experience independently directing the daily activities of an office or section with minimal day-to-day oversight;
  • Experience guiding, motivating, and developing a professional-level staff involved in a variety of programs;
  • Strong personnel management skills, including the ability to assign personnel and delegate responsibilities with assurance and accountability.

Leadership and Communication:

  • Experience independently directing the daily activities of an office or section with minimal day-to-day oversight;
  • Experience guiding, motivating, and developing a professional-level staff involved in a variety of programs;

Strong personnel management skills, including the ability to assign personnel and delegate responsibilities with assurance and accountability. 

Supplemental Information
How To Apply:

Thank you for your interest in the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s Regional Administrator position.

In order to be considered for this position, please attach the following required application materials to your application:

  1. Statement of Qualifications (specifically relating your education, training, and experience in each of the qualification areas)
  2. Resume (limit–three pages)
  3. Management philosophy as related to the Department of Environmental Quality (limit–two pages)
  4. References (at least three work-related references, including a current or former supervisor and a current subordinate)

Important Guidelines:

When applying through this posting describe your education and involvement in each of the MINIMUM QUALIFICATION areas listed in the job announcement above.  Provide specific details pertaining to the types of programs, size, complexities, number of people supervised, description and level of involvement with policy makers, specific relevant education and training, etc.

Applications that fail to provide ALL requested information will not be accepted.

Closing Date: Resumes, Statement of Qualifications, Management Philosophy, and Reference information must be received by June 17th, 2021 11:59pm to be considered.

Selection Process:
Resumes will be screened based on the criteria outlined in this announcement.  A select number of candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be given the opportunity to be interviewed.

The Department of Environmental Quality may conduct verification of the information provided in your application, including validation of driver’s license status, education, employment, and criminal history. Omission and/or falsification of information provided in your application will result in your removal from consideration for employment, appointment, or promotion.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources at (208) 334-2263.

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

To protect human health
and the quality of
Idaho’s air, land, and water.

If you have questions, please contact us at:

(208) 373-0333


State of Idaho
304 North 8th Street

Boise, Idaho, 83720

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