As the Puget Sound Partnership's Monitoring Network Coordinator, you will be an integral part of the Science and Evaluation Team and work closely with the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program (PSEMP) to bring forward the best available information in a way that spans boundaries between science, recovery planning, natural resource management, and policy.
Although you will not be a practicing biologist, chemist, or anthropologist, you will get to work with these types of scientists as you help ensure their findings are used to inform people's understanding of and improve efforts to recover the Puget Sound ecosystem. Having a science-based system to monitor and assess how the ecosystem is doing and how efforts to advance recovery are going is a critical component of the Puget Sound Partnership (Partnership).
A little bit about the Partnership
The Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency leading the region’s collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. We bring together hundreds of partners to mobilize partner action around a common agenda, advance Sound investments, and advance priority actions by supporting partners.
Our main office is in a LEED Platinum-certified building on the waterfront in Tacoma within a 15 minute walk of downtown (restaurants, shopping, museums, farmer's market, etc.). We promote flexibility in work schedules and offer a range of options, including, alternate work schedules, telecommuting 1-2 days per week with supervisor approval. Staff are also issued laptop computers and mobile phones and have access to state vehicles for travel.
We are proud to offer a suite of "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:
- A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
- A Commute Trip Reduction program
- Focus on healthy work/life balance
- Fully vested in modern workplace practices and design
- An Infant at Work Program
For more information, visit our website: www.psp.wa.gov.
A little bit about PSEMP
PSEMP is a collaborative network of subject matter experts who organize, synthesize, and communicate scientific information from different parts of the Puget Sound ecosystem to address management and science questions critical to the ecosystem’s recovery. PSEMP has objectives focused on collaboration, adaptive management, and communication.
What you will be doing:
You will be responsible for coordinating collaborative monitoring and assessment efforts and product development within PSEMP, to operationalize strategic linkages with regional recovery planning and decision-making processes. Your work is driven by the mission and objectives of PSEMP in alignment with the mission of the Partnership. You will provide planning and administrative support to PSEMP meetings (i.e. Steering Committee meetings) and larger scale events for the monitoring network in connection to the broader recovery community. The ultimate goal of the Partnership’s Monitoring team, of which you will be a member, is to help PSEMP serve as a relevant and strategic resource that actively supports Puget Sound recovery at multiple scales.
Who we are looking for:
We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about collective efforts to make scientific information useful for managers and policy makers. You will need to be a great communicator and facilitator who is able to draw people into collaboration and understands how to get the right information, from the right messenger, to the right people. If you are passionate about Puget Sound recovery and enjoy working across scientific disciplines, with diverse people, integrating multiple perspectives, and finding common ground to achieve objectives, you'll thrive in this position. The abilities to value others and diversity of thought, promote brave spaces for learning, and strive for equity are essential.
Some of what you will enjoy doing includes:
- Provide coordination, facilitation, and communication support to the monitoring network (PSEMP), including:
- Convene and facilitate meetings for various PSEMP work groups and subcommittees, and help connect and communicate the objectives and activities of work groups and subcommittees back to the broader PSEMP program. Identify and implement process improvements and technical tools to support communication forums within and among work groups and subcommittees.
- Assist the Monitoring Lead to plan and prepare for bimonthly PSEMP Steering Committee meetings. Arrange for meeting logistics and development and distribution of meeting summaries.
- Support work group development of communication plans and materials by leading them through the process, helping draft initial materials, and/or providing review and revision of materials.
- Facilitate the collaborative planning and coordination of interdisciplinary forums that support sharing, synthesis, and application of monitoring information to inform and accelerate ecosystem recovery.
- Manage contracts of PSEMP Work Group Coordinators that are funded by the Partnership.
- Identify, develop, and implement solutions that improve the usability and relevance of monitoring data and products for recovery-related decision-making, both within the Partnership and among PSP recovery partners. Examples include:
- Build an understanding of the decisions and decision-makers that could be informed by PSEMP products and identify critical information needs.
- Develop communication content (e.g. content for website, program and project factsheets, presentations) derived from one or multiple work groups, to meet information needs of priority audience(s).
- Maintain, update, and improve PSEMP information management systems and web content. Identify new and improved tools or approaches to communicate and share data, working with Partnership’s Adaptive System and Accountability Program staff to develop and improve data and information management systems.
- Support the process of soliciting for, evaluating and managing PSEMP projects funded by the Partnership, including:
- Support solicitation and evaluation process, led by Monitoring Lead and Steering Committee.
- Coordinate and communicate with PSEMP members about the solicitation process, and manage proposal and evaluation documents.
- Support contract development and management for a select set of projects.
Other duties include:
- Support the Monitoring Lead in their role of coordination, planning, development and implementation of an integrated, coordinated, collaborative ecosystem monitoring and assessment program for Puget Sound that addresses the monitoring needs of the Partnership and others.
- As needed, serve as a liaison (e.g., from the Partnership and from PSEMP) to the Partnership's Science Panel, Salmon Recovery Council, Ecosystem Coordination Board, Leadership Council, and other groups (e.g., Strategic Initiative Leads, Local Integrating Organizations, Implementation Strategy Teams) on monitoring and assessment issues.
- Represent the Partnership and PSEMP in state, regional, national, and transboundary forums, including those related to the Governor's Salmon Recovery Office and Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP), the National Estuary Program, regional and national observing systems initiatives, and Salish Sea transboundary coordination.
The successful candidate should be a team player, defined as possessing initiative and a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and interactions with others, and having excellent people skills.
Required Education, Experience, and Skills:
- Three (3) years of professional experience in ecosystem, environmental, or conservation science.
- Experience managing interdisciplinary program(s) or complex project(s).
- Experience engaging, coordinating, and facilitating interactions and decision-making processes among groups of people with diverse perspectives, cultures, and expertise.
- Experience in effective multi-mode communications of scientific or technical information to a broad range of audiences, including technical experts, policy decision-makers, and the public.
- Experience in data and information management practices to support coordination, collaboration, and communication among data producers and data users.
- Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with a diverse group of agencies, governments and stakeholders, scientists, planners, practitioners and policy makers.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to efficiently navigate complex systems of people, information, and technical tools, and explore and propose novel solutions, including technological ones.
- Skilled in facilitation of multi-party processes and meetings that cover a range of technical and policy-related topics.
- Substantive knowledge of current developments and directions in ecosystem monitoring and assessment, especially as they apply to large-scale ecosystem recovery and natural resource management.
- Commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
- Builds Networks and Collaborates: Effectively builds formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the agency and program. Works cooperatively with others across the agency and with external partners to achieve shared objectives. Able to represent own interest while also understanding and being fair to others, and resolving conflict effectively where it arises. Partners with team members and others across the agency and with external partners to get work done, while navigating a complex and ambiguous environment.
- Communicates Effectively: Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding or the unique needs of different audiences. Attentively listens to others and encourages open expression of diverse ideas and opinions.
- Optimizes Work Processes: Knows the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
- Resourcefulness: Secures and deploys resources effectively and efficiently. Adapts quickly to changing resource requirements. Gets the most out of limited resources. Enjoys multi-tasking; applies knowledge of the organization to advance multiple objectives.
- Instills Trust: Gains the confidence and trust of others through honest, integrity, and authenticity. Follows through on commitments. Is seen as direct and truthful. Keeps confidences. Practices what he/she preaches. Shows consistency between words and actions.
- Demonstrates Self-Awareness: Uses a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
- Manages Complexity: Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively understand and solve problems. Acquires data from multiple and diverse sources when analyzing and solving problems. Uncovers root causes to difficult problems. Evaluates pros and cons, risks and benefits of different solution options.
- Tech Savvy: Anticipates and adopts innovations in business-building digital and technology applications. Anticipates the impact of emerging technologies and makes adjustments. Scans the environment for new technical skills, knowledge, or capabilities that can benefit business or personal performance. Rejects low-impact or fad technologies. Readily learns and adopts new technologies.
Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Skills
- A Master's degree, equivalent degree, or Ph.D. in a field involving environmental or ecosystem science.
- Five (5) years of experience leading or coordinating a multi-agency, collaborative monitoring program or project including data collection, data management, and reporting.
- Substantive knowledge of the issues in which the Puget Sound Partnership is involved.
- Substantive knowledge of the Salish Sea ecosystem, the stressors and pressures that influence it, and the programs and information sources that inform its recovery.
- Proficient in promoting and applying best practices for adaptive management.
- Skilled in data management, analysis, and synthesis, including spatial data and tools.
- Skilled in science communication (e.g. science journalism, data visualization, design).
- Design of scientific investigations, including development of data quality objectives and other elements of quality assurance project planning.
- Program Administration: Ability to develop and oversee a portfolio of projects, including developing and managing budgets, grants and contracts.
- Understands government operations in natural resource related areas and the organizational and political climate for decision making.
- Familiarity with human dimensions of natural resources or natural resource management.
- Understands the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation; understands the Partnership's adaptive management taxonomies and tools; can apply these tools.
- Experience in working with marginalized communities and anti-oppressive practices.
CONDITIONS OF THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:
- Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a work day, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
- Due to COVID-19 restrictions: Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a work day in a home-based environment either full-time or part-time.
- Work in a tobacco-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free environment.
- Work a 40-hour work week. A flexible work schedule may be considered upon request and supervisory approval, after an initial review period.
- Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evenings and weekends, to meet program needs and critical deadlines.
- Occasionally travel throughout the state and nationwide which may include overnight stays, as required, while performing the duties of this position.
- Work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding information accessed or discussed while performing the duties of the position.
- Interact and work with partners and staff in a positive, friendly, and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in our state, interviews will be conducted using a ZOOM or Business Skype videoconferencing platform or by telephone.
Application Process – Please read the instructions completely.
We are a small, passionate, mission-driven agency with an exceptional interdisciplinary staff. If you value the role of science in society and enjoy building community and protecting our environment, we encourage you to apply!
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:
- A letter of interest (WORD version), describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
- A current resume (WORD version), detailing experience, and education; and
- A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers. Please include at least one supervisor, peer and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.
- Answer the supplemental questions attached to the application.
Candidates invited for interviews may be given a writing assignment.
NOTE: This agency is committed to anti-bias hiring and practices 'blind' resume reviews. Letters of interest and resumes must be submitted in WORD documents in order for staff to redact details that may disclose your identity, gender, age, etc. Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the application process or that are password protected.
By submitting materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or jobs [at] des.wa.gov
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