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Environmental Management System Senior Program Administrator– Environmental Quality – DDPHE

About Our Job

This posting will accept applications until Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Denver’s Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to advancing Denver’s environmental and public health goals. DDPHE oversees many services related to public health and the environment and is comprised of six divisions: Office of the Executive Director; Community & Behavioral Health; Public Health Inspections; Denver Animal Protection; Office of the Medical Examiner; and Environmental Quality. For more information on DDPHE’s programs and services, visit the DDPHE website at:

The Environmental Quality division (EQ) manages and reduces environmental risks and liabilities within the City. We aim to protect and improve air, land, and water quality and to provide for the stewardship of the City’s natural resources. The division is funded through the Environmental Services Enterprise Fund. Environmental reports, projects and additional information can be found at:  In EQ we are intentional about our workplace culture. Key aspects of our culture are: valuing people for their contributions; communicating with skill, clarity, and respect; practicing self-accountability and leadership; and focus on outcomes that align with the mission and vision of the department and the City.

The Environmental Quality Division has an opening for an EMS Senior Program Administrator. This position is nested in the Environmental Management and Operations team (EMO).  Information about EMO and what we do can be found here: EMO’s mission is to provide the City with exceptional service and leadership in environmental management. We run programs that meet the City’s immediate needs while advancing environmental performance and stewardship.  Our work fully integrates with the process and principles of ISO 14001:2015. Although the City’s EMS is inward facing, its scope is limited to internal operations of municipal government, we have a big impact.

The role of the EMS Senior Program Administrator is to lead the City’s ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System (EMS). The EMS Senior Program Administrator will combine knowledge of the City’s management structure and how it functions with knowledge of the ways City operations positively and negatively impact the environment, then deftly apply the principles and procedural requirements expressed in the ISO standard to the City’s on-going and future operations. As a municipal government, the City is unique in its observance of an EMS. This presents unique challenges to implementation. The successful EMS Senior Program Administrator will draw on the City’s bountiful resources and organizational strengths, the strengths of the EMO team, and, with persuasion, persistence, humility and respect, achieve incremental growth and improvement in the City’s environmental performance.

This position will perform the following duties:

  • Oversee all administrative components of the EMS program from ensuring records management to planning re-certification audits.

  • Guide the improvement and revision of all primary EMS documentation.

  • Continuously assess and improve the different components of the EMS.

  • Oversee the work of contractors, including the work of the City’s third-party registrar.

  • Manage a small program-specific budget, and advise on broader team and division budget priorities.

  • Be the City’s chief spokesperson and subject matter expert on all things EMS.

  • Reach-out and partner with dozens of internal stakeholder groups, from City charter departments, to special offices and independent cultural facilities operating under the umbrella of City government.

  • Regularly assess the City environmental aspects.

  • Continuously shape the activities and input to the system to best strengthen it and address weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

  • Host meetings and trainings with specific work groups to help them understand the EMS and adopt best practices.

  • Lead and conduct annual reviews of the EMS with the City’s top executive management.

  • Lead internal audits and organize external audits.

  • Lead and supervise support staff within EMO team.

  • Along with all department staff, this position will actively participate on an emergency preparedness and response team to support DDPHE’s responsibilities outlined in the City’s Emergency Operations Plan.  This may require being ‘on-call’ from time to time to help respond to emergencies.  Additional training commensurate with assigned duties will be provided.

  • Other duties that may arise

About You

The EMO team believes in teamwork and problem solving through sharing knowledge and best practices, achieving together, prioritizing team success over personal accomplishment, and sharing in recognition for great work. The successful EMS Senior Program Administrator must be a true team player, self-accountable, committed to everyone’s success, generous with time and expertise.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Five (5) years of experience working in an organization certified to or seeking certification to the standard.

  • Knowledge of state and federal regulatory frameworks for environmental protection, and three (3) years of experience implementing compliance practices satisfying statutes, laws and regulations.

  • Demonstrated training in the 14001:2015 standard and how it is applied in organizations.

  • Knowledge spanning a broad range of environmental concerns and resource protection practices.

  • Professional maturity in the workplace, self-awareness, and well-developed emotional intelligence.

  • The ability to observe events and conditions in the workplace, respond with intelligence and sensitivity, and aid in problem solving.

  • Leadership and skill in group decision making, including the skill and patience to listen and ask questions.

  • A proven ability to thrive in a team setting, among a diverse group of peers and stakeholders, and to contribute at all times to an atmosphere of inclusiveness and trust.

  • Exceptional writing, editing and presentation skills.

  • Strategic thinking, understanding the broad mission of the organization, and aligning speech and action with the aim of achieving team goals.

  • Demonstrated expertise in complex, program administration and project management in the context of environmental management.

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Science, Engineering or closely related field as required by the specific duties assigned to the position.

  • Experience Requirement: Five (5) years of professional experience conducting scientific research and/or analysis on a variety of environmental issues required by the specific duties assigned to the position.

  • Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.

  • License/Certifications: Requires a valid Driver’s License at the time of application. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.

To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

About Everything Else

Job Profile

CE2895 Environmental Administrator Senior

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Position Type


Position Salary Range

$83,601.00 – $133,762.00

Starting Pay

$87,000 – $97,000 per year based on education, experience, and qualifications.


Dept of Public Health & Environment

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