Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Department of Ecology has an exciting opportunity for an experienced talent acquisition strategist who is committed to supporting equitable and inclusive work environments resulting in a Culture of Belonging for All. This position has state-wide impact and is a highly valued resource and advisor to our Air Quality Program management team assisting with effective recruitment, selection, and new employee orientation decisions that will tremendously impact agency outcomes for years to come.
If you are looking for a fast-paced, dynamic, customer-focused work environment, we encourage you to apply. Our team is dedicated to attracting great talent to the agency in order to fulfill our agency’s mission to protect, preserve, and enhance our state’s natural resources for current and future generations.
Our team consists of 8 team members, and together, we lead recruitment and selection activities and strategies for the agency and provide guidance on new employee orientation plans. We value and intentionally work to integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect* into our consultation practices across Washington state. We help hiring managers with open positions by writing intriguing job announcements that attract top talent, co-developing supplemental and interview questions, brainstorming around job-related assignments and exercises that improve selection outcomes, and consulting on effective strategies for reference checking final candidates. We are also a resource for Ecology employees and other job seekers for career coaching services and recruitment consultation.
This is an exciting and challenging position for a resourceful HR professional who is a strategic thinker and problem solver, looking to join a team dedicated to making a difference through public service.
Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2023.
Our agency cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, and fitness classes; an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful and interesting work.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of July 6, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 5, 2021. Following the initial screening, we will review applications again on July 16, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
*We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities.
What you’ll do:
- Work collaboratively to support the business goals of the Air Quality Program, which starts with developing and maintaining relationships within the program.
- As a senior level human resource consultant, provide guidance in position planning, allocation, recruitment, selection, hiring, and workforce planning, all through a lens of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR). To do this, you will:
- Review and analyze position descriptions to determine proper allocation.
- Analyze, interpret, and consult on processes, procedures, policies, and rules related to classification and compensation.
- Develop program and job specific recruitment strategies to attract diverse talent to the agency, and post jobs within our online recruiting system.
- Screen job applications and present qualified applicants to hiring managers.
- Assist with the development of behavior-based and performance-based interview questions, and job related exercises.
- Consult on all screening and selection processes and strategies, including interviews, reference checks, job offers and salary setting, and onboarding.
- Advise Air Quality leadership on recruitment-related training needs for hiring managers.
- With the Recruitment and Diversity team, identify and develop recruitment, selection, hiring, and diversity training.
- Play a key role with Air Quality Program leadership in succession planning projects and strategies.
- Represent the agency at career fairs, trade shows, conferences, and meetings.
What makes this role unique?
- The Air Quality Program has been tasked with addressing climate change through developing a cap and invest program, instituting clean fuel standards, and regulating hydrofluorocarbons (a greenhouse gas). This includes recruiting and hiring a record number of staff for the program over the next two years.
- You’ll be part of a team working to integrate DEIR principles and methodologies throughout our recruitment process. You’ll help develop new tools and resources, and train and coach hiring managers.
- Ecology and the Human Resources team offer flexible schedules and teleworking options.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, volunteer and lived-experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Six (6) years of experience and/or education:
Education: involving a major study in human resources, organizational development, business, social or behavioral science, or other allied field.
Experience: broad-based professional Human Resource experience that may include a combination of the following:
- Successful track record with employees, managers, supervisors, and executives consulting on HR Services such as training & orientation, recruitment, reasonable accommodations, career counseling, employee relations, labor relations, compensation and classification, operations, investigations, technical support (HRMS), or workforce planning.
- Successful track record with employees, managers, supervisors, and executives consulting on HR Services in diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Professional work experience in an organization’s human resources office in recruiting, staffing, career counseling functions, and applying federal and state employment laws, rules, processes, and agency policies.
- Sourcing competitive candidates for open positions. Strong knowledge of social media tools and techniques used for recruitment purposes including LinkedIn, Facebook, twitter, snapchat, Instagram, professional online groups and blogs.
- Experience with applicant and candidate management. Familiarity with online application systems (such Monster, CareerBuilder, NEOGOV, KTMS, or others).
- Developing and maintaining long-term, effective recruitment networks including experience effectively facilitating hiring events, workshops, meetings, and forums.
- A Bachelor’s degree involving a major study in human resources, organizational development, business, social or behavioral science, or other allied field.
- Two (2) years of broad-based professional Human Resource experience that may include a combination as described above.
- A Master’s degree in human resources, organizational development, business, social or behavioral sciences, or allied field.
- One (1) year of broad-based professional Human Resource experience that may include a combination as described above.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Professional recruiting experience, specifically in the public sector, or within management, administrative, scientific, engineering, IT and administrative staffing disciplines.
- Experience applying DEIR in recruitment, including coaching hiring managers on equitable and inclusive hiring practices.
- Experience providing career management training, job coaching, and career transition coaching, particularly for veterans and military spouses.
- Experience effectively facilitating HR related workshops, meetings, and forums, including virtual facilitation.
- Education or experience in a scientific or technical field.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position
Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
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- Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
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Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:
Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.
The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Jacquie Galan at: Jacqueline.Galan@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Jacquie to inquire about the status of your application.
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Why work for Ecology?
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State’s environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.
Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.