Cap-and-Invest Group Manager (WMS Band 3)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Lacey, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $105,789.00 - $135,176.00 Annually
Deadline Jun 03, 2024

Do you want to lead the team implementing the most important climate change policy in the U.S. today? Are you seeking a challenging and rewarding job in which you will be directly addressing the climate crisis? Washington’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA) is the key policy that will take our state to net zero emissions in the next 26 years, while reducing air pollution, prioritizing environmental justice, and building the green economy of the future. This program is just over a year old and has already generated around $2 billion to invest in reducing emissions and building resilience. After hiring dozens of staff and standing up a successful program in record time, we are looking for an energetic new leader to guide the team through key upcoming milestones such as the first compliance event, linkage negotiations, growing into a stable, long-term program.
This position, the Cap-and-Invest Group Manager (WMS Band 3), is part of the Climate Pollution Reduction Program (CPRP), and is located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
As the Cap-and-Invest Group Manager, you’ll oversee Washington’s cap-and-invest program and other key components of the Climate Commitment Act (CCA). You’ll be charged with making high-profile and high-risk policy decisions as you lead the operation and further development of Washington’s market-based program to achieve the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) limits.
In this leadership role, you’ll coordinate and oversee the work of the Cap-and-Invest Group’s three different sections, as they work together to carry out a broad, market-based regulatory program. Additionally, you’ll represent the Department of Ecology in consultation with Tribes, testimony in front of the Legislature, communication with the Governor’s office, and engagement with residents of disproportionately impacted communities, businesses, and interested parties in all matters relating to the Climate Commitment Act.  

You will serve as a member of the Leadership Team of CPRP, contributing to key policy and operational decisions and interacting regularly with the Program Manager and Agency Director. You will have oversight of approximately 40 staff positions. You will play an important role in helping the program meet its mission to reduce carbon emissions in the state of Washington so residents have a healthy environment and climate.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible to tele-work up to 3 days per week. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change. Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on June 3, 2024. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before June 2, 2024. If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date. 

Please Note: We will review all applications received before the date above. Additional reviews after this date typically only occur if we have a small applicant pool, or if a successful Hire was not made.

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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth *Click here for more information 

About the Department of Ecology

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan
Ecology 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. 
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
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. 


What makes this position unique?

This position oversees Washington’s Cap-and-Invest Program, the second policy of its kind in the country, and a role model for many other states looking to follow in Washington’s footsteps. In addition to leading the Cap-and-Invest Group, this position provides leadership to other states and in national and international forums. As the Cap-and-Invest Group Manager, you’ll also be responsible for ensuring that equity and environmental justice are prioritized in all of the Cap-and-Invest Group’s work –meeting requirements of the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act, including community engagement, Tribal consultation, establishing environmental justice assessments for rulemaking, linkage and more. You’ll also work within the Climate Pollution Reduction Program and across environmental programs at the Department of Ecology, including supporting expanded air quality monitoring and community engagement in overburdened communities.
As the Cap-and-Invest Group Manager, you will:

  • Provide management and leadership to the Cap-and-Invest Group, including oversight of policy development, policy analysis, internal and external relations, program administration, contract management, rulemaking, legislative engagement, Tribal consultation, and public and media engagement.
  • Oversee the operation of the Cap-and-Invest program, which includes the declining cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the auctions and markets, the offsets program, the GHG reporting program, and the third-party verification program.
  • Support the annual report on the investment of Climate Commitment Act (CCA) auction revenues, in conjunction with the budget team, ensuring accurate tracking of amounts invested, GHG emissions reductions achieved, and benefits to overburdened communities and Tribes.
  • Participate as an active member of the Climate Pollution Reduction Program Leadership Team.
  • Hire, supervise and direct the work of up to 40 full-time employees.
  • Oversee the process of linking Washington’s carbon market with mature programs in California and Québec, which could help provide long-term sustainability to the cap-and-invest program. 


Required Qualifications:
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:

  • 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
  • 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent

Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

A total of nine years of experience and/or education as described below:

Experience: professional experience in natural resource planning, program development or management.  

  • Experience must include a minimum of three years of supervisory experience managing technical and policy staff.  Supervisory experience may have been gained at the same time as experience listed above.

Education: involving major study in environmental, physical, or natural science, engineering, planning, public administration, business administration, or related field.
All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:Possible CombinationsCollege credit hours or degree - as listed aboveYears of professional level experience - as listed aboveCombination 1No college credit hours or degree9 years of experienceCombination 230-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits8 years of experienceCombination 360-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree)7 years of experienceCombination 490-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits6 years of experienceCombination 5A Bachelor's Degree5 years of experienceCombination 6A Master's Degree or above3 years of experience

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • A background check will be conducted, which may include criminal record history, fingerprinting, and credit history. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Supplemental Information

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.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.   

Application Instructions:
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.
  • A list of three professional references.

Note: References will only be contacted during the final steps of the recruitment process for candidates selected as finalists. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s formal authorization.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

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.

Application Attestation: 
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. 

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Joel Creswell at: Joel.Creswell@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Joel to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov

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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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. 


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