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State of Montana Deputy Director in Helena, Montana

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is recruiting for a Deputy Director to join our team - a challenging and rewarding opportunity to lead environmental policy and agency operations in Montana. As the DEQ Deputy Director you will focus on the vision, strategy and details of operations. As a member of the senior leadership team, your leadership and influence will extend to the entire Department as you develop and implement environmental policy and regulation, sustain a values-driven performance-based organizational culture, and strive for operational or process excellence. As the agency’s Deputy Director, primary responsibilities may include: 1. Agency Representation:Represent the Department in various situations, including internal and external stakeholder groups and legislative activities, such as lobbying and strategy and policy development and implementation. Develop and maintain internal and external working relationships, acting on behalf of and representing the Director at internal and external events. 2. Leadership and Personnel Management:Actively manage resources to ensure the responsibilities and core values of DEQ are put into practice, both in the operations teams and throughout the Department as a member of senior leadership. Actively participate in and lead agency planning, and your high-performance operations team. 3. Advice and Consultation:Consult with and provide advice to the Director, serving as a principal executive who is a thought leader in policy and practice. Assist with directing all upper level leadership and management activities. Develop and implement timely and accurate solutions, often by empowering agency leadership and staff in discussion, analysis, implementation and accountability reviews. At the Department of Environmental Quality, our mission is to champion a healthy environment for a thriving Montana. Come be a part of the Department of Environmental Quality! To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter through the State of Montana Careers site. In your cover letter, describe how your education, drive, and experience have prepared you for this position. The Deputy Director position includes a career ladder for professional development and pay progression. As Deputy Director at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the confidence to engage and foster teambuilding is essential. In addition to developing internal relationships, the Deputy Director will engage with stakeholders and officials outside of DEQ, cultivating relationships with peers, constituents, elected officials and organizational leadership to best serve the public interest. Calm and collected in stressful situations, the Deputy Director will possess high emotional intelligence in an often-contentious policy arena. Having an ability to relate well to others will lead to success. Finally, the successful candidate will have strong communication skills – in writing and in person, in group settings and one-on-one. Submitted materials should reflect these attributes. Additional characteristics/experience identified as providing value: * Skill in principles and techniques of leading and managing a large, multi-layered organization, particularly in a government setting * Skill in multi-factor negotiation, consensus-building, and right-sizing solutions to problems * Knowledge of and experience with natural resource or environmental policy and practice; * Skill and experience in the areas of budget and finance, human resources, and information management and technology * Demonstrated ability to work with and lead among divergent political opinions * Fosters a supportive, team-oriented, performance-centered culture at DEQ The ideal candidates possesses five (5) years progressively-responsible professional experience in managing a multi-layer organization. A Master’s degree is preferred. Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered. Job: Environmental Sciences* *Title: *Deputy Director Location: Helena Requisition ID: 21142414