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Assistant Region Manager – Business & Operations

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Forks, WA Full-time
Posted on October 25, 2019
Salary $69,480.00 - $88,668.00 Annually
Location Clallam County – Forks, WA
Job Type Full Time - Permanent
Department Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number 2019-10-6378-10618
Closing 11/14/2019 11:59 PM Pacific
Assistant Region Manager – Business & Operations
Olympic Region – Forks and Port Angeles
Recruitment #2019-10-6378
This is a Washington Management Service Band 2, full-time, permanent position.
Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?

Olympic Region has an opportunity for an energetic and enthusiastic leader to join our team as the Assistant Region Manager – Business and Operations. This position assists and supports the Region Manager in implementing Region and Division objectives.

The Assistant Region Manager – Business and Operations is responsible for implementing agency policies related specifically to Region Business Operations, including accounting, payroll, vehicles and equipment, facilities, information technology, radio/phone communications, budget, fire business support, safety, warehouse, and core business support. The incumbent is responsible for the efficient and cost-effective management of the regional business and operation activities and support systems, and ensures that region-wide business and operation functions are planned, developed, coordinated, and integrated in accordance with all applicable state laws and general department policies and principles.

In this role, you will you will apply excellent supervisory, organizational, and communication skills to lead and coach a diverse professional staff in our Fiscal, Information Technology, and Facilities sections. You will help create and maintain an inspiring team environment with a culture of open communication and innovation. This is an exciting opportunity to bring your can-do attitude and problem solving abilities along with your business management skills to contribute to the success of our knowledgeable and effective team.

What will we trust you with?
  • Personal Accountability
  • Valuing Others
  • Compassionate Communication
  • Inspiring Others
  • Commitment to Excellence
Why work for DNR?

At DNR, we value public service, innovation and creative problem solving, safety and well-being, and leadership and teamwork. At DNR you'll support the vision of a sustainable future by using your skills to protect and manage the state's natural resources for both current and future generations. As a DNR employee, you'll work with the public's interest in mind as we manage more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. But managing lands is only half of our story. We house the Washington Geological Survey, a dynamic program that is the primary source of geological products and services in support of decision making in Washington. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

We are nearly 1,500 employees strong and dedicated to making DNR a great place to work. Our mission is to serve Washington's lands and communities; build strong and healthy rural communities; enhance forest health and wildfire management; strengthen the health and resilience of our lands and waters; and increase public engagement and commitment to our public lands and resources. In partnership with citizens and governments, we provide innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life.  At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally, economically and socially for current and future generations.

The Location

One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Your duty station offers the opportunity to split time between Forks and Port Angeles (two or more days of the workweek is spent in Forks) or work in Forks full-time. DNR affords employees the opportunity for a work-life balance, so you can enjoy the surroundings you are living and working in. Forks is located in the Olympic Rain Forest between the Olympic Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Port Angeles is close to the Straits of Juan de Fuca.  In both places, there are a large number of cultural and outdoor activities to partake in: quaint towns to explore, fishing, surfing, and hiking mountains or the coast line to name a few.
What makes DNR a great place to work?
  • Transitioning to a modern work environment
  • Mobile work
  • Infants at work program
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Work/life balance
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Educational aid and career development stipends
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • Opportunities to stretch your professional skills
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. 
Why do people choose to work for DNR?
"I enjoy the clients I support and there are a ton of smart, fun, passionate people in this agency that I have the privilege of interacting with and learning from. DNR is a great place because of the people who are here. They are passionate, hard-working, loyal, intelligent, kind, and FUN! The aspects of the agency that speak to me are how diverse the work is that we do; from forests to grass lands, from mountain tops to under water, the composition of the agency made up by various different responsibilities makes it so interesting."
"I am committed to this agency's purpose, the Washington Geological Survey is an amazing place full of innovative, creative, and open-minded people, and I get great satisfaction from serving Washington's residents. I love it here because this place loves me. I like how I am made to feel valued, appreciated, and I feel that my skills are constantly being broadened. I am generally my only limitation."
"The idea of managing the resources in perpetuity really speaks to me. I like that the work DNR does tries to strike a balance between business and conservation and that I don't have to compromise one for the other because I am expected to do both. We are expected to be good stewards of the resources and the decisions we make mean perpetuity." 
Who are we looking for?
Required Qualifications:

The right candidate has:
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to resolve conflicts, write effectively, and communicate with diverse groups both internal and external.
  • Demonstrated ability to work/collaborate as a team with subordinates, peers, and Region Manager to meet region and program needs within business operations requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, coach, mentor, and train a diverse workforce.
  • Ability to set priorities in a complicated work environment, think critically, analyze, and make decisions in a dynamic and sometimes stressful environment, and work both independently and as part of a team to reach agency and region goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately interpret and effectively disseminate information including agency policies, practices, procedures, and tasks including experience in facilitation of staff development and training.
  • Experience with complex planning, project management, and strategic planning in relation to region and agency.
  • 5 years of experience supervising a diverse, professional staff; with demonstrated proficiency in positive leadership skills including: team building, transparency, accountability, motivation, respectful relationships, and personal responsibility.
  • 5 years of experience in accounting, financial management, and budget preparation and administration.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in business, accounting, public administration, or a closely related field; and 2 years of experience managing business functions for a dispersed field organization.
OR, Associates Degree in business, accounting, public administration, or a closely related field; and 4 or more years of experience managing business functions for a dispersed field organization.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have three years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function.  Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of principles of information technology methods and systems.
  • Knowledge of facilities including leasing and maintenance. Fleet management including maintenance, repair and replacement.
  • Familiarity with principles of radio communications systems, including repeaters, microwaves, mobile and base stations.
  • Demonstrated ability of improving business or operational systems.
  • Experience in mediation, facilitation, and negotiations.
  • Experience providing business support to wildfire operations.
  • Experience with warehouse operations including ordering and purchasing.
Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, pregnancy/parental status, genetic information, military status, political affiliation, criminal history or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained service animal by a person with a disability.
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