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EXECUTIVE I, Option SS (Spanish Speaking) Environmental Justice Policy Administrator - 1385100

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois. A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public. Bilingual skills welcome

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Date:  Jan 19, 2023

Chicago, IL, US, 60603

Job Requisition ID:  22776

Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 02/06/2023
Salary:   $4,982.00-$7,369.00 Monthly CBA Language Applies  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Cook  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC062  


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


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Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


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Position Overview

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Associate Director’s Office, Office of Environmental Justice is seeking to hire an Executive 1 to serve as Environmental Justice Policy Administrator. This position organizes and implements the Office of Environmental Justice’s public participation program. This position requires experience effectively interacting, communicating and collaborating with large groups of people from culturally diverse backgrounds The ideal candidate will be fluent in the Spanish language and experienced in promoting access and engagement with regulatory programs through education and assistance to underserved and underrepresented communities.

The benefits of working at the EPA include a 37 ½ hour work week, a generous salary and benefits package (paid time off for vacation, sick or personal leave, holidays) pension and other retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement, and insurance eligibility on day one (medical, dental, vision, and life). We invite all qualified candidates to apply.

Job Responsibilities

30% 1. Serves as the policy administrator of the Environmental Justice (EJ) Public Participation program within the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Associate Director’s Office;

  • Organizes, plans, executes, and implements the EJ Public Participation program including: generating, distributing, and tracking EJ notifications
  • Develops and implements tracking and follow-up procedures by monitoring program activities and preparing complex technical reports
  • Analyzes program and policy issues, establishes priorities, and makes recommendations for program development including the Illinois EPA’s EJ Policy, EJ Public Participation Policy, Language Access Plan and Disability Access Plan.
  • Monitors the Agency’s achievement of EJ goals
  • Promotes access to Agency programs through education and assistance to underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Coordinates special projects, including workshops and training sessions

30% 2. Cultivates and maintains internal and external relationships;

  • Facilitates the development of alliances with outside stakeholders including, diverse community groups, social/environmental justice partners, local residents, community leaders, environmental groups, regulated entities, and elected officials to implement program initiatives
  • Communicates in Spanish to individuals whose preferred language is Spanish
  • Represents the Office of EJ at events and meetings with outside stakeholders
  • Travels in performance of duties

(Job Responsibilities continued)

20% 3. Assists the Office of Environmental Justice manager in the administration of the Illinois Commission on Environmental Justice by providing expert level administrative, organizational, and technical support;

  • Fulfills Open Meetings Act requirements by planning and executing all administrative requirements including, scheduling of meetings, reserving spaces, generating minutes, and posting information online and the Agency
  • Develops and generates the quarterly Commission agendas in collaboration with the EJ Coordinator, Commission Chair and appointed Commissioners
  • As necessary, coordinates with state agency representatives appointed to the Commission

15% 4. Integrates EJ and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 principles into Agency operations, programs, and policies.

  • Develops and maintains ongoing communication with the Bureaus of Air, Land, and Water to verify and reconcile site, facility, and program information to ensure compliance and consistency with policies, procedures, and program objectives
  • Works with Illinois EPA Title VI Coordinator to ensure Agency staff compliance with civil rights requirements, which may include developing and presenting training on civil rights compliance in Agency programs and assisting the Language Access Coordinator.

5% 5. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college, preferably with coursework in business or public administration.
  2. Requires one year of responsible administrative experience in a public or business organization, or completion of an agency approved professional management training program.
  3. Requires proficiency in translating written documents from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.
  4. Requires proficiency in verbal interpretation between Spanish to English and English to Spanish.
  5. This position requires written and verbal fluency in the Spanish language (Option SS).

Specialized Skills

Of the one year of experience; requires one year of experience in environmental justice, social justice, or a similar field; experience in environmental governance and regulatory structures at the state and federal level; experience effectively interacting, communicating, and collaborating with large groups of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including: members of the public, community organizations, business and industry representatives, and members of local government.

Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)

  1. Prefers 16-20 semester hours of course work in physical or biological science, environmental policy and analysis, and/or environmental studies
  2. Prefers at least one (1) year experience with applying principles and practices of public and business administration.
  3. Prefers at least one (1) year experience developing and managing an organization program.
  4. Prefers at least one (1) year experience exercising judgment and discretion in developing, implementing, and interpreting policies and procedures.
  5. Prefers at least one (1) year experience analyzing administrative problems and adopting an effective course of action.
  6. Prefers at least one (1) year experience developing, installing, and evaluating new and revised methods, procedures, and performance standards.
  7. Prefers working knowledge of the functions of state government and of the character of relationships between the executive branch with the other branches, and between the State and higher and lower levels of government.
  8. Prefers the ability to utilize Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Access software

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires a current and valid driver’s license.
  2. Requires the ability to travel.
  3. Requires ability to pass a name based background check

Work Hours:  8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri  
Work Location: 115 S La Salle St., Chicago, IL 60603  
Agency Contact:

Kathy Taylor


Job Family:  Administration/Management  


This position [DOES] contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).


The IEPA does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent IEPA employment, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis


Revolving Door: “Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this position. As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”), and seek a revolving door determination from the OEIG, or may be subject to a fine.”


Agency Statement:

The mission of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State of Illinois, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life.  IEPA works to safeguard the states natural resources from pollution to provide a healthy environment for its citizens. By partnering with businesses, local governments and citizens, IEPA is dedicated to continued protection of the air we breathe and our water and land resources.


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