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Environmental Justice Policy Administrator - EXECUTIVE I - Y6 Spanish Speaking

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Date:  Aug 2, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-4059

Job Requisition ID:  17647

Agency :  Environmental Protection Agency 
Closing Date/Time: 08/15/2022
Salary:   $4,982 - 7,369 per Month CBA Language applies  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Sangamon  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   RC062  


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Posting Identification Number 17647

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 will organize and implement the Office of Environmental Justice’s policies and activities, including the 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

(Job Responsibilities continued)

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 who do not read or speak English or whose preferred language is Spanish 

  • Represents the Office of EJ at events and meetings with outside stakeholders  

  • Travels in performance of duties 

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

  • 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 

Job Responsibilities (continued)

15%  4. Integrates EJ 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 

05%  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. 

  1. Requires one year of responsible administrative experience in a public or business organization, or completion of an agency approved professional management training program. 

  1. Requires proficiency in translating written documents from English to Spanish and Spanish to English. 

  1. Requires proficiency in verbal interpretation between Spanish to English and English to Spanish. 

  1. Requires written and verbal fluency in the Spanish language (Option SS). 

Specialized Skills

Of the one year of experience; requires  one year of work 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 

  1. Prefers at least one (1) year experience with applying principles and practices of public and business administration. 

  1. Prefers at least one (1) year experience developing and managing an organization program. 

  1. Prefers at least one (1) year experience exercising judgment and discretion in developing, implementing, and interpreting policies and procedures. 

  1. Prefers at least one (1) year experience analyzing administrative problems and adopting an effective course of action. 

  1. Prefers at least one (1) year experience developing, installing, and evaluating new and revised methods, procedures, and performance standards. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. Requires the ability to travel. 

About the Agency and Program

The mission of the Illinois EPA is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life. The Office of Environmental Justice is a liaison between members of the public, environmental justice groups, environmental groups, industry, local government, other state agencies and Illinois EPA staff members. The Office of Environmental Justice also implements internal and external environmental justice policies and procedures.

Work Hours:  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday  
Work Location: 1021 E North Grand Ave Springfield, IL 62702-4059  
Agency Contact:

Jason Thoron


Job Family:  Administration/Management; Sciences and Natural Resources  


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



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