SENIOR PUBLIC SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR, Opt. 4 (Compliance Section Manager) (Clean Water Act)

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Date:  Jun 5, 2024

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  38662

 Agency: Environmental Protection Agency

Closing Date/Time: 06/20/2024

Salary: $10,833.00 to $12,100.00 Monthly

Job Type: Salaried 

County: Sangamon

Number of Vacancies: 1

Plan/BU: N/A


Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application.


Please note that the Environmental Protection Agency must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.


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Posting ID # 38662

Position Overview

The Bureau of Water is seeking a qualified individual to serve as the Section Manager for the Division of Water Pollution Control's Compliance Section located in Springfield, IL. The selected candidate will possess strong leadership and communication skills, be willing to use innovative ways to guide the Compliance Section and its staff consisting of approximately 10 individuals into the many new and existing compliance programs. As a leader for the Compliance Section, the individual in this position will frequently represent the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and Bureau of Water on various compliance issues to state, federal and local governments, industry, public interest groups, and stakeholders. This individual should also possess the knowledge and experience to guide professional staff with enforcement of the Clean Water Act, Illinois Environmental Protection Act, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits, state operating permits, and NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule.

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.

Essential Functions

25% 1. Serves as the Section Manager, responsible for professional staff engaged in compliance assistance and enforcement of the Clean Water Act (CWA), Illinois Environmental Protection Act (ACT), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) permits and electronic reporting rule and state construction and operating permits for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), Division of Water Pollution Control (WPC), Compliance Section, for the Bureau of Water (BOW); 

  • Directs, plans, develops, organizes, and coordinates the preparation and development of technical reporting from the State and Federal enforcement and compliance data systems, and electronic reporting tools.
  • Reviews data to identify and target the most serious environmental issues and cases of significant non­compliance utilizing ATHENA Software, Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS) and Enforcement Compliance History Online (ECHO).
  • Maintains and updates the BOW/DWPC Enforcement Response Guide to ensure programmatic commitments are being met and there is a consistency in the Agency’s enforcement actions.
  • Reviews and analyzes technical reports to track appropriate compliance and enforcement actions that are taken to effectively resolve violations in accordance with all applicable state and federal regulations.
  • Oversees the presentation of significant noncompliance cases to the BOW Enforcement Decision Group.
  • Attends pre-enforcement conferences and assists with development of compliance schedules.
  • Develops and implements Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure the quality and consistency of the section’s work products.

Essential Functions Continued

20% 2. Serves as full-line supervisor:

  • Assigns and reviews work.
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff.
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance.
  • Reassigns staff to meet day to day operating needs.
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives.
  • Approves time off.
  • Adjusts first level grievances.
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline, up to and including discharge.
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations.
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs.

Essential Functions Continued

20% 3. As Section Manager, responsible for State and federal programmatic and strategic plan objectives, goals and commitments.

  • Develops and administers strategic action plans to ensure all programmatic goals and commitments are achieved.
  • Prepares periodic reports for management and United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), to update on the status of goals and commitments.
  • Serves as primary contact with USEPA for compliance and enforcement of the NPDES Permit Program.
  • Collaborates with the USEPA regarding wastewater compliance issues including: violations and enforcement, data quality assurance checks, NPDES Non-compliance Reports, and the violation tracking tool.
  • Oversees quarterly meetings with USEPA to collaborate and provide status updates on state lead compliance and enforcement actions taken to address Category 1/Significant non-compliance.

15% 4. Directs Reporting and Data Management

  • Oversees data acquisition either via the Electronic Reporting Tools (NeT, NetDMR, etc.) or manually received data.
  • Verify data for completeness, consistency, accuracy and quality.
  • Directs clean-up/correction of invalid data in all applicable compliance and enforcement systems.
  • Directs data analysis and the generation of various reports to ensure data validity.
  • Oversees completion of steps necessary for meeting all applicable State data Archiving/Storage requirements.


Essential Functions Continued

10% 5. As Section Manager, oversees outreach activities for reporting and oversees data sharing requirements/Rules;

  • Implements outreach and training of the regulatory community for new/revised regulatory reporting requirements and data sharing.
  • Directs Implementation Plan reporting/data sharing, ensuring timelines are met.
  • Coordinates with State Regulatory Administrator(s) for the various federal electronic reporting tools.

05% 6. Explains and interprets State and federal regulations to the regulated community:

  • Receives and responds to citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Presents compliance information in a form usable by other professional personnel within and outside the Agency, as well as to the general public.
  • Travels in performance of duties.

05% 7. 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.
  2. Requires four years of progressively responsible administrative environmental work experience in a public or business organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prefers at least (4) four years of experience in interpreting and applying State and/or federal laws and regulations pertaining water pollution control compliance.
  2. Prefers at least (4) four years of experience in supervising professional staff.
  3. Prefers at least (4) four years of experience in communicating with all levels of stakeholders in an organization, both internal and external.
  4. Prefers at least (4) four years of experience in communicating or public speaking to stakeholders or public interest groups regarding State and federal laws and regulations pertaining to water pollution control facilities.
  5. Prefers at least (4) four years of experience in utilizing state or federal enforcement and compliance data systems/tools (including but not limited to ATHENA, ICIS, ECHO, other tools provided by USEPA, etc.).

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires ability to work at various times outside of normal office hours to meet deadlines
  2. Requires ability to work overtime
  3. Requires ability to travel
  4. Requires a valid & current driver's license
  5. Requires ability to pass a name-based background check

* The conditions of employment listed here are incorporated and related to any of the job duties as listed in the job description.

Work Hours: 8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri

Work Location: 1021 North Grand Avenue East, Springfield, IL 62702

Agency Contact:

Kathy Taylor


Posting Group: Environmental & Natural Resources; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics


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”) or may be subject to a fine.


Term Appointment:Candidates hired into a term position shall be appointed for a term of 4 years and are subject to a probationary period. The term may be renewed for successive four-year terms at the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s discretion.


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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