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Operations Division Director Job ID 71608

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Job Summary

This position exists to lead the Operations Division activities of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in support of the strategic objectives. The position provides logistical and non-programmatic support, in conjunction with the Commissioner and Deputy

Commissioner, to the Business Solutions, Communications & Outreach, Financial Assistance & Budgeting, and Legal Services

Sections and/or Units*. The position directly oversees management of Data Services, Emergency Readiness, Human Resources,

Equity and Environmental Justice and the work of the Assistant Division Director (who directly oversees the Facilities Management Section) in compliance with the state's system of applicable laws, statutes and regulations. The position ensures effective and efficient processes are in place to maintain and support operational activities to carry out the agency’s mission in all of the Agency locations. The position partners with agency-wide management in providing direction and leadership to the Operations Division.

Minimum Qualifications

Five years of supervisory experience of operational or environmental program experience 


Three years of managerial experience with oversight for the operations and/or implementation of environmental programs


Experience developing and managing annual and/or biennial budgets, and implementing internal controls and fiscal accountability.

Experience in contract development and management.

Experience in directing and supporting change efforts for continuous improvement.

Ability to resolve controversial, sensitive, complex issues with diverse parties.

Experience with strategic planning including the development of strategic and operational measures.

Communication skills sufficient to clearly, concisely and effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and groups.

Support of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in a workplace setting.

Possess a valid Driver’s license (see additional requirements).

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated understanding of the principles and practices of environmental protection and the interrelationships of those factors to MPCA’s programs and services.

Knowledge of State and Federal government budgeting processes.

Experience with operational functions, to include human resources, fiscal management, information management, facilities management, support services, process management, and performance management.

Experience with the Incident Command System, emergency readiness, COOP, safety, and security.

Experience with the state legislative process.

Experience in developing and implementing public policy and rulemaking to ensure compliance with legal processes, deadlines, and transparency.

Ability to share a clear vision and to think, plan and lead strategically.

Understanding of Environmental Justice and ensuring the fair treatment and meaningful participation of all Minnesotans, including communities of color, low-income communities, and Tribal Nations into the agency’s work.

Additional Requirements

A driver’s license is an essential function of this position. This requires possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License. The job offer is contingent on confirmation of a valid driver’s license AND a satisfactory driver's license record check. Requires a Class D driver's license: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license.

Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

About Pollution Control Agency

Our mission is to protect and improve the environment and human health. We work with many partners (citizens, communities, and businesses, all levels of government, environmental groups and educators) to prevent pollution, conserve resources, and to help ensure polluting does not have disproportionate impact on any groups of people. We emphasize work-life balance with flex schedules, compressed schedules, and options to telework for some positions.