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Project Manager (IT Specialist 4)

Company: State of Washington
Location: Lacey
Posted on: February 13, 2019

Job Description:

Description Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit. The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Project Manager (IT Specialist 4) position. This position is located in our Headquarters in Lacey, WA. The purpose of the Project Manager position is to serve as the Spills Program's senior level leader in IT project management and business analysis. The position is responsible for independently managing complex, medium to large scale software development projects. As the Lead Project Manager, this position, develops project plans, charters, and specifications for data system upgrades associated with the Program's IT system for the Spills Program. These projects are performed in partnership with the program's Senior Software Engineer, many internal stakeholders, and some external users. The systems are relied upon by program staff, Ecology management, partner-agencies, legislators, and the public. This position is also responsible for developing detailed business requirements that are given to technical engineers to develop information systems. As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog. To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts Duties Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. Program Mission: The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program's (SPPR) mission is to protect Washington's environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. The Spills Program's vision is to prevent, prepare for and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington. Our goal in the Spills Program is "zero spills". The Statewide Resources Section supports the Agency and Program missions in maintaining 24/7 response capability, aggressive response to oil and hazardous substance spills through service delivery of legislative and policy support , program and strategic planning, data and IT management, performance reporting, statewide training, investigation, enforcement, outreach and education, file management and time accounting activities. Some of the key work activities of the Project Manager position are:* Uses project management knowledge and leadership to independently lead medium to large scale information technology (IT) projects that integrate new technology and disparate information systems in support of the Spills Program.* Uses expert business analysis knowledge to independently develop detailed business requirements for program-wide complex software development of IT projects, including modifications and bug fixes. This includes developing project plans, conducting analysis to determine project feasibility, and developing and executing test plans.* Develops Quality Assurance (QA) plans for data and applications, and leads the program in testing solutions to validate compliance with business requirements.* The IT Project Manager uses knowledge of technology and software development processes to make independent determinations of estimates for project resource requirements, assignments, project risk management, and task prioritization.* The position offers interesting and challenging work. It requires working in a team environment to develop IT solutions to support the program's important work in preventing and reducing the impact of oil spills.* This position may require unplanned overnight travel for 2-3 days at a time in order to assist with the response of an oil spill incident. Culture of the team: Ecology and the Spills Program heavily values a strong and engaged team culture, where employees can thrive and accomplish great things for the people of Washington. The Spills Program is seen as a national leader in preventing, preparing, and responding to oil spills. The Spills Program consists of a diverse group of highly-skilled individuals who deeply value their mission of protecting Washington State's environment, economy, and public. This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be January 31, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 30, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date. Qualifications Required Qualifications: An Associate's degree or higher in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field OR completion of a two year accredited vocational training program in Information Technology or related field AND Two (2) years of recent professional experience in business analysis and/or IT project management for medium to large scale applications. OR A Bachelor's degree in information Technology, Computer Science or related field may substitute for all of the above except for one (1) year of the required experience. OR Four (4) years of recent professional experience in IT project management or related field. Experience includes but is not limited to business analysis, user interface design, system testing, and all facets of IT project management for medium to large scale information systems. Desired Qualifications* A bachelor's degree with a focus on computer science, project management or a related field and four (4) years of information technology experience managing software development projects using Agile project management techniques. At least three (3) of the four (4) years of experience should be within the last four (4) years.* Agile Project Management certification such as the Project Management Institute ACP or Scrum Master Certification.* Experience in developing mobile applications. Why work for Ecology? Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance. Ecology employees may be eligible for the following: Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth Student debt and how working for Ecology can help Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.* See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information Supplemental Information Application Instructions: Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:* A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.* A resume outlining your professional experience.* An unofficial copy of your college transcripts. Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration. Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources. If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search." Other Information: If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page. If you have specific questions about the position, please email Rob Dengel at: Please do not contact Rob to inquire about the status of your application. The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed. This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Keywords: State of Washington, Seattle , Project Manager (IT Specialist 4), IT / Software / Systems , Lacey, Washington

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