This position is Senior Executive Service.  Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Be BOLD and make a real difference . . .

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a healthier Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

If your goal is to be bold and build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free, walkable campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near the Cherry Creek bike path, Whole Foods, Glendale City Set, RTD bus lines, and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Health Links certified Family Friendly Business
  • Tuition assistance for current enrollment in college coursework
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules and a variety of employee resource groups
  • Employee wellness program including locker rooms, bike storage lockers, on-site yoga, and health insurance premium savings
  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
  • Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
  • Strong retirement benefits through the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
  • Medical and dental health insurance plans
  • State-paid life insurance and short-term disability insurance
  • 10 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave, and paid volunteer and parental academic leave

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Description of Job


The Work Unit:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) environmental programs are responsible for safeguarding the public's health by preventing harmful exposures to a wide array of health hazards.

What You'll Be Doing:
The purpose of this position is to oversee these programs in administering and enforcing laws regulating air, water, and land pollution; administering authorities delegated by the EPA, including the Clean Air Act, Clear Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; and administer state statutes including solid waste management, recycling, and environmental cleanup. 

The position serves as the CDPHE lead in setting a department-wide vision for environmental protection and health, including assessing and developing complex environmental policy options in the face of competing interests and opinions, including the state legislature and governor's office, business and environmental organizations, Colorado congressional delegation and other members of Congress, the EPA and other federal agencies such as the U.S. Department(s) of Agriculture, Energy, and Defense.   The position manages four divisions and staffing for two Type I commissions including the Air Quality Control Commission and Water Quality Control Commission.  Overall, the environmental programs have approximately 525 positions and a budget of $88 million dollars.  Environmental program staff use a combination of epidemiology, public outreach, technical and compliance assistance, permitting, monitoring, inspections, and enforcement as tools to help public and private facilities and individuals understand and comply with state and federal environmental regulations.  The environmental program staff include scientists, engineers, technicians, administrators, and environmental specialists, among others.  The position is a member of the CDPHE Executive Team and direct reports to the CDPHE Executive Director. 

To perform these duties, the ideal candidate will posses the following experience and qualities:

  • Politically astute; understands and appreciates differing viewpoints and the geographic/economic diversity in the State of Colorado; sensitive to public opinion and the necessity for clarity and transparency in all external stakeholder dealings
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; presence to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex and emotionally charged issues to diverse groups of stakeholders; a natural "connector" who enjoys meeting with and building rapport with stakeholders
  • A transformational leader and change agent; possesses the courage to innovate and propose/shepherd major systemic change to make the best use of resources and talent
  • Possesses a personal commitment to environmental issues coupled with the ability to strike an effective balance with the needs of commerce and industry
  • Genuine; a person with low ego needs but possessing the gravitas to engender respect and a genuine connection with others
  • Clear, common-sense thinker with critical reasoning skills; able to listen, acquire information, evaluate strategic alternatives, develop recommendations, seek counsel, make decisions, and take action
  • Accomplished leader who can inspire and motivate a diverse staff; "team-oriented" person – embodies the essence of "we" over "me" orientation
  • Humility and "servant-leadership" mindset incorporating a non-confrontational and consensus-building leadership style; a true public servant
  • A results-focused, "roll-up-the-sleeves" professional and unquestioned personal integrity and ethics
  • A tinkerer; embraces the need for continuous process improvement and encourages creative and innovative solutions from all levels of the organization


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences, engineering, environmental law, public administration, or related degree:
Six (6) years of progressively responsible full time professional experience in environmental protection and included strategic planning, establishing goals and objectives, and developing and managing a budget.  

This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience section of your application. "See Resume" will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.


  • Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • A master's from an accredited college or university in engineering, environmental sciences, environmental law, public administration or related degree may be substituted for one year of progressively responsible professional experience in environmental protection.
  • A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, environmental sciences, environmental law, public administration or related degree may be substituted for two years of progressively responsible professional experience in environmental protection.

A copy of your transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. All job finalists require successful completion of a background investigation and reference check prior to appointment. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.
  • Employees are in a position of public trust in the performance of their job duties and must operate in a manner that maintains the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and public confidence. Background checks may include pre-employment financial, traffic, civil, education, and/or experience checks or any other checks related to the job assignment. Pre-employment drug testing may also be required for some positions. Failing any of these background checks may disqualify you from being considered for this position.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license or obtain the same within 3 months of appointment.
  • Must be willing and able to travel independently throughout the state up to 15% of the time including overnight stays.
  • On Call Status: As condition of employment, candidates must be willing to be on-call in the event the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location.  During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.
  • On-Call Status: As condition of employment, candidates must be willing to be on-call in the event of an emergency, (e.g., bio-terrorist attack, chemical attack, disease outbreak or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.
  • You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies:
The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Two (2) years managing a large multiple level organization through subordinate level staff, ideally related to environmental science; and
  • Two (2) years of professional public or business administration which included establishing organization structure, developing strategic work plans, budget development and control, setting goals and objectives to achieve program results, creating and updating policies, and fostering a team environment.
  • A master's degree in a natural or physical science or technically related field of study, a law degree in environmental law, or an MPA is strongly preferred
  • Experience in environmental regulatory oversight, including enforcement of rules, laws and statutes
  • Knowledge of federal laws and regulations related to environmental protection and ability to interpret and apply findings and concepts to state government applications
  • Knowledge of the Colorado legislative process and ability to create and interpret decision items and legislation, along with assessing potential impacts to state and local governments
  • Familiarity with the legislative process and the general process of state agency budget-setting by the Legislature
  • Knowledge of state and federal agencies and local governments' responsibilities related to environmental protection
  • Ability to recognize and discreetly manage sensitive political issues and provide facts and viewpoints to legislative or Governor's staff
  • Principle and practices of environmental compliance and protection
  • Proven experience in budget, financial, grant, and contract management
  • Proven experience in policy analysis, development and implementation
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and public speaking skills
  • Successful experience forming collaborative and productive partnerships with a diverse set of stakeholders and staff
  • Familiarity with the principles of environmental justice
  • Familiarity with and ability to establish metrics defined by risk parameters and health-based outcomes
  • Ability to problem solve and execute decisions
  • Excellent leadership, supervisory, and team building skills
  • Ability to work in a complex political environment
  • Excellent negotiation and consensus building skills
  • Ability to hire and retain quality leaders and managers
  • Excellent evaluation skills with experience in LEAN or other quality improvement process.
  • Familiarity with and an understanding of managing budgeting and funding from multiple funding streams including experience with government funding and grant funding
  • Skilled at managing large groups of employees across multiple work units and building employee morale and engagement
  • Commitment to creating an inclusive work environment and demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to use technology at an executive level
  • Knowledge and ability to analyze and compile data into a clear, concise reports
  • Ability to multi-task, embrace ambiguity, understand organizational dynamics, recognize trends, and identify systematic approaches to solving problems
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in/with a team
  • Ability to collaborate and achieve consensus across divisions and programs
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills


Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

  1. A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via by the application deadline.
  2. A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.
  3. A resume.

The Selection Process: Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from  

  1. All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step. 
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
    1. Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications. 
  3. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

 Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also applies to all charges of discrimination.
E-Verify:  CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Jim Davidson at at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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