Director of Environmental Management and Real Estate (Executive 2)

Company Name: Seattle City Light
Phone Number: (206) 386-4588
City: Seattle
State/Provence: Washington
Zip: 98104
Job Title: Director of Environmental Management and Real Estate (Executive 2)
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Management
Posting Start Date: March 20, 2018
Salary: $49.07 - $80.95
Salary Per: Per Hour
Work Time: 8
Work Time Type: Hours

Position Description

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle’s electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

We are looking for an experienced professional to join our team as the Director of Environmental Management and Real Estate Services to help us continue this tradition in the 21st century and beyond. This position will report to the Chief Environmental Officer at Seattle City Light.

This executive position (Executive 2, Director) works directly with the Chief Environmental Officer to carry out the Utility’s mission and implement the General Manager’s priorities. This position provides leadership and strategic direction in varied and complex activities related to environmental and real estate programs and issues. The Director will provide leadership for the development and implementation of progressive and innovative environmental programs focused on utility distribution and transmission operations, compliance, remediation, Superfund, spill response, and environmental justice. Real Estate’s line of business includes property management, obtaining easements, negotiating leases, issuing permits and licenses, addressing encroachments, obtaining street vacations, and the acquisition of and disposition of real property and property rights.

Job Responsibilities

  • Participates in the adoption and implementation of Utility-wide goals and objectives, strategic plans, processes, and policies as a member of the Utility’s leadership team.
  • Oversees both environmental management and compliance, and real estate for the utility to ensure City Light operates in an environmentally sound and responsible manner and protects and realizes the value of its real property.
  • Oversees the acquisition, management, leasing, sale and remediation of the utility-owned real estate and property rights to protect the best interests of the utility including the legislative process and community involvement needed to complete property transactions. Recommends strategic goals, strategies, and policies to the Environmental Officer and governing bodies that are designed to foster, develop and sustain a high performing organization that is positioned to provide excellent performance and customer service.
  • Oversees City Light’s participation in Superfund cleanups costing 100s of millions of dollars.
  • Ensures effective procedures for complying with applicable environmental regulations to ensure City Light is in compliance with all local, state, and federal environmental regulations.
  • Anticipates changes in regulations to ensure the City Light is well-positioned for these changes.
  • Recommends, communicates and ensures implementation of approved policies and procedures that support Utility goals and comply with City requirements and appropriate regulatory agencies.
  • Recommends and implements environmental technologies and processes to provide the Utility with a competitive business advantage.
  • Maintains positive relationships with agencies, tribes, environmental justice communities, and environmental stakeholders.
  • Maintains positive relationships with management employees, bargaining unit agents, and executive management. Acts as a senior advisor to management in interpreting and appropriately applying City and regulatory rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Provides progressive and effective leadership, integration and direction to the Environmental Management and Compliance, and Real Estate functional units within Environment, Land, and Licensing Business Unit.
  • Oversees development of the division’s budget, oversees and authorizes purchases and contracts, and provides guidance on determining resource needs.
  • Directs and oversees the division’s overall financial and performance management activities to ensure support of the goals and objectives identified in the Strategic Plan. Directs the development of performance expectations and the collection of performance data to support the allocation of resources in the Business Unit and the Utility. Ensures business unit is managed within budgetary and fiscal guidelines.
  • Establishes and nurtures highly effective relationships with employees, customers, and stakeholders that support and advance business goals and objectives. Works to remove barriers that hamper inter- and intra-department communications.
  • Supports the development of employees that results in improved performance.  Creates and maintains a work environment that builds talent to ensure the continuity of leadership for the organization.
  • Creates and sustains an environment which supports decision making and accountability at all levels in the organization.
Experience Required:



Ideal candidates will have a J.D. or Master’s degree in public administration, urban planning, environmental studies, biological or physical sciences or related field.


  • Substantial management and leadership experience in the utility industry, environmental compliance, or related area of responsibility typically gained through 15 or more years of progressively responsible assignments; at least 5 of which were a manager or supervisor in a large, complex multicultural and diverse organization.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of techniques for operating within a regulated industry, recommending strategic environmental affairs and real property strategies, establishing a strategic plan, and overseeing large scope, and significant, broad impact issues.
  • The candidate should have experience making significant policy recommendations, and translating vision into organizational policy and direction.
  • Directors are expected to actively promote, support and manage key strategic City-wide initiatives including those related to fair and equal employment, diversity and justice in the workplace.
  • Successful candidates must demonstrate their commitment to and involvement in activities that create and sustain a workforce free of racism and discrimination and that values multiculturalism and diversity as a workforce and community asset

Desired Qualifications:

  • This position serves as a Director on the leadership team of Seattle City Light.
  • Policies, programs, and services under the direct control of this position have substantial risk factors and potential liabilities that are mitigated through pro-active, creative, consistent and ethically sound recommendations and decisions.
  • Demonstrated experience with diverse real estate issues and environmental regulatory compliance.
  • Demonstrable knowledge setting and strategic direction for real estate services and environmental management.
  • Experience working with highly sensitive and complex energy delivery systems and processes and with the formulation and communication of energy delivery policies and programs that support the goals of the Utility.
  • Ability to actively promote, support and manage key strategic City-wide initiatives including those related to fair and equal employment, diversity and justice in the workplace.
  • Successful candidates must demonstrate their commitment to and involvement in activities that create and sustain a workforce free of racism and discrimination and that values multiculturalism and diversity as a workforce and community asset.
  • Demonstrable knowledge making decisions that impact the development and implementation of progressive and innovative programs, policies, processes, and procedures that support the strategies of the organization.
  • Experience influencing the development and promotion of an innovative and effective energy delivery service model that supports and sustains the long-term growth and productivity of the organization.
  • Ability to lead professionals through collaboration and influence, foster and model effective customer service; coach, counsel and develop employees, including those of different racial, cultural and demographic backgrounds.
  • Ability to provide management direction in an environment of change, willingness to make difficult and challenging decisions.
  • Ability to provide clear expectations and directions, foster creativity and problem-solving, and perform the physical requirements and essential functions of the job.
  • Ability to successfully navigate the political approval process to implement transactions and policy.

Additional Information

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.

Posting End Date: March 27, 2018