The Deputy Secretary for Ecosystems Restoration oversees the Department of Environmental Protection’s statewide ecosystems assessment and restoration programs, specifically the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, including the Department’s Central Laboratory; the Division of Water Restoration Assistance; and the offices of Resilience and Coastal Protection, Ecosystem Projects, and Water Policy. The Deputy Secretary assists the Secretary in overseeing Florida’s five water management districts in consistent implementation of statewide water policy.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee establishment of Florida’s water quality standards.
Oversee monitoring and assessment of surface and ground water quality.
Oversee development and implementation of water quality restoration strategies and programs in conjunction with local governments and other local stakeholders.
Oversee DEP’s role in restoration and future preservation of America’s Everglades and the wider South Florida Ecosystem, including Lake Okeechobee.
Oversee fair and equitable financial assistance to help local governments finance water quality protection and restoration projects and activities.
Oversee management of coastal resources, including Florida’s Aquatic Preserves, and help local stakeholders develop and implement sound coastal resilience strategies.
Oversee review of water management district programs and strategies to protect regional water quantity and quality.
Engage with the Governor’s Office, Florida Legislature, other state agency leaders, local government officials, and federal government leaders to overcome impediments to implementing Florida water policies and programs.
Ability to analyze complex systems to identify and understand the current situation and how to go about improving system functions and results.
Ability to drive organizational and programmatic change through stronger alignment of strategic priorities and desired measures of success and outcomes.
Ability to improve plans and strategies for meeting agency goals and priorities, set performance targets, measure results, and increase staff adoption and use of new systems, processes and job roles.
Ability to engage and support agency communications staff in developing communication messages and vehicles that provide internal and external stakeholders with clear and comprehensive information on the agency’s efforts and results for meeting its environmental and public safety responsibilities.
Leadership and supervisory experience implementing water quality focused projects and programs.
Knowledge and understanding of Florida’s complex ecosystems and scientific principles, in particular, water sciences.
Proven ability to effectively engage political leaders at the federal, state and local levels.
Experience working with and engaging federal and state agencies.
Understanding and ability to interpret and effectively implement complex state and federal regulations and programs.
Strong negotiating and mediation skills.
Ability to run meetings effectively, establish priorities, and follow through.
Ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Experience implementing grant or other types of funding programs as well as leveraging and securing funding to effectively implement projects and programs.
Freedom to travel extensively throughout Florida and out of state, as necessary.
Bachelor of Science in environmental sciences preferred; Masters a plus.
About Florida Department of Environmental Protection
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship, protecting our air, water and land.