PURPOSE: Develop and implement new and innovative carbon reduction strategies and air quality programs designed to meet Port of Seattle’s goals to reduce carbon footprint and improve air quality for the Maritime division of the Port as well as those of our maritime partners.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develop goals, objectives and policies for the department necessary to achieve the Port’s Century Agenda goals and other organizational goals needed to improve air quality and reduce emissions.
Develop and enhance our carbon program by creating innovative, long-term reduction strategies such as encouraging use of renewable fuels, encouraging shore power deployment and identifying advance technologies ready for implementation.
Evaluate climate impacts and work with departments to identify operational impacts and options to mitigate or adapt to emerging climate risks.
Represent Port of Seattle and contribute to Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy partnership with the NWSA and Port of Metro Vancouver.
Develop and implement projects and initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and enhance sustainability.
Communicate efforts to community, agencies, Port departments senior management and elected officials in clear and understandable fashion.
Work with multiple Port departments, business partners, agencies, elected officials, and lobbyists to understand existing and future operational needs.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Will have the knowledge and expertise in both climate science and policy theories for carbon emissions, climate protection as well as advanced knowledge or air pollutants related to transportation. Will be knowledgeable and understand technical policy assumptions embedded in carbon accounting as well as future carbon emissions reduction programs. Must have the knowledge to develop and implement strategies and policies that align interests of climate protection and air pollution with sustainable development for maritime sector. The knowledge to use models to estimate future climate conditions and the limitations of those models is a benefit.
The skills to speak to wide variety of audiences, including elected officials, federal, state and local air agencies, lobbyists, business partners, port staff, and community. Will have the skills necessary to write clear and compelling documents that convey information easily and with clarity. Will have the ability to present complex findings and ideas to a wide variety of audiences; including community, agencies, Port departments, elected officials, senior management and key business partners. Will have the skills needed to apply creative thinking to a wide variety of topics and factors that may influence carbon emissions and air quality emissions from the maritime transportation sector and demonstrated skills in organizing, implementing and managing new programs designed to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This skilled individual will be able to create innovative approaches when developing a successful carbon program and air quality program. Will have the ability to analyze and articulate emerging and complex regulations and laws and use their influence to educate and persuade upper management and decision-makers. The ability to manage diverse elements involved in environmental activities and understand environmental requirements with multi-component projects. Will have the ability to effectively make complex decisions; demonstrate strategic agility; and think globally, looking at the broadest possible view of issues. Must be able to build rapport and relate well to all kinds of people, both inside and outside the organization with diplomacy and tact. The ability to understand statistical analyses to energy-related data and interpret findings as they relate to factors such as conservation projects versus climate is a benefit.
QUALIFICATIONS: Combination of education and experience demonstrative knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:
Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis in atmospheric science, environmental engineering, environmental or natural sciences or related field; and
Ten (10) years’ experience in developing and managing environmental projects related to air quality regulatory compliance, GHG emission reduction initiatives, and climate science or sustainability programs.
Understanding of Federal, Washington State and local air quality regulations and carbon policies.
Experience in working with and supervising staff in work unit
Five (5) years’ experience working in regional transportation issues, especially maritime-related transportation as related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and
Masters of Science in atmospheric science or climate science
Internal Number: 1129BR
About Port of Seattle
The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade and travel to the Pacific Northwest. The Port provides maritime and airport operations for the greater Seattle area. Forty percent of the state of Washington’s economy is impacted in some way by the Port. The ports of Seattle and Tacoma are currently working to create the historically innovative Seaport Alliance, unifying the management of the two ports’ marine cargo terminals and related functions to continue our leading role in international trade.
The Port of Seattle manages two cruise terminals that make Seattle the preferred choice for Alaska and Pacific Northwest cruises. Nearly 960,000 visitors are expected during this year’s cruise season with 203 ships calling on Seattle. The Port also manages Fisherman’s Terminal, the headquarters of the North Pacific Fishing fleet, as well as three recreational marinas and the Maritime Industrial Center.
The Port of Seattle operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) serving nearly 42.3 million passengers and more than 332,636 metric tons of air cargo in 2015. For the sixth straight year, Sea-Tac served a record number of passengers in 2015, one of the fastest growing large hub airports in the United States.