Director Maritime Environmental and Planning

Port of Seattle Published: December 7, 2017
Job Type
CSR/ Envir Mgmt Systems / Planning / Land Use /

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~ The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade and travel to the Pacific Northwest, providing maritime and airport operations for the greater Seattle area. ~

About 40 percent of the state of Washington's economy is impacted in some way by the Port. In 2015 the ports of Seattle and Tacoma created the historically innovative Northwest Seaport Alliance, unifying the management of the two ports' marine cargo terminals and related functions to continue our leading role in international trade.We are the Green Gateway. We offer the lowest carbon footprint for cargo shipped from Asia by sea and transported by rail through the Port of Seattle to the rest of the country.

Just as importantly, the Green Gateway stands for our environmental leadership and award-winning environmental efforts at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Every year we recognize airline, tenant, and business partner environmental stewardship efforts at Sea-Tac Airport and the critical role their accomplishments play in becoming the "Green Gateway."

We also award cruise and container customers whose environmental programs and initiatives exceed regulatory requirements. 

Position Overview

Leads, directs, oversees, and manages Sustainability, Environmental and Planning programs for the Maritime and Economic Development Divisions non-aviation projects and properties at the Port of Seattle.

Weekly Standard Hours:

  • Normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week).


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:

  • This position is part of the Environment and Sustainability Center of Expertise (COE) and reports directly to the Sr. Director for Environment and Sustainability.
  • As the leader for Maritime Environmental and Planning, this position is responsible to provide direction, develop and coaches a multidisciplinary team of professional in the areas of facility and land use planning, community involvement, environmental reviews (NEPA and SEPA), hazardous materials, water and air programs, contaminated soils and groundwater, habitat restoration and marine stormwater utility.
  • Lead the development, implementation and oversight of strategies to improve the Ports' environmental sustainability and stewardship while also looking for revenue and cost recovery opportunities to support programs.
  • Serve on the Maritime Leadership team and works closely with senior management in the development, implementation and oversight of environmental strategies, policies and programs to support and facilitate Maritime plans, programs and operations.
  • Provide oversight and policy guidance for remediation, permitting and compliance, and energy programs to include renewable energy and energy conservation.
  • Develop strategies to move projects forward, in the face of controversy and conflicting interest and communicating, engaging and negotiating with stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with senior management and executive at regulatory agencies to facilitate problem resolution and establish and implement strategic objectives and business priorities.
  • Collaborate with Public Affairs on environmental education and awareness efforts, and on political messages related to environmental and sustainability aspects of Maritime and Industrial issues.
  • Provide support to Public Affairs in response to media inquiries and speaks with the press on sustainability and environmental matters.


  • Combination of education and experience demonstrative knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or a related field; and
  • Fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible environmental and/or planning.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in planning or environmental focused.
  • Twenty (20) years of experience with environmental program management and international environmental policy development and implementation.

Additional Details:

  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain one, is required.

Work Environment:

  • Will generally work in an office environment.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated high degree of knowledge in the following key areas: environmental compliance, sustainability, regulatory and aviation environmental activities including noise management related to the Maritime industry.
  • Strong understanding of planning, strategies, methodologies, and techniques.
  • Ability to effectively direct, facilitate, and manage immediate operational requirements, employee development, and long-range strategic initiatives.
  • Able to prepare and manage significant capital and operational budgets.
  • Strong working knowledge of external regulatory planning requirements, specifically state, city, and county planning protocol.
  • Ability to direct and manage business and policy analysis.
  • Ability to effectively plan, communicate, and coordinate with Senior Aviation team members.
  • Believes and displays strong customer service skills and leadership presence.
  • Strong dynamic persuasive presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage projects effectively; direct and implement business goals and objectives.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with elected officials regarding current work objectives and future strategies. Ability to think critically and make independent judgments and decisions based on knowledge and professional experience.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects within time constraints.
  • Creative problem solving abilities and ability to work collaboratively, motivate team members and be an effective leader.

Compensation: The hiring range is between the minimum and midpoint of the compensation range and is based on the knowledge, skill, and experience of the successful candidate.

To Apply

Please click "Apply" below to upload your cover letter and resume. This posting will close at 8:00pm PST on 12-17-2017.

~ EEO Statement The Port of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. ~

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