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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for executing environmental policy for the County Executive and the County Legislature and for the development of environmental policy for Onondaga County. The Director shall represent the County Executive and County Legislature in environmental issues and shall coordinate County agencies in meeting environmental problems and shall assist in the environmental aspects of economic development. The Director shall meet with citizen groups and members of the media on environmental concerns and shall negotiate with Federal and State environmental regulatory agencies. Supervision is received from the County Executive. Supervision is exercised over a clerical employee. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Performs inter-agency negotiations within Onondaga County Government relative to environmental issues.
Performs problem solving activities on across-the-board environmental initiatives through strategy sessions.
Attends legislative and regulatory agency meetings.
Attends policy meetings with County Executive staff.
Meets with the public and media on significant items of concern.
Develops cooperative responses among various department heads.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES SKILLS ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of environmental issues.
Thorough knowledge of Federal, State and local rules, regulations and current issues and topics relating to the environment.
Thorough knowledge of environmental problems and their impact on the community and public, health and safety, etc.
Good knowledge of media relations and public relations.
Good knowledge of the principals and practices of public administration.
Ability to work with diverse groups to negotiate resolutions to environmental issues and problems.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Possession of a masters degree in public administration, environmental science or sanitary engineering or other appropriate advanced degree and six (6) years of satisfactory experience in environmental issues with intensive involvement in investigation and analysis of environmental episodes.
NOTE These qualifications are authorized by the Onondaga County Administrative Code, Section 3.05 of Section 305 under Article III as adopted by Local Law No. 2-1961 on December 7, 1987.