Washington State WMS BAND 3 DIVERSITY DIVISION MANAGER *11237W in Olympia, Washington


The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency's mission.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW's employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov.

Wildlife Diversity Division Manager (WMS3) (Temporary 7 months)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, temporary position as the Wildlife Diversity Division Manager in the Wildlife Program. This position is within the Washington Management Service. This position is located in the Natural Resource Building in Olympia, Thurston County, Washington. NOTE: This is an agency internal employment opportunity.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of the Wildlife Program, the Wildlife Diversity Division Manager directs a diverse divisional program by applying Department policies, administrative rules and statutes to protect, restore, and perpetuate those species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and terrestrial invertebrates that are not classified as game species. Responsible for the management and conservation of wildlife diversity in the state of Washington this position directs, coordinates, and supervises the agency management of endangered wildlife species. A major function of this position is to administer the state species listing process and the implementation of the State Wildlife Action Plan. The position provides technical expertise and guidance for conservation planning and the development and enhancement of watchable wildlife opportunities. The position is responsible for providing and enhancing appreciative recreational opportunity for all wildlife species. The incumbent will direct the work of approximately 20 staff members within the division and coordinate the implementation of the Division's priority activities by coordinating work plans for more than 40 regionally deployed staff. This position will advise the Assistant Director for the Wildlife Program on all matters of significance in the Wildlife Diversity Division and will routinely communicate to the Director and Executive Management Team, the Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the legislature. The incumbent will manage a biennial budget of $10 million comprised of a variety of state and federal funds, with multiple contracts and grants.


Bachelor's Degree in wildlife biology, wildlife ecology or a closely related field AND;

five years of experience as mid-level manager in natural resources with responsibilities for non-game management and experience with the Endangered Species Act.


  • A Master's or Ph.D. in wildlife biology, wildlife ecology or related field.
  • Experience developing and managing complex budgets and contracts.
  • Experience managing multiple, large, complex projects.
  • Experience planning, organizing, supervising and prioritizing multiple work units, including strategic planning.
  • Possess the ability to model and promote behavior that illustrates the value of a diverse, respectful and inclusive workforce.
  • Possess the ability to convey clear, timely, persuasive verbal and written messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.
  • Demonstrate effective negotiation skills. LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Leading Change

  • External Awareness: Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, regional, and national policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.
  • Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  • Strategic Thinking: Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with long-term interests of the organization. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks. Leading People

  • Human Capital Management: Builds and manages a diverse, talented workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs.

  • Diversity and Inclusion: Model and promote behavior that illustrates the value of a diverse, respectful and inclusive workforce; encourage/empower staff to engage in discussions and to actively and respectfully consider the ideas/input of team members and stakeholders.
  • Performance Management: Gives clear direction, sets performance expectations, and holds staff accountable for accomplishing Division objectives.
  • Conflict Management: Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
  • Developing Others: Enhances the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities for professional growth.
  • Team Building: Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals. Results Driven

  • Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work.

  • Decisiveness: Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences. Communicates decision and rationale to affected parties and staff.
  • Problem solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. Building Coalitions

  • Partnering: Develops networks and builds alliances, collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

  • Political Savvy: Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization.
  • Influencing/Negotiating: Builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals. *Communications Effectiveness *

  • Communication: Convey clear, timely, persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others. Apply good listening skills and solicit input/ideas from team members and stakeholders. Help to bridge the gap among Divisions/Regions within the Program, striving for person-to-person communication (not just sending an email). Supplemental Information

Working Conditions

  • This position works in an office setting that includes reading, writing, phone, and computer use and may include travel. Typical hours are 8:00 to 5:00, Monday-Friday, although duties occasionally require work in excess of 40 hours.
  • Must have the ability to operate a vehicle and hold a valid driver's license. Must be able to drive a vehicle.
  • Willingness and ability to work extended hours as necessary to complete assignments. May include extended travel and evening or overnight trips. How to Apply: To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted)

  • A current resume (please make it succinct)
  • Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)
  • Provide answers to the supplemental questions Please note: _Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification_. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

Salary: $7,610.00 - $8,456.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Agency Internal - Non-Permanent

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Job Number: 2018-11237W

Closing: 11/20/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504

Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov