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IT Project Manager (IT Project Management - Journey)

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.  

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is looking to fill an IT Project Management - Journey position. This position will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

In this role, you will serve as the IT technical expert for NWP's large-scale and highly complex projects. Due to NWP’s regulatory role at the Hanford Site and its regional location, the work being performed is unique and is setting standards for large data initiatives. The complexity of this work involves evolving business needs and shifting priorities resulting from coordinating with multiple federal and state agencies, including the United States Department of Energy (USDOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). 

If you possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation when making a decision and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience, then this position is for you!

Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment, and to promote the wise management of our air, land, and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

Program Mission: The mission of the Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is to lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the United States Department of Energy’s Hanford Site; to ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington; and to protect the state’s air, water, and land at and adjacent to the Hanford site.

Unit Objectives: NWP’s IT technicians play a significant role in IT help desk services, systems administration services, business analysis, data management, applications development, configuration control, and IT security; so that NWP staff can utilize current technology and modern workflow techniques, in order to cleanup Hanford in accordance with Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) milestones and schedules. 

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is expected to work in the office up to one day per week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.”

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 21, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 20, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

About the Department of Ecology
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 


What makes this role unique? 
This position reports to the Technology and Environmental Data section supervisor. In this role, you will provide expert IT project management and application development services for Ecology's Nuclear Waste Program (NWP). This work includes initiating, planning, controlling, monitoring, closing, and reporting on large projects that support mission critical initiatives, including the reissuance and publication of the 16,000-page Hanford site-wide dangerous waste permit. 

You will lead cross-functional teams, which include IT, regulatory, and administrative staff, in defining IT business needs. You will also analyze the overall work and specific tasks required for the project and assign tasks to team members and sub-teams.

What you will do: 

  • Facilitate requirements gathering meetings across multiple business units. 
  • Analyze input for conflicting requirements and negotiate solutions that meet business needs. 
  • Document business and IT systems requirements in the requirement section of the Project Plan. 
  • Develop regulatory project schedules and IT development schedules. 
  • Create Roles and Responsibilities documents. 
  • Define team members and requirements. 
  • Manage project schedules and agendas. 
  • Assign tasks to team members. 


Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Option 1: Six (6) years of experience in Information Technology (IT) project management. Experience may include some or all of the following: business analysis, user interface design, system testing, and all facets of IT project management for IT projects.

Option 2: An Associate’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT), Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Business Administration, or closely related field; OR completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in IT or related program AND four (4) years of experience as listed above.

Option 3: A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT), Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Business Administration, or closely related field AND two (2) years of experience as listed above.

All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:
 Possible Combinations.College credit hours or degree - as listed above.Years of required experience - as listed above.Combination 1No college credit hours or degree.6 years of experience.Combination 230-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.5 years of experience.Combination 360-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).4 years of experience.Combination 490-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.3 years of experience.Combination 5 A Bachelor's Degree or higher.2 years of experience.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Four (4) years of professional project management experience on projects crossing program and/or agency boundaries. 
  • Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI) or a university or college.
  • Professional experience supporting users of commercial off-the-shelf solutions, including configuring the solution and interacting with the vendor in the installation and operation of the solution.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
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Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • Three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. 
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:
Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

Application Attestation: 

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed. 

Other Information:
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Will deLuna at Will.deLuna@ecy.wa.govPlease do not contact Will to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email

Why work for Ecology?

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.
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Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology 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, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.