Branch Chief, Inspection & Maintenance Program

State Of Massachusetts Boston , MA 02298

Posted 3 months ago

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

MassDEP seeks applicants for the position of Branch Chief, Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) Program/Environmental Analyst V within the Division of Air and Waste (BAW). In this position, the Branch Chief is responsible for overseeing the issuance of emissions-related waivers and economic-hardship extensions, training programs for the repair community, inspector training related to emissions tests, equipment auditing, and program enforcement in concert with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation/Registry of Motor Vehicles when necessary. The IM Branch prepares the annual and biennial reports required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), manages regulatory State Implementation Plan revision submittals to EPA when needed, prepares updates for EPA's mobile source emissions modeling (MOVES) needed for air quality planning, and participates in national efforts related to ongoing improvements to EPA's MOVES model

This position will be located at One Winter Street, Boston, MA and will supervise a staff of seven (7) employees. Specific duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Implement and refine the Enhanced Emissions Test program, including active use of the program's Network Contractor and technical support contractors;

  • Develop and implement practical strategies to ensure successful operation of the Enhanced Emissions program;

  • Oversee the operation of the I&M branch, including operations, contract administration, program evaluation, compliance and enforcement, public outreach, and auditing;

  • Manage and influence other staff, agencies, and individuals responsible for implementing the program, including public communications staff, the repair industry, EPA and the Registry of Motor Vehicles;

  • Operate and improve the Enhanced Emissions Test Program (Program) by ensuring all Program components are operating well;

  • Ongoing evaluation and improvements of inspection workstation and associated equipment and inspection protocols;

  • Oversee contractor inspector and repairer training;

  • Collection of appropriate and reasonable inspection fees;

  • Research innovative motor vehicle emissions control and testing technologies;

  • Development, procurement, and negotiation of a successor contract;

  • Provide periodic status updates to MassDEP management;

  • Assist in preparing responses to inquiries by the press, the general public, and elected officials;

  • Manage the preparations of reports required by EPA;

  • Coordinate with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to provide joint oversight of the Program and direction to the Network Contractor;

  • Lead or participate in meetings and conferences related to the Program, including those with industry, other states, and agencies;

  • Oversee the preparation of revisions to the State Implementation Plan for the Program;

  • Oversee MOVES modeling, including preparation of related input files and efforts to improve the accuracy of the MOVES model; and

  • Other related duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of implementation and operation of successful motor vehicle inspection and maintenance programs, environmental program evaluation; effective interest group involvement, supervision, oversight of complex contracts, the federal Clean Air Act as it applies to mobile sources, and measurement of pollutants from motor vehicles, particularly Onboard Diagnostic (OBD) systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully operate an I&M program, supervise a diverse and dynamic workforce that includes staff and contractors, conduct and implement environmental program evaluations, negotiate complex contract terms, demonstrate a successful air quality program to EPA for appropriate credit, use electronic databases as an evaluation tool, and assess the benefits and detriments of different I&M testing protocols.

  • Advanced proficiency of computer software.

  • Experience writing complex reports.

  • Effective oral communications skills.

  • Experience developing and delivering presentations for senior management and the public.

  • Experience administering a state I&M program.

  • Experience with the MOVES model.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least six years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health, of which (B) at least four years must have been in a professional capacity, and of which (C) at least two years must have been in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the following substitutions.


I. An Associate's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Bachelor's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

III. A Graduate degree with a major in environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually competed.

NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. No substitutions will be permitted for the required (C) experience.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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