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Environmental Impact Assessment Policy Advisor Washignton, DC (ID#13427)

Provide a responsible, among other duties, for advising the Bureau on environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and related matters under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and serves as an expert responsible for advising OES leadership on compliance and permitting for NEPA activities within the jurisdiction of the Department of State. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Environmental Impact Assessment Policy Advisor:

  •  Support Department efforts to assess environmental impacts of projects as part of the process of consideration for Presidential permits. This may include:
  • Preparing of briefing materials;
  • Developing proposals;
  • Conducting of records searches;
  • Reviewing environmental impact assessments;
  • Reviewing and responding to public comments on environmental impact assessments;
  • Evaluating the quality and completeness of submitted documentation;
  • Supporting working groups with other federal agencies involved in the development, coordination, and implementation of environmental assessment activities.
  • Work with a small team in OES/EQT to implement work plans and strategies in each of these areas.  S/he may also interact with Members and staff of Congress through briefings or correspondence, and would play a role in keeping interested constituencies informed of issues being considered and progress in decision-making processes with appropriate transparency relative to the deliberative process.
  • Working with other federal agencies, evaluate proposed projects and permit applications to facilitate their consideration and recommendations.  Ensure that all recommendations have been coordinated within the Department and appropriate agencies, and are consistent with relevant legal, regulatory, and procedural requirements.
  • Evaluate proposed projects and permit applications to recommend whether an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or an Environmental Assessment (EA) is required under NEPA.  When another agency is responsible for NEPA, analyze whether the outside agency’s NEPA document is sufficient, and prepare a NEPA sufficiency statement.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Mastery of knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Endangered Species Act, as well as mastery of objectives as they relate to environmental reviews/environmental impact assessments.
  • Knowledge of U.S. foreign affairs information sources, processes, and organizations in order to apply the full range of available information resources and capabilities in supporting the needs of the Department.
  • Thorough experience with regulatory compliance and permitting programs as well as an utmost understanding of state and federal environmental and safety regulatory agencies, including their jurisdiction and major regulations.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as expert experience with Endangered Species Act consultation.
  • Ability to interact with senior policy makers to provide authoritative analysis and advice on relevant political, scientific, trade and economic and social issues.
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills sufficient to support planning and implementation of environmental reviews as part of a permit review process.
  • Superior writing, speaking, and research skills to produce independently-prepared, authoritative policy reports and memoranda under tight deadlines for consideration by senior policymakers.
  • Expert ability to liaise with officials throughout the USG, stakeholders, tribes, and diverse groups to work cooperatively toward achieving success on infrastructure projects and other common goals.
  • Skill in oral and written communication to prepare and present analyses, provide guidance, solicit information, and defend proposals to policy level officials and regulators.

EDUCATON AND EXPERIENCE

  • Mastery of knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and the Endangered Species Act as well as mastery of objectives as they relate to environmental reviews/environmental impact assessments.
  • Ability to interact with senior policy-makers to provide authoritative analysis and advice on relevant political, scientific, trade and economic and social
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills sufficient to plan, conduct and coordinate environmental reviews as part of a permit review process.
  • Superior writing, speaking, and research skills to produce independently prepared, reports and memoranda under tight deadlines for consideration by senior policymakers in the Department and other U.S. agencies as well as the ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation to officials with regard to the interpretation and application of analyses.
  • Knowledge of U.S. foreign affairs information sources, processes, and organizations in order to apply the full range of available information resources and capabilities in supporting the needs of the Department.
  • Thorough experience with regulatory compliance and permitting programs as well as an utmost understanding of state and federal environmental and safety regulatory agencies, including their jurisdiction and major regulations.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as expert experience with Endangered Species Act consultation.
  • Expert ability to liaise with officials throughout the USG, stakeholders, tribes, and diverse groups to work cooperatively toward achieving success on infrastructure projects and other the common goals.
  • Skill in oral and written communication to prepare and present analyses, provide guidance, solicit information, and defend proposals to policy level officials and regulators.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Controlled climate office environment.