Senior Officer - Environmental & Economic Policy

Trenton, New Jersey, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Job Summary

The mission of the Office of Policy, Planning and Research (PPR) is to accelerate the growth of New Jersey's economy by conceiving and implementing initiatives that enhance the State's long-term economic competitiveness by addressing environmental and economic justice issues using holistic integrated approaches to create thriving and inclusive communities. The Senior Officer - Environmental & Economic Policy position will be within the Authority's Brownfield & Sustainable System Department that includes a strong focus on efforts to leverage brownfields, advance environmental sustainability, resiliency, environmental justice and equity, and to support community revitalization and economic development. This position will oversee efforts that support inclusive and sustainable economic development across the state, driving investment in underserved communities and in sectors poised for growth. The Sr. Officer will develop related policies, manage program design and implementation, and advance strategic partnerships related to Brownfields and Sustainable Systems.

$64,268 - $80,335

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with the Senior Brownfields Advisor to establish and maintain relationships with environmental and brownfield stakeholders, including relevant governmental agencies, and private/nonprofit partners. Acts as a brownfields and economic development advocate, including representing the Authority at industry events.
  • Supports the Authority's brownfields and environmental sustainability initiatives. These efforts may include: developing and implementing of brownfields, environmental justice, and climate resilience strategies and programs.
  • Advises NJEDA's policy related to Brownfields & Sustainable Systems
  • Directs and manages implementation of new related products and initiatives, advancing the state's economic development goals and meeting the EDA's fiscal and policy objectives, in coordination with Policy, Planning and Research.
  • Performs independent research and prepares and submits board memos to the Attorney General's office along with recommendations for Board action.
  • Prepares reports for legislative purposes, when required by the legislature or for other governmental entities, by conducting research and coordinating with other departments and Executive staff.
  • Acts as NJEDA's liaison for Interagency Councils related to Environmental Justice and Climate Change Resilience and will identify opportunities to work with other state departments or agencies to ensure interagency communication, coordination and consistency; sharing of information and best practices; and leveraging of resources and actions to advance the goals, principles, and priorities.
  • Develops and implement Environmental Justice Action Plan, creating goals appropriate to NEJDA's vision and mission.
  • In collaboration with appropriate internal NJEDA Departments, develops a plan for educating and training staff about environmental justice and their role in advancing environmental justice goals.
  • Promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers.
  • Must complete annual and semiannual self-assessment as required.
  • Performs other duties and special projects, as assigned.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Experience in and deep knowledge of environmental policy.
  • Experience in and deep knowledge of at least of the following:
  • Brownfield Development
  • Real Estate Development
  • NJ Land Use Policy and Regulations
  • Climate Change Resilience Policy
Knowledge of or ability to read, understand and communicate about complex legislation and other documents Must possess advanced research abilityExperience in and ability to develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for programs (e.g. Brownfields Impact Fund and Brownfields Tax Credit)Knowledge of BrownfieldsKnowledge of real estate and community development practicesKnowledge of development economic development concepts, finance concepts, tools, and applicability.Ability to draft rules and/or regulations for publication in state or federal register.Ability to develop a long-term vision and integrate brownfields, environmental justice, climate change resiliency and sustainability into policies and programs. Ability to write clearly, and work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team of researchers, communications and marketing staff, and senior management.Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly MS Excel, and the ability to learn new software packages. Knowledge of GIS preferred.Ability to adapt to changes in work environment and manage competing demandsAbility to prioritize workload, must be highly organized, detail-oriented, handle various tasks simultaneously and work independently within limited time constraints.Must be able to maintain confidentiality and deal effectively and diplomatically with business professionals and EDA staff.Passion for EDA's mission, brownfields, and environmental justiceAdvanced quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; proficient in grammar, spelling and editing; and foster communications with business professionals and EDA staffAbility to prioritize workload, must be highly organized, detail-oriented, handle various tasks simultaneously and work independently within limited time constraints with little or no supervision.Demonstrates respectful behavior and promotes teamwork and communication to encourage an interactive, cooperative, collaborative and customer focused work environment among division, EDA staff and external customers. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to learn new software packagesKnowledge and experience in developing state government programs a plus.

Required Qualifications

Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree in finance, economics, business or marketing, policy or related field; or bachelor's degree in environmental law, environmental policy, planning, engineering, geology/earth science or environmental studies.
  • Minimum seven years' experience in environmental law, real estate, community development, financial services and/or analysis field.
  • Minimum three years' experience involving the reading, interpretation and/or drafting of legislation.
  • Policy and product development experience preferred.

Advanced degree or industry specific certification may be substituted for 1 year of experience

Physical Demands
  • Minimal
  • Ability to work outside normal business hours, as needed

  • As necessary to events, meetings, businesses, etc.

Certificates and Licenses Required
  • Valid driver's license


The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job description. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope, general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

Your employment at NJEDA is voluntary and subject to termination by you or NJEDA at will, with or without cause, or with or without notice, at any time. Nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to conflict, eliminate or modify the employment-at-will status of NJEDA employees.

This position is considered exempt and is excluded from minimum wage, overtime regulations, and other rights and protections afforded nonexempt workers under the FLSA.

NJEDA reserves the right to amend/revise this job description as necessary to meet current and changing business needs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Position Requirements

  • Foreign degrees/transcripts must be evaluated by a reputable evaluation service at your own expense and must be submitted prior to a start date. If this cannot be provided within 21 days of an offer the offer will be rescinded.
  • Must comply with the "New Jersey First Act" which requires employees hired after September 1, 2011 to reside in New Jersey. Non-New Jersey resident employees must relocate to New Jersey within one year of their date of hire and provide proof of residency to Human Resources.
  • Must complete an Outside Activity Questionnaire (disclosure of outside office or employment) on an annual basis.

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