South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) is the most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the Nation. As one of the largest air districts, we serve a four-county region that includes large areas of Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the Coachella Valley, which is home to more than 17 million people.
South Coast AQMD’s headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse “Clean Air Team” of over 800 employees, an annual budget of $189.2 million, and a state-of-the art air quality laboratory, our mission is to ensure clean air and a healthy environment. South Coast AQMD is an organization you can be proud to work for — we make a difference in the quality of life in Southern California!
South Coast AQMD’s mission requires diverse perspectives, talents, and life experiences to solve some of the most complex technical air quality issues. We are committed to creating and maintaining a work environment that appreciates the unique contributions of our employees and fosters professional development and growth. South Coast AQMD respects the distinct ideas and perspectives of our stakeholders and works to bring them together toward the common goal of clean air.
About the Position
South Coast AQMD executive management positions are classified as Designated Deputies and are at-will appointments. Designated Deputies serve at the pleasure of the Executive Officer and assist the Executive Officer in strategic planning for the organization. The Assistant Deputy Executive Officer (ADEO) for Technology Advancement is a Designated Deputy.
This executive management position will report to the Deputy Executive Officer (DEO) of the Technology Advancement Office (TAO). Under administrative direction, this position is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing strategic and day-to-day operations and activities of South Coast AQMD’s TAO division. Through subordinate senior managers, the ADEO leads a group of about 60 staff, and oversees incentive and research programs totaling over $200 million annually. The ADEO is responsible for research, development, demonstration and early deployment (RD3) of advanced technologies as well as implementation of incentive funding programs for mobile sources and programs focused within disadvantaged communities.
TAO is comprised of Technology Implementation, which handles all of the mobile source incentive programs for the agency; as well as Technology Demonstration, which coordinates RD3 projects. These projects have become much more complex with the development of near-zero and zero emission technologies, and the resulting commercialization and incentives offered to initiate fleet turnover.
Technology Demonstration includes the Clean Fuels Program, which conducts a variety of RD3 projects of near-zero and zero emission vehicle technologies working with technology providers, fleets, original equipment manufacturers and other funding entities.
Other important duties of the Assistant DEO – Technology Advancement include coordination of program involvement with other air districts through the California Air Pollution Control Officer’s Association (CAPCOA), working closely with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on possible legislative changes and guideline revisions to the programs as well as representing agency staff at several organizations such as the Mobile Source Emissions Reductions Committee (MSRC), the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership (CNGVP) and the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership (HFCP). Lastly, the Assistant DEO also works closely with other local, state and federal agencies on policy and funding opportunities.
Location: Diamond Bar, CA – Flexible/Hybrid
Example of Duties
- Plans, organizes and directs the operations and activities of staff engaged in RD3 projects and incentive programs, and other assigned functions in accordance with established South Coast AQMD goals and objectives; coordinates activities with other South Coast AQMD functions and outside agencies; and assures compliance with regulatory requirements and professional practices.
- Directs, through subordinate management staff, the development and implementation of TAO policies and procedures that are consistent with South Coast AQMD’s mission and objectives and that comply with state and federal laws.
- Assigns responsibilities and establishes lines of authority; evaluates the effectiveness of programs and management personnel and makes recommendations to the Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, or other Designated Deputies.
- Directs and oversees the development of programs, policies and tools that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of field personnel, workflow, and data management.
- Ensures that operations and activities assigned to units are consistent with legal mandates and with generally accepted practices.
- Serves as a technical expert and represents South Coast AQMD before South Coast AQMD’s Governing Board, South Coast AQMD Hearing Board, California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission and other governmental agencies, boards and judicial bodies, professional groups, environmental and business representatives and the general public.
- Represents South Coast AQMD in interacting with public- and private-sector officials, community groups and the general public on a variety of issues that impact South Coast AQMD.
- Consults with and advises South Coast AQMD Board Members, Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and other Designated Deputies on legislative matters and other issues as required.
- Directs the preparation of reports, contracts, grant proposals, technical papers, South Coast AQMD documents and correspondence.
- Directs the preparation and monitors budgets and makes recommendations on resource allocations and fixed asset purchases.
- May act on behalf of the Deputy Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, or Executive Officer in his/her absence, as directed.
The most desirable candidates will present a highly competitive combination of management experience, related scientific experience and/or other relevant education and training, along with directly related air quality or other environmental experience. The related air quality experience will be a minimum of three years directing or managing RD3 projects and/or incentive programs involving the direction of a large number of professional and technical staff and regulating a large and diverse universe of sources by demonstrating the following:
- High-level expertise in a program within TAO or a similar program in another agency, including coordination of grant applications and agreements
- Significant in-depth experience implementing federal, state, and local air quality laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances, or similar related, transferable experience
- Experience effectively managing a large, diverse staff to accomplish agency goals and mission
- Skill and ability to deal effectively with the public, elected officials, other governmental agencies, and regulated sources on highly contentious matters
- Experience writing and implementing grants for RD3 projects and/or community-based incentive programs
- Possession of analytical skills and familiarity with South Coast AQMD operations related to TAO
- Significant experience with contracts, program budgets, and preparing for and undergoing audits by the state or federal governments
- Excellent communication skills in both written and oral form, and ability to make presentations to the public, elected officials, and agency boards
Minimum Qualifications / Experience:
- Training and experience in the field of air quality that demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities to plan, organize and direct the development of policies, programs or regulations of the TAO; knowledge of administrative techniques and practices necessary for the solution of strategic and daily operational problems in personnel, work flow, efficiency, automation, and organization; knowledge of effective management principles and their application; knowledge of budget design, development and control.
- Ability to develop and accomplish, through management or supervisory staff, established goals and objectives; establish effective working relations with South Coast AQMD staff, public and private sector representatives and community groups; communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- A master’s degree in an academic discipline related to the area of assignment may substitute for one year of the managerial, administrative or direct supervisory experience.
Note: Evidence of the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be demonstrated, in part, by graduation from an accredited college or university preferably with a major emphasis in an academic discipline related to the area of assignment and five years of progressively responsible management experience which would demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities of the area of assignment OR three years of experience in one of the South Coast AQMD’s manager classes which demonstrates the knowledge and abilities to manage the area of assignment.
- Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License may be required.