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Program Manager - Compliance Program

Recruitment #23-005482-0015


The Maryland Department of the Environment is charged with protecting and preserving the State's air, water and land resources and safeguarding the environmental health of all Maryland’s citizens.  The Agency’s mission is to protect and restore the environment for the health and well-being of all Marylanders with a vision of healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities and ecosystems in Maryland.

If you are looking for an exciting career committed to helping the environment for all Marylanders, please apply to become part of MDE’s workforce.  MDE offers competitive pay, great benefits, as well as opportunity for advancement and professional growth – MDE offers you a wide range of benefits such as medical and dental coverage, paid time off (i.e., vacation, sick leave), state pension, supplemental retirement options (i.e., 401k, 457b etc.).




The Maryland Department of the Environment
Water and Science Administration 
Compliance Program 
1800 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Program Manager Senior I functions as the Program Manager of the Compliance Program responsible for enforcing state laws and regulations through the management and administration of numerous regulatory services. Through the application of high-level technical and policy expertise, the incumbent manages all compliance services, field monitoring activities, regulatory compliance, and legal enforcement functions associated with industrial pretreatment, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES)/state discharge permits, tidal/nontidal wetland permits and license, sediment and erosion control approvals, stormwater management approvals, well and septic system approvals, and waterway and construction permits. 

The Compliance Program is one of the most diverse and complex programs within MDE. Key elements of this position include compliance policy development and implementation, managing sensitive and controversial enforcement issues, negotiation enforcement actions with clients and/or violators, and supervising a large and diverse workforce.


EDUCATION: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university that includes 30 credits in the biological, environmental, physical sciences, other appropriate technical discipline, or possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Law or Environmental Public Policy or other appropriate related degree.

EXPERIENCE: Six years of experience supervising a professional staff in an environmental field or experience as an environmental project manager including assigning tasks, setting priorities, and reviewing work products.

NOTES: (1) Professional or scientific experience related to natural resources, environment or public health may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for education. (2) One additional year of experience in professional scientific, natural resources, or environmental or public health may be substituted for the 30 specialized academic credits.


It is required that the selected candidate have 4 years of experience in regulatory compliance work. 


It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • Prior experience supervising technical and administrative personnel.
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, planning and organizational skills.
  • Experience handling challenging, high profile, controversial cases that are closely scrutinized by elected officials, the media and the public.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders, including permittees, environmental groups, the public, federal and local governments, and other State agencies.
  • Technical experience applying State and federal laws and regulations, such as the Clean Water Act, NPDES permits, wetlands and waterway construction, water quality and other science based permits, laws and regulations. 
  • Experience working with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA Office of Water and the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of Planning and the Maryland Department of Agriculture. 
  • Experience with EPA's Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS), NetDMR, and the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. 
  • Experience producing data driven reports.
  • Experience with administrative, civil and criminal legal processes and working with the Office of the Attorney General.


Limited to Maryland State Employee only.


Candidates appointed to positions in these classifications may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle.  Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as they relate to the requirements of this position. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on the Eligible List categorized as BEST QUALIFIED. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work.  Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable.  Please note that you will be required by the appointing agency to provide proof upon hire of all certifications, licenses, educational and work experiences.

For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview).
Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date.  Information submitted after this date will not be added. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. 
Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.  The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

All Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States under the Immigration and Reform Control Act. You must be legally authorized and possess any necessary documents under this Act in order to be hired in the position for which you applied.


STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS  (Click ctrl+link to view all benefits)

PERSONAL LEAVE - New State employees are awarded six (6) personal leave days annually (prorated based on start date)

ANNUAL LEAVE - ten (10) days of accumulated annual leave per year.

SICK LEAVE – fifteen (15) days of accumulated sick leave per year.

PARENTAL LEAVE – up to sixty (60) days of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.

HOLIDAYS – State employees also celebrate at least twelve (12) holidays per year. 



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to MDE, Recruitment and Selection Division, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please email the requested information to Tammy Lewis at Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time. Please reference #23-005482-0015. 

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Tammy Lewis at 410-537-3130.  If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or  

This is a position specific position for the Maryland Department of the Environment. The resulting certified eligible list will be maintained for one year. Persons interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.  

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-537-3130 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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