OEH/Environmental Director

This position is currently open.




Ofc. of Environmental Health

Reports To: 

Lieutenant Governor

Type of Position: 

Regular Full Time


Absentee Shawnee Tribe / 2025 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. / Shawnee, OK 74801

General Description

The Office of Environmental Health & Engineering/Environmental Director provides administrative management and technical support to the OEH&E/Environmental Programs. As the OEH&E Director you will oversee an OEH & E Manager, Environmental Manager and all program personnel. As the OEH&E Director you will be responsible for administrative management, reporting, budgets and preparation of program projects for multiple water and wastewater projects funded through Indian Health Services (IHS) and report within the IHS-STARS system. Directs monitors and coordinates tribal construction activities pertaining to the OEH&E program, HUDs-ICDBG Grant Program along with Tribal Construction activities as assigned. The OEH&E Director is responsible for oversight of all AST Water and Wastewater Utilities. The OEH&E Director also serves as the Tribal Environmental Director with direct over site of the Environmental Manager and the Environmental Personnel. The Director must be familiar with the Clean Water Act and EPA funding requirements. The Director must be familiar with water and wastewater sanitation and environmental issues, laws, rules, regulation along with federal, state and tribal statutes.  

Duties and responsibilities

  • Prepares and manages the OEH&E/Environmental programs budgets, working collaboratively under the supervision of the AST Lieutenant Governor’s Office.
  • Collaborates with other AST staff on cross department projects.
  • Directs and supervises staff engaged in research, the organization and maintenance of tribal environmental database, or fieldwork involving implementation of the program’s work plan.
  • Prepares sanitation facility construction project proposals for the OEH&E-IHS funding.
  • Attends meetings and provides program reports to the AST Executive Committee Officials.
  • Ability to prepare and make comprehensive presentations, communicate extemporaneously, and professionally communicate within Executive Committee and General Council Meetings as required.
  • Responsibilities include meeting with IHS and EPA program personnel over continued program funding.
  • Knowledge of federal contracts and grant requirements
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise good judgment and discretion, particularly with regard to sensitive or confidential personnel or organizational matters
  • Academic education and formal training leading to a working knowledge of the objectives, principles, practices, standards, procedures, theories, trends and major informational references of environmental planning
  • Attends Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Indian Community Development Block Grant program meetings and trainings.
  • Acts as administrative construction project manager on all ICDBG construction projects.
  • Develops and prepares construction specification for solicitation for invitation to bid for architectural, construction and renovation projects. Analyzes contractual requirements, specification, design changes.
  • Prepares and submits all necessary reporting data and final reports to funding agencies.
  • Collaborates with the Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority (ASHA) on Environmental Reviews, per MOA agreement.
  • Oversight of all Tribal Water and Wastewater Utilities.

Education Requirements

  • A Master's Degree in natural, physical, biological or environmental science or a related science field is preferred. With at least three years of experience working with environmental grants/programs.
  • Prior Environmental Management experience
  • Experience in environmental sampling techniques and quality assurance and control (QA/QC) procedures.
  • Must be able to apply basic science and mathematical principles to the understanding of the physical and chemical properties associated with source pollutants in the environment.
  • Must have the ability to use computer technology and various software programs, especially MS Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and Internet and e-mail programs.
  • Prefer applicant to have Geographical Information System (GIS) knowledge and experience or familiarity with maps, and field surveying using traditional and GPS technology.
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff members from government entities such as EPA Region 6 and others.
  • Excellent analytical skills; ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally with the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Members, Executive Committee Members, Federal and State Officials, private contractors, inspectors and the general public.
  • Must have a water and wastewater Class “C” licenses
  • Must be computer literate, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Laserfiche, AutoCAD, and ArcGIS Software.
  • Must be familiar with sanitation and environmental issues, rules, regulations along with federal and state statures, EPA drinking water act, and sanitation disposal, and IHS guidelines, policies/procedures.
  • Must be familiar with construction activities,  plans, specifications, testing, materials and construction contracts.
  • Must have effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Must prepare Environmental programs grant applications and work plans.
  • A working knowledge of applicable federal laws (i.e. Clean Water Act) and other regulations as they are applied to environmental management is required.
  • Applicants must have the ability to independently assess and evaluate program needs, coordinate and implement strategies, and apply this knowledge toward program development.
  • The ability to perform light manual labor, including the ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Some in-state and out-of-state travel is required.
  • A valid Oklahoma Drivers License is required.
  • Must be able to pass criminal background check.
  • Native American Preference/EOE/Drug Free Workplace

Posted Date: 

2 months 1 week ago