"Job Description ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER The Environmental Officer EO is"
Job Description ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER The Environmental Officer (EO) is the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit clearance officer reporting to the Director of the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD). The EO has state-wide responsibility for environmental oversight, program, and policy concerns relating to the environment. Within the state, the EO also serves as the principal environment advisor to all program office directors and managers (housing, public housing, public facilities, public infrastructure, and economic development) and to the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery staff. The EO also serves as the primary source of environmental policy expertise, guidance, direction and support to all program offices. The EO provides leadership, technical assistance and advice to insure the effective observance and inclusion of environmental quality concepts, policies and considerations by all Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit staff in the performance of their duties. The position is located in the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Examples of Key Duties: (Duties are illustrative and not inclusive and may vary with individual assignment.) • The EO serves as the chief point of contact with Disaster Recovery Managers for environmental guidance and support. This support takes the form of policy guidance, technical assistance, appropriate environmental review of Disaster Recovery projects, and determinations of environmental compliance with applicable regulations. • The EO operates at the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit and provides assistance to program offices in developing appropriate local performance goals for environmental review and compliance activities. This will include assessing environmental review capacity of state and municipal governments serving as Responsible Entities (REs) under Part 58, “Environmental Review Procedures,” and determining whether technical assistance, on-site assistance, and/or monitoring is required to support these REs, both a t the state and local levels. • The EO informs, interprets, advises, trains, and reviews the professional products of all program areas that have environmental responsibilities in the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit. The Environmental review is required for all agency actions with a physical impact on the environment. The environmental review can influence project design substantially. Proposals have relocated to different sites, altered mass and scale, changed materials, and undergone other alterations, or even been rejected, as a result of the findings of an environmental review. Activities can range from large, complex mixed use developments sponsored by the private sector to scattered site public housing being provided by local public housing authorities, to subsidized housing developments sponsored by local not-for-profits, to infrastructure and economic development projects undertaken by local governments. • The EO must be capable of providing assistance within the state regarding the following statutory and regulatory considerations pertaining to environmental compliance: 1. National Environmental Policy Act (42 USC 4321 et. seq.) 2. Section 106 of National Historic Preservation Act (16 USC 470(f)) 3. Executive Order 11593 Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Environment 4. Reservoir Salvage Act (16 USC 469) 5. Flood Disaster Protection Act (42 USC 4002 et. seq.) 6. Executive Order 11988 Flood plain Management 7. Executive Order 11990 Protection of Wetlands 8. Coastal Zone Management Act (16 USC 1451 et. seq.) 9. Costal Barrier Resources Act (16 USC 1271 et. seq.) 10. Safe Water Drinking Act (42 USC 201, 300(f) et. seq.) 11. Endangered Species Act (16 USC 1531 et. seq.) 12. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 USC 1271 et. seq.) 13. Clean Air Act (42 USC 7401 et. seq.) 14. Farmland Protection Act (7 USC 4201 et. seq.) 15. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act 16. Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act 17. HUD environmental standards (24 CFR 51) a) Noise Abatement and Control b) Sitting of HUD-Assisted Projects Near Hazardous Operations.. Explosive or of a Flammable Nature c) Sitting of HUD-Assisted Projects in Runway Clear Zones… 18. Executive Order 12372 on Interagency Coordination 19. Lead Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act (42 USC 4821-4846) 20. Cost-Effective Energy Conservation and Effectiveness Standards (24 CFR 39) 21. Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice These authorities must be implemented in regard to all HUD programs that can affect the environment, including: - mortgage insurance - CDBG - subsidized housing - HOME - special purpose grants - HOPE - public housing development - Property disposition - public housing modernization - Indian Housing - public housing reconstruction - Indian CPD grants - public housing demolition - Homeless - Neighborhood Development Demonstration ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING: The EO reports directly to a manager of the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit, who is responsible for rating the EO under the Employee Evaluation System. The EO looks to the manager for local guidance and policy direction. Work is accomplished within the framework of the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit. Work is reviewed for timeliness in meeting Management Plan goals, compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, quality of plan implementation, and overall environmental performance within the state. The EO consults additionally with program directors, Public Facility, Infrastructure, Economic Development and Housing managers. Develop plans to train, monitor performance, and provide technical assistance to staff. Indirect supervision is provided carefully so as not to usurp the decision-making authority of each program area. INDEPENDENT AUTHORITY EXERCISED: As the state-wide authority of environmental issues, the EO must work independently and serve as a point of reference for all environmental compliance issues relative to disaster recovery. The EO must exercise independent discretion in the following areas: a) Develops realistic production goals for the management plan and takes necessary steps collaboratively with other program offices to assure that these goals are met; b) Sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work; c) Identifies developmental and training needs of grantees within the state, providing or arranging for needed development and training. d) Conducts risk analysis using performance information to determine where likely environmental compliance concerns may exist and follows up as necessary to monitor the environmental review procedures of grantees as needed. e) Provides counsel and expertise within the state relating to environmental regulations, environmental assessment and review requirements, and policy developments within the discipline. f) Advises, counsels, and instructs OCD employees on environmental work. g) Identifies developmental and training need s of OCD employees, providing or arranging for needed development and training. h) Finds ways to improve production or increase the quality of the work directed. OTHER CONDITIONS: The EO is principal advisor on environmental matters relating to both policy and projects. Pursuant to NEPA, the environmental process utilizes an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing input from: - Program staff such as appraisers, reps, housing management specialist, etc. - State historic preservation experts - Technical consultants such as architects, hydrologists, engineers, planners, etc. - Other federal agencies with technical expertise, such as DOT, EPA, ACHP, DOI (Fish & Wildlife) - Local government officials The EO: - Maintains liaison with local governments and any other Federal Agencies throughout the state, carrying on activities that relate to the concerns of the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit and HUD funded programs in order to insure that such agencies are aware of HUD environmental policies and regulations in the pursuit of their endeavors. This includes providing technical assistance and advice on matters of particular interest to the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit and HUD. Such cooperation usually involves whole programs rather than particular projects. - Participates in interagency hazard mitigation efforts throughout the state to assist in the development of flood hazard mitigation plans for communities that have been declared major (National) disaster areas. Coming at a time when an affected community is responsive to change, these recommendations often have a broad impact on the affected area’s (usually metropolitan-wide or multi-parish) planning program and floodplain management policies. - Develops strategies for reviewing performance of grantees relative to environmental function and performs said reviews, including all major program areas (Housing, Public Housing, Public Facilities, Economic Development, etc.) - Develops strategies for training local governments, state agency staff, not-for-profits, private sponsors, etc. in evanescent environmental requirements and mobilizes resources to provide said training. - Develops strategies for training the Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit Staff in all program areas; both newly appointed staff and experienced staff on changing areas of environmental analysis. - Works with program area staff to develop, implement, evaluate and improve processes and procedures to monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of environmental review. - Reviews and approves the substance of environmental reviews to assure that they accurately reflect the policies and positions of the organization and views of the agency.