Sustainable Materials Management Specialist - State Prog Admin Sr, Various, Minnesota

Employer Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Created 07/09/2024
Reference 11452410
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Various
Zip Not specified
Salary $25,000 - $49,999
Working Title: Sustainable Materials Management Specialist - State Prog Admin Sr
Job Class: State Program Administrator Senior
Agency: Pollution Control Agency
  • Job ID: 78192
  • Location: Various
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Unlimited
  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 07/09/2024
  • Closing Date: 08/06/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: RMAD SustainMaterial MgmtUnit
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $27.84 - $40.82 / hourly; $58,129 - $85,232 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes

*This position may be located at one of the MPCA office locations: Duluth, Brainerd, St. Paul, Rochester, Detroit Lakes, Marshall or Mankato.

The work you'll do is more than just a job.

At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

Job Summary

This position exists to facilitate sustainable materials management (SMM) policy and programs within the agency as a part of the SMM Core Team and with an emphasis on waste reduction and reuse as a means of reducing environmental and climate impacts across the state. This work spans multiple topic areas, including, but not limited to food, buildings, and consumer products. Key focuses include planning, organizing and administering program activities related to sustainable materials management, monitoring and evaluating progress by leading grant programs and managing grant contracts, developing and tracking policy to support sustainable materials management, and providing technical assistance, research, and outreach intended to increase SMM opportunities in Minnesota and reduce the environmental and climate impacts of statewide consumption. The position will act according to the Agency's responsibilities under the Waste Management Act, the Toxic Pollution Prevention Act and other state and federal statutes. This position will work with citizens, businesses, local units of government, state agencies and others to increase SMM (waste reduction and reuse) and will work with the Materials Management, Product Stewardship, and Toxic Reduction Team to ensure coordination and collaboration within the MPCA.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a scientific, environmental, planning, or public policy area and two years of professional experience that includes experience working in environmental protection, materials management, solid waste, and climate efforts/ climate mitigation, or related environmental field.


Three years of professional experience working in in environmental protection, materials management, solid waste, and climate efforts/ climate mitigation, or related environmental field.


Project management or grants management experience that includes handling multiple tasks and deadlines.

Experience managing and tracking budgets.

Strong written and verbal communication skills including experience communicating and collaborating with others in a work environment.

Problem solving, planning, organizational, and computer skills (such as Office 365 and similar software).

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge and experience with:

Waste reduction and reuse program and policy development.

Developing, implementing, and administering grant programs.

Coordinating and outreach with administrative functions such as contracts, fiscal, business support and communications.

Collaborating with federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, nonprofits, community groups, and other external parties.

Education and outreach, including presentations and public speaking.

Ability to summarize technical information into documents and presentations.

Environmental programs, rules, and policies administered by federal, state, and local governments.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally moving such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or moving light objects frequently. A job is in this category may require maintaining a stationary position to a significant degree or may involve a certain amount of moving necessary in carrying out job duties.

Additional Requirements

Position duties may require travel but driving is not a minimum qualification or essential function of this position. Employees who may drive for state business will need their driver's license checked prior to operating a state vehicle.

Application Details

How to Apply

Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .


If you have questions about this position, contact Stephanie Grant at .

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Stephanie Grant at .

About Pollution Control Agency

Our mission is to protect and improve the environment and human health. We work with many partners (citizens, communities, and businesses, all levels of government, environmental groups and educators) to prevent pollution, conserve resources, and to help ensure polluting does not have disproportionate impact on any groups of people. We emphasize work-life balance with flex schedules, compressed schedules, and options to telework for some positions.

Working together to improve the state we love.

What do Minnesota's State employees have in common?
  • A sense of purpose in their work
  • Connection with their coworkers and communities
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth


As an employee, you'll have access to one of the most affordable health insurance plans in Minnesota, along with other benefits to help you and your family be well.

Your benefits may include:
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays each year
  • Low-cost medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug plans
    • Fertility care, including IVF
    • Diabetes care
    • Dental and orthodontic care for adults and children
  • 6 weeks paid leave for parents of newborn or newly adopted children
  • Pension plan that provides income when you retire (after working at least three years)
  • Employer paid life insurance to provide support for your family in the event of death
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance that can provide income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury
  • Tax-free expense accounts for health, dental, and dependent care
  • Resources that provide support and promote physical, emotional, social, and financial well-being

Support to help you reach your career goals:
  • Training, classes, and professional development
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website at )

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for work/life support:
  • A voluntary confidential program that helps employees and their families with life challenges that may impact overall health, personal well-being, or job performance
  • Common sources of stress can be addressed through the EAP: mental health, relationship challenges (personal and work), grief and loss, finances, and legal issues
  • Daily Living/Convenience Services: Chore services, home repair, trip planning, child/elder care

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. State agencies are committed to creating a workforce that reflects the diversity of the state and strongly encourages persons of color and Indigenous communities, members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve Minnesotans.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and disabilities related to pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, status regarding public assistance, disability, veteran status or activity in a local Human Rights Commission or any other characteristic protected by law.


Minnesota state agencies make reasonable accommodations to their employees and applicants with disabilities. If you have a disability and need assistance in searching or applying for jobs with the State of Minnesota, call the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and let us know the support you need.

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