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Job Opening: Compliance Manager

(this posting can be seen in PDF format here)

Open until filled

Salary Range

$10,764 – $14,466 / month

The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) seeks applicants for the position of Compliance Division Manager in Olympia, Washington. Ideal candidates will bring leadership skills along with knowledge of environmental programs and local, state, and federal regulatory processes.

The full job description may be found here.


The mission of the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency is to protect the health and welfare of the people and the natural environment in the agency’s six counties in western Washington. ORCAA is one of seven local air quality agencies in Washington charged with enforcing local, state, and federal clean air rules and law. Employees of ORCAA enjoy a comprehensive benefits package (found here) while working in one of the most scenic locations in the country. Olympic National Park sits in the middle of ORCAA’s jurisdiction, and the region is bounded by the Columbia River, Pacific Ocean, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound.

Application Process

Complete the online job application at the link below and upload a cover letter and current résumé, as well as any other support documents you’d like to share. Your cover letter should detail your experience and qualifications with reference to the specific duties and qualifications of this position. Your résumé should outline your experience and education as it relates to this position. Note that a cover letter and résumé are required to be considered for this position.

The official application form is located at

Application Timeline

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next application screening is December 18, 2023. The agency reserves the right to select a candidate at any time after the initial screening date. If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Jeff Johnston at (360) 539-7610, ext. 100 or jeff.johnston@orcaa.org.       

Summary of the job

The Compliance Manager is responsible for the overall operation of agency’s Compliance Division, which includes the Inspection and Engineering units.

Teams of individuals from the Compliance Division implement the agency’s principal air regulatory programs required under the Washington Clean Air Act and the Federal Clean Air Act, including Registration, Title V Air Operating Permits, New Source Review, Asbestos, Outdoor Burning, and Woodstove Enforcement programs. The Compliance Manager is responsible for ensuring these programs meet requirements of federal, state, and local clean air statutes and regulations, and are implemented efficiently and effectively. This position is a member of the agency leadership team, providing strategic direction, expertise, guidance, and insights on the agency’s operations, ensuring cohesiveness and alignment with the agency’s overall mission, values, and strategic plan.  

Essential Functions/Responsibilities/Duties

  • Oversee all activities and services of the Compliance Division including prioritizing work, and setting goals, direction, and expectations.
  • Establish, implement, and monitor policies, procedures, and standards of the Compliance Division to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and the efficient and effective operation of activities.
  • Communicate and meet regularly with teams from both programs and with the Executive Director to ensure effective and efficient operations, and to communicate direction and expectations.
  • Meet regularly with Inspection and Compliance Supervisors to discuss performance of the Compliance Division and to develop strategies for meeting the agency’s goals.
  • Monitor work performed by both units and provide necessary feedback to foster continuing improvement in the quality and efficiency of the services provided.
  • Respond to escalated, sensitive, or complex inquiries and complaints from internal staff or external parties.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with the agency’s management team and “clean air partners” (i.e., EPA, Ecology, and other local clean air agencies and NACAA) to communicate and help develop consistent and effective clean air strategies.
  • Monitor regulatory and legislative developments affecting the agency’s programs, research issues, and works with Executive Director as needed to implement changes in programs as appropriate. 
  • Provide expert testimony and/or summary reports during hearings and public meetings.
  • Determine staffing needs based on workload analyses, develops job descriptions and announcements, and make recommendations for hiring new compliance and engineering staff to meet workload needs.


Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Chemistry, or Engineering.  

Required Experience:

Ten years of progressively responsible experience in air quality permitting and regulatory compliance. 

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Workload management and ability to prioritize, streamline and optimize work of Inspection and Engineering staff to meet the Agency’s goals mission.
  • At least 5 years directly supervising staff. 
  • Team building and coaching for optimal individual and team performance.
  • Effective communication skills and ability to convey complex concepts in writing and verbally.
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and procedures regarding air pollution control.
  • Broad knowledge of the technical aspects of air pollution and air pollution control including ability to apply chemistry, physics and engineering in evaluating the implications of the decisions the agency makes.
  • General knowledge of air enforcement, air quality modeling, health risk assessments, ambient monitoring, and emissions inventories, and how these functions are all essential to effective air quality management.
  • Title V and New Source Review permitting experience.
  • Source inspection and enforcement experience including experience with major sources of air pollution.
  • Public outreach experience including public noticing, meeting Environmental Justice requirements, and conducting public hearings.
  • Experience providing expert witness testimony. 
  • Proficiency with a variety of computer programs including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Valid Washington state driver’s license is required.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

  • This position is primarily in-office, but some telework may be possible.
  • Frequent meetings, collaborations, and other interactions with other ORCAA staff members, staff members with other agencies such as EPA, the public, and project proponents are required and are common. These may be in person or conducted virtually.
  • Periodic on-site inspections of the facilities ORCAA regulates are required. These facilities may include mechanical, chemical, manufacturing, combustion and other industrial equipment requiring special safety precautions and protective equipment.
  • Ability to move within an industrial environment is required and may involve climbing stairways, climbing ladders, stooping, ducking, and generally avoiding hazards while performing an inspection.
  • Travel may be involved, which may include up to 7 hours of driving within Washington. Flying within the United States, and overnight stays either in the field, during trainings, or while attending conferences may also be required.

This job description is a summary rather than a detailed list of the duties performed. Olympic Region Clean Air Agency provides reasonable accommodations to assist qualified individuals to perform the essential functions their job requires.

Employee Status Designation              

Overtime exempt; fulltime; regular; salaried

Application Attestation:

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. ORCAA may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

Why Work For ORCAA?

As an agency, ORCAA’s mission is to promote air quality and take actions that protect the health and welfare of people and the natural environment in our jurisdiction. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.

Joining ORCAA means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring the environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our region, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We offer a very strong benefits package and a strong commitment to a life/work balance.

Equal Opportunity Employer

ORCAA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

We know many candidates, especially women and people of color, do not apply to jobs unless they meet all required qualifications. If you meet most qualifications and believe you would bring the skills and approach we are looking for, we encourage you to apply.