Transboundary Policy Review Specialist

Cherokee Nation Businesses
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Commercial
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 21

Position description

Cherokee Nation Mission Solutions provides support services and project support personnel to our Government and industry partners. Our highly skilled experts support and supplement the mission, expertise, and skill sets of our clients. Utilizing our customer-intimate approach, we partner with our clients to provide strategic solutions that maximize the use of human and financial resources to ensure that mission-critical projects are completed on time and within budget.
Transboundary Policy Review Specialist Washington, DC (ID#13405)

Environmental Impact Assessment Policy Advisor

Provide a responsible, among other duties, for advising the Bureau on environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and related matters under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and serves as an expert responsible for advising OES leadership on compliance and permitting for NEPA activities within the jurisdiction of the Department of State. 

Transboundary Policy Review Specialist

A recognized expert on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and is responsible for coordinating environmental policy and technical issues related to the borders of the United States specifically including Presidential permits under Executive Order (E.O.) 13337 and supporting the development of Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements and related matters consistent with NEPA.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Environmental Impact Assessment Policy Advisor:

  •  Support Department efforts to assess environmental impacts of projects as part of the process of consideration for Presidential permits. This may include:
  • Preparing of briefing materials;
  • Developing proposals;
  • Conducting of records searches;
  • Reviewing environmental impact assessments;
  • Reviewing and responding to public comments on environmental impact assessments;
  • Evaluating the quality and completeness of submitted documentation;
  • Supporting working groups with other federal agencies involved in the development, coordination, and implementation of environmental assessment activities.
  • Work with a small team in OES/EQT to implement work plans and strategies in each of these areas.  S/he may also interact with Members and staff of Congress through briefings or correspondence, and would play a role in keeping interested constituencies informed of issues being considered and progress in decision-making processes with appropriate transparency relative to the deliberative process.
  • Working with other federal agencies, evaluate proposed projects and permit applications to facilitate their consideration and recommendations.  Ensure that all recommendations have been coordinated within the Department and appropriate agencies, and are consistent with relevant legal, regulatory, and procedural requirements.
  • Evaluate proposed projects and permit applications to recommend whether an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or an Environmental Assessment (EA) is required under NEPA.  When another agency is responsible for NEPA, analyze whether the outside agency’s NEPA document is sufficient, and prepare a NEPA sufficiency statement.

Transboundary Policy Review Specialist:

  • Serve as initial point of contact for all incoming actions regarding NEPA-related actives from Departmental offices, U.S. embassies/posts, other U.S. government (USG) agencies, international organizations, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, or other sources. 
  • Evaluate proposed projects and permit applications to help determine the level and scope of the environmental review, recommend what stakeholders to consult, and what mitigation measures are appropriate. 
  • Ensure that all decisions are coordinated within the Department and appropriate agencies, and are consistent with relevant legal, regulatory and procedural requirements. 
  • Ensure that any Presidential permit for trans-border infrastructure projects is consistent with the requirements of NEPA, NHPA, and the ESA; Implementing NHPA policy, including recommending whether and when to consult with tribes and other stakeholders; and Analyzing specific permit applications to assess whether and how NEPA, NHPA, and the ESA apply. 
  • Provide support to the Office, Bureau, and Department on related matters consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) including developing recommendations and proposals, supporting or reviewing environmental reviews, evaluating the quality and completeness of submitted documentation, coordinating working groups with other federal agencies with regulatory oversight of transboundary projects under Presidential permit application review. 
  • Identify and analyze foreign policy issues, including relevant environmental, economic, political, and scientific factors in support of U.S. policy to address objectives related to environmental quality and transboundary issues in the OES Bureau.  Evaluate those policies and advise senior OES Bureau and State Department officials on the appropriate course to take, including developing alternative recommendations related to policy options. 
  • Support Department efforts to evaluate proposed projects, using standards of intellectual rigor and objectivity, against the impact of those projects on the environment. The incumbent will work with a small team in OES/EQT to implement work plans and strategies in each of these areas. 
  • Advise on NEPA, NHPA, and ESA-related issues and problems; develop and propose resolutions and coordinate implementation of policy decisions throughout the USG.  
  • The contractor may play a role in keeping interested constituencies informed of issues being considered and progress in decision-making processes with appropriate transparency relative to the deliberative process.
  • The incumbent conducts research, analysis, and site visits as needed to collect viable information on problems and possible solutions in policy and program implementation. The incumbent serves as the point of contact for diplomatic missions and civic organizations that represent the interests of the United States, while directing their inquiries to appropriate parties and facilitating their requests as appropriate. S/he provides follow up problem solving assistance, guideline interpretations, and technical consultations as required.

Qualifications

  • Mastery of knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Endangered Species Act, as well as mastery of objectives as they relate to environmental reviews/environmental impact assessments.
  • Knowledge of U.S. foreign affairs information sources, processes, and organizations in order to apply the full range of available information resources and capabilities in supporting the needs of the Department.
  • Thorough experience with regulatory compliance and permitting programs as well as an utmost understanding of state and federal environmental and safety regulatory agencies, including their jurisdiction and major regulations.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as expert experience with Endangered Species Act consultation.
  • Ability to interact with senior policy makers to provide authoritative analysis and advice on relevant political, scientific, trade and economic and social issues.
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills sufficient to support planning and implementation of environmental reviews as part of a permit review process.
  • Superior writing, speaking, and research skills to produce independently-prepared, authoritative policy reports and memoranda under tight deadlines for consideration by senior policymakers.
  • Expert ability to liaise with officials throughout the USG, stakeholders, tribes, and diverse groups to work cooperatively toward achieving success on infrastructure projects and other common goals.
  • Skill in oral and written communication to prepare and present analyses, provide guidance, solicit information, and defend proposals to policy level officials and regulators.

EDUCATON AND EXPERIENCE

  • Mastery of knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and the Endangered Species Act as well as mastery of objectives as they relate to environmental reviews/environmental impact assessments.
  • Ability to interact with senior policy-makers to provide authoritative analysis and advice on relevant political, scientific, trade and economic and social 
  • Strong interpersonal and analytical skills sufficient to plan, conduct and coordinate environmental reviews as part of a permit review process.
  • Superior writing, speaking, and research skills to produce independently prepared, reports and memoranda under tight deadlines for consideration by senior policymakers in the Department and other U.S. agencies as well as the ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation to officials with regard to the interpretation and application of analyses.
  • Knowledge of U.S. foreign affairs information sources, processes, and organizations in order to apply the full range of available information resources and capabilities in supporting the needs of the Department.
  • Thorough experience with regulatory compliance and permitting programs as well as an utmost understanding of state and federal environmental and safety regulatory agencies, including their jurisdiction and major regulations.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as expert experience with Endangered Species Act consultation.
  • Expert ability to liaise with officials throughout the USG, stakeholders, tribes, and diverse groups to work cooperatively toward achieving success on infrastructure projects and other the common goals.
  • Skill in oral and written communication to prepare and present analyses, provide guidance, solicit information, and defend proposals to policy level officials and regulators.

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