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Environmental Protection Division Director

New Mexico Environment Department

The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) mission is to protect and restore the environment and to foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations. We implement our mission guided by four tenets:

(1) Science: Using the best available science to inform our decision-making in protecting public health and the environment;
(2) Innovation: Employing creative engineering and technological solutions to address environmental challenges;
(3) Collaboration: Engaging communities and interested stakeholders in environmental decision-making outcomes;
(4) Compliance: Ensuring meaningful compliance with state regulations and permits; leveling the playing field through enforcement.

The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Director is appointed by the Governor and serves at the pleasure of the Governor, and works closely with the Cabinet Secretary, Deputy Cabinet Secretaries and other Division Directors and Deputy Directors. The EPD Director maintains a robust portfolio while supporting the Department and Division priorities, goals and deadlines. This position directly manages and supports the Air Quality Control Bureau, Climate Change Bureau, and the Radiation Control Bureau that collectively includes the equivalent of 140 fulltime equivalents (FTEs). EPD’s budget is approximately $18M which consists of state general fund, federal grants, and state special revenue funds.

The EPD Director takes a leadership role in protecting New Mexican’s air and climate and keeping the public safe from unnecessary radiation exposure. This includes developing public health and environmental management policy, regulatory and compliance assurance strategies, directing operational activities in close collaboration with the Cabinet Secretary, Deputy Cabinet Secretaries, EPD Deputy Director, Bureau Chiefs and others. Additional responsibilities include leading collaboration efforts with stakeholders; initiating, reviewing, and drafting legislation; informing and advising board members and/or legislators; and serving as the Department representative to outside parties; developing compliance and enforcement strategies. The EPD Director is responsible for implementing the Department’s strategic plan and meeting performance measures which are found here (

The ideal candidate must have demonstrated leadership experience in business acumen, leading people, managing change, driving results, and building coalitions. The ideal candidate must demonstrate exceptional customer service while working in structured and unstructured environments and managing multiple projects with competing deadlines. The ideal candidate must possess exceptional communication skills, both oral and written, knowing how to effectively communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders. Finally, the ideal candidate should have a passion for the protection of the public health of New Mexicans and their natural environment.

The Governor’s Office and Department expect to fill this position as soon as possible. The salary for this position is approximately $105,000 annually.

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The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is located on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol in Room 400.

490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 476-2200
Toll free: (833) 520-0020

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