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Port Houston seeks Marine Regulatory Director


At Port Houston we dream big, think big and do big things.  For over 100 years, we’ve had the vision and scale to deliver big things that matter to Houston and the region.  Our sustainability and success has been built upon attracting, retaining, and developing exceptional people. Are you ready to think about the future…and think big!

Position Summary:

In anticipation of significant Port Houston in-water regulatory activities over the next 10-15 years, the Marine Regulatory Director will direct and oversee marine permit applications and support through providing subject matter expertise and Port Houston’s compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Essential functions of the position include:

  • Maintaining a working knowledge of all applicable laws and regulations
  • Project management of environmental permitting projects to secure marine construction permits
  • Ensuring alignment between upland permitting activities, permitting assumptions and the baseline project scope with close coordination, through clear and effective communication, between permitting and project development and design activities
  • Actively engaging with internal and external shareholders and consultants on Port Houston marine permitting activities
  • Identifying, specifying and managing contracts, as required, to support delivery, working with technical specialists, engineering, and commercial management colleagues
  • Ensuring best management practices are implemented with respect to management of documents and records

Key Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Monitor, interpret, track, and analyze proposed environmental, energy and related legislation, regulations, and policies at the federal, state, and local levels that could potentially adversely impact Port Houston or could significantly increase environmental compliance requirements and costs
  • Obtain and ensure continuing compliance with required marine environmental permits from federal, state, and local agencies, acting as lead point of contact with such agencies including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Lead the preparation and review of applications for marine permits, and the modification of active permits, for all Port Houston in-water activities. Permit applications may involve involvement and coordination of pre-application consultations, public notice/public hearings, project evaluations/public interests review and communication, wetland evaluation, alternative evaluation, and cumulative impact review
  • Develop systems, processes, and procedures to achieve and sustain compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws, rules and regulations
  • Develop, justify, and administer the regulatory portion of the Channel Improvement budget using cost-benefit analysis to set priorities; plan and enforce financial controls to minimize operational costs without sacrificing efficiency
  • Liaise with Port Houston area stakeholders on marine regulatory and permitting issues, and represent the organization on various nonprofit boards, government or NGO committees, and trade organizations as appropriate to support Port Houston strategies
  • Act in accordance with Port Houston core values (respect, excellence, accountability, diligence, and you)
  • Perform other duties, as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, Engineering, or related major in a public or accredited private academic institution required
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • 10+ years of related Federal and State regulatory, environmental, and project management experience required
  • Previous experience developing and leading projects in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers

 Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Behaviors:

  • Knowledge of Environmental Science and management
  • Knowledge of Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and other related Federal rules
  • Knowledge of Clean Air Act Conservation Act, Resource Conservation Act and Recovery Act, and Oil Pollution Act
  • Understands processes, procedures and organization for key agencies including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Knowledge of Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-to-Know Act
  • Knowledge of Local, state, and federal environmental regulations
  • Ability to lead by example and inspire others
  • Ability to support and build a shared vision with others
  • Ability to serve as a catalyst driving change
  • Ability to act tactically 
  • A current, valid Texas driver’s license is required
  • A Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) must be obtained within 30 days of appointment, and be maintained for the duration of employment

 Key Competencies Required:

  • Aligning Performance for Success
  • Building Partnerships
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Leadership Presence
  • Leading Through Vision and Values
  • Politically Astute 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but due to open office environment noise level may occasionally be high.  To apply, please go to porthouston.com/careers.  Only applications submitted through the Port Houston Careers website will be acknowledged.  Port Houston is an equal opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program supervised by the U.S. Government. 


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this job.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


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