Sustainability Manager

  • San Luis Obispo County
  • San Luis Obispo, CA, United States
  • Dec 11, 2017
Advocacy and Policy Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Energy Efficiency Environmental Science - Engineering Management Renewable Energy Sustainability

Job Description

Performs a variety of project management and policy analysis assignments related to the City's sustainability efforts. Responsible for the overall administration, development, and management of environmental sustainability and climate action policies and programs.  Leads citywide efforts and assists departments with planning, developing, implementing, and managing program initiatives and special projects within approved work plans and as directed.
This single-position class develops and implements a wide variety of sustainability programs for the benefit of the existing and future residents of the City.  The primary purpose of this position is to research, propose, and upon approval launch initiatives or policies which may also include transferring ongoing monitoring, maintenance, or updating to another staff member, department, or entity.  Incumbents are accountable for formulating policy for approval, developing goals and objectives, and are assigned a high degree of administrative discretion in their execution.  Responsibilities include representing the City in a variety of public forums, developing constructive community relationships with a variety of diverse interest groups, and building consensus regarding policy initiatives.


The project manager receives general direction from a Department Head or Department Program Manager within a framework of broad policies and established organizational values and processes. While no direct supervision is assigned to this position, indirect supervision of project teams and other professional staff will be required.


(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks that may be found in positions of this class.)

  • Plans, develops, implements, coordinates, monitors and updates the City's Climate Action Plan and other related policies and projects.
  • Coordinates and leads the personnel involved in the implementation of the Climate Action Plan and other related policies and projects.
  • Serves as a leader and champion for sustainability in the organization and community.
  • Assists in the definition of project scope and objectives.
  • Develops the operating budget for program specific sustainability projects.
  • Performs departmental and citywide program specific organizational, operational, financial, and policy analysis; prepares narrative and statistical reports to support recommendations; implements policy and procedural changes after approval.
  • Monitors and reports to City management and City Council on the progress of the Climate Action Plan.
  • Conducts complex studies and prepares a variety of reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, ordinances, agreements and other written materials.
  • Applies for and manages grant applications and funding.
  • Meets with community groups, neighborhood, civic and business organizations, and members of the public.
  • Communicates regularly with the public and organization on sustainability policies and projects.
  • Represents the City as a member of regional climate initiatives.
  • Represents the department or City at public hearings and makes public presentations; will represent the department or City in contacts with the media.
  • Analyzes and summarizes initiatives, legislation and actions for reducing climate change that Council may choose to support.
  • Prepares and negotiates contracts and amendments.
  • Performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required.

Knowledge of:

  • Detailed organizational and functional structure of City government.
  • Principles of planning, project management, public administration, organization, and management.
  • Principles, practices and techniques of public administration with emphasis in sustainability and environmental programs and policy including community choice energy programs.
  • Relationships between local, state and federal governments, public interest groups and private enterprise as they affect and interact with the City.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations related to the environment and sustainability.
  • Relevant areas of climate science and natural earth systems and processes.
  • Methods of performing complex administrative, organizational and procedural analyses.
  • Basic municipal budgetary principles and practices.
  • Principles of long-range financial planning and financing methods and practices of local governments.
  • Local, state and federal laws, regulations and procedures affecting functions of the City.
  • General understanding of the framework of land use policies and related fiscal implications.
  • Standard office practices and procedures, including the use of standard office equipment and computer applications related to the work.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the City in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups and various business, professional, regulatory and legislative organizations.
  • Techniques for making effective public presentations.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

Ability to:

  • Identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns and needs.
  • Independently research, analyze and make effective recommendations on administrative, management, budgetary and fiscal practices, procedures and problems.
  • Understand, interpret and explain the concepts and principles of sustainability policies and projects.
  • Research, analyze and compile appropriate data and other information related to the Climate Action Plan.
  • Research, compile and analyze statistical and other complex data.
  • Write complex reports in a logical, comprehensive, concise manner.
  • Prioritize workload efficiently and manage multiple projects, without direct instruction, to meet deadlines under changing conditions.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines.
  • Effectively communicate in both oral and written forms.
  • Prepare and present both concise and comprehensive oral and written reports.
  • Acquire subject matter expertise in program specific special projects.
  • Initiate and develop efficient, cost-effective policies.
  • Collaborate with a variety of diverse interest groups in reaching a consensus for the betterment of the community; establish and maintain effective working relations with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Develop and refine the scope of the program in response to evolving organizational and community context.
  • Work in a team atmosphere and participating on a variety of departmental and City-wide committees to enhance the provision of all City services.
  • Work in a standard office setting, to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to move between various office and City locations.
  • Lift and carry office materials weighing up to ten pounds.
  • Read printed materials and a computer screen; and hear and speak to communicate in person, over the telephone, and before groups.
  • Work occasional evening or off-shift hours.

Closing date and time 12/21/2017 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana

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$77,142.00 - $96,408.00 Annually