Sustainability and Climate Program Manager - Metro Transit Department (Project/Program Manager IV)

  • King County
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Jan 08, 2019
Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Sustainability

Job Description


This internal recruitment is open to current King County career service and Term-Limited-Temporary employees only.  Applications from the public are not being considered at this time.

This position will be responsible for King County Metro Transit's sustainability and climate program, including supervising staff, to provide research, policy and program development, analysis, communication, and coordination for this program within Metro.  The duties include leading strategic initiatives and serving as the subject matter expert for multi-disciplinary teams handling technically challenging analytical or planning projects associated with the climate and sustainability program.  This position will also serve as Metro's representative to King County's Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) Core team and will be responsible for working across the department to develop and track Metro's strategies to meet SCAP goals and targets. 

Who may apply

This recruitment is open to current King County career service employees and term-limited-temporary employees only.  This recruitment is not open to the public.  

Position information

This recruitment will be used to fill one career service vacancy.  This position is designated exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime.  The position will be located in the Capital Division of Metro's Transit Department, reporting to the Division Director.  The position will sit in King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson Street, Seattle WA  98104.  Standard work hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Specific hours will be determined with the hiring manager and alternative work arrangements may be considered.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Josh Isgur
Sr. Human Resource Analyst
Metro Transit Department 

Job Duties

Job duties for this position may include:

  • Lead King County Metro Transit's department-wide Sustainability Program, including relevant report preparation, documentation and information gathering.
  • Identify environmental and/or sustainability issues om Metro projects/programs that affect the division's sustainability. Make recommendations on policy, procedures and operational actions.
  • Plan and coordinate implementation of the King County Strategic climate Action Plan for Metro.
  • Responsible for hiring, performance management, discipline, and termination of staff.
  • Represent and/or ensure Metro's interests are represented in interdepartmental and Executive Office led projects, working groups and committees. 
  • Lead and/or co-lead countywide goal area team(s) responsible for reporting on and updating specific components of the Strategic Climate Action Plan.
  • Serve as the technical expert advisor and provide support in the area of sustainability as needed to the Capital Division Director and other members of Metro's leadership. 
  • Conduct and supervise the research and analysis of environmental and climate related issues or topics related to Metro and make recommendations on appropriate actions.
  • Responsible for updating, tracking results and coordinating implementation of Metro's Sustainability Plan to ensure all three pillars of sustainability are addressed, including environmental, social equity and economic issues. Monitor the department's adherence to the plan and report annually on the department's efforts.
  • Responsible for providing technical and policy support for climate and sustainability programs and initiatives developed, implemented and/or managed by transit divisions such as those related to the King County Green Building Ordinance, renewable energy and energy conservation, zero-emission fleets, utility rebates or other programs that support the department's sustainability efforts. 
  • Liaise across Metro divisions to ensure coordination and information sharing on topics relevant to sustainability.
  • Lead and facilitate Metro's Sustainability Program Steering Committee and Employee Green Team meetings. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications
A bachelor's degree in environmental science, sustainability, planning or closely related field or equivalent combination of experience and education, and five years of increasingly responsible experience in sustainability program management, OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform the work. 
Additional minimum requirements are:

  • Experience developing and implementing sustainability programs for transit
  • Experience coordinating and leading multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary project teams
  • Current and strong knowledge of environmental sustainability principles and terms, ability to interpret environmental sustainability information and ability to assess both quantitative and measurable facets of a sustainability program
  • Knowledge of research methods and project management principles
  • Skill in facilitation, coordination and negotiation to engage and ensure timely accomplishment of work goals throughout the agency
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communications and presentation skills, including a range of writing ability that spans writing executive summaries to sharing information with front line employees
  • Skills in data analysis and problem solving, experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis for decision making and greenhouse gas emissions calculations
  • Skills in program evaluation, advocacy and promotion
  • Skill in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds including elected officials, County management, and the general public
  • Skill in convincing others to initiate action
  • Skill in building consensus among individuals with competing viewpoint and opinions
  • Skill in communicating information to non-technical audiences
  • Skills in data analysis and problem solving; experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and greenhouse gas emissions calculations
  • Skills in program evaluation, advocacy and promotion
  • Skills in gathering, manipulating and using computerized data utilizing MS Excel
  • Skill in managing multiple tasks within deadlines
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a diverse workload to accomplish tasks on defined timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook 

Desirable qualifications (not required)

  • A Master's Degree in environmental science, sustainability, planning, or closely related field 
  • Knowledge of general government principles and procedures
  • Knowledge of specific programs such as LEED, Green Built Environmental Programs and ISO 14001
  • Skills in applying marketing principles
  • Skills in statistical analysis
  • Skills in delivering employee trainings
  • Education, course work and experience in energy efficiency, resource conservation, climate change or similar fields
  • Familiarity with the American Public Transportation Association's Sustainability Commitment

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$98,009.60 - $118,476.80 Annually