Climate Program Manager

  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • Apr 26, 2019
Full time Advocacy and Policy Air Quality Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Sustainability

Job Description


SALARY:  $77,073.17 - $94,609.15 approximately per year
The salary reflects the starting salary range for this position. Starting salary will depend upon qualifications. The top of the range for salary advancement is $112,147.23

NOTE: The County may provide reimbursement for reasonable relocation expenses, and at the discretion of the CEO, can provide flexible relocation assistance, student loan offsets and cash incentives.

ABOUT THE DIVISION:  As part of the County of Santa Barbara's Community Services Department, the Sustainability Division collaborates across County departments and regionally to create opportunities that empower and connect people to enhance the environment and our quality of life. The division is guided by the County's Energy and Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from County operations and community wide.
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ABOUT THE POSITION:  Under direction of the Sustainability Division Chief, the Climate Program Manager will oversee the implementation of and reporting on the County's Energy and Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 15% below 2007 levels by 2020. This position will also be responsible for updating the plan to achieve a recently adopted, deeper GHG reduction target and help the community be more resilient to the local effects of climate change. Activities will include technical analysis and research, program management, stakeholder engagement, development and support of policy initiatives, and supervisory responsibilities. This position will include oversight of a team responsible for various components of implementation, as well as coordination with other departments and partners. This position will also be expected to seek and manage external funding sources in support of program goals and actions, and deliver presentations to County leadership and the public.

The ideal candidate:

  1. Strong technical knowledge of GHG accounting, climate action planning, emissions reduction strategies, and climate and community resiliency practices
  2. Expertise in bringing diverse stakeholders together to solve seemingly intractable problems
  3. Excellence in clear, well-documented, and transparent reporting of all aspects of climate action from budget and performance metrics to communication of outcomes
  4. Experience quantifying and communicating the environmental, social, and economic benefits of sustainability
  5. Familiarity with federal and state climate change policy and how to apply such policy locally
  6. Extraordinary attention to detail, organizational abilities, and problem-solving skills
  7. Self-motivated with strong project management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks and effectively manage competing deadlines
  8. Experience leading and managing teams
  9. Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills with the ability to build strong professional relationships
  10. Ability to adapt to changing policy direction and funding source requirements

Examples of Duties

  1. Lead and coordinate the implementation, monitoring of, and reporting on, the County's Energy and Climate Action Plan
  2. Develop and implement a strategy for updating the Energy and Climate Action Plan by working collaboratively with other departmental and local government staff, community members, and other stakeholders as appropriate
  3. Seek innovative and cutting-edge opportunities in climate action and sustainability development, reporting, and policy
  4. Serve as a County spokesperson on climate planning and projects as well as department efforts
  5. Develop/expand relationships with key partner agencies and organizations in the community to improve implementation of and updates to the Energy and Climate Action Plan
  6. Set team/project goals and measurements; take full leadership responsibility for assigned teams and projects; obtain and deploy resources necessary to manage team/project; and assume full accountability for team/project outcomes
  7. Develop and administer contracts and budgets in coordination with legal, procurement, and fiscal staff
  8. Monitor related regulatory and legislative processes at local, state, and national level and propose options for engagement
  9. Research, analyze, and apply for funding; identify revenue and partnership opportunities to support program area
  10. Miscellaneous duties as assigned to meet department and program goals

Employment Standards

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree in sustainability, environmental science, environmental studies, earth sciences, public policy, or related field; AND
    • Two (2) years of professional experience in sustainability, environmental, or resource conservation field AND one (1) year of program management experience; OR
  • A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required competencies.

Additional Qualifications:  Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.  Independent travel throughout the county and state is required. 
Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master's degree in public administration, public policy, sustainability, or a related field

The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We do require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a doctor or a learning institution.

The County of Santa Barbara respects and values a diverse workforce and strongly promotes strategies and activities to recruit, develop and retain qualified persons of varied backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences and races.

BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits, please visit our website. 

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$77,073.17 - $94,609.15 approximately per year