Climate Action Program Coordinator, Sustainability Department

  • San Diego
  • San Diego, CA
  • Jun 07, 2019
Full time Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Energy Energy Efficiency Green Building - Sustainable Development Renewable Energy Sustainability

Job Description


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The City:

With more than 1.4 million people, the City of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. The City of San Diego's strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions, unsurpassed quality of life, and world-renowned location makes it the ideal place to work, live, and play. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego has something to offer for everyone.
The City's Mission, as found in our Strategic Plan, is "To Effectively Serve and Support Our Communities." Our core values are Integrity, Service, People, and Excellence. The City's Vision is "A World-Class City for All."
As one of the region's largest employers, the City of San Diego has a combined Fiscal Year 2019 operating budget of approximately $3.8 billion and employs approximately 11,000 highly dedicated employees. Additional information about the City of San Diego can be obtained on the City's website:
The Department: 
The newly created Sustainability Department leads sustainability, climate, and energy policy and projects for the City. A large portion of the department's work is driven by the implementation of the City's Climate Action Plan (CAP) adopted in 2015 which aims to reduce local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 percent below 2010 levels by 2035. By doing so, the Plan sets the City on a path to meet the State of California's requirement to reduce emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. To meet the City's GHG emissions goal, the CAP outlines five strategies:

    Energy and Water Efficient Buildings
    Clean and Renewable Energy
    Bicycling, Walk, Transit and Land Use
    Zero Waste
    Climate Resiliency

Though various City departments are involved in the implementation of the strategies outlined above, the Sustainability Department is responsible for the cross departmental coordination of these efforts on a day-to-day basis. The Sustainability Department currently has 24 budgeted positions and a Fiscal Year 2019 budget of approximately $4.9 million.
The Position:
Under the direction of the Climate Action Program Manager in the Sustainability Department, the Climate Action Program Coordinator is responsible for driving the implementation and reporting of the City's landmark Climate Action Plan (CAP). This will involve coordinating implementation of the CAP across multiple city departments, leading annual reporting, driving new policy initiatives and supporting the Climate Action Plan update. Work to be done also includes expansion of or improvement upon qualitative analyses, including a key focus area of social equity. This position will include coordination with Sustainability Department staff, other city departments, the Mayor's office and members of Council, and other public and private partners. This position will also be expected to seek, apply for and manage grant funding in support of citywide program goals and actions.
This position will be expected to contribute to effective operations of the City's day-to-day sustainability programs including: directing, managing, participating, and coordinating the activities and operations relating to the stakeholders responsible for implementation, monitoring, and measurement of the City's comprehensive Climate Action Plan. This position will also be expected to present on efforts of their team and the department to City management, City Council, and public audiences.
Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy, Public or Business Administration, Sustainability, or a related field.
  • Five (5) years of professional experience involved in sustainability, renewable energy, energy efficiency or other government services management is highly desirable. 
  • Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates these qualifications may be qualifying.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the implementation of the City's Climate Action Plan.
  • Develop and implement a strategy for updating the Climate Action Plan.
  • Improve on reporting, monitoring, and implementation opportunities such as the equity-sustainability nexus and improved mobility monitoring.
  • Seek innovative and cutting-edge opportunities in climate action and sustainability development, reporting, policy.
  • Provide regional, state, and national thought leadership in climate action and sustainability.
  • Track statewide regulatory or legislative actions and propose options for engagement.
  • Provide support to other staff/departments implementing components of the Plan.
  • Serve as a City spokesperson on climate planning and projects as well as department efforts.
  • Develop/expand relationships with key partner agencies and organizations in the community to improve implementation of the Climate Action Plan or seek opportunities for collaboration.
  • Coordinate grant writing and budgeting of resources to support the City's sustainability initiatives.
  • Carry-out additional duties as necessary.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications: 

  • A commitment to public service, fiscal responsibility and innovation in government.
  • A commitment to the team and to always being a team player.
  • Excellence in clear, well-documented, and transparent reporting of all aspects of climate action from budget and performance metrics, to communication of outcomes.
  • A focus on enhanced services and customer satisfaction.
  • Demonstrated thought leadership and expertise on climate action planning ranging from renewable energy to mobility planning, opportunities, and financing.
  • Knowledge of the nexus of social equity and sustainability and opportunities for improvement;
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of qualitative analysis, key messaging, and communications strategies for engaging the public.
  • Knowledge of sustainability strategies and planning.
  • High competence in modern communication and marketing tools or tactics applicable to support the mission.
  • Collaborative skill in working with other city departments, businesses, elected officials, the public, and other government agencies.
  • The ability to foster and nurture productive employees.
  • Proven skill in overseeing project and program management.
  • Ability to balance competing interests and build consensus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills.
  • Active and genuine commitment to diversity in the workplace. .
  • Progressively responsible experience, including budget and managerial expertise.
  • Strong interpersonal leadership skills, with the ability to successfully interact with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • A Master's Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Sustainability or a related field is highly desirable

Management Compensation and Benefits:
The successful candidate will be eligible for participation in the City's Flexible Benefits Plan that offers several optional benefit plans or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at 22 days per year for the 1st through the 15th year of service. For further information, please contact the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-6600.  Retirement benefits differ for this unclassified position depending on the candidate's eligible status (new hire, rehire, etc.). For further information, visit Risk Management, Employee Benefits at Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.

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