Bellingham WA Bellingham, WA, USA
Nov 11, 2019Full time
JOB SUMMARY: The Climate and Energy Manager provides leadership directing and coordinating implementation of the City's Climate Action Plan and energy and sustainability programs across all City departments and the community. Develops strategic partnerships to meet the carbon emissions reduction goals of the Climate Action Plan, energy conservation programs, sustainability initiatives and associated education and outreach programs. Serves as a City-wide resource for emissions reduction and sustainability efforts. Responsibilities include program development, implementation and reporting. Uses technical software to model, monitor and evaluate progress towards meeting goals. Serves as staff liaison to both internal and external community partner organizations. Reports on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB : Directs, develops, plans, organizes, and implements the City's Climate Action Program, including the Climate Action Plan, emissions reductions and renewable energy supply, climate adaption planning, data collection and modeling efforts, and other environmental sustainability initiatives. Responsible for overall program strategy, evaluation, budget preparation and monitoring, cost-estimating and problem-solving. Responds and adapts to changing program priorities and goals as set by Council and the Mayor's Office. Measures and tracks metrics for success; uses technical software to conduct and analyze greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and model, monitor and evaluate the City's progress towards meeting Climate Action goals. Implements program revisions and updates based on the effectiveness of current program elements. Facilitates implementation of the Climate Action Plan and sustainability goals and measures across all city departments. Meets with department leadership across the City, researches strategies and recommends changes to departments, helps problem-solve implementation issues, and tracks progress towards goals. Coordinates with City departments to evaluate, develop and strengthen departmental and city-wide policies, procedures and regulations in support of the Climate Action Plan and other program goals. Conducts research, analyzes information and data, and synthesizes research findings into high quality work products, including informative summaries, fact sheets, presentations, and reports. Distills and translates complex information into clear, compelling materials for diverse audiences. Performs research and analysis of emission reduction measures to inform program implementation efforts. Conducts greenhouse emissions assessments using industry standard software for municipal and community emissions. Works closely with Education and Outreach staff to plan and develop education programs to promote implementation of Climate Action Plan measures and other sustainability initiatives including public awareness and behavior change programs. Develops and manages contracts and interlocal agreements to implement Climate Action Plan measures as needed. Develops, writes, and administers grant applications in support of the City's climate and energy programs. Serves as the City's climate and energy programs liaison to outside entities including jurisdictions, agencies, contractors and non-governmental partners. Develops strategic partnerships within the community to facilitate and expand emissions reduction and energy conservation efforts in support of the Climate Action Plan. Monitors federal, state and/or local regulations and guidance and recommends actions to achieve compliance with climate and energy policies and practices. ADDITIONAL WORK PERFORMED : Acts in accordance with City-wide departmental goals and work programs. Performs other related duties within the scope of the classification. WORKING ENVIRONMENT : Work is performed primarily in an office setting with extensive time spent at a computer workstation. Requires fieldwork including working outdoors in all weather conditions, and working around industrial equipment with moving parts. May also require occasional travel. Required to attend meetings or perform duties outside of normal office hours. Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job, including: Traverse uneven terrain; Ascend ladders; Crawl into tight spaces; Frequently operate a computer and read a computer screen or typewritten page; Frequently communicate verbally; Correctible visual acuity, hearing and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a motor vehicle; Move between work sites. Experience and Training Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Environmental Management, Energy Studies or related field; and Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience, including program management, in emissions reductions programs or related field. Requires knowledge of emission reduction strategies and practices. Master's degree in a related field is preferred. Knowledge of common functions and issues in city government is preferred. A combination of experience and training that provides the applicant with the knowledge and skills to perform the job will be considered. Necessary Special Requirements Valid Washington State driver's license and good driving record. Candidate must submit a three-year driving abstract prior to hire. Employment contingent upon passing a criminal conviction and local background check. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com !