San Mateo County Redwood City, California, USA
Feb 11, 2020Full time
Description The County of San Mateo's Office of Sustainability seeks well qualified applicants for the position of Climate Action Specialist . We are seeking one full-time Climate Action Specialist for the Climate Change and Adaptation Program who can empower our employees and our community members to embrace sustainability more fully, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for climate change impacts, and use natural resources more efficiently. We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive work place. The Climate Change and Adaptation Program aims to address climate change through adaptation and mitigation efforts, and works in partnership with County departments, cities, community groups, businesses and others. The program incorporates a focus on race and social justice into programs and projects. As part of our team, the Climate Action Specialist is responsible for coordination and implementation of the County's Government Operations Climate Action Plan, which includes spearheading and coordinating projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at County facilities. This position is also responsible for efforts to ensure County facilities are prepared for climate change impacts and will lead the County's Sustainable Purchasing Initiative and other climate change initiatives. The Climate Action Specialist will effectively engage community members in sustainability efforts and initiatives, build partnerships and collaborate with County and city officials, government staff, and community stakeholders to achieve measurable progress toward the County's climate and sustainability goals. The candidate will ensure programs and projects are equitable and accessible to all community members. The San Mateo County Office of Sustainability (OOS) has four working groups: Waste Reduction, Energy and Water, Livable Communities, and Climate Change. To learn more about each of the OOS workgroups, please visit: https://www.smcsustainability.org/ Responsibilities: Examples of responsibilities for the position will include, but are not limited to, the following: Be a climate change leader, catalyzing changes needed to reduce emissions and prepare for climate impacts throughout the County, and share lessons learned with others, including the cities in San Mateo County. Coordinate the implementation of the County's Government Operations Climate Action Plan, including working with staff from multiple departments to implement GHG emissions reductions project and developing status reports for the Board of Supervisors and others. Track emissions through annual greenhouse gas emissions inventories. Oversee the County's Sustainable Purchasing Initiative, which includes leading an inter-departmental working group, and guidebook, tracking purchases, training staff and encouraging behavior change among County staff. Communicate successes of projects through website updates, reports and presentations to the Board of Supervisors, County staff, and members of the public. Assist with the County's Green Business Program with a focus on certifying County facilities. Work with County departments to evaluate vulnerability to climate change and develop guidelines and recommendations for addressing climate risks. Assist with coordination and collaboration across climate mitigation and climate adaptation efforts. Assist and lead other climate change initiatives, as needed. At this time, we will be hiring one permanent position in the Office of Sustainability Climate Change and Adaptation work group. This recruitment may also be used to fill future permanent or term positions. A competitive benefits package is associated with this position. For complete information regarding benefits please click here. The ideal candidate will have: A strong interest in sustainability, climate change, and environmental issues. Experience in the field and a college degree in Environmental Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, Public Policy, Engineering, or a related field. A Master's degree is preferred. A strong interest and experience in integrating race, equity, and social and environmental justice into programs and projects. Experience completing greenhouse gas emissions inventories, developing Climate Action Plans, and tracking progress on plans is preferred. Experience preparing written materials such as narratives, project summaries, or Board reports, technical charts, presentations, and public outreach materials. Experience delivering targeted presentations to a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders. Experience working to coordinate projects across multiple departments or organizations. Experience organizing community events and educational programs, or facilitating or managing public processes or projects with an active, highly engaged community. Strong interpersonal skills – a natural marketer and team player that easily connects with people and can act as a liaison with local and state agencies, as well as the public. Clear communication skills – both verbally and in writing. Strong analytical skills – experienced in conducting research and analyzing data. Independence – can "hit the ground running" and work with minimal supervision, while also being a team player. Flexibility – able to change course quickly and effectively. A desire to learn more about a career in local government. Qualifications Knowledge of: Principles and practices of program planning, implementation and evaluation. Principles and practices of contract management. Principles, practices and trends in the assigned specialty areas of resource conservation. Technical information in the assigned specialty area of climate change mitigation and adaptation (resiliency), and/or general environmental, community planning, or sustainability initiatives. Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations. Skill/Ability to: Interpret laws, regulations and data. Define difficult problem areas, research, audit and analyze data, and make valid alternatives and recommendations. Plan, implement, coordinate, and evaluate multiple complex functions and assignments. Serve as subject matter expert in one or multiple areas of resource conservation. Track and monitor compliance with pertinent mandates, laws, codes, rules, regulations and agreements. Serve as representative on various boards, committees and community groups. Speak effectively and make public presentations, conduct outreach, training and/or public education as necessary. Establish and maintain effective working relations with variety of individuals at all levels including those from government, business, private and non-profit agencies, community groups and the public. Integrate race and social justice considerations into work duties. Lead permanent, temporary, contract and volunteer staff on a project basis. Identify problems and work to resolve them. Prepare comprehensive reports, letters and other written materials. Provide information regarding planning, developing and monitoring the budget. Ability to translate technical topics for professionals and elected officials and to communicate across multiple disciplines. Plan, implement and evaluate assigned programs, projects and activities. Research and analyze information/data to formulate findings and recommendations. Provide information and data regarding in support of planning, developing and monitoring budget and program performance. Establish and maintain effective working relations with others. Other duties as assigned. Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is three years of program coordination experience in the field of sustainability and/or resource conservation, with some specialization in climate change or sustainability initiatives. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com !