5642 Senior Environmental Specialist

City Government Zero Waste Senior Coordinator

Recruitment #PBT-5642-087384


City Government Zero Waste Senior Coordinator
San Francisco Department of Environment
5642 – Senior Environmental Specialist

**This is a position-based test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.**

Are you interested in waste prevention, recycling & composting, and getting San Francisco city government to zero waste? Does the thought of recoverable materials going to the landfill make you cringe? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for San Francisco. The San Francisco Department of Environment is recognized worldwide for its environmental policies, is a great place to work, and offers an attractive benefits package, including healthcare and retirement.

Department Background
The mission of the City and County of San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) is to improve, enhance, and preserve the environment, and to promote San Francisco’s long-term environmental sustainability. SF Environment includes: Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Clean Air Transportation, Climate Change, Energy, Green Building, Urban Forest and Public Information Programs.

Position Description
This position serves on SF Environment’s Zero Waste team. Senior Environmental Specialists work under the supervision of Environmental Program Managers, meet weekly with Program Managers, and have day-to-day decision-making responsibilities for projects, as well as the ability to negotiate within project scopes. Positions in this class are assigned to specialties; this position is a Zero Waste Specialty.
The selected candidate will lead the section responsible for implementing, evaluating and maintaining waste prevention, recycling, composting, buying recycled as well as associated outreach for adoption of these practices for about 30,000 San Francisco city government employees. In addition, the Zero Waste Senior Coordinator will provide expertise and analyses to government and refuse service provider partners on issues that may affect our path to zero waste including, but not limited to, policy development and advocacy, refuse rates, equipment and processing technologies, behavior change methods and contract writing and administration.

Supervision Exercised
Supervises staff and contractors, including Class 5638 and intern positions.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties
According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this class and are not intended to be an inclusive list:

•  Coordinates all city government efforts to move towards zero waste.
•  Supervises the City Government Zero Waste Assistant Coordinator including, but not limited to, developing action plans, meeting regularly to evaluate progress and ensure projects stay on task.
•  Develops, implements, and evaluates local government waste prevention, recycling and composting programs covering all materials and products.
•  Oversees city’s recycled-content and end-of-life purchasing requirements including researching the green product marketplace, designing innovative contract structures, writing purchasing specifications, evaluating bid proposals, and educating purchasing staff.
•  Implements and gains compliance with related policies including the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance, Resource Conservation Ordinance, Bottle and Package Free Water Ordinance, Precautionary Purchasing Ordinance and Food Service Waste Reduction Ordinance.
•  Advises elected officials and staff on zero waste policy development and implementation; advocates for various proposed policies that affect our objectives and ability to achieve them.
•  Conducts site visits, performs or reviews refuse audits, calculates recovery/disposal rates and refuse costs, makes recommendations, negotiates with service providers, installs bins and signage, overcomes obstacles to participation and evaluates program effectiveness.
•  Negotiates and administers the city’s Refuse Collection Service agreement.
•  Works collaboratively with city department managers, zero waste coordinators, property managers, custodial supervisors, service providers and others.
•  Leads city government zero waste marketing and outreach strategy including designing campaigns, developing and managing websites, and training city staff on principles and programs.
•  Prepares and manages section budget and professional services.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental sciences, or a related field (within the specialty area) from an accredited college or university; AND

Four (4) years of experience performing general duties similar to those described in this class, within the area of specialty; with a minimum of two (2) years of that experience specifically involving environmental zero waste projects.

Special Conditions
The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Desirable Qualifications

•  Skilled in project management.
•  Experience gaining compliance with legislation.
•  Experience navigating and working in (or with) large organizations.
•  Fluency in Cantonese, Spanish or other languages commonly spoken in San Francisco besides English.
Knowledge of
•  Zero waste principles & their application.
•  Local, state, and federal solid waste legislation.
•  Material recovery equipment & technologies.
•  Recycling & composting markets.
•  City & County of San Francisco operations and institutions.
Ability to
•  Communicate effectively in oral & written form.
•  Design & deliver presentations.
•  Design, plan, & manage projects.
•  Work with public agencies and representatives from other organizations.
•  Conduct research & analysis.
•  Supervise, manage, motivate, & mentor staff/direct reports.
•  Effectively use a computer, including word processing & spreadsheet software.
Additional Application Information
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date, unless otherwise noted.

Candidates are requested to submit a resume and attach it to their application. Upload this document as a PDF or Word file, with the naming convention of “YourName-5642ZeroWaste”.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

1. Select the desired job announcement.
2. Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information.
3. Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”.
4. Follow instructions on the screen.
5. Submit your resume as an attachment to your application.

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application was received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Please email Preston Treichel, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at Preston.Treichel@sfgov.org should you have questions about the application process. For questions regarding the status of your application or the selection process, please refer to the 'Timeline' section under the Selection Procedures heading.

Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weighted 100%)
Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted with the application before the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to assist in determining if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

The Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation is also designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas as described within this announcement. Once submitted, applicant responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed. Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

After the eligible list is finalized/adopted, the department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision (e.g. interviews, written exercise, etc.). Applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps of the selection process.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five (5) Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 6 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see: http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:
    • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
    • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.
      Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

      If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

      Disaster Service Workers

      All City & County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


      1. Your application must include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

      2. Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456. Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

      3. Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:
      Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:
      Information regarding Seniority Credit can be found at:

      4. Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to present additional material at the time of appointment and/or at a later date.

      5. For general information concerning City and County of San Francisco employment policies and procedures, please refer to this web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

      6. For Right to Work policy, please refer to this web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification

      7. Terms of Announcement: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf. The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

      ISSUED: JULY 2, 2018
      ANNOUNCEMENT NO: PBT-5642-087384


      All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

      For more information about benefits, please click here.

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