5638 Environmental Assistant

Public Affairs Assistant Coordinator

Recruitment #TEX-5638-097465


Public Affairs Assistant Coordinator
San Francisco Department of Environment
5638 – Environmental Assistant

Would you like to make a real impact on how San Francisco tells its story of climate action leadership? Are you interested in environmental policy and the legislative process? Do you have a passion for working collaboratively to create change? If so, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to use your skills and passion to build a healthier future for San Francisco – and beyond!
Who We Are
The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) provides solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment is recognized worldwide for its environmental policies and programs, which center on achieving zero waste, reducing toxic chemical hazards, advancing environmental justice, promoting sustainable transportation modes, expanding clean energy infrastructure, greening our built environment, and protecting our urban forest. We’re a passionate, mission-driven team that values credibility, collaboration, impact, innovation and equity. SF Environment is also a great place to work, offering an attractive benefits package that includes healthcare and retirement.

Who You Are
The Public Affairs Assistant Coordinator will support the Policy and Public Affairs Team in four key focus areas: 1) Press & media relations, 2) Policy development, implementation, and tracking, 3) Intern recruitment & placement, and 4) Public affairs & community relations.
What You'll Likely Do
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.

Press & Media Relations:
•  Work closely with Policy and Public Affairs Team to support reactive and proactive media outreach.
•  Oversee the Department’s media monitoring service and media subscriptions (e.g. SF Chronicle, etc):
        ·   Track media featuring the Department or key topic areas important to the Department.
        ·   Collate and send news clips daily.
        ·   Curate and update Department’s media contacts and distribution lists and send press releases out.
•  Assist in planning press conferences including set-up, logistics and take-down.
•  Assist, as needed, with triaging, tracking and scheduling media interviews (reactive and proactive).
•  Support the Policy and Public Affairs Team and other program staff to develop and draft public policy for introduction at the Board of Supervisors or State Legislature.
•  Interface with internal and external stakeholders to receive input on potential new legislation. 
•  Collate and assemble legislative documents to satisfy Board of Supervisors, state and federal requirements.
•  Track local, state and federal legislation using internal tracking systems.
•  Provide support with ongoing/routine legislative items, such as grant awards, the Department’s annual budget, Board of Supervisor committee hearings, presentations, etc.
•  Respond to Board of Supervisor or other constituent service requests.
•  Recruit interns through existing pathways and contacts and assist Policy and Public Affairs Team with orientation and placement throughout the Department.
•  Assist Policy and Public Affairs Team with development of new intern recruitment pathways to broaden pool of available interns.
•  Facilitate development of how-to-guides and other materials for both interns and program staff.
•  Coordinate intern volunteer opportunities at Department-sponsored or Department-staffed events.
Public Affairs:
•  Attend monthly event planning meeting when needed and represent the Department at relevant events.
•  Assist in preparation, scheduling and facilitation for tours and international delegations.
•  Support planning and execution for Earth Month activities and other major Department events.
•  Represent the Department at designated functions.
Appointment Type
This position is a Temporary-Exempt Appointment, with an anticipated duration of 6 months. The position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.  NOTE: A competitive civil service recruitment to permanently fill this position is expected to begin in September or October of this year.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university; AND

One (1) year of professional experience in planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating environmental programs. A minimum of six (6) months must include public policy experience; AND

Other Requirements
Possession of a valid driver's license.

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

•  Experience in communications, marketing, public relations, or media relations.
•  Experience and/or interest in public policy or the legislative process.
•  Experience working in San Francisco politics, on advocacy campaigns, or doing community organizing.
•  Experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously and meeting competing deadlines.
•  Experience in convening, communicating, and working with diverse stakeholders.
•  Experience with speechwriting, copy editing, or providing executive-level communications support.
•  Experience drafting public information materials, such as fact sheets, briefings, or policy memos.
•  Strong oral communication, public speaking, and presentation skills.
Knowledge of
•  Print and Digital Media. What’s in the news, and who’s writing on what. Keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening.
•  Stakeholder Engagement. You know how to get people invested and maintain engagement.
•  Climate Change. (Hint: it’s not a hoax.)
•  Local Government.  Cities are leading the way on tackling climate change and you know a thing or two about that.
•  Public Policy and the Legislative Process. How a bill (sometimes) becomes a law.
•  Facilitation. You have a few tricks for making meetings engaging and meaningful.
Ability to
•  Effectively and sensitively communicate, both orally and in writing, with a broad variety of stakeholders and in formal presentation settings.
•  Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, including working effectively independently, in a small a team, or with other city and outside agencies.
•  Think analytically and apply problem-solving skills.
•  Be detail-oriented, highly organized, and prioritize properly.
•  Respond quickly and effectively to unexpected and rapidly changing conditions.
•  Synthesize and present complex information to a variety of audiences.
•  Be a big picture thinker who can also get granular and deep into the details.
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 transcript and attach it to their application. Upload these documents as a PDF or Word file, under the “Other” tab in the application system.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit https://jobapscloud.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.  Attach two documents that include your resume and college transcript. Upload these documents as a PDF or Word file.
      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

      Online application filing deadline will conclude at 8am on Monday, August 26th, 2019. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to give application status updates. While we are not able to reach out to every applicant, the hiring manager will contact you directly after the filing deadline if your skills and experiences are a strong match for the position.

      The selection process will include an evaluation of applications and an assessment of candidates' relative job-related knowledge, skills and abilities. Only those applicants most closely meeting the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

      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. Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

          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.

          ISSUED: AUGUST 12, 2019
          ANNOUNCEMENT NO: TEX-5638-097465


          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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