5640 Environmental Specialist

Building Decarbonization Specialist

Recruitment #PEX-5640-102749


Building Decarbonization Specialist
San Francisco Department of Environment
5640 – Environmental Specialist

Amended and reposted on 3/10/20 - new deadline is March 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM. 

The Minimum Qualifications have been updated to more clearly reflect the position.

Previous Applicants Do Not Need to Reapply.

Are you interested in taking action to address the climate crisis? Did you know that in 2017 the building sector was responsible for 44% of San Francisco’s emissions, with most of those emissions from the use of natural gas to heat water and condition living spaces?

The San Francisco Department of the Environment’s Climate Program is seeking a Building Decarbonization Specialist to help advance programs and policies to reduce and ultimately eliminate emissions from the building sector. If you are excited about making a positive impact towards addressing climate change, have a passion for helping solve complex problems through data-driven analysis and visualization, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to use your skills to build a better future.

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.

The Climate Program in the Department of Environment is responsible for developing and delivering programs and policies to realize San Francisco’s goals of ensuring zero operational emissions in new building construction no later than 2030, and citywide carbon neutrality in the building sector by 2050 through energy efficiency, electrification, increase in use of renewables, and storage.

Who You Are
The Building Decarbonization Specialist will perform research, manage projects, develop and curate data, provide technical support and write reports for both technical & non-technical audiences, in order to develop and implement policies and programs, including contributing to a comprehensive Roadmap to Zero Emission Buildings. The Roadmap will require detailed data analysis, research, and stakeholder engagement to support recommendations from a public-private sector task force on what actions will realize the City’s goals of 100% renewable energy and zero emissions buildings citywide. The analyst will perform technical analysis, collect and manage substantial and complex data, present to the public, write reports, and engage with stakeholders in support of the Zero Emissions Buildings Task Force, the Existing Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, San Francisco Green Building Code, and contribute to development and implementation of programs and policies supporting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and distributed energy resources. San Francisco’s policies are a model for other cities across the country and this position will contribute not only to local climate action, but to action across the country and abroad.

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.

•  Curate and manage data, perform statistical analysis, and visualize complex data relating to building energy use, emissions, energy technologies, operational and capital costs.
•  Manage projects supporting policies, programs, and markets for distributed energy resources, such as solar and storage for resilience, vehicle-to-grid integration, and building electrification.
•  Work independently and collaboratively as needed to plan, develop, communicate, implement, and apply data to improve public policies and programs to advance the City’s ambitious climate goals.
•  Develop relationships with public and private sector stakeholders, in person and over the phone.
•  Write letters, memos, reports, web content, draft regulations, and other documents.
•  Assist with grant applications, reports, and budgets.
•  Coordinate public meetings, trainings, and events.
•  Manage projects as needed.
•  This position may supervise staff.
Appointment Type
This position is a Permanent-Exempt Appointment, with an anticipated duration of 36 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.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Two (2) years of professional experience in planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating environmental programs, within the specialty areas of green buildings and distributed energy resources, emissions reporting or reduction programs, or energy or sustainability analysis.

Desirable Qualifications

•  Education, experience, and/or interest in developing and/or implementing climate, green building, or energy policies.
•  Experience with Energy Star Portfolio Manager, ideally in the context of administering an energy benchmarking ordinance or law.
•  Familiarity with building energy efficiency programs, especially in the commercial real estate sector or large multifamily residential.
•  Understanding of barriers to adoption of energy and electrification improvements by building owners.
•  Exceptional attention to detail, skills in organization and research, and ability to manage multiple complex projects.
•  Demonstrated ability with data analysis, statistics, and quantitative analysis.
•  Experience and/or interest in working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Knowledge of
•  Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and advanced functionality such as PowerQuery.
•  Microsoft PowerBI or other data visualization software.
•  Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping tools.
•  Customer Relationship Management software, such as SalesForce.
Ability to
•  Prioritize and manage multiple assignments.
•  Work independently as well as effectively in a team environment, with an understanding of how to juggle responsibilities with team members.
•  Develop relationships supporting energy project development, implementation, and measurement.
•  Conduct research, develop and analyze data to solve complex problems and assess adequacy of existing data to meet these needs.
•  Communicate with new people in person, in groups, and over the phone.
•  Speak a second language commonly spoken in San Francisco such as Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese.
•  Write persuasively including translating technical information into plain English.
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, cover letter, & 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 three documents including your resume, cover letter, and unofficial 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 Adam Romoslawski, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at Adam.Romoslawski@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 8:00am on Monday, March 9th, 2020. 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: February 18, 2020; March 10, 2020 - amended and reopened to clarify Minimum Qualifications and extend deadline to 3/18/20 at 8:00 AM
          ANNOUNCEMENT NO: PEX-5640-102749


          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.

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