5644 Carbon Neutral Airport Program Manager

Principal Environmental Specialist

Recruitment #PEX-5644-075548


Please file your application immediately.  This announcement may close at anytime, but not before Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM

SFO is a world-class, award-winning airport that served more than 53 million guests in 2016.  SFO offers non-stop flights to 46 international cities on 39 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport also connects non-stop with 79 U.S. cities on 13 domestic airlines.  In fiscal year 15/16, the Airport, an enterprise department of the City & County of San Francisco, accounted for $7.8 billion in business activity and supported nearly 39,400 direct jobs.

SFO’s mission is to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities and is committed to redefining air travel. SFO has embarked on the renovation of Terminal 1, the largest project in the Airport’s 10-year, $6.1 billion Capital Improvement Plan.  View an Inside SFO video about careers at SFO.

Permanent Exempt Full Time – this position is exempt from Civil Service rules pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 10.104 and serves at the discretion of Appointing Officer. Appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service Examination process for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for a permanent appointment.

The City and County of San Francisco has been at the forefront of the U.S. movement for addressing climate change issues through the consistent and strategic reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for nearly a decade. In 2008, as a result of this commitment, the City’s Board of Supervisors adopted, and the Mayor signed into law, Ordinance No. 81-08 (“Climate Change Goals and Action Plan”), which mandates the achievement of time-set GHG emission targets by each City Department (e.g. 25% below the 1990 emission level by 2017). The SFO Airport Commission continues to vigorously support the City and industry’s climate action and has established a strategic goal to achieve carbon neutrality for Commission-controlled operations by 2021. SFO’s management has developed an annual Departmental Climate Action Plan (DCAP) starting in fiscal year (FY) 2008 as the blueprint for meeting the Ordinance’s objectives and transparently tracking the impacts of SFO’s climate initiatives through regular, Global Reporting Initiative-compliant reporting. This coupled with the soon-to-be released Airport’s first triple-bottom line-focused Sustainability Plan, which will roadmap the Airport’s attainment of its five-year Strategic Plan triple-zero objectives (zero net energy, zero solid waste to landfill, and zero carbon emissions), seek to establish SFO as the greenest airport on the globe within the next five years.

The Department is seeking a world-class, first of its kind, Carbon Neutral Airport Program Manager to develop and manage the Airport's portfolio of work to attain carbon neutral status by 2021, even as our passenger enplanements continue to grow. This individual is tasked with working autonomously across our matrixed organization to establish direction and manage the implementation of the Airport’s Climate Action & Sustainability Plans; lead Airport-wide greenhouse gas data collection, disclosure, reporting and reduction efforts; and respond to current and burgeoning federal, state and local environmental policies and regulations.

Further, the Airport’s Carbon Neutral Program Manager will lead and supervise staff, Committees and broader stakeholders to develop, new and innovative carbon reduction strategies, including the purchase of renewable fuels and advanced technologies designed to reduce the Airport’s operational carbon footprint, as well by supporting emissions reductions and mitigations efforts across our airline partners.

The Carbon Neutral Airport Program Manager will be responsible for leading the broader climate mitigation systems-focused programs in which the Department plays a significant role, such as green building and district scale approaches, while ensuring that those emerging opportunities are financially viable and effective in protecting our environment. To that end, SFO’s Carbon Neutral Program Manager will understand the complexities of the carbon lifecycle and climate models, greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting techniques, efficiency investment strategies grounded in lifecycle cost analyses, community engagement tools such as community-based social marketing, and the carbon offset market.

The Carbon Neutral Airport Program Manager reports to the Airport’s Director of Sustainability, and supervises staff by planning, directing, and assigning work activities to achieve the Airport’s carbon neutral goals and objectives. The position will also be responsible for fundraising, grant-writing, and environmental compliance reporting.

This Carbon Neutral Airport Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing and directing the following functions.

Environmental Compliance & Reporting
* Development, maintenance and annual environmental and climate action plan reporting through the Airport’s Environmental Management System (EMS), using Enviance Software.
* Assisting in the filing of regulatory compliance reports for Air Quality Control, hazardous waste management and water quality control, with emphasis on implementing the new EMS at SFO.
* Development and implementation of a zero solid waste to landfill management system, and the creation of Airport policies and tools to maximize Extended Producer Responsibility, Environmentally Preferable Procurement, and recycling/compost streams.
* Ensuring that the Airport is in compliance with the forthcoming zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) fleet requirements.
* Reviewing and analyzing bids and proposals for environmental consulting services, asbestos and hazardous building materials abatement, building demolition, and other hazardous materials abatement projects for conformance with specifications; requests for proposals and contract approval processes.
* Working with Airport lobbyists at both the state and federal level to protect the Airport’s interest in carbon-related laws and regulations, as necessary.

Climate Strategy Development and Implementation
* Preparation of the annual Departmental Climate Action Plan and updates in compliance with Ordinance 81-08 - Climate Change Goals and Action Plan. The Plan is focused on reducing the Airport’s greenhouse gas emissions. Integration with and participation in the SF Department of Environment DepCAP Working Group.
* Building intersections with and supporting the implementation and tracking of the Airport’s Sustainability Plan and Strategic Plan.
* Providing strong, inspirational leadership and vision on Climate issues for Airport and its stakeholders. Representing and advancing the Airport as an international leader and model for climate action and sustainability.
* Develop partnerships, submit applications for awards, and expand funding sources for the Airport’s carbon neutrality work. Responsible for strategic grant writing and managing both government and non-government grants.

Stakeholder Engagement & Communications
* Advise and brief senior officials and executive management regarding strategic direction and policy recommendations for climate related policies, programs and operational changes.
* Support the Airport’s Committees, staff, passengers and tenants in building awareness of and clear actions towards quantifiable emissions reductions through behavior-change campaigns, recognition programs (e.g. Green Business Certification), and outreach materials (e.g. infographics, dynamic maps, trainings).
* Expand industry-aligned initiatives and cooperative partnerships to advance and promote climate policies and sustainability; document, build tools, and communicate the financial and environmental benefits of implementing best practices; and achieve measurable progress on reducing the Airport’s carbon footprint.

Climate Policy
* Review, evaluate and recommend aligning Airport policies and procedures with climate goals and act as an expert resource regarding Federal, State, and Local climate and environmental policies, legislation, trends, and climate protection technical assistance issues.
* Provide comments, staff briefings, and recommendations on applicable regional planning and state policies. Develop Airport positions and talking points resources on varied environmental and climate topics.
* Develop advanced carbon pricing tools and evaluate offset mechanisms to drive beyond neutrality goals to net positive outcomes for the Airport and our community.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and seven (7) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs. Four (4) years of this experience must be in one of the following areas: clean air, energy, public outreach, recycling or toxics reduction; OR

2. Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science or a closely related field from an accredited college, and five (5) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs. Four (4) years of this experience must be in one of the following areas: clean air, energy, public outreach, recycling or toxics reduction; OR

3. Possession of a Juris Doctor or a master's degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science or a closely related field from an accredited college of university, and three (3) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs in one of the following areas: clean air, energy, public outreach, recycling or toxics reduction; OR

4. Possession of a Ph.D. degree in public administration, business administration, environmental sciences or a closely related field from an accredited college or university, and two (2) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs in one of the following areas: clean air, energy, public outreach and recycling.

Working Condition:
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment: Ability to work in a standard office environment which may involve prolonged sitting, bending and operation of typing, word processing and other office equipment; and ability to work evening meetings.

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.

-Select the desired job announcement
-Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
-Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
-Follow instructions on the screen

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).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been 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.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Vicky Lei, by telephone at 650-821-2022, or by email at vicky.lei@flysfo.com. Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

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

Verification of qualifying experience, when requested, must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted. Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Failure to provide the required verification, or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of application.

Note: 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.

Selection Procedures

Evaluation of Applications:  
The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum qualifications. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the oral/performance process.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance:
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to undergo a criminal history record check, including FBI fingerprints, and Security Threat Assessment in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.

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 and 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.


Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this examination can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Terms of the 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.

Copies of Application Documents: 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 submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.
Additional Information: General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures may be found online at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Issued: 4/3/17
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: 075548


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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