5640 Environmental Specialist

Recruitment #TEX-5640-107685


Energy Efficiency and Clean Transportation Coordinator
San Francisco Department of the Environment
5640 – Environmental Specialist

Are you interested in advancing adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and improving energy usage in San Francisco? Do you have the creative and organizational skill to pilot new approaches which will advance emerging mobility and energy efficiency? Are you a seasoned project manager who enjoys engaging diverse partners and stakeholders in support of project goals? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for San Francisco.

Who We Are
The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) provides solutions that advance climate and environmental 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.

San Francisco Department of the Environment Racial Equity Statement
For over 20 years, SF Environment has worked with San Francisco’s Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities to mitigate environmental burdens, increase accessibility of environmental programs and benefits, engage community members, and improve health outcomes. BIPOC communities are disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors that include air and soil pollution, illegal dumping of toxics and other materials, industrial land uses and transportation impacts. They are more likely to live in housing conditions with limited access to green space and where poor indoor air quality from pests, mold, and the use of toxic products contributes to the prevalence of asthma and other health disparities. They are more likely to be employed in areas with high levels of exposure to toxics. Now, they are the first communities feeling the impacts of climate change, with the fewest resources to respond. SF Environment has a longstanding commitment to the principles of environmental justice, whereby communities most impacted by environmental stressors and climate change are prioritized and the long-time work of community leaders is recognized and supported. We are committed to uplifting the contributions of local environmental leaders of diverse racial backgrounds and ensuring that racial equity is the cornerstone of all of our programs, policies, and services.

Who you are
As the Energy Efficiency and Clean Transportation Coordinator, you will be working on two dynamic programs. First, you will work with a large group of stakeholders to implement the City-wide EV Roadmap by exploring policies and developing innovative programs and special projects. Secondly, you will also assist with day-to-day operations of the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) Commercial energy efficiency rebate program. The BayREN Commercial program is an internationally-recognized program (https://www.bayren.org/business). It is among the first programs in the U.S. to serve the small-medium business sector using a meter-based approach to verifying energy savings.

Serving in a Coordinator-level position (Class 5640), you will work under the supervision of a Class 5644 Principal Environmental Specialist responsible for defining project scopes and deliverables. You may supervise Assistant Coordinators (Class 5638), interns or volunteers as the need may arise.

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.

Clean Transportation
• Collaborate with SF Environment staff, interdepartmental stakeholders, and external partners to implement the EV Roadmap, and State objectives on transportation electrification, energy efficiency, and emerging mobility across multiple sectors, such as residential, commercial, and municipal.
• Perform day-to-day project management in key EV initiatives such as: 1) electric vehicle charging network development expansion, 2) EV-charging station permit streamlining, 3) increasing public awareness of electric vehicle benefits, and 4) incoming grants.
• Engage and maintain relationships with technical experts, industry organizations, local and state authorities, and other key stakeholders.
• Represent the City and SF Environment before interdepartmental stakeholders and external partners.
• Support Clean Transportation planning, goal setting, and impact tracking.
• Support SF Environment staff with fundraising activities and contribute to the development of grant proposals, including grant writing, requesting letters of support/commitment, etc. 

Energy Efficiency
• Serve as the lead coordinator for the BayREN Commercial program. Responsibilities include managing special projects, maintaining relations with other local government entities, and conducting strategic planning.
• Work with SF Environment staff, BayREN members, and program-contractors to drive participation in order to meet annual energy savings targets of the BayREN Commercial program.
• Support SF Environment staff and local governments from other Bay Area Counties to market the BayREN Commercial program.
• Prepare, compile and distribute reports as required by the BayREN, SF Environment, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and other agencies.
Supervision Exercised
May be assigned to supervise Assistant Coordinators (Class 5638), Associates (Class 9922), interns or volunteers.

Appointment Type
This position is a Temporary 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 environmental sciences, public administration, business administration, accounting, biology, or a field related to energy or transportation (including but not limited to environmental studies, planning, computer science, or engineering), from an accredited college or university; AND

Two (2) years of experience planning, coordinating, and implementing energy or transportation related programs.

Desirable Qualifications

• Experience working with diverse groups in the private and public sectors on project development and implementation of energy efficiency and transportation policies, and experience marketing the benefits of clean energy programs.
• Adaptable, strategic and agile project manager able to operationalize strategies, develop and execute plans and processes ensuring the project runs smoothly and goals are met, and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
• Ability to keep an open-mind to alternate solutions and approaches to problem-solving
• Expert in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Project Management software. Familiarity with Salesforce and ArcGIS are pluses.
• An understanding of equity, inclusion and diversity concepts.
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 covlerletter, resume, and transcript/diploma and attach these documents to their application. The transcript can be unofficial. Upload these documents as PDF or Word files.

How To Apply

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    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 - 1) a resume, 2) an official or unofficial copy of your transcripts or diploma, and 3) a brief cover letter stating why this position interests you and how your skills and qualifications relate to the position. Upload the documents as PDF or Word files.
      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 Plan

      The application filing deadline will conclude at 8am on Monday, November 9, 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. This includes knowledge of: energy efficiency equipment and project-financing; electric vehicles (of all classes) and charging equipment (of all levels); the design, development, marketing, and implementation of energy efficiency retrofit programs; federal, state, and local clean transportation and energy efficiency programs, laws, policies, and organizations; technical and marketing data development and analysis. This also includes the ability to: conduct research and analysis; utilize a personal computer, including word processing programs, spreadsheet, database and project management software; communicate effectively both orally and in written format; write proposals and reports; work with public, private, and government agencies. 

      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.

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          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.

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          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: October 23, 2020
          ANNOUNCEMENT NO: TEX-5640-107685

          8. In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement at Adam.Romoslawski@sfgov.org.


          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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