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Sustainability Coordinator #2311-253800-02

Date Opened
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 3:45 PM
Close Date
Thursday, December 07, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $66,099- $74,361/year
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


CATS Mission: To provide essential mobility solutions that connect communities to opportunity, places and each other. 

CATS Vision: To meet the mobility needs of every community member.

CATS appointed its first Sustainability and Resiliency Officer in October 2021 after receiving support through the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge with NRDC and in alignment with the City of Charlotte’s Office of Sustainability and Resilience. The organization has quickly made a transition to battery electric buses with orders increasing over the next several years.  This transition is one of the most aggressive in the country; CATS being among the leaders in the Southeast. However, there is more transition to happen and facility climate action to be tackled, specifically in response to the City’s first benchmarking report identifying opportunity for great energy efficiency in specific buildings.


The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), a division of the City of Charlotte, is seeking a sustainability professional who will be responsible for projects supporting the City’s, and ultimately CATS, strategy to achieve the goal of 100% zero carbon municipal fleet and buildings and to become a low-carbon city communitywide. 


CATS has developed a new team to assist the organization with sustainability and resiliency efforts, in addition to being responsible for the development, implementation and direction of the organization’s sustainability and resiliency vision, strategy and reporting.


The City of Charlotte adopted sustainability and resiliency goals through the 2030 Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and 2050 Sustainable and Resilient Charlotte Resolution.  CATS is embarking upon a foundational shift in operations and strategy to meet our SEAP actions which will enable us to meet our low carbon City goals of 2tCO2e per capita by 2050. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partner with facilities team, in alignment with the City’s Office of Sustainability and Resilience, on our goal of transitioning to 100% zero carbon sources for our facilities.
  • Partner with development and planning teams as subject matter expert/resource for LEED, Envision, and other Green Building Certifications.
  • Responsible for daily alignment with facilities team in this transition, supporting strategy, development, and implementation as needed.
  • Focus on market and industry trends in association with supply chain limitations for facility decarbonization technologies.
  • Lead data analysis of the technology integrations specific to GHG reporting, maintaining sustainability as a primary objective and including additional focus on human health quantifications and connection to environmental justice.
  • Special projects and focus as assigned, supporting leadership as needed. 

  • Leadership and Management:

    • Ability to think tactically and strategically, problem solve and work independently.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to work with diverse groups in collaborative team-oriented environment.
    • Ability to manage consultant contracts.
    • Establish and maintain working relationships with all levels of city staff and the public.
    • Present information, findings, and recommendations in a thoughtful, comprehensive, sophisticated manner.
    • May supervise interns or other staff as assigned.
    • Perform all other duties as assigned.
    • As part of your responsibility to support the CATS Safety Culture, report safety concerns and issues through various methods established by CATS as outlined in the Agency Safety Plan

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Independent thinking that can move quickly to prepare answers supported by data/analysis, being well versed and astute with data analytics and ability to communicate.
  • Decarbonization experience in buildings and other facilities is vital; development and implementation of decarbonization actions with consideration for land use and transit-oriented development is ideal.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to prepare and review Power Point presentations and talking points for Sustainability, Resiliency, Governmental Affairs Officer and potentially other leadership.
  • Curiosity and resilience!  Individual must be willing to proactively ask questions and must be flexible, yet persistent in ensuring they are meeting people where they are to make cultural shifts that ultimately make us more sustainable and resilient as a community.
  • Outstanding project management qualities and skill set with strong focus on implementable outcomes, actions, and results.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft suite of applications and experience in presentation development.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and proactively managing bias.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree/certification in Sustainable Design, Sustainable Development, Environmental Studies, Sustainability, or related field.
  • Three (3) years or more of relevant experience – specifically building decarbonization.
  • LEED, WELL, Green Globes and/or Envision Certification

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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