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
- 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
- Ability to work with diverse
groups in collaborative team-oriented environment.
- Ability to manage consultant
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Degree/certification in Sustainable
Design, Sustainable Development, Environmental Studies, Sustainability, or
- Three (3) years or more of
relevant experience – specifically building decarbonization.
- LEED, WELL, Green Globes and/or
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.
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