Racial Equity Senior Coordinator - Department of the Environment (5642)

  • 1155 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Full-time
  • Fill Type: Temporary Exempt
  • Work Hours: Regular
  • Job Code and Title: 5642-Senior Environmental Specialist

Company Description

Are you passionate about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion? Are you a leader who enjoys engaging a diverse group of partners in identifying and implementing mutual goals?  Are you motivated to push for structural and systemic change? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to advance racial equity in San Francisco.

Who We Are - The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) advances climate protection and enhances quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment is a department within the City and County of San Francisco, a local government committed to innovation, leadership and collaboration in creating environmental change.  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 low-carbon 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.

SF 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.

Job Description

In 2019, Mayor London Breed signed racial equity legislation mandating the development of a city-wide racial equity framework and the creation of the Office of Racial Equity. As part of this legislation, each department was required to create a Racial Equity Action Plan using a template and guidance provided by the Office of Racial Equity. SF Environment created a Phase I Racial Equity Action Plan focused on identifying and addressing racial inequities in its internal practices and policies and fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging. A forthcoming Phase II Racial Equity Action Plan will focus on SF Environment’s external-facing programs and policies, and their impact on San Francisco’s marginalized communities.

The scope of the SF Environment’s Racial Equity Initiative includes: deepening staff understanding of and normalizing conversations about racial equity; meaningfully engaging marginalized communities; consciously applying a racial equity lens to existing and new programs and policies; and tracking and reporting back on progress. High-level deliverables for the Racial Equity Initiative include the Phase I and Phase II Racial Equity Action Plans, as well as progress reports on the status of implementation, including data tracking.

The Senior Racial Equity Coordinator will report to the Outreach and Community Partnerships Manager.  The Senior Racial Equity Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all of SF Environment’s racial equity efforts and will work in collaboration with other department staff, Racial Equity Leaders in other City departments, the Office of Racial Equity, Racial Equity Consultants, and community-based organizations and BIPOC residents and stakeholders. 

What You’ll Do - The duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this position and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

  • Serve as a Racial Equity Leader for SF Environment and represent the Department at Citywide Racial Equity meetings and workgroups 
  • Oversee implementation and ongoing management of the Department’s Phase I Racial Equity Action Plan 
  • Coordinate community engagement to gather input in the development of the Department’s Phase II Racial Equity Action Plan 
  • Identify racial equity consulting needs and manage consultants’ work for Phase II Racial Equity Action Plan
  • Identify department’s racial equity training and coaching needs and deliver and/or work with a consultant to provide those services
  • Coordinate and facilitate the department’s racial equity meetings and committees 
  • Develop new and/or update existing racial equity tools and provide consultations to support the use of the tools
  • Work across SFE’s Programs to assist staff with addressing racial equity issues, improve understanding of key concepts, and build capacity of staff to advance racial equity 
  • Prepare reports and conduct presentations on the Racial Equity Initiative 
  • Monitor progress on racial equity activities, including data collection and tracking in comparison to baseline data, while building systems of accountability

Appointment Type - This position is a Temporary Exempt Appointment with an anticipated duration until end of Fiscal Year 22-23 (June 30, 2023). Continuation beyond June 30 is contingent on continued funding. 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

  • Education - Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental sciences, or a field related to the job duties from an accredited college or university;  and
  • Experience - Four (4) years of professional experience performing job duties similar to those described in this class

Desirable Qualifications - The desirable qualifications may be used to select among finalists at the end of the selection process. We don't expect any one candidate to have all the qualifications listed below - please know that you can be a great candidate without all of the below qualifications. If you meet the minimum qualifications and have a mix of the desirable qualifications and a passion for this work – please don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

  • Lived experience and/or deep understanding of systems of oppression, including historical and present-day context
  • Experience working directly with and communicating effectively with racially, ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse audiences
  • Interest or experience in applying equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice concepts in the environmental field
  • Outreach and facilitation experience, with the ability to build relationships with staff, community-based organizations, and community members
  • Familiarity with San Francisco and/or San Francisco government processes
  • Ability to speak a second language commonly spoken in San Francisco

All Minimum Qualifications for examinations should reflect the job classification specifications. Link to Classification and Compensation database is here.

Additional Information

  • Application Open: August 14, 2022
  • Application Deadline: September 5, 2022
  • Salary Range - $111,716 - $135,148 per year (link to salary range)
  • Recruitment ID:RTF0124933-01152400
  • Eligible list ID: 124934
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every position to which they apply. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Supplemental Information - After submitting your application you will receive a request for additional information about your education and experience. In addition, 3-5 days after submitting your application, you will be emailed a Supplemental Questionnaire with position-relevant questions about your work experience and interest in the position. Please check junk/spam folders to ensure you receive these information requests.

Selection Process and Timeline - 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.

Stage 1 of the selection process will consist of an evaluation of applications. Stage 2 - Based on the evaluation of applications, candidates whose skills and experiences are a strong match for the position will be invited to a phone interview. Stage 3 - Candidates who most closely meet the needs of the position will be invited to participate in the panel interview selection process, including an assessment of relative job-related skills and abilities. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to Stage 2 or Stage 3 of the hiring process.

For any questions regarding the position or hiring process- please contact the recruitment analyst, Adam Romoslawski at [email protected]

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

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 https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

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.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.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

How to Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/CityAndCountyOfSanFrancisco1/ and begin the application process.

  • Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment 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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu, @smartalerts.info, and @smartrecruiters.com).

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.