Senior Circular Economy Coordinator - SF Environment Department (Job Class 5642) - (140452)

  • Full-time
  • Certification Rule: Rule of 10
  • Exam Type: Position Based Test
  • Work Hours: Regular
  • Job Code and Title: 5642-Senior Environmental Specialist
  • Fill Type: Permanent Civil Service
  • Eligible List Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance

Company Description

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.

This announcement was amended on 12/29/23 to extend the filing deadline for additional recruitment. The new application deadline is 1/9/2024. Previous applicants do not need to reapply.

Specific information regarding this process are list below:

  • Application Opening: Friday, December 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline:  Tuesday, January 9, 2024
  • Salary Range:  $113,958 to $138,528 per year
  • Recruitment ID: PBT-5642-140452

Who We Are - The San Francisco Environment Department (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

The Senior Circular Economy Coordinator (Coordinator) leads programs and policy initiatives that advance a circular economy, including building decarbonization and responsible production and consumption.  The Coordinator conducts research and collaborates with experts in the field to stay current on emerging concepts, methods, and technologies. The Coordinator creates and maintains relationships with public and private stakeholders to cultivate circularity, such as design for disassembly, adaptive reuse, deconstruction and buildings as material banks. The Coordinator works with professional associations to develop and deliver circular economy education to the commercial and municipal sectors in San Francisco and serves as a pivotal networking resource to various sustainability focused organizations.

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.

  • Provides project management for a broad array of sustainability and circular economy tasks in the “Responsible Production and Consumption” Chapter of the San Francisco Climate Action Plan. 
  • Develops opportunities for integrating circular economy approaches into existing or new sustainability roadmaps, policies, plans and projects. 
  • Coordinates closely with SF Environment Department’s Green Building, Zero Waste and Toxics Reduction Programs to identify opportunities and develop strategies that reduce waste, toxics and greenhouse gas emissions in San Francisco’s municipal and commercial sectors.
  • Provides technical support in evaluating and implementing circular economy strategies and life cycle thinking for business and municipalities. 
  • Designs and delivers circularity performance metrics, targets, and accompanying strategies and achievement plans. 
  • Develops policy and/or programmatic initiatives to support the construction sector in using the most sustainable building materials, systems, and processes possible, with a particular focus on reuse, reducing embodied carbon and toxic chemicals, and increasing the efficient use of natural resources.
  • Analyzes and assesses circular economy opportunities within the scope of purchasing and supplier networks to enhance initiatives like sustainability/mobility, recycling, building material use, and supply chain sustainability. 
  • Trains, mentors and supervises 1-2 staff and/or fellows in implementation of a variety of circularity-related projects.
  • Develops incentives and other programs that advance closed loop recycling for building materials (e.g. cement, concrete, gypsum, steel), aluminum, battery raw materials, plastics, copper, and glass. 
  • Support life cycle assessment for new materials and products.
  • Represent San Francisco at relevant local, regional, and national circular economy and responsible production and consumption events and conferences.
  • May include additional duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
Education - Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental sciences, engineering, public administration, architecture, business administration, or a closely related field to Circular Economy, from an accredited college or university; AND

Experience - Four (4) years of professional experience performing job duties similar to those described in this class within the specialty area of climate action in support of climate action planning, green building, zero waste, building material management, or energy systems.        

The above minimum qualifications reflect a special condition associated with the position to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Desirable Qualifications – The stated desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring. We do not expect any one candidate to have all the qualifications listed.  We highly encourage you to apply if you are interested in joining us.

  • Experience with integrative design, adaptive reuse of materials, and/or design for disassembly.
  • LEED AP with BD+C specialty (Building Design and Construction) Professional Accreditation.
  • Five years of experience with sustainability programs involving life cycle analysis, decarbonization, responsible production and consumption (e.g. Scope 3 emissions), or similar field.
  • Experience with other building and material health programs such as Living Building Challenge, Fitwel, WELL, Health Product Declaration, and Cradle to Cradle Certified.
  • Master's Degree in a relevant field, including architecture, engineering, or construction management.

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

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.

Selection Procedures - After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying) - After submitting your application and receiving the confirmation email, you will receive an email with a link to the Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ). Candidates will be required to complete a MQSQ as part of the employment application. The MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 100%) - Qualified candidates will be emailed a Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation. In order to advance, candidates must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted before the provided deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Once submitted, applicant responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed. Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas as described within this announcement. This includes knowledge of: lifecycle assessment, including upstream and downstream environmental impacts of a wide range of materials and products; design for disassembly, adaptive reuse, and use of salvaged materials; strategies that support climate action, decarbonization and responsible production and consumption. The ability to: conceptualize and operationalize initiatives that advance a circular economy; use data and science to prioritize new and existing policies and programs; to use product standards, product and material certification programs, and online resources (e.g., Health Product Declaration, Environmental Product Declaration, Cradle to Cradle Certified, mindful Materials, GreenScreen Certified) to assess products and materials for environmental, health, and lifecycle impacts; read, analyze, and interpret data, scientific and technical journals, reports, specifications, contracts, and legal documents; synthesize and present technical information to decision makers in reports, correspondence, briefings and presentations; influence product specifications and services provided to the building community; understand, explain, and apply circularity approaches and lifecycle thinking to policies and programs; manage multiple programs and projects at the same time; Be detail-oriented, highly organized, and prioritize properly; communicate effectively in both written and verbal form.

After the eligible list is finalized/adopted, the department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision (e.g. interviews, written exercise, etc.). Applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps of the selection process.

    Additional Information

    Eligible List/Score Report: A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

    The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

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    Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights: 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

    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.

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

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