Construction and Demolition Zero Waste Coordinator - Dept. of the Environment (5640) - (121174)

  • 1155 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Full-time
  • Fill Type: Temporary Exempt
  • Work Hours: Regular
  • Job Code and Title: 5640-Environmental Specialist

Company Description

Do you want to advance large-scale behavior change to implement Zero Waste policies in the Construction and Demolition industry?  Is sustainable building materials management your forte? Do you enjoy communicating complex information in simple, easily accessible language? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for San Francisco and the planet.

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

As the Construction and Demolition Zero Waste Coordinator, you will coordinate the implementation, evaluation and enforcement of the City’s newly amended Construction and Demolition Debris Recovery Ordinance and supporting regulations. Additionally, the Construction and Demolition Zero Waste Coordinator will provide expertise and analysis on issues that may affect our path to zero waste such as: policy development and advocacy, on-site inspections, compliance monitoring and enforcement procedures, and behavior change methods.  You will have day-to-day decision-making responsibilities for projects as well as the ability to negotiate within project scopes.

You will also have the opportunity to supervise 1-2 employees, and direct the work of fellows or interns as the need may arise.

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.

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement zero waste programs to increase source reduction, reuse, recycling and/or composting in the construction sector to help meet zero waste targets of reducing discard material generation 15% by 2030 and disposal 50% by 2030.
  • Oversee the day-to-day implementation and enforcement of the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Recovery Ordinance (Environment Code Chapter 14), including development and implementation of supporting regulations and tactics to monitor and enforce compliance as needed.
  • Supervise a team of Assistant Coordinators conducting inspections of active construction and demolition projects; oversee staff efforts to facilitate outreach, monitor and enforce compliance with State and local C&D debris recovery requirements, and ensure findings are properly documented and enforcement actions are legally defensible, including citations, permit suspensions, and participate in appeals process as needed.
  • Perform regular inspections of approximately 15 Registered Facilities to monitor compliance by documenting and sharing findings with partner agencies to ensure compliance with State and local regulations.
  • Coordinate with city agency partners including Public Works and the Sheriff in monitoring compliance and enforcing Environment Code requirements.
  • Prepare legal notices of violations, issues citations and prepare cases for hearings, testify at appeals hearings, and perform duties related to the issuance, denial, suspension and revocation of Permits and Registrations.
  • Support oversight of C&D projects required to demonstrate and document compliance with State (CALGreen), and local debris recovery requirements; use Green Halo software to review Material Reduction and Recovery Plans in partnership with the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) and respond to inquiries as needed.
  • Maintaining appropriate databases (e.g., Salesforce) to track all pertinent information and prepare reports.
  • Design and deliver presentations and trainings to a diverse group of stakeholders.

Appointment Type - This position is a Temporary Exempt Appointment with an anticipated duration of 24 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

  • Education -Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental sciences, public administration, business administration, accounting, biology, or a field related to zero waste (including but not limited to the physical sciences, engineering, environmental studies or construction management,) from an accredited college or university; and
  • Experience -Two (2) years of experience experience planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating environmental programs

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.

  • Experience with job duties involving construction or demolition debris reduction, resource recovery programs, and/or other sustainable building material management practices.
  • Experience enforcing municipal code requirements; including issuance of Corrective Notices, Notices of Violation, citations, fines, and participating in appeals hearings.
  • Skilled in staff and project management.
  • Experience gaining compliance with legislation.
  • Fluency in Cantonese, Spanish or other languages commonly spoken in San Francisco besides English.
  • An understanding of equity, inclusion and diversity concepts.

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

Additional Information

  • Application Open: May 31, 2022
  • Application Deadline: June 20, 2022
  • Salary Range - $90,792 - $110,344 per year (link)
  • Recruitment ID: RTF0119809-01140168
  • 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

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 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 (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

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.