Climate Change Assistant Coordinator - Department of the Environment (Job Class 5638)

  • 1155 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Full-time
  • Exam Type: Position Based Test
  • Eligible List Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance
  • Certification Rule: Rule of 10
  • Fill Type: Permanent Civil Service
  • Work Hours: Regular
  • Job Code and Title: 5638-Environmental Assistant

Company Description

Are you passionate about fighting climate change and want to make a difference at the local government level? Do you love to work with complex data sets, obsess about numbers, and also have a knack for communicating complex information in simple, easily accessible language? Are you an effective collaborator who enjoys engaging diverse partners and stakeholders in support of project goals?  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

The Climate Change Assistant Coordinator will have two primary areas of focus: managing complex climate data and conducting quantitative analysis, and coordinating and collaborating with stakeholders and the public who interact with and influence local climate efforts including local/state/regional/national/global organizations, community stakeholders, and private entities. The split in work between the two areas of focus will vary based on the needs of climate related projects. 

As a Climate Change Assistant Coordinator in the Department of the Environment’s Climate Program, your responsibilities will include any combination of the following: performing data collection, management and analysis for the annual citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, which both serves as the data foundation for the City’s climate action work and as a key indicator for tracking progress toward San Francisco’s ambitious climate goals; contributing to developing and implementing new policies, monitoring and reporting, and ongoing engagement as called for by the city’s new Climate Action Plan (to be released December 2021); supporting an interdisciplinary team to perform a diverse range of as-needed technical and policy research; serving as a subject matter expert within a range of public-private climate forums and discussions; assisting with other municipal and community climate policy and program work; and supporting the program’s commitments to advancing racial and social equity through inclusive stakeholder engagement and related activities. You may be called on to mentor program 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 and deliver the annual Municipal and Community-wide Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and submit associated data and other reporting to applicable third-party entities. See: for current GHG inventory data.

  • Collaborate as part of a team to develop and implement strategies and actions laid out in the City’s Climate Action Plan, Racial Equity Plan, and other climate policies.

  • Collaborate with and assist multidisciplinary teams within department as well as with other city agencies to develop and strengthen climate programs and policies across the key issue areas of buildings, energy, healthy ecosystems, housing, responsible production and consumption, and transportation.

  • Work with large, complex climate-related data sets to perform advanced data analysis and projections for a range of climate-related projects.

  • Use databases and data visualization applications to create infographics, Powerpoint slides, and other tools to communicate climate information to senior staff within the department, external city department colleagues, legislators and policymakers, and the general public.

  • Collaborate with regional and global networks to advance the practice of climate action planning, including but not limited to the areas of GHG emissions accounting methodologies and administering emission reduction policies and programs.

  • Interface with a range of internal and external IT platforms and data collection systems.

  • Assist with implementation, organizing meetings, and other project tasks


Minimum Qualifications

Education - Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental sciences, public administration, business administration, accounting, biology, or a field related to the study of climate change (including but not limited to environmental studies, environmental engineering, earth sciences, economics, or geography) from an accredited college or university; and

Experience - One (1) year of professional experience in planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating environmental programs, within the specialty areas of sustainability planning (including but not limited to land use or transportation) or climate action plans for municipalities, companies, organizations, or non-profits; and

License - Possession of a valid driver's license.

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 desirable qualifications may be used to select among finalists at the end of the selection process. 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 the practice of climate action planning for local governments and/or other organizations such as companies, campuses, and institutions, etc.
  • Experience with project coordination involving a wide range of internal and external stake holders.
  • Experience with conducting and improving upon Greenhouse Gas inventories and familiarity with reporting protocols and reporting platforms
  • Demonstrated experience with managing data: database administration and data analysis; intermediate to advanced use of Microsoft and Google Suite of analysis tools including, but not limited to Excel (Pivot Tables/PowerQuery), PowerBI, and Google Sheets; Familiarity with ArcGIS and other mapping software.
  • Excellent project management, writing, researching, and organizational skills
  • An understanding of and interest in learning about how to implement equity, inclusion and diversity concepts. 

Additional Information

Salary - $74,334 - $90,350 per year

Application Deadline: November 22, 2021

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

Please email Adam Romoslawski, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at [email protected] should you have questions about the application process. For questions regarding the status of your application or the selection process, please refer to the Selection Procedures section.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying) - After submitting your application, please complete the Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) at this link: Applicants will also be reminded via email to complete the MQSQ. This Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant’s experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position as required for the minimum qualifications review. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 50%) - Candidates who respond to the MQSQ  will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire. 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.

Performance Evaluation (Weight: 50%) - Candidates who advance beyond the minimum qualifications review will also be prompted to complete a Performance Evaluation. All candidates must complete the Performance Evaluation and it must be submitted before the provided deadline. The information provided on the Performance Evaluation must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Once submitted, applicant responses on the Performance Evaluation cannot be changed. Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation and Performance Evaluation in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

The Supplemental Questionnaire and Performance Evaluation are designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas as described within this announcement.

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.

Certification - The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten (10) Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List - 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 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see here.

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

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 vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

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.