Senior Municipal Toxics Reduction Coordinator - Department of the Environment (Job Class 5642)

  • 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: 5642-Senior Environmental Specialist

Company Description

Would you like to make a real impact on environmental pollution, public health and climate change? Are you a people person enthusiastic about using your scientific background to engage with diverse partners and stakeholders to to make changes that benefit people’s and the planet’s health? Do you enjoy working in a team leader role project managing, providing staff development and supporting the growth of a team of environmentalists? If so, we invite you to apply to use your skills and passion to build a healthier future for San Francisco – and beyond!

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 Toxics Reduction & Healthy Ecosystems Program develops programs and policies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the commercial, residential and municipal sectors. The municipal toxics reduction team works with San Francisco City departments to implement the City’s pioneering environmentally preferable purchasing and less-toxic pest management, through stakeholder engagement, policy, training, outreach and technical support. Initiatives we undertake in San Francisco’s purchasing and pest management often serve as springboards for policies and programs in our commercial and residential work, and are replicated by jurisdictions far beyond San Francisco.

The Senior Municipal Toxics Reduction Coordinator performs and supervises duties related to toxics reduction and pollution prevention programs for San Francisco’s municipal departments. As the Senior Municipal Toxics Reduction Coordinator, you will supervise a team of direct reports, and be responsible for supervision. project management and staff development. This position is responsible for strategic direction for the municipal toxics reduction programs, including the Green Purchasing and Integrated Pest Management Programs, developing new program areas, researching safer alternatives to problem products used in the municipal sector, and convening cross-departmental stakeholder groups. . This is a senior-level coordinator position  This position will work under the supervision of a Class 5644 Environmental Program Manager, meet regularly with the Program Manager, and have day-to-day decision-making responsibilities for projects, as well as the ability to negotiate within project scopes.

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.

  • Conduct product research and assess alternatives, identifying chemicals of concern and safer solutions.
  • Promote the use of less toxic alternatives among City departments through stakeholder engagement, training, outreach, policy development, and technical support.
  • Develop presentations, correspondence, reports and memos related to the Municipal Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems Program.
  • Assist in the planning, organizing, logistics and evaluation of stakeholder meetings related to San Francisco’s Green Purchasing Program and Integrated Pest Management Program.
  • Coordinate the planning, creation and distribution of outreach and educational materials.
  • Organize and participate in meetings with City staff, local government agencies, elected officials, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders.
  • Respond to written and verbal inquiries from the public and from other City departments
  • Maintain and update databases and various webpages.
  • Coordinate with City departments on proper disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Develop strategic direction and partnerships to guide implementation and expansion of the program.
  • Manage technical services contractors that assist in product and chemical reviews.
  • Hire, supervise, mentor, and evaluate Municipal Toxics Reduction Program staff.
  • Represent the City in local, statewide and/or national program or policy development related to toxics reduction, pollution prevention, and product reformulation.
  • Plan and track program budget and work plan.
  • Secure grant funding for new initiatives.

Supervision Exercised

Supervises staff and contractors, including direct supervision of two Environmental Assistants (job class 5638). Applicants should have the ability and desire to supervise a team.


Minimum Qualifications

Education - Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental sciences, public administration,  business administration, or a field related to toxics reduction (including but not limited to chemistry, toxicology, chemical or environmental engineering, or integrated pest management) from an accredited college or university; and

Experience - Four (4) years of professional experience performing duties similar to those described in this class, within the specialty area of toxics reduction programs (such as integrated pest management, environmentally-preferable purchasing, or chemical hazard assessment and alternatives assessment)

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.

  • Highly motivated to protect people and planet, with a strong sense of responsibility and accountability.
  • Skilled in stakeholder engagement, staff leadership and project management.
  • Education and/or experience in the field of Integrated Pest Management.
  • Experience in procurement and developing contract specifications.
  • Experience in data collection and analysis.
  • A commitment to and ability to implement equity, inclusion and diversity concepts.

Additional Information

Salary - $105,638 - $128,414 per year

Application Deadline: December 6, 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: 100%) - 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. 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: Integrated Pest Management principles and application; Chemistry and/or toxicology; Circular economy, toxics reduction, alternatives assessment and/or resource conservation principles; and federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to toxics reduction and/or hazardous waste. And also the ability to work independently and as part of diverse cross-disciplinary teams; Assess a range of alternatives and make a recommendation in support of human and environmental health; Organize people and complex projects; Design, plan, and work with budgets; Analyze research and apply the information in decision making; Proficiently use a personal computer, including word processing programs, spreadsheets, databases, Internet, and presentation software; Supervise, motivate, and mentor staff, interns, and contractors equitably, with humor and kindness; Communicate effectively, both orally and in written format; Confidently deliver public presentations.

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.