Building Decarbonization Coordinator - Department of the Environment (Job Class 5640)

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

Company Description

Did you know that the building sector is responsible for 41% of San Francisco’s emissions, mostly due to the use of natural gas to heat water and condition living spaces? Do you want to address this by supporting building decarbonization in San Francisco? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for 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

SF Environment’s Climate Program is seeking a Building Decarbonization Coordinator to help advance programs and policies to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, emissions from the building sector. The Coordinator’s primary focus will be the San Francisco Climate Equity Hub, a three-year effort to develop a centralized outlet for critical hands-on assistance and resources for building electrification. The Climate Equity Hub will create and promote resources that are culturally competent, multi-lingual, and accessible to all residents, workers, and businesses to support San Francisco’s transition to a renewable net-zero carbon system.

The Building Decarbonization Coordinator will work within the larger Climate Team at SF Environment. As part of the team, the Coordinator will work on a range of programs that:  (1) bolster the supply chain for building electrification; (2) provide training and workforce development for underserved communities/BIPOC; (3) improve buy-in for electric cooking for residents and businesses; (4) connect rebates and financing to residents, businesses, and affordable housing; and (5) improve transparency about community benefit investments from development.

The Coordinator will perform technical analysis, collect substantial and complex data, present to the public, write reports, and interact with stakeholders in support of climate action and a built environment that is both high-performing and resource-efficient. San Francisco’s policies are a model for other cities across the country and this position will contribute to climate action at the local, national, and even international level.

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.

  • Establish relationships with public and private sector stakeholders.
  • Convene stakeholders to understand specific needs for the Climate Equity Hub.
  • Manage a consultant that will support the creation of a model of sustainable, collaborative cross-sector best practices for the Climate Equity Hub.
  • Identify and evaluate community-proposed actions to maximize the potential for outcomes that provide new/expanded benefits, practical implementation pathways , and measurable impact.
  • Work collaboratively and independently as needed to plan, develop, communicate, implement, and apply data to improve public policies and programs to advance the City’s residential building decarbonization goals.
  • Write letters, memos, reports, web content, draft regulations, and other documents.
  • Assist with project administration, reports, and budgets.
  • Coordinate public meetings, trainings, and events.

Appointment Type - This position is a Permanent-Exempt Appointment with an anticipated duration of three years. 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 climate and green buildings (including but not limited to environmental studies, architecture, engineering, sustainable design) from an accredited college or university; and
  • Experience -Two (2) years of experience planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating climate action initiatives in support of green building

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.

  • Skilled in prioritizing and managing multiple assignments.
  • Ability to work effectively on an independent basis, and in a team environment.
  • Experience in conducting research, and developing original content, and analyzing data to solve complex problems.
  • Fluency in Cantonese, Spanish or other languages commonly spoken in San Francisco besides English.
  • An understanding of equity, inclusion, and diversity concepts.

Additional Information

  • Salary Range - $90,792 - $110,344 per year
  • Application Deadline: December 13, 2021
  • Work Location: Hybrid - remote up to three days per week, in office (San Francisco) remaining days per week

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.

Selection Process and Timeline - The application deadline is December 13, 2021. 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:

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.