Commission Affairs Officer - Department of the Environment (Job Class 1543)

  • 1155 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Full-time
  • Fill Type: Permanent Exempt
  • Job Code and Title: 1543-Secretary, Commission on the Environment

Company Description

Are you interested in taking action to address one of our generation’s most urgent issues, the global climate crisis? Are you interested in supporting environmental policymaking with far-reaching ramifications for your City, country, and world? Do you have a passion for working collaboratively to create change? If so, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to use your skills and passion to build a healthier future for San Francisco as the Commission Affairs Officer and the administrative hub for the Commission on the Environment.

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 Commission Affairs Officer serves as the operational hub for the Commission on the Environment and sits at the nexus between the Commission and the Department, the Mayor’s Office, other City agencies, the public, and many more. Accordingly, the Officer performs critical administrative, secretarial, and legislative work in connection with the activities of the Department of the Environment, the Commission, and related committees.

A typical day might feature morning engagement with representatives from the Mayor’s Office and Department Program Managers on proposed environmental bills in the California State Legislature. In the afternoon, the Officer may post agendas for the Urban Forestry Council, while finishing talking points for an upcoming Commission meeting. As the day winds down, the Officer will review records to be sent out for an immediate public records request. Finally, the day ends as the Officer staffs and runs a live-on-air, publicly-noticed meeting of the Commission on the Environment.

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.

  • Scheduling, organizing, and preparing agendas/legal notices for Commission/committee meetings;
  • Working with Department staff and then advising the City’s State Legislative Committee on state and federal legislative matters;
  • Setting up and running Commission/committee meetings, and public hearings;
  • Working with the Director and program staff to develop talking points and draft Commission resolutions, meeting minutes, documents, and reports;
  • Responding to Sunshine or public information requests;
  • Serving as a liaison to public bodies and partner organizations, as appropriate; and
  • Working on special projects as they relate to Commission topics like equity, integrated pest management, decarbonization, and others

Appointment Type
This position is a Permanent-Exempt Appointment. 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 from an accredited four-year college or university; preferably with major coursework in public administration, law, or related field; and
  • Experience - Six (6) years of progressively responsible administrative office management experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 

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.


  • Exceptional attention to detail, skills in organization and research, and ability to manage multiple complex projects while collaborating with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience complying with legislative and regulatory mandates.
  • Experience navigating and working in or with large organizations.
  • Fluency in Cantonese, Spanish or other languages commonly spoken in San Francisco besides English.
  • An understanding of equity, inclusion and diversity concepts.
  • Education, experience, and/or interest in developing and/or implementing climate, green building, or energy policies.

Additional Information

  • Salary Range - $105,118 - $127,738 per year
  • Application Deadline: December 13, 2021

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.

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.