Deputy Director for the Office of Sustainability

  • 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all of our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential. 

Agency Description

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability (OOS) moves Philadelphia toward the vision of a city providing environmental, equity, economic, and health benefits for all. The Energy Office, housed within OOS, manages municipal government energy operations.

Job Description

The primary responsibilities of this position include implementation of and reporting on Greenworks: A Vision for a Sustainable Philadelphia and may include management of the City’s climate adaptation planning, application of a racial equity lens to sustainability in Philadelphia, and coordination of OOS’s food policy work, contingent on the experience and interest of the successful candidate. The position reports to the Director of Sustainability and works closely with multiple departments. Fluency in a second language is not required, but will be considered favorably in evaluating candidates, since it helps communicate about Greenworks to a larger segment of the public.

Essential Functions: 

  • Coordinate efforts of city agencies, expert partners, residents, and businesses toward achieving the Greenworks visions.
  • Manage Philadelphia’s climate adaptation planning and implementation.
  • Manage Greenworks program coordinator staff.
  • Provide thought leadership on local sustainability.
  • Write successful grant applications to support OOS work.
  • Help establish and execute methods for ongoing measurement of Greenworks progress.



  • Strong organizational, communication, planning, and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Master’s degree preferred but not required
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience advancing urban sustainability, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Fluency in a second language preferred, but not required.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Sustainability Literacy – Knowledge of emerging environmental and social trends related to sustainability.
  • Systems Thinking – Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in working and making change within a large institution like the City of Philadelphia. 
  • Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, considering the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Database Management Systems - Knowledge of the uses of database management systems and software to control the organization, storage, retrieval, security, and integrity of data.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Additional Information

Philadelphia residency is not required at the time of application. Once hired, employees have six months to move into and maintain residency in the City of Philadelphia as a condition of employment.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age,disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected] For more information, go to: Human Relations Website at: