Senior Sustainability Analyst

Santa Monica | Santa Monica, CA

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Posted Date 8/29/2019

Plans, implements and coordinates specialized programs and projects within the Public Works Department. Performs complex analytical studies and policy analysis.  Supervises staff, as assigned.

Salary: $93,276.00 - $115,152.00 Annually

The Senior Sustainability Analyst manages the City's climate, energy and green building policies and programs and is responsible for managing the City's efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner. This leadership position coordinates the development and implementation of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan and the Electric Vehicle Action Plan as well as citywide efforts around building energy, renewable energy, climate change adaptation and equity as it relates to climate change and sustainability. This position represents and liaises with outside entities on behalf of the City including, but not limited to the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California, investor owned utilities, Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Change and Sustainability, Climate Mayors and other government entities. This position is responsible for the accounting, verification and reporting of greenhouse gas inventories, climate change vulnerabilities, action plans and highlights to the various external bodies such as the Climate Registry, carbonn, CDP and the Global Covenant of Climate Mayors.

Major Duties

Note:  Duties may vary depending upon assignment.
Develops, implements and coordinates environmental and sustainability programs and projects in areas such as water and energy efficiency, green building, watershed management, sustainable procurement, performance management, climate change, management of organics and recycling, zero waste and hazardous materials. 
Analyzes, formulates and collaborates with others in the development and implementation of strategies, policies, programs and procedures in support of the goals and objectives identified by the City of Santa Monica. 
Coordinates, analyzes and monitors assigned programs and projects.  Performs cost-benefit analysis. Develops and implements recommendations to improve the effectiveness of sustainability programs. 
Prepares, analyzes and coordinates program and/or project budgets. Assists in the preparation of the Division's annual budget. 
Provides information and assistance to the public and City staff on programs related to sustainability programs and policies.
Conducts quantitative and qualitative analysis.  Prepares reports and recommendations for consideration by management.
Researches potential outside funding sources for local programs and prepares grant applications and accompanying reports, as necessary.
Participates in professional organizations to promote City programs and may make presentations to boards, commissions, businesses and neighborhood groups.
Analyzes applicable laws and keeps abreast of laws, rules, regulations, trends and innovations applicable to assigned area of specialty.
Leads, trains and coordinates the work of staff, as assigned.

Performs other related duties, as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:
Principles, practices and techniques of public administration with emphasis in sustainability programs and policy.
Best practices in one or more of the following areas: zero waste, water efficiency, water resources, watershed management, sustainable procurement, toxic use reduction, performance management, climate, energy, sustainable building, urban forestry, sustainable food.
Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations related to the environment and sustainability.
Quantitative and management analysis techniques.
Principles and techniques of project management.
Principles of program planning, monitoring, implementation and evaluation.
Report writing.
Budget preparation and administration.
Budgeting policies, practices and analysis.
Collaboration process techniques.
Principles of staff training and supervision.
Effective customer service techniques.
Ability to:
Select, supervise and train staff.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Analyze, interpret and solve administrative and budgetary problems.
Plan, implement, administer and evaluate projects and programs.
Prepare and maintain clear, concise and comprehensive records and reports.
Prepare and present effective presentations.
Prioritize concurrent assignments and exercise sound judgment.
Work independently.
Interpret, apply and explain relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Keep abreast of current developments in a variety of areas within the sustainability field. 
Respond effectively to changing environmental regulations.
Act as a resource for environmental and sustainability concerns.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, boards, commissions, outside agencies, private businesses and the general public.
Provide effective customer service. 
Skill in:

Program management and evaluation.
Conducting research and analysis.
Using a personal computer and applicable software applications.
Interacting effectively with others.
Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Public or Business Administration, Environmental or Earth Science, Urban Planning or a closely related field. 
Three years of recent, paid work experience performing advanced research, analysis, report writing and evaluation in the areas of sustainability and environmental programs.
Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid Class C driver license.  Possession of a valid LEED Green Associate or LEED AP (Accredited Professional) Certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council is desirable.

How to Apply: 
Applicants must submit a clear, concise, completed on-line City Application along with any required supplemental application materials with the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline. If you do not submit your on-line application by the filing deadline, you will not be considered for this position.  Please note, applications may be rejected if incomplete. Resumes, CVs and cover letters are not reviewed as part of the application screening process.
You must attach a copy of your college level transcripts or diploma to your online application. Applicants who indicate receipt of college level coursework or degree from a foreign institution must provide United States credential equivalency verification along with a copy of your college diploma/transcripts. All materials must be received in the Human Resources Department no later than the filing deadline. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified.
Selection Process: 
All applicants must submit clear, concise and complete information regarding your work history and qualifications for the position.  All applicants will be reviewed and only those applicants determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Testing may consist of the following:

Testing may consist of any of the following: written test, performance test, evaluation of qualifications, oral interview, or any combination of these.

If three or more qualified City employees apply and pass the examination, a promotional list will be established in addition to an open-competitive list. If fewer than three qualified City employees pass the examination, the appointing authority, in accordance with the City's civil service rules and regulations, can decline to use a promotional list, in which case a promotional list will not be established for this position.
Background Investigation: 

Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.

Diversity and Inclusion

The City of Santa Monica is a progressive, inclusive and culturally-rich community.  As leaders in public service, we strive to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a highly-talented workforce where people of diverse races, religions, cultures and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where our staff are empowered to perform at their highest level and where their differences make a positive impact.
The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to build balanced teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create a workplace that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our employees.  Join us!
Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities.  Call (310) 458-8246, TDD (310) 458-8696 (Hearing Impaired Only).
Please note the request for reasonable accommodations must be made to Human Resources at least three work days prior to the examination.


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