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Senior Sustainability Specialist

Redwood City CA


County of San Mateo


Are you passionate about sustainability and environmental issues, leading a team of enthusiastic professionals, and especially being part of the changing ways in which local governments can develop and implement programs to address these issues and serve the San Mateo County community? Do you have a knack for identifying and working with the right people in organizations to effect change?

The County of San Mateo's Office of Sustainability is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Senior Sustainability Specialist. We want "sustainability champions" to lead initiatives and support department staff in empowering our departments, employees and our community members to take meaningful actions on sustainability.

The San Mateo County Office of Sustainability (OOS) has four working groups: Waste Reduction, Energy and Water, Livable Communities, and Climate Change. Each working group will have a Senior Sustainability Specialist to support all the staff, programs and projects of each of these work groups. To learn more about each of the OOS workgroups, please see: At this time, we will be hiring for one permanent Senior Sustainability Specialist position for the Office of Sustainability Energy and Water working group. This recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies, so those interested in the Senior Sustainability Specialist position in one or any of the other working group(s) are encouraged to apply in this recruitment.

As a Senior Sustainability Specialist, you will:

  • Provide staff direction, training, assignment and review of work completed, lead complex projects and leverage grant opportunities
  • Serve as technical expert, researching, analyzing and interpreting complex technical data
  • Participate in goal and strategy development, and develop procedures and policies for new and existing programs
  • Identify and implement equity and social justice opportunities at work and in the community
  • Identify and coordinate collaboration opportunities across program areas
  • Provide input on staff selection and evaluation of opportunities to enhance engagement
  • Assist the Program Manager with program planning, budget development and goal setting

The ideal candidate will have the skills necessary to:

  • Provide leadership and promote teamwork while planning, directing and coordinating staff activities
  • Define difficult problem areas, research them and provide valid alternatives and recommendations
  • Integrate equity, race and social justice in both internal and external initiatives
  • Represent the work group and the department on boards, committees and in community groups
  • Speak effectively, make public presentations and conduct outreach, training and/or public education as necessary
  • Be comfortable in a fast-paced, people-focused environment
  • Prepare and edit comprehensive reports, letters and other written materials
  • Effectively frame and communicate complex concepts for different audiences, orally and in writing
  • Track changes in and compliance with existing contracts, grants, laws, codes and rules


Final Filing Date: January 22, 2019


To learn more about the position and to apply online, visit our website at Applications are only accepted online. EOE

Posted January 4, 2019

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