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Toxics Reduction Program Manager - Department of the Environment (5644)

Recruitment: RTF0124731-01115175

Published: October 24, 2022

Accepting applications until: November 07, 2022

Contact:

Adam Romoslawski - adam.romoslawski@sfgov.org

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Department: Environment
Job class: 5644-Principal Environmental Specialist
Salary range: $126,906.00 - $166,114.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Position Based Test
Rule: Rule of 10 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance
 

About:

Would you like to make a difference in the health of people and the planet? Are you a seasoned collaborator with a background in science who enjoys managing people, programs and projects to advance sustainability goals? If so, we invite you to apply your skills to build a better future for San Francisco – and beyond! The Toxics Reduction Program is seeking a Program Manager who brings both people skills and scientific rigor to the work of reducing the use of toxic chemicals in everyday products and promoting the use of safer alternatives.

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.

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.

Role description

As the Toxics Reduction Program Manager, you will lead the Toxics Reduction Program and oversee programs and projects that improve the health of San Francisco residents and the environment. Working with your diverse team of 11 or more professional staff plus fellows and interns, you will set strategic direction for and oversee implementation of existing programs such as the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Program, Green Business Program, Integrated Pest Management Program, Buy Green Program, Healthy Nail Salon Program, and Healthy Homes Program. You will also identify and leverage new opportunities to reduce the use of toxic chemicals, identify safer alternatives, and advance proper disposal and recycling of hazardous waste through local and state legislation, new program development and grant making.  

You will represent the Toxics Reduction Program, Department and City in a wide variety of situations, such as delivering public presentations; and developing collaborations with wide range of organizations and businesses, including other City departments and local, state and federal government agencies. You will oversee the administration of the Toxics Reduction Program, including developing and executing workplans, budgets, and hiring and mentoring staff.

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.

  • Develop strategic direction, guide implementation of, and expand of policies, programs and projects that advance toxics reduction, safer alternatives to toxic products or chemicals, producer responsibility, and/or proper disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Initiate and foster partnerships with City departments, a wide variety of organizations and businesses, and other local and state governments.
  • Advance policy concepts by crafting and/or reviewing legislation related to toxics reduction, pollution prevention, extended producer responsibility, and/or hazardous waste disposal.
  • Develop and administer program budget and professional services contracts.
  • Hire, train, mentor staff and foster a collegial work environment.

Supervision Exercised - This position manages the Toxics Reduction Team with direct supervision of three Senior Environmental Specialists, and indirect oversight of their direct reports, interns and fellows. Position assigns work, promotes professional skills development, and reviews staff performance.

Details:

  • Salary Range - $126,906 - $154,232 per year
  • Application Opening: October 3, 2022
  • Application Deadline: November 7, 2022. (Deadline extended on 10/21/22 from original deadline of 10/24/22 to allow time for additional candidates to apply.)
  • Recruitment ID: 124732
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every position to which they apply. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and seven (7) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs. Four (4) years of this experience must be in a field related to toxics reduction; OR 

2. Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental science, public administration, business administration, or closely related field (including but not limited to: fields related to toxics reduction, environmental studies, geography, public health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, toxicology, or chemical or environmental engineering) from an accredited college, and five (5) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs. Four (4) years of this experience must be in toxics reduction; OR

3. Possession of a juris doctor or a master's degree in environmental science, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field (including but not limited to: fields related to toxics reduction, environmental studies, geography, public health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, toxicology, or chemical or environmental engineering) from an accredited college or university, and three (3) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs in toxics reduction; OR

4. Possession of a Ph.D. degree in environmental sciences, public administration, business administration, or a closely related field (including but not limited to: fields related to toxics reduction, environmental studies, geography, public health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, toxicology, or chemical or environmental engineering) from an accredited college or university, and two (2) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs in toxics reduction.

In addition to meeting one of the combinations of education and experience listed above, both of the following minimum qualifications are also required:

  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience managing and implementing pollution prevention and/or hazardous materials programs; AND
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience supervising multiple employees concurrently or leading a team on a major project.

Note:

  • One (1) year is equivalent to 2,000 hours worked. 2,000 hours of qualifying experience is based on a 40-hour work week.
  • Qualifying experience which meets the minimum qualifications can be gained concurrently.

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this class code.

Desirable Qualifications - The desirable qualifications may be used to select among finalists at the end of the selection process. We don't expect any one candidate to have all the qualifications listed below - please know that you can be a great candidate without all of the below qualifications. If you meet the minimum qualifications and have a mix of the desirable qualifications and a passion for this work – please don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself..

  • Highly motivated and accountable professional who enjoys problem-solving.
  • Skillful in staff leadership, mentorship and team development.
  • Excellent project management, writing, researching, presentation, and organizational skills.
  • Experience reviewing, writing, gaining adoption of, and implementing legislation.
  • Skilled in building collaborations and partnerships.
  • Commitment to applying equity, inclusion and diversity concepts in program implementation.

How to Apply - Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/CityAndCountyOfSanFrancisco1/ and begin the application process.

  • Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every position to which they apply. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu, @smartalerts.info, and @smartrecruiters.com).

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Please email Adam Romoslawski, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at Adam.Romoslawski@sfgov.org should you have questions about the application process. For questions regarding the status of your application or the selection process, please refer to the Selection Procedures section.

What else should I know?

Selection Procedures - After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying) - After submitting your application and receiving the confirmation email, you will receive an email with a link to the Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ). Candidates will be required to complete a MQSQ as part of the employment application. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications

Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 60%) - Candidates who respond to the MQSQ and advance beyond the minimum qualifications review will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire. All candidates must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted before the provided deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Once submitted, applicant responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed

Performance Evaluation (Weight: 40%) - Candidates who advance beyond the minimum qualifications review will also be prompted to complete a Performance Evaluation. All candidates must complete the Performance Evaluation and it must be submitted before the provided deadline. The information provided on the Performance Evaluation must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Once submitted, applicant responses on the Performance Evaluation cannot be changed. Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation and Performance Evaluation in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

The Supplemental Questionnaire and Performance Evaluation are designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas as described within this announcement. This includes knowledge of: Pollution prevention, toxics reduction, alternatives assessment and/or circular economy principles; Federal, state, and local agencies, laws and regulations related to toxics reduction, extended producer responsibility, and/or hazardous waste; Toxics reduction network of organizations and interest groups supporting toxics reduction generally and in specialized areas; and Community outreach, public engagement techniques and behavior change principles.... This also includes the ability to: Supervise, manage, motivate, & mentor staff, interns, and contractors equitably with emotional intelligence and cultural competency; Track, evaluate, manage and evolve a large number of diverse and complex toxics reduction projects and programs; Communicate effectively in writing and verbally, including delivering presentations; Identify and leverage opportunities for reducing the use of toxic chemicals, promoting safer alternatives, and advancing proper disposal; Design, plan and manage toxics reduction projects and programs including setting priorities, identifying objectives and associated tasks, allocating resources and developing workflow strategy; Forge partnerships and collaborative working relationships with a wide variety of people and organizations; Conduct research and analysis and apply the information in decision making that supports human and environmental health; Evaluate and summarize legislation, regulations, laws, and other technical documents; Design, plan, and administer budgets, track program and contractor expenses; and proficiently use a personal computer, including word processing programs, spreadsheets, databases, Internet, and presentation software;

After the eligible list is finalized/adopted, the department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision (e.g. interviews, written exercise, etc.). Applicants meeting the Minimum Qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all steps of the selection process.

Certification - The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten (10) Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List - A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

To find Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Position-Counts-by-Job-Codes-and-Department-FY-2021-22.pdf.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/CityAndCountyOfSanFrancisco1/. The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

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 fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

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.