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Senior Clean Transportation Specialist - Environment Department (5642)

Recruitment: RTF0119794-01149690

Published: November 15, 2022

Accepting applications until: December 05, 2022


Adam Romoslawski -

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Department: Environment
Job class: 5642-Senior Environmental Specialist
Salary range: $111,176.00 - $135,148.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


Are you interested in improving clean transportation in San Francisco? Are you a team leader with the creative and organizational skill to pilot new approaches and policies which will advance clean transportation? Are you a seasoned project manager who enjoys engaging diverse partners and stakeholders in support of project goals? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to use your skills to build a better future for San Francisco.

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 Senior Clean Transportation Specialist, you will be responsible for the administration and implementation of the California Energy Commission (CEC) clean transportation grant: Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready Communities Phase II, Blueprint Implementation. Grant funding will complete four (4) major tasks to advance clean transportation: a city-wide EV Ombudsperson program, mapping tool with a major technology partner, expand fast-charging infrastructure, accelerate mode-shift by getting delivery-app workers out of cars and onto electric bikes to make food deliveries. You will have day-to-day decision-making responsibilities for the grant and its projects, as well as the ability to negotiate within project scopes. You will supervise a team of direct reports and be responsible for staff supervision and development.

The grant began on 11/4/2022 and will end on 11/4/2024. An extension of time may be granted by the CEC. At the grant’s conclusion, you may receive new clean transportation project(s), and/or program(s) to manage.

Serving in a Senior Specialist-level position (Class 5642), you will work under the supervision of a Class 5644 Principal Environmental Specialist responsible for defining project scopes and deliverables. You will supervise a team of Environmental Coordinators (Class 5640), Environmental Assistants (Class 5638), and fellows or interns as the need may arise.

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.

  • Manage the administration and implementation of the CEC Electric Vehicle Ready Communities Phase II, Blueprint Implementation grant.
  • Act as the City’s EV Ombudsperson to identify and eliminate institutional barriers to developing public fast-charger installation and identifies new sites and hosts for additional fast-chargers so a minimum of 100 Level 2 and 25 DCFC are installed or in construction by the end of the grant.

To accomplish the objectives, the EV Ombudsperson shall:

  1. Within 6 months, draft a “Challenges Summary Analysis,” a baseline of challenges confronted by charging providers in a dense urban environment, such as San Francisco. It will include the following for each challenge identified. 
  2. Represent public and charging provider interests and facilitate efficient communication among all relevant stakeholders such as utilities, charging provider, and other City agencies. 
  3. Develop a system to track public EV-charging installation projects to document that a minimum of 100 Level 2 and 25 DCFC are installed or in construction by the end of the grant.
  4. Identify additional site hosts and provide as-needed support to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the Port of San Francisco in an effort to initiate fast-charging projects at those locations.  
  5. Implement feedback from charging station providers to improve permitting processes.  
  6. Provide as-needed technical assistance to charging-providers to facilitate California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)-compliance and notices. 
  7. Liaise between the SFPUC, PG&E, EV charging providers and other stakeholders to explore a smart charging pilot program that informs tactics to balance the electrical grid. 
  8. By the end of the grant, develop a “Guidebook for City Stakeholders.” This internal, dynamic document will guide city officials with advice, information, and contact information to effectuate EV charging projects.    
  9. By the end of the grant, develop and maintain a “one-stop shop” website to assist charging providers and the public with EV charging project development.
  • Concurrently manage staff and partners of the other three (3) tasks within this grant. Deploy abilities to prioritize assignments, manage time with limited oversight, organize complex data and information, analyze for root causes of barriers and issues, and collaborate with diverse range of stakeholders to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Obtain participation and manage communications among grant stakeholders including building other City departments and agencies, other local governments, state and federal agencies, advocates, community-based organizations, and private partners.

Supervision Exercised  - Supervises staff including Class 5640 (Environmental Specialists), 5638 (Environmental Assistants), fellows, and interns.

Appointment Type - This position is a Permanent-Exempt Appointment with an anticipated duration of 36 months. The position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education - Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental sciences, public administration, business administration, accounting, biology, or a field related to transportation (including but not limited to environmental studies, planning, computer science, or engineering), from an accredited college or university; AND
  • Experience - Four (4) years of professional experience in performing duties similar to those described in this class, within the specialty area of energy programs (such as energy efficiency or clean transportation)

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.

  • Skilled in staff leadership and project management.
  • Skilled in writing clear and concise memos/reports.
  • Skilled in organizing complex information and data.
  • Experience gaining compliance with utility codes and legislation.
  • Experience navigating and working in or with large organizations.
  • An understanding of equity, inclusion and diversity concepts.

What else should I know?

  • 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.
  • Application Open: November 14, 2022
  • Application Deadline: December 5, 2022
  • Salary Range - $111,716 - $135,148 per year (link to salary range)
  • Recruitment ID:RTF0119794-01149690
  • Eligible list ID: 119795

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. Please check junk/spam folders to ensure you receive these information requests.

Selection Process and Timeline - 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.

Stage 1 of the selection process will consist of an evaluation of applications. Stage 2 - Based on the evaluation of applications, candidates whose skills and experiences are a strong match for the position will be invited to a phone interview. Stage 3 - Candidates who most closely meet the needs of the position will be invited to participate in the panel interview selection process, including an assessment of relative job-related skills and abilities. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to Stage 2 or Stage 3 of the hiring process.

For any questions regarding the position or hiring process- please contact the recruitment analyst, Adam Romoslawski at

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

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.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.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

How to Apply

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

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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.