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Senior Building Decarbonization Coordinator - Environment Department (5642)

Recruitment: RTF0124927-01152397

Published: November 28, 2022

Accepting applications until: December 19, 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: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


Are you an experienced people leader with the drive to solve complex climate change issues? Are you highly knowledgeable about building decarbonization policies and programs? Do you have experience working with diverse stakeholders on a just transition to a low carbon economy? Can you create impact through influence? If yes, then consider joining our growing climate program team to create zero emission buildings and homes in San Francisco.  

11/28/22 update: This job announcement is being reopened to allow additional candidates an opportunity to apply.

Who We Are - The San Francisco Environment Department (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

In 2021, San Francisco released its new Climate Action Plan (CAP) which charts a pathway to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and works toward addressing racial and social equity, public health, economic recovery, resilience, and providing safe and affordable housing to all. According to San Francisco’s last greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory buildings accounted for 41% of the city’s emissions. The building operations chapter of the CAP addresses operations in new construction and major renovations, retrofits of existing buildings, workforce development and streamlining government and utility processes to support building decarbonization to ensure all large commercial buildings are net zero by 2035 and all buildings by 2040. A core principle of decarbonization will include racial and social equity and a just transition for workers.

The Senior Building Decarbonization Coordinator is a 3-year position that will project manage the implementation of the building operation chapter on the CAP and will include  (1) the development and enforcement of new electrification policies; (2) a deep understanding of the legal and institutional, financial and economic, political and social, and practical and technological opportunities and challenges with these new policies; (3) leading a task force that is charged with supporting the development of these building decarbonization policies to ensure San Francisco has zero emission buildings and resilient, affordable and healthy home; and (4) ensure all programs and policies simultaneously align with environmental justice goals and incorporate an equitable, inclusive approach.

The Senior Building Decarbonization Coordinator will act under the supervision of the 5644 Climate Program Manager and manage a team of four – five members. The position will perform a variety of duties related to the administration and development of this project including but not limited to project/program development and management; support budget development; effective employee supervision; and establishing and implementing models for decision-making with communities.

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.

  • Supervise the strategic and administrative implementation of the strategies and actions in the building operations sector of the San Francisco 2021 Climate Action Plan
  • Oversee all aspects of multiple projects including contracting, budgeting, technical research, city coordination and external stakeholder engagement.
  • Act as the liaison between city agencies, partners, contractors, and other stakeholders engaged in the building decarbonization.
  • Provide strategic leadership for San Francisco’s building decarbonization activities in federal and state law, state and local building codes, and state and regional rulemaking.
  • Convene and facilitate collaborative workshops and taskforces, bringing the department’s racial and social equity approach to support implementation of new policies and develop new solutions that support diverse needs of stakeholders – including workforce development and community capacity building.
  • Develop strategies for solving technical and institutional barriers to building electrification through research, analysis, and engagement with technical experts on a report on wide range of building topics and policy issues.
  • Manage two – three direct reports focused on residential and commercial decarbonization, building codes and standards and workforce development; and collaborate with other internal teams.

Appointment Type - This position is a Temporary Exempt Appointment with an anticipated duration until end of Fiscal Year 22-23 (June 30, 2023). Continuation beyond June 30 is contingent on continued funding. 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, engineering, public administration, business administration, or in a field closely related to the duties of this position from an accredited college or university; and
  • Experience -Four (4) years of professional experience performing job duties similar to those described in this class within the specialty area of climate action in support of decarbonization planning, green building, energy efficiency or energy systems.

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.

  • Experience supervising seasoned and entry level staff and excellent project management and execution skills - staying on scope/schedule/budget.
  • A commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace and a track record of diverse community engagement and service
  • Deep familiarity with electrification and decarbonization of buildings - technologies, design and delivery processes, operations.
  • A strong understanding of CA Title 24, energy codes and utility rebates.
  • Strong interpersonal communication (both written and verbal) and technical skills are required to effectively use working relationships with diverse stakeholders to achieve the city’s climate action goals.
  • A self-starter with strong problem-solving skills, an attention to detail, and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively with cross-functional teams.

All Minimum Qualifications for examinations should reflect the job classification specifications. Link to Classification and Compensation database is here.

What else should I know?

  • Application Open: November 28, 2022. (Originally opened August 14, 2022)
  • Application Deadline: December 19, 2022 (Original deadline September 5, 2022, reopened on November 28, 2022 with a deadline on December 19, 2022)
  • Salary Range - $111,716 - $135,148 per year (link to salary range)
  • Recruitment ID:RTF0124927-01152397
  • Eligible list ID: 124928
  • 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.

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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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.