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Senior Grants and Communications Coordinator - San Francisco Environment (5642)

Recruitment: RTF0131494-01078612

Published: March 13, 2023

Accepting applications until: April 03, 2023


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 supporting environmental programs and policymaking with far-reaching ramifications for your City, country, and world? Are you skilled at translating complex environmental topics and programs ideas into language that grant funders, policy makers, and the general population can understand? Do you have a passion for extemporaneous speaking that captivates reporters? If so, we invite you to use your skills and passion to build a more sustainable future for San Francisco as the Senior Grants and Communications Coordinator for the San Francisco Environment Department.

Who We Are
The San Francisco Environment Department (SF Environment) advances climate protection and enhances the 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 sustainable 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 - Statement on Racial Equity
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

The Senior Grants and Communications Coordinator will lead the Department’s grant-related activities to pursue and secure funding from government and philanthropic institutions. The Senior Coordinator identifies and tracks opportunities and works with Program Teams to craft competitive proposals that incorporate San Francisco’s courageous environmental story. This role is also the lead technical writer and storyteller for the department, ensuring the use of consistent messaging and voice across all key written documents and media platforms.

Finally, as a storyteller, the Senior Grants and Communications Coordinator acts as the hub for media outreach, both proactive and reactive. In that role, the position will manage incoming media inquiries, maintain a media calendar, and coordinate proactive media pitches and press conferences.

Job Duties

Grants and Administration

  • Secure grants from government and philanthropic sources, including the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA), the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the California Energy Commission, CalRecycle, and more.
  • Research, analyze, and track environmental grant funding opportunities.
  • Write and develop competitive grant proposals in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Optimize and coordinate the department’s grant administration process.


  • Work with the Department’s internal stakeholders to set the Department’s grantmaking strategies and then lead the subsequent grantmaking process.

Technical Writing/Copyediting

  • Lead special writing initiatives or copyediting on projects such as annual reports, program reports, websites, scripts, talking points, and more.


  • Maintain a proactive media calendar to highlight the department’s work and encourage the public to act.
  • Coordinate proactive press initiatives (pitch sessions, press releases, and press events) and incoming media inquiries.

May include additional duties as assigned.

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


  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental sciences, public administration, business administration, political science, non-profit management, English, communications, or a field related to program development or communications from an accredited college or university; AND


  • Four (4) years of experience in applying for grants on topics like the environment, environmental health, climate resilience, community resilience, energy, electricity, water, wastewater, sustainable transportation, carbon sequestration, sustainable agriculture, forestry, the intersection of public health and environment, or other related topics; AND
  • Two years of experience writing grant proposals, reports, websites, op-eds, or copyediting projects.

Desirable Qualifications

The desirable qualifications may be used to select among finalists at the end of the selection process. We do not expect any one candidate to have all the qualifications listed.  We highly encourage you to apply if you are interested in joining us.

  • Experience identifying, tracking, managing, and applying for federal, state, regional, and other types of grants.
  • Excellent organization and project management skills and strong command of written and verbal communication.
  • Experience with grantmaking, including strategic visioning, project management, and cross-collaboration with varying program teams.
  • Familiarity with environmental issues such as zero waste, climate action, emissions reduction, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, integrated pest management, toxics reduction, and others.
  • Experience with technical writing, responding to reporter inquiries, and working with members of the media on proactive stories.
  • Experience analyzing projects and communication strategies through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens and applying those principles to project goals.

What else should I know?

Application Opening: Monday, March 13, 2023
Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2023
Compensation Range: $111,176 - $135,148 (link to salary range)
Recruitment ID: 131495
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 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.

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

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

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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

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.