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5642-Senior Climate Program Coordinator

Recruitment: RTF0144594-01096730

Published: March 26, 2024

Accepting applications until: March 25, 2024


Sana Ahmed -

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Department: Environment
Job class: 5642-Senior Environmental Specialist
Salary range: $116,532.00 - $141,648.00
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


This is a Position-Based Recruitment conducted in accordance with CSC Rule 111A.
Specific information regarding this process are list below:

  • Exam Type: Position Based Test
  • Eligible List Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance
  • Rule: Rule of 10 What does this mean?
  • Application Deadline:  March 25, 2024
  • Recruitment ID: PBT-5642-144594
  • Salary range: $116,532.00 - $141,648.00

Are you passionate about addressing climate change and reducing environmental inequity, skilled at engaging diverse stakeholders, and enthusiastic about working with data? The Senior Climate Program Coordinator plays a pivotal role in advancing San Francisco's Climate Action Plan (CAP). Collaborating closely with internal teams and city departments, they spearhead various initiatives to identify, refine, and update strategies and actions for the CAP. Their efforts ensure the successful and equitable implementation of these crucial climate policies. The Senior Coordinator also plays a vital role in coordinating clear and transparent communication regarding progress towards established targets and goals. 

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

To excel in this role, the Senior Climate Program Coordinator must possess a high level of proficiency in project management, technical and community matters, effortlessly transitioning between them when engaging with diverse audiences. Additionally, they must establish, nurture, and expand positive and effective relationships with public and private stakeholders, industry representatives, nonprofit organizations, and community groups. These relationships should be based on mutual trust and a shared vision for an equitable, zero-carbon future. 

Responsibilities include:  

  • Provide project management for a broad set of tasks that support effective implementation and management of all aspects of the 2021 Climate Action Plan, including but not limited to ongoing monitoring and reporting, communications, and stakeholder engagement. 

  • Coordinate all aspects related to CAP updates, including but not limited to overall project management, technical work with city staff and consultants, stakeholder engagement and outreach, and report development and writing. 

  • Oversee the development of the City's sector-based and consumption-based emissions inventories analysis to enhance the Climate Action Plan's effectiveness and monitor the City's emission reduction progress. 

  • Perform and report on research in emerging areas of climate practice (e.g. climate budgeting, carbon sequestration and removal, advanced data science for emissions analysis, etc.) that have the potential to advance, augment, and/or accelerate CAP implementation.  

  • Oversee regular reporting on the City’s climate mitigation and adaptation efforts to third-party entities such as Carbon Disclosure Project, C40, American Council for Energy Efficient Economy, and others. 

  • Supervise (2) full-time program staff, including overseeing individual and  plans and deliverables, providing mentoring and guidance, and regularly reporting status updates to the Climate Program Manager and other department leadership. 

  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to conduct public engagement and outreach activities, enhancing understanding and support for the Climate Action Plan's objectives, strategies, and benefits. 

  • Represent the department in interagency climate programs supporting departmental goals and liaise with other departmental programs to align their efforts with Climate Action Plan priorities, ensuring timely communication of updates to relevant staff. 

  • Perform a wide range of administrative support functions, including those related to human resources, accounting, budgeting, and invoicing, and program planning. 

May include additional duties, as assigned. 

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications
Education -  Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental sciences, or a related field  from an accredited college or university; AND

Experience -  Four (4) years of professional experience in public policy, public administration, sustainability, climate action planning, program management, civil or environmental engineering, or a related field is required.

The above minimum qualifications reflect a special condition associated with the position to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Desirable QualificationsThe stated desirable qualifications may be considered at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring. 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 with developing and managing implementation climate or land use related plans. 

  • Five years of increasingly responsible experience involving climate action or urban planning, emissions accounting, stakeholder engagement, and staff supervision. 

  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience, either supervising employees or leading a team for a major project. 

  • Master's Degree in a relevant field such as sustainability, public policy, engineering, public health, energy resources, natural sciences, city planning, or public administration. 

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.

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. The MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding 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: 100%) - Qualified candidates will be emailed a Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation. In order to advance, 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. Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in job-related areas as described within this announcement. This includes knowledge of: developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to address climate change; current approaches used by local governments for greenhouse gas mitigation, such as emissions accounting, goal setting, key performance metrics and implementation strategies; collaborating with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders to drive sustainable practices and policies; equity considerations related to local climate action, including disparate impacts of climate change, factors that contribute to climate disparities, and best practices to mitigate and correct for past harms; equity considerations related to local climate action, including disparate impacts of climate change, factors that contribute to climate disparities, and best practices to mitigate and correct for past harms. The ability to: read, analyze, and interpret data, scientific and technical journals, reports, specifications, contracts, and legal documents; synthesize and present technical information to decision makers in reports, correspondence, briefings and presentations; communicate effectively in both written and verbal form; facilitate groups, engage stakeholders, and build consensus; Be detail-oriented, highly organized, and prioritize properly; communicate effectively in both written and verbal form.

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.

What else should I know?

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/Score Report: 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 (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

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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.

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


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

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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.

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

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.

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.