Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $79,380.00 - $94,776.00 gross per year


Nature of Work
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 12/2/19 8:30 AM Pacific Time

The current full salary range for this position is $6,615/month - $7,898/month. Typical starting salary isat Step 1 -$6,615/month. This position is represented by a union.


The Climate and EnergyManager provides leadership directing and coordinating implementation of the City's Climate Action Plan and energy and sustainability programs across all City departments and the community. Develops strategic partnerships to meet the carbon emissions reduction goals of the Climate Action Plan, energy conservation programs, sustainability initiatives and associated education and outreach programs. Serves as a City-wide resource for emissions reduction and sustainability efforts. Responsibilities include program development, implementation and reporting. Uses technical software to model, monitor and evaluate progress towards meeting goals. Serves as staff liaison to both internal and external community partner organizations. Reports on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.


- Directs, develops, plans, organizes, and implements the City's Climate Action Program, including the Climate Action Plan, emissions reductions and renewable energy supply, climate adaption planning, data collection and modeling efforts, and other environmental sustainability initiatives. Responsible for overall program strategy, evaluation, budget preparation and monitoring, cost-estimating and problem-solving. Responds and adapts to changing program priorities and goals as set by Council and the Mayor's Office.
- Measures and tracks metrics for success; uses technical software to conduct and analyze greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and model, monitor and evaluate the City's progress towards meeting Climate Action goals. Implements program revisions and updates based on the effectiveness of current program elements.
- Facilitates implementation of the Climate Action Plan and sustainability goals and measures across all city departments. Meets with department leadership across the City, researches strategies and recommends changes to departments, helps problem-solve implementation issues, and tracks progress towards goals. Coordinates with City departments to evaluate, develop and strengthen departmental and city-wide policies, procedures and regulations in support of the Climate Action Plan and other program goals.
- Conducts research, analyzes information and data, and synthesizes research findings into high quality work products, including informative summaries, fact sheets, presentations, and reports. Distills and translates complex information into clear, compelling materials for diverse audiences. Performs research and analysis of emission reduction measures to inform program implementation efforts. Conducts greenhouse emissions assessments using industry standard software for municipal and community emissions.
- Works closely with Education and Outreach staff to plan and develop education programs to promote implementation of Climate Action Plan measures and other sustainability initiatives including public awareness and behavior change programs.
- Develops and manages contracts and interlocal agreements to implement Climate Action Plan measures as needed.
- Develops, writes, and administers grant applications in support of the City's climate and energy programs.
- Serves as the City's climate and energy programs liaison to outside entities including jurisdictions, agencies, contractors and non-governmental partners. Develops strategic partnerships within the community to facilitate and expand emissions reduction and energy conservation efforts in support of the Climate Action Plan.
- Monitors federal, state and/or local regulations and guidance and recommends actions to achieve compliance with climate and energy policies and practices.

- Acts in accordance with City-wide departmental goals and work programs.
- Performs other related duties within the scope of the classification.

Work is performed primarily in an office setting with extensive time spent at a computer workstation. Requires field work including working outdoors in all weather conditions, and working around industrial equipment with moving parts. May also require occasional travel. Required to attend meetings or perform duties outside of normal office hours.

Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job, including:
- Traverse uneven terrain;
- Ascend ladders;
- Crawl into tight spaces;
- Frequently operate a computer and read a computer screen or typewritten page;
- Frequently communicate verbally;
- Correctible visual acuity, hearing and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a motor vehicle;
- Move between work sites.

Experience and Training

- Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Environmental Management, Energy Studies or related field; and
- Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience, including program management, in emissions reductions programs or related field.
- Requires knowledge of emission reduction strategies and practices.
- Master's degree in a related field is preferred.
- Knowledge of common functions and issues in city government is preferred.

A combination of experience and training that provides the applicant with the knowledge and skills to perform the job will be considered.
Necessary Special Requirements

- Valid Washington State driver's license and good driving record. Candidate must submit a three-year driving abstract prior to hire.
- Employment contingent upon passing a criminal conviction and local background check.

Selection Process
As part of the application process, a cover letter is required.
Within the cover letter (no longer than one page), please answer the following questions:

- Why does the position of Climate and Energy Manager appeal to you?
- What specific experiences and skills do you have that make you the ideal candidate for this position?

Please ensure your application is complete and all required information has been provided. Standard completeness means all application fields (contact information, personal information, education, work experience, references, and required supplemental questions). The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questionnaire. Provide as much detail as you believe will fully describe your experience and training.

Supplemental Questionnaire responses not supported in your application will disqualify you from consideration for this position.

Initial interviews for the most qualified candidates are scheduled for December 19, 2019. Invitations to participate in the Interview process will be sent via e-mail on or around December 11, 2019.

Follow-up interviews for the top candidates are tentatively scheduled for the week of January 6, 2020.

Please Note: Candidates will receive updates regarding application status via email. Please be sure to check your email frequently.

Equal Opportunity:
Our environment is characterized by respect for cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and ethnic diversity. The City of Bellingham is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its work force. We do not make decisions on the basis of an individual's race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, age (40+), disability, retaliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. All are encouraged to apply for employment.

Fair Hiring Practices
- The City provides individuals who have been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense an equal and fair opportunity to obtain employment.
- The City will not inquire about an applicant's criminal history until after a conditional job offer has been made.
- The City will disregard the prior arrest and conviction record of an otherwise qualified individual unless the offense is directly related to the job position for which the individual has applied.
- The City will notify an otherwise qualified applicant about a potentially disqualifying conviction and give the applicant an opportunity to submit information regarding the accuracy of the criminal records as well as evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation, as appropriate.

  • education
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