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Supplemental Questionnaire

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The Sustainability Project Manager will manage and implement the County’s internal recycling and waste program serving 9,500 employees located in over 100 Alameda County facilities. Key responsibilities for this program include: partnering with operational staff to roll out recycling services; engaging and communicating with employees and management across all agencies to promote sustainable behaviors; ensuring compliance with recycling and waste laws; and managing a $1.2M annual waste budget. This position manages a temporary recycling intern. We are seeking someone with strong program and project management skills, a passion for driving sustainable action, and solid analytical capabilities who also loves to work with people and deliver great customer service. Though recycling and waste management are the primary responsibilities for this role, as a member of the Sustainability Office you will also have the opportunity to lead other sustainability initiatives to green County operations and services and to fight and prepare for climate change impacts in Alameda County.

Thank you for your interest in the Sustainability Project Manager recruitment, Examination #18-0176-01.  Applicants for this position are required to submit responses to the following supplemental questions. Your completed responses to the supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated to determine your qualifications and must be completed properly in order to be given full consideration for the next phase in the selection process. Additionally, your responses will also be evaluated and used in the selection process in order to identify the best qualified applicants.  Responses should be thorough and specific. A lack of detail and explanation in the supplemental questions and in your application may result in failure or disqualification for this position.

Clarity of expression, content, experience, grammar, spelling and the ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process.  A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for properly completed responses.  Information provided in your responses to the supplemental questionnaire regarding your employment experiences must also be detailed in the Work Experience section of the application for this recruitment. Please be sure to list all employers and required information, on your application, especially if you are referencing those employers in your responses to the supplemental questions. The supplemental questions were designed to elicit your experience as it relates to the current recruitment in order to identify the best qualified candidates for this position.  Only the best and most suitably qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the oral interviews.

By selecting yes below, you certify your understanding that all applicants who meet minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to move forward in the process. Do you understand the above statement?


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Please describe your experience developing and implementing recycling and waste management programs including, at a minimum, the scope and size of the program(s); audience and customers; major program elements, goals, and outcomes; policy development and analysis; and budget and staff managed. In addition, please describe communication and engagement approaches you have used with customers to increase recycling rates (or achieve another behavior change goal), including any experience with development of web and print collateral. Note: We recognize that a successful candidate for this role might not yet have direct recycling and waste experience but may possess strong program and project management skills coupled with the enthusiasm to learn. If that describes you, please answer this question by sharing your experience in developing and implementing a comparable sustainability program. (limit 700 words)


Project management – initiating, planning, and executing the work of a team to achieve specific goals in a specified time – is an important skill for this role. Please describe your experience in developing, managing, and delivering a successful sustainability project. Include a description of the project objectives and what was accomplished. Share details of your project management strategies and tools. (How did you identify relevant parties and keep them informed? How did you set and meet timelines? How did you manage resources?) Describe how you overcame a particular challenge and used that experience to improve your project management skills going forward. (limit 700 words) 


We look forward to learning more about you. Please provide a copy of your resume (limit two pages) and a cover letter (limit one page). In your cover letter, please share any particular knowledge, experience, or interest in areas of sustainability beyond recycling and waste management. Your resume and cover letter can be uploaded in the Resume tab. Please scan and save your cover letter and resume as one document with your name included in the document name. The following file types may be uploaded: .doc, .jpg, .pdf, .xls, .txt, .rtf.