Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Sustainability Project Manager

Recruitment #18-0176-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Application and Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


Applications will only be accepted on-line.


Alameda County, located in the San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay, is home to more than 1.6 million people and includes cities such as Berkeley, Fremont, and Oakland. As a local government, Alameda County is on the front lines of today’s major policy challenges from adapting to state budget cuts to reducing our contributions to climate change. Headquartered in Oakland, Alameda County’s Office of Sustainability Office is at the frontier of sustainability in the government sector, implementing projects to green Alameda County operations, developing policy to promote innovation, and collaborating with local and national partners.

The Office sits within in Alameda County's General Services Agency, which delivers support services to County departments and agencies so they can fulfill their missions in social service, public protection, and community development. These support services include building construction and maintenance, purchasing, energy, and fleet. We are recognized nationally for our innovative approaches to clean energy, sustainability, and transportation. For more information about the agency and county sustainability efforts, visit:  Alameda County General Services Agency and the Alameda County Sustainability. The Sustainability Office is committed to promoting equity and working across county departments to ensure that all county employees and residents are prepared for climate change.




Alameda County’s Office of Sustainability is seeking a Sustainability Project Manager who will oversee the County’s internal waste and recycling program serving 9,500 employees located in over 100 Alameda County facilities. Waste reduction is important because as one of the largest employers in Alameda County, our employee actions make a difference. Key responsibilities will include engaging and communicating with employees to promote sustainable behaviors, ensuring compliance with recycling and waste laws, and managing a $1.2M waste budget. The Project Manager manages a temporary recycling associate or intern.

The Sustainability Project Manager reports to the Sustainability Program Manager and works closely with a dynamic team, colleagues in the General Services Agency, and many internal and external stakeholders. As part of the Sustainability Office team, you will also have the opportunity to work on efforts to green County operations and lead initiatives to fight and prepare for climate change regionally.

For more detailed information about the position, visit: 
Sustainability Project Manager (#0176)

GSA Sustainability Project Manager Recruitment Brochure

The Office of Sustainability celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace.  If you have questions, contact Iona Childers, Human Resources Officer GSA, at  


In addition to the stated minimum qualifications, knowledge, and skills, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a successful track record of:

Excellent program management abilities to strategically develop and implement programs using creative approaches, working effectively across the organization, and delivering measurable results.

Strong project management skills to design, implement, and manage ongoing projects and to direct the related resources, personnel, and activities to successful completion.

Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate effectively with a multi-cultural and diverse workforce and with line staff, executive management, external partners, and the community.

Ability to collect and synthesize information from a variety of stakeholders and sources in an objective, unbiased manner to reach a conclusion, goal, or judgement.

Building strategic work relationships through collaboration and engagement to meet overall countywide needs and goals while leveraging financial and other resources to maximize results and achieve positive outcomes.

Facilitating change by encouraging others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities.

Understanding organizational culture in decision making, perceiving organizational and political sensitivities, and escalating issues when necessary.

Contributing to team success by actively participating as a member of a team to move the team toward the completion of goals.

Demonstrating ability to remain flexible and tolerant in adjusting to major changes in work responsibilities or environment while handling needs and demands from agency customers, executive offices, and outside partners.



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The equivalent of two years of full-time experience as a Sustainability Specialist in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts).


Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in environmental science or engineering, urban planning, public policy, social sciences, public or business administration or a related field. A Master’s degree is highly desirable.


The equivalent of four years of full-time increasingly responsible experience in the field of environmentally preferable procurement, sustainability, resources conservation, waste reduction, recycling, climate change green building or other related area including experience with responsibility for planning, administering, organizing and coordinating programs.

Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in environmental science, urban planning, public policy, social sciences, public or business administration or a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


All candidates must possess a valid California Class "C" Driver's license and be willing and able to drive.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Principles, practices, and legal requirement of one or more of the following areas: environmentally preferable procurement, sustainability, recycling, waste reduction, climate change, green building, sustainable transportation, or other related area.
• Principles, practices and techniques of project management and program development and administration.
• Organizational practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
• Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and various software.
• Principles and practices of budget, contract, and grant development and administration

Ability to:

• Develop, implement, and evaluate programs and/or projects
• Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, proposals, and other written materials of a technical nature.
• Collect, analyze, and compile technical and statistical information.
• Interpret, explain, and apply complex regulations policies and procedures.
• Manage the administration of contracts.
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Communicate and negotiate in a persuasive and productive manner with groups and individuals.
• Establish and maintain various data collection, record keeping, tracking and reporting systems.
• Direct the work of others on a project.

• Attend night and weekend meetings/events.



1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. 
2) A review of candidates' Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. 
3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:



Deadline for Filing:

Monday, July 1, 2019, at 5:00 PM

Review for Minimum Qualifications:

Monday July 15, 2019

Review of Supplemental Questionnaires:

Monday, July 22, 2019

Oral Interviews

*Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13, 2019

*Updated 8/2/2019 


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Elaine Lemi | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6434 |


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer