Recruitment #1710-4185-001


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Appointment and continued employment is at the pleasure of the Department of Administration Director and Director of Environmental Sustainability, City of Milwaukee.


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is a vibrant urban hub. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big-city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities great restaurants, and a strong ethic around environmental sustainability.

The City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) strives to make Milwaukee a world class eco-city. ECO develops practical solutions that improve people’s lives, the economy, and the environment. With a relatively small staff, ECO has an outsized impact through effective collaborations with the community.  ECO provides a fast-paced and collaborative work environment where each team member has a unique opportunity to blossom as a community leader and visibly improve the City.  

The position may be filled at the level of Environmental Sustainability Program Manager (PG 2LX) or Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator (PG 2IX), depending upon the qualifications of the candidate and the needs of the Department of Administration-Environmental Collaboration Office. Demonstrated leadership ability and experience in government and energy efficiency will be important considerations.  


Under the direction of the Environmental Sustainability Director, the Program Manger may also function as the Deputy Director in the office, whereas the Coordinator position will focus on program delivery. The Environmental Sustainability Program Manager is responsible for planning and implementing the City’s energy efficiency programs in City-owned buildings and in the broader community.

Essential Functions

Better Buildings Challenge

  • Provide overall project and grant coordination.
  • Manage and implement contracts with program partners, coordinate outreach activities and oversee the preparation of reports for the US Department of Energy.
  • Coordinate outreach to the commercial buildings and schools.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

  • Promote the program as part of the Better Buildings Challenge.
  • Review and approve proposed projects and administer payments through the program.

Energy Reduction Team

  • Lead the City’s Energy Reduction Team; assist, facilitate and educate facility managers regarding the reduction of energy use in City facilities by 20% over the next decade.
  • Oversee the tracking and management of the City’s energy usage data and run usage reports using the EPA’s portfolio Manager.
  • Work with the Energy Reduction team to identify and implement various efficiency projects.

Me2 Home Energy Efficiency Program

  • Oversee and administer the Me2 home energy efficiency loan program.
  • Attend Environmental Collaboration Office staff meetings and division-wide functions.

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Minimum Requirements

Environmental Sustainability Program Manager

  1. Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, public policy, environmental studies or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Five years of progressively responsible experience in related project management.
  3. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator

  1. Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, public policy, environmental studies or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Three years of progressively responsible experience in related project management.
  3. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

 Equivalent combinations of education and professional experience will be considered.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be emailed to the Director of Environmental Sustainability, Erick Shambarger at eshamb@milwaukee.gov- student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date completed.

Desirable Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in business administration, public administration, public policy, urban planning, environmental studies or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience managing energy data, energy efficiency programs and knowledge of building energy systems.
  • Experience in government is a plus for consideration of the Program Manager position.

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

  • Knowledge of energy efficiency strategies and technologies.
  • Passionate about protecting the environment and improving Milwaukee.
  • Able to understand and communicate the business case for energy efficiency.
  • Leadership and project management.
  • Ability to direct and coordinate programs and activities.
  • Ability to effectively focus and prioritize action among multiple programs.
  • Ability to be creative, resourceful and industrious.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, other City employees, citizens, media, community organizations, the foundation community, the private sector and other agencies.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain composure.
  • Ability to analyze complex situations, diagnose problems, and formulate solutions.
  • Ability to accurately compile and analyze reports and energy and financial data.
  • Written communication skills to be able to write clear, complete and error-free correspondence and reports.
  • Oral communication and presentation skills to present ideas and recommendations clearly and convincingly.
  • Proficiency using word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software as well as the Internet.
  • Ability to read and interpret contracts, reports and legal documents.
  • Ability to accept coaching from others.
  • Commitment to professional growth and developing one’s leadership potential.

Current Salary

Environmental Sustainability Program Manager: The starting salary range (Pay Range 2LX) for City of Milwaukee residents is $70,827-99,154 annually, and the non-resident salary range is $69,090-96,722.

Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator: The starting salary range (Pay Range 2IX) for City of Milwaukee residents is $58,462-$81,844 annually, and the non-resident salary range is $57,028-$79,836.

Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit http://city.milwaukee.gov/Benefits2017.


Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations and the Department of Administration reserve the right to call only the most qualified candidates to an interview. Information from the selection process will be used to make a hiring decision.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE – Interested individuals must submit a resume, letter of interest, and college transcripts by email to the Director of Environmental Sustainability, Erick Shambarger at eshamb@milwaukee.gov . Please indicate “Environmental Sustainability Program Manager” in the subject line. Questions may be directed to Erick Shambarger by email or by phone at 414.286.8556. The deadline for submission of application materials is 11/16/2017, but may be extended based upon the needs of the city.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.