5642 Senior Environmental Specialist

Green Building Senior Coordinator

Recruitment #TEX-5642-077071


Green Building Senior Coordinator
San Francisco Department of Environment
5642 – Senior Environmental Specialist

**Filing period has been extended to 6/23/17**
Do you have a passion for environmentally responsible design and construction? Are you interested in improving quality of life and promoting sustainability? If so, we invite you to join us in advancing innovative green building practices to help San Francisco meet its ambitious climate and sustainability goals. The San Francisco Department of Environment is a great place to work and offers an attractive benefits package, including healthcare and retirement options.

Department Background:
The mission of the City and County of San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment or SFDOE) is to improve, enhance, and preserve the environment, and to promote San Francisco’s long-term environmental sustainability. SF Environment includes: Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Clean Air Transportation, Climate Change, Energy, Green Building, Urban Forest and Public Information Programs.

Position Description:
The Senior Green Building Coordinator leads City green building policy initiatives and advances cutting-edge practices in municipal green building design, construction and operation. Responsibilities include providing technical assistance and support to City departments complying with Chapter 7 of the SF Environment Code (“Green Building Requirements for Municipal Construction Projects”), chairing the SF Municipal Green Building Task Force, serving as the city’s primary point of contact with USGBC and GBCI, and making policy recommendations to the Commission on the Environment and the Board of Supervisors. In addition, the Senior Green Building Coordinator will help develop process improvement recommendations to increase efficiencies in the Department’s green building programs, policies and practices and to optimize the delivery of services to city departments and other stakeholders.
Examples of Important & Essential Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
    •  Effectively communicate the Green Building Requirements for City Buildings codified in SF Environment Code Chapter 7 and related California and San Francisco sustainability requirements in writing, verbally, and in-person at project team meetings.
    •  Assist and support architects, engineers, project managers and consultants to successfully prepare and submit documentation to the USGBC (e.g., LEEDv4 Gold).
    •  Chair the SF Municipal Green Building Task Force, including directing policy initiatives, managing project waiver requests and developing and delivering green building educational sessions.
    •  Collaborate with partner agencies to explore ways to implement increasingly higher levels of environmentally responsible design and construction; evaluate benefits and costs; develop new and update existing policies, programs and practices.
    •  Track and analyze City green building design and construction trends, including LEED certifications and documentation; cost and resource savings in energy, water and waste; C&D diversion rates; energy use intensity; carbon emissions intensity; building health; report relevant key performance measures.
    •  Serve as the primary contact to the USGBC; respond to LEED project inquiries; assist with city employee access to USGBC educational resources; exam preparation and professional credentialing.
    •  Track and monitor new and developing green building issues and trends including but not limited to building codes, certification programs and rating systems addressing sustainability, materials transparency, health, and wellness.
    •  Attend and represent San Francisco at relevant local, regional, and national green building conferences and educational events, including the annual Greenbuild conference of the USGBC.
    •  Liaise with City departments and initiatives, e.g. Department of Public Works’ Green Building Committee and the Green Building Subcommittee of the Department of Building Inspection’s Code Advisory Committee.
    Appointment Type:
    This position is a Temporary-Exempt Appointment. It has an anticipated duration of one year, with the possibility of a one-year extension (depending on funding availability). This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointment officer.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental sciences, or a related field (within the specialty area) from an accredited college or university; AND

    Four (4) years of experience performing duties similar to those described in this class, within the area of specialty (Environmental Green Building).

    Knowledge of:
    1.  Design for reuse and adaptive reuse
    2.  Green building facility management and/or building operations
    3.  Waste minimization principles & practices
    4.  Green building materials specifications & Environmental Product Declarations
    5.  Assessing lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of building materials and products
    6.  Water efficiency and stormwater management principles & practices
    7.  Collecting and analyzing indoor environmental quality data, and methods to evaluate occupant well-being
    8.  California Title 24 Energy Standards and external or national standards (such as IGCC, IECC, ASHRAE 90.1, or ASHRAE 289)
    9.  Specialized green building software, such as Autocase and Tally
    Ability to:
    1.  Think analytically and apply problem-solving skills
    2.  Communicate effectively in both written and verbal form
    3.  Conduct research and analysis using spreadsheet and project management software
    4.  Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, including working effectively independently, in a small a team, or with other city and outside agencies
      Be detail-oriented, highly organized, and prioritize properly
    6.  Develop and implement green building policies
    7.  Demonstrate aptitude for project management and process improvement
    8.  Facilitate groups, engage stakeholders, and build consensus
    9.  Use Pharos to assess building materials for health and lifecycle impacts 
    Desirable Qualifications:
    1.  Two (2) years of experience in green building rating systems, including preparing and/or reviewing LEED documentation and certification
    2.  LEED AP with BD+C specialty (Building Design and Construction) Professional Accreditation
    3.  Experience with LEED Online and LEED project documentation
    4.  Experience with integrative building design and green building design and construction, including Zero Net Energy buildings and living roofs
    5.  Experience with Health Product Declarations and other building and material health programs such as WELL, Living Building Challenge, Cradle to Cradle
    6.  AEE Certified Energy Manager or similar
    7.  A Master's Degree in a relevant field, including architecture, engineering, or construction management
    Additional Application Information:
    The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date, unless otherwise noted.

    Candidates are requested to submit a resume and brief cover letter (under 1,000 words) stating why the position interests you and how your skills and qualifications are a fit for the position. Please attach a single document that includes both of these items. Upload this document as a PDF or Word file, with the naming convention of “YourName-5642GreenBuilding”.

    How To Apply

    Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.
    1. Select the desired job announcement
    2. Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
    3. Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
    4. Follow instructions on the screen
    5. Attach a single document that includes a resume and brief cover letter (under 1,000 words) stating why this position interests you and how your skills and qualifications relate to the position. Upload this document as a PDF or Word file, with the naming convention of "YourName-5642GreenBuilding"
    Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

    Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

    Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application was received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

    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. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

    Please email Preston Treichel, Senior Human Resources Consultant, at Preston.Treichel@sfgov.org should you have questions about the application process. For questions regarding the status of your application or the selection process, please refer to the 'Timeline' section under the Selection Procedures heading.

    Selection Procedures

    Online application filing deadline will conclude at 5pm on Friday, June 23rd, 2017. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to give application status updates. While we are not able to reach out to every applicant, the hiring manager will contact you directly after the filing deadline if your skills and experiences are a strong match for the position.

    The selection process will include an evaluation of applications and an assessment of candidates' relative job-related knowledge, skills and abilities. Only those applicants most closely meeting the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

    Conviction History

    As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:
      •  Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
      •  Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.
        Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

        If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

        Disaster Service Workers

        All City & County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


        1. Your application must include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

        2. 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: http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456. 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.

        3. Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

        4. Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to present additional material at the time of appointment and/or at a later date.

        5. For general information concerning City and County of San Francisco employment policies and procedures, please refer to this web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

        6. For Right to Work policy, please refer to this web URL: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification

        7. Terms of Announcement: 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: www.jobaps.com/sf.

        ISSUED: MAY 30, 2017
        ANNOUNCEMENT NO: TEX-5642-077071


        All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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