San Francisco Department of the Environment

Climate Program Manager

DEPARTMENT: Environment
ANALYST: Preston Treichel
DATE OPENED: 7/8/2019 10:30:00 AM
FILING DEADLINE: 7/19/2019 09:00:00 AM
SALARY: $53.56 - $65.10/hour; $9,284.00 - $11,284.00/month; $111,410.00 - $135,408.00/year
JOB TYPE: Permanent Exempt

Do you want to use your skills and talents to heal the planet? Are you interested in joining a team of world-class public servants to set policy and demonstrate what is possible when local government leads by example? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to join us at the San Francisco Department of the Environment as we work together to build a better future for our city, our state, and our planet.
Who We Are 
The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) provides solutions that advance climate protection and enhance quality of life for all San Franciscans. SF Environment is recognized worldwide for its environmental policies and programs, which center on achieving zero waste, reducing environmental toxins, advancing environmental justice, promoting sustainable transportation modes, expanding clean energy infrastructure, greening our built environment, and protecting our urban forest. We’re a passionate, mission-driven team and a great place to work, offering an attractive benefits package that includes healthcare and retirement.

The City of San Francisco is committed to protecting its communities and the environment by advancing bold and innovative programs and policies. The City is part of a vanguard group of international local governments committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, while delivering on inclusive and equitable benefits of climate action to all residents. To meet these challenges, the Department of the Environment seeks an experienced climate thought leader to lead initiatives that drive significant change and provide meaningful solutions locally and globally.
Who You Are
The Department is seeking a world-class Climate Program Manager to lead a cross-disciplinary, integrated team of Climate, Green Building and Environmental Justice professionals focused on advancing Departmental and citywide environmental sustainability, climate, equity and environmental justice goals. The Program works collaboratively with other SF Environment Program areas, City departments, community-based organizations, professional associations, city residents and other stakeholders to advance the City’s 0-80-100-Roots environmental sustainability goals, reach ambitious carbon reduction targets, and increase climate resilience in an inclusive and equitable manner. 

The Climate Program Manager reports to the Director of the Department of the Environment and oversees a staff of 12 to 14. The position will also be responsible for fundraising and managing the budget for the Climate Team. 
What You'll Likely Do
According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

The Program Manager guides staff ambition and effort to arrive at specific and measurable outcomes that:
  • Continue aspirational and innovative efforts to ensure San Francisco’s buildings are environmentally responsible and resource efficient.
  • Accelerate decarbonization of the built environment.
  • Measure, monitor and communicate citywide and municipal progress towards our ambitious carbon reduction targets.
  • Provide interdisciplinary expertise, resources and thought leadership on hazards and climate adaptation and resilience.
  • Lead and support city efforts to ensure all residents have access to clean and healthy places to live, work, learn and play.
  • Build internal knowledge, commitment and capacity to carefully examine and address racial inequities in current Departmental programs, policies and services.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Establish the direction and manage the Department’s climate action planning efforts, including collaboratively working with the Department’s other program areas on strategies to address emissions from the waste, transportation and building sectors.
  • Expand community-wide initiatives and cooperative partnerships to advance and promote climate policies and sustainability; advance inclusive and equitable climate and environmental green building initiatives; communicate the financial and environmental benefits of taking action; and achieve measurable progress on reducing the community’s carbon footprint.
  • Provide strong, inspirational leadership and vision on climate issues for the City of San Francisco and the Department of the Environment. Represent and advance the city as a national leader and model for climate action and sustainability.
  • Ensure the Climate Action Strategy is updated and implemented in alignment with San Francisco’s local and global commitments and ambition.
  • Report on progress towards the city’s climate and 0-80-100-Roots goals (i.e., C40, CDP, GCoM, Under2MOU).
  • Deliver and disseminate community-wide and municipal greenhouse gas inventories on a regular basis.
  • Oversee the Department’s Municipal Climate Action Program.
  • Oversee the Department’s Racial Equity Initiative to advance equity and environmental justice in all policies, practices and services.
  • Oversee the Department’s environmental green building policies, programs and services.
  • Supervise program staff, including helping them set work direction and priorities, effectively communicate and independently manage projects, and supporting their personal and professional growth.
  • Expand and stabilize funding for climate, green building and environmental justice programming through strategic grant writing and budget management.

Appointment Type

This position is a Permanent-Exempt Appointment, with an anticipated duration of 36 months. The position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.


Any of the Following Combinations Are Considered as Qualifying Training & Experience

(1) Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and seven (7) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs. Four (4) years of this experience must be in the area of climate programs; OR

(2) Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science or a closely related field from an accredited college, and five (5) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs. Four (4) years of this experience must be in climate programs; OR

(3) Possession of a juris doctor or a master's degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science or a closely related field from an accredited college of university, and three (3) years of professional experience managing and implementing climate environmental programs; OR

(4) Possession of a Ph.D. degree in public administration, business administration, environmental sciences or a closely related field from an accredited college or university, and two (2) years of professional experience managing and implementing climate environmental programs.


  • Significant experience managing staff, excellent time management skills, and a proven track record establishing and achieving strong but achievable near, mid and long-term program goals.
  • A visionary and innovative thinker steeped in the principles of accountability who has the ability to foster an organizational culture of credibility, innovation, collaboration, and equity.
  • An experienced leader who understands whole system dynamics, sees the “big picture,” and has experience determining goals, setting direction, budgeting and forecasting, and evaluating and analyzing structure, staffing and operations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of programs, projects and services.
  • An excellent public speaker and master collaborator with superior written and oral communication skills -- coupled with diplomacy and consensus building skills -- to represent the city and forge relationships with city departments, boards and commissions, businesses, organizations, government, industry and the community.
  • Experienced grant writer and skilled at meeting deadlines and deliverables.


Candidates are requested to submit a resume and brief cover letter (under 500 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 “Your Name-5644Climate”.
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.


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit 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 500 words) stating why this position interests you and how your skills and qualifications relate to the position. Upload this document as a single PDF or Word file (NOTE: attachments can only be submitted when the system prompts you for your resume), with the naming convention of “YourName-5644Climate”.
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 (,,,,,,,,,, 

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[email protected] 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 below.


Online application filing deadline will conclude at 9am on Friday, July 19th, 2019. 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.

NOTE: Interviews are expected to be scheduled toward the end of the week of July 22.

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