Sustainability Program Coordinator

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City of Madison

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Madison, WI, United States

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17 days ago

$74,162.66 - $89,130.08 Annually

General Description

The City of Madison is looking to hire a Sustainability Program Coordinator!

The Sustainability and Resilience Program is a leader for sustainability, climate resilience, and environmental justice work in the City of Madison. This program's aim includes:

  • Reaching the City's goal of 100% renewable energy and net zero carbon emissions for City operations by 2030 and communitywide by 2050;
  • Improving the City's resilience to the direct and indirect impacts of climate change;
  • Reducing the City's overall environmental impact, all while centering equity and environmental justice.
The Sustainability Program Coordinator is a key team member responsible for coordination, implementation, and monitoring of initiatives and projects to advance these ambitious sustainability, climate, and equity aims. This position will work closely with the Sustainability and Resilience program staff, City elected leadership, City agencies, utilities, community members, and organizations.

In alignment with the City’s vision, mission, and values, the Sustainability Coordinator will serve as a champion for integrating sustainability, climate, and equity concepts into the City’s programming, policy, planning, and organizational culture.

The Sustainability Program Coordinator is responsible for developing, informing, and implementing initiatives, projects, and partnerships to achieve program goals, with a focus on the areas of renewable energy, circular economy/zero waste, and low to no carbon transportation. The Sustainability Program Coordinator will collaborate with City staff and strategic community partners to implement the 100% Renewable Madison Report, the Sustainability Plan, and the other program initiatives. Work includes: developing, tracking, and reporting on milestones and measures of success; project management; engaging and coordinating City staff, other municipalities, businesses, community organizations, and other stakeholders; communications through a variety of mediums (e.g. websites, social media, press releases, written reports, presentations, etc.); researching and developing strategies to enhance current and new initiatives; and grant writing. The Sustainability Program Coordinator’s work products include policy analysis and development, initiative and project design and implementation, engagement with community and government, and oversight of the City’s municipal renewable energy and net zero emissions goals. This position will report directly to the Sustainability and Resilience Manager within the Mayor's Office.
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Employees may be eligible for loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The City of Madison is an equal opportunity employer functioning under an affirmative action plan. We value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, trans, nonbinary, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply!

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and implement City sustainability and resilience initiatives, projects, and policies.
  • Coordinate with City agencies to identify needs and opportunities to develop initiatives, projects, and policies that further program goals.
  • Perform equity analyses on new sustainability initiatives, projects, and policies.
  • Determine and collect appropriate data for evaluating success, including spatial data, equity metrics, and measures of environmental and social impact.
  • Perform research, data analysis, conduct community engagement, and advise to inform program strategy, initiatives, and policies.
  • Create and sustain strategic partnerships within the community to advance program goals.
Implement and track progress toward the City’s 100% renewable energy and net zero carbon emissions goals.
  • Implement and communicate results of periodic updates of the City’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory and forecast.
  • Track progress, coordinate among City agencies, and implement strategies to reach the goal of 100% renewable energy for City operations by 2030.
  • Collaborate with City staff, municipal, and utility partners to advance electric vehicle adoption, including fleet transition and expansion of EV charging infrastructure.
  • Oversee MadiSUN program.
Assist with Sustainability and Resilience Program communications.
  • Provide updates to the City’s Sustainability and Resilience website.
  • Draft written communications including press releases, blog posts, and social media content.
  • Update policymakers and key City committees.
  • Communicate with the general public regarding City sustainability and resilience work.
  • Serve as staff liaison to partner organizations and groups, such as the Dane County Sustainability Leaders Collaborative.
Secure financial resources to advance Sustainability and Resilience program goals and the City of Madison’s Sustainability Plan.
  • Identify, apply for, and administer grants for Sustainability and Resilience Program initiatives and projects, including preparation and submission of grant reports as required.
  • Assist other City agencies and community partners in identifying grant opportunities and other funding and financing programs to improve or implement climate and sustainability practices
Perform related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Three (3) years of professional program management, policy development and/or coordination experience focused on climate change mitigation or adaptation, renewable energy, climate resilience planning or implementation, or sustainability principles and their application in urban settings.
  • Bachelor's degree in urban planning, public policy, public administration, environmental studies, sociology, community development, sustainability, ecology or related field.
  • A Certificate from an accredited university in climate change mitigation or adaption, climate resilience, sustainability, public policy, environmental studies or analysis, environmental justice, can substitute for one (1) year work experience.
  • Possession of a Master's degree with a focus on climate change mitigation/adaptation, ecology, environmental and/or sustainability issues, public policy, energy policy, urban planning, or related field can substitute for two (2) years work experience.

**Certification and Master's degree CANNOT be combined to substitute for all the work experience.**

If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:

Four (4) years experience in applying the following:
  • Best practices in leading sustainable communities, successful programs, and facilitating active stakeholder engagement and public participation.
  • Sustainability principles and practices incorporating renewable energy, decarbonization, circular economy, and ecosystem services.
  • Climate change concepts, including mitigation and adaption science and approaches, best practices for advancing equitable climate resilience, and environment justice.
  • Various continuous improvement methods and survey methodologies.
  • Promotional and public relations, theories, techniques and practices.
Two (2) years experience in applying the following:
  • Racial and social equity principles and practices, and the ways in which historical and ongoing inequities further marginalize communities of color, immigrant communities, disabled, communities, youth and older adults, and lower-income populations.
  • Computers and ability to use computer software applicable to the duties of the position.

The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to effectively work with multicultural communities and have the ability to:
  • Operationalize diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and practices in sustainability and resilience outreach, planning, policies, and initiatives.
  • Perform data processing, analytical tasks, and data visualization.
  • Work independently and in coordination with the Sustainability and Resilience team.
For the complete list of the knowledge, skills, and abilities, please reference the Sustainability Program Coordinator classification specification online.

Special Requirements

Ability to meet the transportation requirements of the position.

Ability to attend meetings outside of work hours, including evening and weekends.

Physical Requirements:

Employees must be able to sit and/or stand and work at a computer work station for extended periods of time.