Energy and Climate Manager @ Santa Barbara

Application Info

Energy and Climate Manager




At the City of Santa Barbara, the best part of our organization is our people. As a City of Santa Barbara employee, you will work in an environment with other motivated individuals who are passionate about their work. We strive to provide employees with the support they need to thrive. Discover more about us, our values and our organizational culture here.

The mission of the Sustainability and Resilience Department is to support the City’s sustainability goals and build local resilience by developing innovative and equitable policy recommendations, implementing cohesive programs, services and, and projects, and fostering a collaborative approach to creating a clean, resilient, and thriving City. Read more about the Department of Sustainability & Resilience here.


The City of Santa Barbara Sustainability and Resilience Department is seeking a knowledgeable Energy and Climate Manager. This position plans, manages, and coordinates the operations of the Energy and Climate Division including the City of Santa Barbara’s Strategic Energy Plan, , Climate Action Plan, energy and climate-related program and project development, electrical supply contracts and projects, energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction; oversees the management of energy sustainability and climate action strategies; interprets and develops appropriate responses to evolving legislation related to energy and climate issues, supports Santa Barbara Clean Energy, the City’s Community Choice Energy entity; oversees Energy and Climate Program staff; performs related duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Energy and Climate Program Manager is a division management level classification, with broad responsibility for City energy and climate programs related to electrical supply, climate and sustainability, energy conservation, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas reduction. The Energy and Climate Program Manager is distinguished from the other municipal managers by its specialized knowledge of climate change, sustainability, resiliency, and energy issues.


Knowledge of :

  • Supervisory principles and performance evaluation practices; employee motivation and accountability.
  • Modern and complex principles and practices related to areas of Energy, Climate and Sustainability with specific knowledge and experience with energy conservation, renewable generation and climate change mitigation.
  • Principles and practices of program development and implementation.
  • Strong technical knowledge of greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting, climate action planning, emissions reduction strategies, and climate and community resiliency practices.
  • Quantifying and communicating the environmental, social and economic benefits of sustainability.
  • Familiarity with Federal and State climate change and energy policy and how to apply such policy locally.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and safety regulations.
  • Community outreach and education social marketing strategies including understanding different community audiences, reaching specific target groups, providing a layperson perspective on complex technical issues, and developing mechanisms to motivate community members to adopt environmentally sound behaviors.
  • Project management principles and program evaluation practices.
  • Budgeting and purchasing practices; contract and grant administration practices.
  • Customer service principles and public relations practices.


  • Operate personal computer hardware and use purchasing and inventory software, and related word processing, database, and spreadsheet software programs; operate a calculator.
  • Operate a motor vehicle.

Ability to :

  • Coordinate, direct and organize work and the work of others.
  • Analyze trends, scientific research, and legislation related to energy and climate initiatives.
  • Recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing an effective and efficient program.
  • Solicit community involvement and effectively communicate policy and procedural positions to City Council, Sustainability Committee, other boards and commissions, community groups, staff and the general public.
  • Prepare and administer a complex budget for operating expenditures related to resource management and grant programs.
  • Secure grant funding for projects and programs.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, representatives of other government agencies, private industry, community groups, and other members of the public.
  • Make public presentations.
  • Write and review complex staff and agenda reports related to programs, laws, and issues.
  • Interpret and apply local, State, and Federal laws, regulations and proposed legislation.
  • Prepare clear, concise and complete reports and correspondence.
  • Select, train, supervise, coordinate and evaluate staff.
  • Set performance standards and hold employees accountable for meeting those standards.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Work cooperatively with staff, management, vendors, contractors, and others encountered in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Work independently.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Three (3) years of professional experience in municipal sustainability, renewable energy, electrical markets, environmental or resources conservation field.

Education and/or Training:

Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Energy Engineering, Public Administration, or a closely related field

License, Certificate and/or Other Requirements:

A valid Class C California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's Vehicle Insurance Policy.


It is important that your application and supplemental questionnaire show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess which qualifies you for this position. All applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. Be sure to be thorough in your responses. Statements such as “See application”, “Extensive Experience”, or "See Resume" are not an acceptable substitute for a completed application and supplemental questionnaire.

The selection process may consist of an application screening, written exam, computer skills exam and/or an oral interview. The successful candidate's employment history will be thoroughly evaluated prior to appointment.


There is currently one (1) vacancy within the Sustainability and Resilience Department.

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Government- Local/Regional

$116,138.88 - $141,167.52


Santa Barbara, CA, USA




2023-01-13 00:00