Climate Action Program Coordinator @ San Diego

Application Info

Climate Action Program Coordinator



Please see instructions on how to apply in the Selection Process section of this bulletin as this position cannot be applied for online.

The City:
With more than 1.4 million residents, the City of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. The City of San Diego’s strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions, unsurpassed quality of life, and world-renowned location make it the ideal place to work, live, and play. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego has something to offer for everyone.

The City’s Mission, as stated in the Strategic Plan is “Every day we serve our communities to make San Diego not just a fine city, but a great City.” The City’s Vision is "Opportunity in every neighborhood, excellent service for every San Diegan".

As one of the region’s largest employers, the City of San Diego employs over 11,000 highly dedicated employees and has a combined Fiscal Year 2023 operating and capital budget of approximately $5 billion. Additional information about the City of San Diego can be found on the City’s website:

The Department:
The Sustainability and Mobility Department leads the implementation of the City's Climate Action Plan. Focused on interdepartmental coordination, regional alignment, and new policies and ordinances, the Department furthers the City's goals for equitable, efficient, and effective mobility choices that support residents of all ages and abilities, and facilitates innovative efforts across multiple City departments to enhance equitable, economic, social and environmental sustainability. The Department is also the custodian of the City’s transition to 100% renewable energy through San Diego Community Power and the administrative oversight of the SDG&E franchise. Additional information on the department can be found here:

The Position :
Under the direction of the Climate Action Program Manager in the Sustainability Department, the Climate Action Program Coordinator is responsible for driving the implementation and reporting of the City’s landmark Climate Action Plan (CAP). This will involve coordinating the implementation of the CAP across multiple city departments, leading annual reporting, driving new policy initiatives, and leading climate equity initiatives. Work to be done also includes expansion of or improvement upon qualitative analyses, including a key focus area of equity. This position will include coordination with the Sustainability and Mobility Department staff, the Department of Race and Equity staff, other city departments, the Mayor’s office, members of the Council, and other public and private partners. This position will also be expected to seek, apply for and manage grant funding in support of citywide program goals and actions.

This position will be expected to contribute to the effective operations of the City's day-to-day sustainability programs including directing, managing, participating, and coordinating the activities and operations relating to the stakeholders responsible for implementation, monitoring, and measurement of the City's comprehensive Climate Action Plan. This position will also be expected to present on efforts of their team and the department to City management, City Council, and public audiences.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Public or Business Administration, Sustainability, or a related field.
  • Five (5) years of professional experience involved in sustainability, renewable energy, energy efficiency, or other government services management is highly desirable.
  • Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates these qualifications may be qualifying.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the implementation of the City’s 2022 Climate Action Plan, including the monitoring of annual department work plans, progress on the Climate Action Implementation Plan, communication strategy support, and key policy initiatives.
  • Improve reporting, monitoring, and implementation opportunities such as the equity-sustainability nexus and improved mobility monitoring.
  • Seek innovative and cutting-edge opportunities in climate action and sustainability development, reporting, and policy.
  • Provide regional, state, and national thought leadership in climate action and sustainability.
  • Track statewide regulatory or legislative actions and propose options for engagement.
  • Provide support to other staff/departments implementing components of the Plan.
  • Serve as a City spokesperson on climate planning and projects as well as department efforts.
  • Develop/expand relationships with key partner agencies and organizations in the community to improve the implementation of the Climate Action Plan or seek opportunities for collaboration.
  • Coordinate grant writing and budgeting of resources to support the City's sustainability initiatives.
  • Carry-out additional duties as necessary.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A Master's Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Sustainability, or a related field is highly desirable.
  • A commitment to public service, fiscal responsibility, and innovation in government.
  • Excellence in clear, well-documented, and transparent reporting of all aspects of climate action from budget and performance metrics, to the communication of outcomes.
  • Demonstrated thought leadership and expertise in climate action planning ranging from renewable energy to mobility planning, opportunities, and financing.
  • Knowledge of the nexus of social equity and sustainability and opportunities for improvement.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of qualitative analysis, key messaging, and communications strategies for engaging the public.
  • High competence in modern communication and marketing tools or tactics applicable to support the mission.
  • Collaborative skills in working with other city departments, businesses, elected officials, the public, and other government agencies.
  • The ability to foster and nurture productive employees.
  • Proven skill in overseeing project and program management.
  • Ability to balance competing interests and build consensus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication (written and verbal), and presentation skills.
  • Active and genuine commitment to diversity in the workplace.
  • Progressively responsible experience, including budget and managerial expertise.
  • Strong interpersonal leadership skills, with the ability to successfully interact with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • The ability to communicate in another language proficiently is highly desirable, particularly in Spanish, Tagalog, Cantonese, or Vietnamese.

This position is eligible for participation in the City’s Flexible Benefits Plan, which offers several benefit plan options or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at a rate equivalent to 22 days per year for an employee’s first 15 years of service. Retirement benefits for this unclassified position depend on an employee’s eligibility status (new hire, rehire, etc.). To learn more about this position’s employee benefits, please review the Benefits Summary for Unclassified Employees, or contact the Benefits Division of the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-5924. Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to the position, which may include but are not limited to the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process may be cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes or should be construed as part of an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, or they may miss employment opportunities.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

  • Candidates may need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date in accordance with City policy. “Fully vaccinated” means a person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Acceptable COVID-19 vaccines must either be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the World Health Organization. Candidates who receive a conditional job offer may be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination at the time of their pre-employment fingerprinting appointment with the Personnel Department.
  • Employees and candidates with a disability or medical condition that makes it medically inadvisable for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as verified by their healthcare provider, or those with a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice that prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, may request reasonable accommodation and exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Candidates who receive a conditional job offer and wish to make such a request for accommodation will be provided with more information at the time of their pre-employment fingerprinting appointment with the Personnel Department. The City will review requests for medical and religious accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). A candidate’s start date may be adjusted to allow for the accommodation process.

Medical Evaluation:
A City medical examination, including drug/alcohol screening and documentation of medical history, may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion. Candidates must be able to perform the essential duties of the position sought, with or without reasonable accommodation. The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

Selection Process:
To be considered for this position, please submit, in either a Pdf or a Word document, the following via email to 1) your current resume; 2) a letter of interest, highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for this position; and 3) a list of three professional references. Please reference Recruitment Number U2309 in the Subject Line.

Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above and the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have any questions, please email the City’s Human Resources Department at

The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.

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Government- Local/Regional

$120,000.00 - $128,000.00 Annually


San Diego, CA, USA




2023-02-24 00:00