• Full Time
  • January 30, 2023

City of Evanston

City of Evanston

Salary Range:$67,358 – $101,037/annually
*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for the range.

Number of Vacancies: 2

The City of Evanston has a long track record of leading nationally on climate action and racial and social justice activism. In order for the Evanston community to meet the goals outlined in the City’s unanimously adopted 2018 Climate Action and Resilience Plan.

The Sustainability & Resilience Specialists, under the guidance of the Sustainability & Resilience Manager, develops and implements programs, policies and plans in alignment with the Climate Action and Resilience Plan, and in collaboration with other City staff and community partners. The position serves as the primary staff leads on community outreach for the Climate Action and Resilience Plan, implementation of the Environmental Justice Resolution, and the City’s efforts related to resilience in the built and natural environments. Work assignments include qualitative and quantitative tasks conducted within short and long term goal horizons requiring both collaborative and independent work styles.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):
• Solves problems, models behavior change, and contributes creatively to an optimistic and hard-working team.
• Develops, trains staff on, and leads execution of a public engagement strategy for the Sustainability & Resilience Division, including a variety of engagement tools and techniques, such as organizing and facilitating meetings and large scale events, community coffee hours, online forums, neighborhood meetings, tabling at events, social media outreach, and leveraging partner networks to educate, solicit input, and generate dialogue on sustainability issues.
• Creates and maintain datasets and data visualizations; analyze data for trends and anomalies; support completion of annual community wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory and municipal greenhouse gas emissions inventory; fulfill data requests from other departments, external agencies, and third parties.
• Actively collaborates and co-creates policy and programs with community based organizations, frontline organizations, and community leaders with significant internal and community involvement; including Northwestern University, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Township High School District 202, and other outside agencies and partner communities to coordinate sustainability related engagement and outreach activities.
• Serves as the primary point of contact for all resident and third party inquiries related to sustainability and resilience.
• Disseminates periodic newsletters and an annual public sustainability report; update information on the city website, including the climate action and resilience dashboard, calendar, news and other site pages.
• Works with the Economic Development Division to implement “Sustain Evanston,” working directly with individual businesses and business districts to provide assistance with applying for and implementing sustainability programs such as incentives, grants, utility rebates, recycling, composting, etc.
• Collaborates with the Communications Division, Health and Human Services Department, Fire Department, Public Works Agency, and community organizations to educate the public about and promote resilience to the effects of climate change.
• Collaborates with the Community Development Department to support enforcement of the Green Building Ordinance and establishs policies and programs that strengthen the resilience of the community’s built environment, including through the City’s Design and Project Review Board and the Comprehensive Planning Process; supports the One Stop Shop for Affordable Housing Retrofits.
• Works with the Administrative Services Department and Public Works Agency to align City operations with the Municipal Zero Emissions Strategy.
• Attends, presents information, and as needed takes minutes at public meetings including City Council, Environment Board, Utilities Commission, and relevant boards, committees and commissions. Meetings are often after normal work hours and on weekends.
• Regularly represents the City at external conferences, events, and programs; participate in relevant local, state, regional, national and international networks pertaining to climate action and resilience.
• May supervise Interns and Fellows assigned to the Sustainability and Resilience Division
• Acts on behalf of the Sustainability & Resilience Manager at their request or in their absence.
• Other duties as assigned.

Must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in natural or environmental science, urban planning, communications, engineering, data science, sustainability, energy, climate change, public policy, or a substantially similar area and two (2) or more years of work experience in sustainability policy, program development, community organizing, environmental education, research and analysis, or facilities or project management;
Must possess four (4) or more years of work experience in sustainability policy, program development, community organizing, environmental education, research and analysis, or facilities or project management.

Must be willing and able to attend evening and weekend meetings as needed.

Prior experience within or partnering with local government is preferred.

Two (2) or more years of grant writing experience is preferred.

● Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
○ Considerable knowledge of issues, laws, and regulations related to areas of sustainability, including climate change, waste circularity, environmental justice, resource conservation, transportation, pollution prevention, public health, and/or community and economic development.
○ Knowledge of racial and social equity and the ways in which historical inequities further marginalize communities of color, immigrant communities, and lower income populations.
○ Knowledge and experience managing similar programs serving the public focused on environmental sustainability and/or climate issues, sustainable technologies, green living, energy conservation, waste circularity, or behavior change strategies.
○ Passion for addressing climate change and advancing environmental justice, public health, and equity; derives joy from community impact and can relate how their work is tied to outcomes that make Evanston sustainable, equitable and healthy.
○ Knowledge of the Evanston community and its environmental assets and hazards.
○ Ability to interact effectively with City staff, the public, and City boards and commissions.
○ Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; including making presentations to a variety of audiences throughout the City and community.
○ Ability to provide excellent customer service and comfortable communicating by phone, email, and in person with diverse people and communication styles.
○ Ability to identify, analyze, and problem solve, assisting internal and external partners in incorporating sustainable practices into the organization.
○ Ability to provide effective project management oversight.
○ Knowledge of municipal policy and process theory, evaluation of concepts; the ability to assemble, analyze and organize critical data; ability to learn, understand, and incorporate city ordinances, rules, regulations and procedures into daily activities.
○ Strong interpersonal skills and ability to motivate others and operate effectively in a team environment.
○ Knowledge of budgeting, forecasting, financial accounting systems and procedures is desirable.
○ Bilingual with Fluency in Spanish is preferred.Experience
○ Ability to use Internet search engines, word processing software, email, Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets and Windows.

The ability to work in a sedentary position, occasionally using force to lift, carry or otherwise move objects normally found in an office setting. The employee is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions.

Works under the supervision of the Sustainability & Resilience Manager, who outlines work assignments and reviews work in progress and completed work. Collaborates closely with all departments to educate and assist in the incorporation of sustainable practices as appropriate. The employee is expected to provide leadership to all City departments in achieving climate, resilience, and sustainability goals. Guidance is provided via the Climate Action and Resilience Plan, City Code, City policies and procedures, applicable state and federal laws and regulations, as well as a wide variety of information relating to sustainable practices, ensuring that initiatives meet legal requirements. Work is evaluated at least annually with respect to progress toward achieving goals, leadership, communication skills, customer service, ability to work productively and effectively with employees at all levels in the organization as well as elected and appointed officials, community groups and the general public.

This position will support internal City of Evanston staff and communicate regularly with the general public.

Structured Oral Interview

To view the full job description and apply for this position, please visit www.cityofevanston.org on or before the closing date.
Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position. Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.
The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity. The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 or 847-866-5095 (TTY).

To apply for this job please visit www.cityofevanston.org.