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Approximate Salary:
$117,921.17 - $150,975.14 Annually DOE 
San Jose, California
United States
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Environmental Manager/Coordinator: Single site
Environmental Manager/Coordinator: Multi-site
Environmental Corporate Director/Manager
Industry Segments:
Energy, Environmental Services, Government / Public Sector
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
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Director, Office of Sustainability (Environmental)

The Director of the Office of Sustainability is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and managing the administrative and operational activities of the Department. This is an executive management position that reports directly to the Deputy County Executive and provides leadership in implementing sustainability goals, policies, and objective for the County.

A qualified candidate would typically possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Business, Finance, Public Administration, Environmental Management, Urban Planning, Plant Protection, or a related field, and a minimum of 5 years of recent progressively responsible experience working in resource conservation, green building, sustainability, climate change, energy/water conservation, or structural and non-production agriculture pest management,  2 years  of which must include management of a Sustainability or IPM type program. A Master's Degree in a related field may substitute for 1 year of general experience. Administrative experience handling complex programs and projects at a public agency is desirable.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of all phases of sustainability including, but not limited to: resource conservation, green building, climate change, and energy and water conservation;
  • Principles of all phases of structural & non-production agriculture pest management including, but not limited to: vertebrate, invertebrate and vegetative pest management using integrated methods including biological, cultural and chemical control;
  • Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management, employee relations, and effective public relations;
  • Principles and techniques of problem solving and conflict resolution;
  • Practices and techniques of budget preparation, monitoring and control;
  • Legislative process at both the state and local levels, and the proceedings of federal legislation as they affect local programs;
  • Federal, State and local agencies and their roles in sustainability and IPM matters;
  • Applicable laws and regulations governing green building, energy efficiency, renewable energy, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programming, California Public Utilities Commission proceedings, integrated pest management, and Community Energy programs;
  • General principles and techniques of public administration, organizational development, supervision and motivation of employees;
  • Principles and techniques of problem-solving and conflict resolution;
  • Effective management of fiscal resources including grant procurement, and budget administration;
  • Procurement of professional consultant services;
  • Contract administration;
  • Federal and State legislative processes, tax laws, procedures and reporting requirements;
    General principles and applications of modern information systems.

Ability to:

  • Effectively plan, direct, coordinate and manage staff and functions of a comprehensive sustainability and IPM program;
  • Prepare and administer the office's budget;
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with County staff and representatives from other local, state and federal regulatory programs;
  • Plan, motivate, supervise, train and evaluate the work of Departmental staff;
  • Coach and mentor staff and conduct succession planning activities;
  • Conduct effective public relations, outreach and information programs;
  • Deal effectively and constructively with members of policy boards, commissions, elected and appointed public officials and the general public in discussing sustainability and IPM problems;
  • Understand, interpret and apply provisions of federal, state and local legislation, rules and regulations pertinent to the administration of sustainability and IPM programs and policies;
  • Express ideas and communicate clearly, concisely and effectively in oral and written form;
  • Formulate and interpret strategic plans, mission statements, policies and procedures;
  • Prepare clear and comprehensive correspondence and reports;
  • Evaluate emergency situations and respond decisively and effectively;
  • Maintain necessary professional registrations and certificates;
  • Identify new developments and emerging challenges in the field of Sustainability and IPM;
  • Supervise staff engaged in research, analysis and evaluation of data; respond to and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, Board Committees or Commissions.

The County of Santa Clara is located at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay and encompasses 1,312 square miles. The fertile Santa Clara Valley runs the entire length of the county from north to south, ringed by the rolling hills of the Diablo Range on the east, and the Santa Cruz Mountains on the west. Salt marshes and wetlands lie in the northwestern part of the county, adjacent to the waters of San Francisco Bay.

Today, the County is a major employment center for the region, providing more than a quarter of all jobs in the Bay Area. It has one of the highest median family incomes in the country, and a wide diversity of cultures, backgrounds and talents. The County of Santa Clara continues to attract people from all over the world.

All qualified applications will be subject to a preliminary competitive rating to identify those candidates to be invited to the oral interview process.  It is critical for applicants to submit an online application, resume, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.  

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Salary range is coupled with a generous and comprehensive benefits package. It is anticipated that this recruitment will be open until position is filled.