Climate & Energy Advisor

City of Seattle (Office of Sustainability and Environment)
Closing Date: 
Tue, 02/21/2017

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The Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) is a busy executive office (i.e. reporting to the Mayor) that focuses on policies and programs that address Seattle's environmental challenges while creating vibrant communities and building shared prosperity.
OSE is seeking an innovative and strategic thinker to advance energy-efficiency and clean energy, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Seattle's building sector. The work is part of OSE's larger effort to implement the City of Seattle's Climate Action Plan (CAP), which outlines how the City can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.  With buildings responsible for 33% of Seattle's core GHG emissions, Seattle has a citywide goal to reduce GHG emissions across the building stock 82% by 2050 from a 2008 baseline.  Making sure our energy comes from clean, low-carbon sources and improving the overall energy efficiency of our buildings are essential to reducing our GHG emissions.
You will develop and implement GHG reduction and energy efficiency approaches and policies for the commercial, multifamily and residential building sectors. You will report to the Sustainable Buildings Program Manager and will coordinate closely with OSE and other City staff to align work with existing policies and initiatives and with those under development. You should demonstrate a wide range of skills, from program management to policy development, and be skilled at communicating and coordinating with a wide set of audiences and stakeholders. OSE prioritizes racial equity and environmental justice in our work to protect Seattle's environment and you should share OSE's commitment.

Job Responsibilities

Identify, develop and implement policies and initiatives focused on improving building energy efficiency and transitioning to clean fuels. 

  • Research and develop policy options appropriate to Seattle's building stock overall and relevant to the specific commercial, multifamily and single-family sectors.  Priorities for 2017-2018 include single family home energy policies, expanding our residential oil conversion program, and developing an innovation fund to support de-carbonization of the City's building stock.
  • Utilize climate and building performance data (e.g. Seattle GHG Inventory, Energy Benchmarking) to identify particular needs and opportunities.
  • Engage City departments and and a broad range of community stakeholders in identifying strategies and developing policy directions.
  • Identify opportunities to improve environmental and economic equity for all Seattle residents, including building owners and tenants.
  • Make policy recommendations and provide regular project updates to department leadership, Mayor, Council and community partners.
  • Draft legislation where necessary and shepherd it through the City's legislative process.
  • Lead implementation planning and program development for newly-adopted policies and initiatives.
  • Evaluate and pursue funding opportunities.

Act as the City's liaison to the single-family oil conversion program.

  • Collaborate with the program operations team on strategies for reaching target audiences and achieving participation goals.
  • Manage a contract with an implementation partner and monitor deliverables related to program delivery, monitoring and verification.

Participate, as needed, in all aspects of OSE's ongoing work to meet the City's CAP goals in the building sector as well as the goals of our Race and Social Justice Initiative


Required Qualifications:

Education:  Baccalaureate degree in public administration, urban planning, building science, architecture, environmental studies, engineering, or a related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

Experience:  At least four years of experience in two or more of the following areas: planning, research, program development, project management, or policy analysis related to climate, environment, resource conservation, or energy efficiency.

Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in public administration, environmental studies, building science, architecture, engineering, law, or related field.
  • Skilled at building partnerships, working across public and private sectors and engaging with diverse stakeholders on public policy and project design. Proven ability to work with diverse stakeholders to advance policy or programmatic goals.
  • Strong organizational, problem solving and analytical skills and the ability to manage ambitious projects with creativity, attention to detail and technical rigor.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise judgment within the context of government policies and procedures and in a political and dynamic environment.  
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including experience communicating on priority issues to internal audiences, elected officials, and community stakeholders, and the ability to communicate technical information to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to manage workload and priorities and to work with demanding and competing deadlines. 
  • Familiarity with real estate market, energy efficiency, building science, climate protection, environmental stewardship and/or sustainable development concepts and issues.
  • Solutions-oriented, positive attitude toward approaching the challenging issue of climate change.