Job: Climate Resiliency Specialist (Open and Promotional)

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Job Title:Climate Resiliency Specialist (Open and Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 02/06/17 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$37.71 - $47.13 Hourly
$3,016.80 - $3,770.40 Biweekly
$6,536.40 - $8,169.20 Monthly
$78,436.80 - $98,030.40 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on January 12, 2017, to change the Panel Interviews to Monday, February 13, 2017, and the Departmental Interviews to Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

The County's newly created Office of Sustainability seeks well qualified applicants for the position of Climate Resiliency Specialist. We want a Climate Resiliency Specialist to empower our employees and our community members to embrace sustainability more fully and use resources more efficiently. 

The Climate Resiliency Specialist (CRS) is the lead staff person responsible for the coordination and implementation of the county's resilience strategy, with a focus on sea level rise vulnerability and adaptation. The CRS articulates a compelling vision for community resilience and effectively coordinates with county and city officials, government staff and community stakeholders to achieve measurable progress toward that vision.

The CRS will enhance multi-departmental coordination and integrate resilience initiatives throughout the county and the cities of San Mateo County.  The CRS will convene a multi-departmental and multi-city leadership team and serve as the primary point of contact for the county-wide resiliency efforts, including the development of a sea level rise vulnerability assessment and adaptation framework. This effort, partially funded through a California State Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready grant, will be a collaborative effort between all the cities and the county to identify the vulnerable assets within the region and the risks present.
  • The CRS is dedicated full-time to coordinating the development and implementation of the county's resilience strategy, with a focus on sea level rise vulnerability and adaptations
  • The CRS is a member of the Office of Sustainability and reports directly to the Climate Change & Adaptation Manager
  • The CRS leads an interdisciplinary staff team that contributes to the coordination and implementation of the county's resilience strategy
  • The CRS will work in close collaboration with the Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works
The responsibilities for this position will include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Lead the coordination for the development of the county's resilience strategy
  • Drive development of a sea level rise vulnerability assessment, including data collection and analysis, prioritization and documentation
  • Align climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies with the county and other city plans and policies, including Climate Action Plans, Local Hazard Mitigation Plans, General Plans and plans for capital improvements 
  • Convene key stakeholders within the county and city governments and in the community and region to ensure robust and diverse stakeholder input and buy-in
  • Represent the county and cities and serve as a thought leader within the region on the role of local government in advancing community resilience
2. Drive implementation of the county's resilience strategy and adaptation framework
  • Directly oversee implementation of certain sea level rise adaptation measures with the county and cities
  • Facilitate sustained stakeholder engagement through media outreach and close collaboration with community partners and coalitions in the public and private sectors
  • Develop a clear "road map" with necessary work plans for short- and long-term steps, including financial and other mechanisms to fund and implement adaptation strategies
  • Continually improve strategy based on outcomes and lessons learned
  • Integrate the implementation of adaptation strategies into county and city operations, including land use decision-making, capital improvements, and other ongoing county and city programs
  • Document the process and lessons learned in order to promote replication in other communities
3. Serve as primary point of contact for the county resilience efforts
  • Serve as primary representative and ambassador for the resilience efforts
  • Monitor and report to the Coastal Conservancy and other funding groups on progress toward key milestones
  • Actively coordinate with other professionals on regional resilience-building efforts
The ideal candidate will possess these qualifications:
  • Experience with planning, policy development and implementation of organizational preparedness for community resilience efforts involving disruptions to economic, social, and environmental sustainability
  • Extensive knowledge, experience, and expertise in a broad range of topics related to resilience, climate change, sea level rise, and associated sustainability issues
  • Ability to engage with county residents and business owners to inspire and build excitement about strengthening the community and social resilience
  • Experience in community problem resolution and policy development, and facilitating or managing large public processes or projects with an active, highly engaged community
  • Budget experience
  • Experience or training in conflict management and conflict resolution
  • Two or more years of experience, with demonstrated success, in the areas of resilience, adaptation strategy development, disaster recovery planning, emergency planning, or sustainability-related work
Note: The eligible list created from this recruitment could be used to fill future full-time permanent, part-time permanent, limited-term, extra-help and/or fellow positions.

The County of San Mateo provides a picturesque setting, combined with an incredible array of activities which truly represent the California lifestyle at its finest. Bordered on the west by the majestic Pacific Ocean, to the north by San Francisco, to the east by the scenic San Francisco Bay, and to the south by the heartland of the world famous Silicon Valley, San Mateo County offers a wide range of economic opportunities, recreational pursuits and lifestyle opportunities. The 700,000 residents of the County enjoy a diverse, multi-cultural citizenry, cosmopolitan ambiance, temperate climate, clean air, rural open space and a geographic location in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula.
This is an exciting time to join San Mateo County's workforce. We have recently established the Office of Sustainability to further the County's goals for addressing environmental issues and commitment to sustainability. The Climate Resiliency Specialist, under the supervision of the Climate Change & Adaptation Program Manager, will be tasked with leading the County's efforts in these important areas.
At this time we will be hiring one full-time, permanent Climate Resiliency Specialist position.   This position will collaborate on the current initiatives, and will have the opportunity to lead one or more projects. 

Education and Experience:
  • Master's degree in Environmental Studies, Community and Economic Development , Engineering, Public Health, Emergency Management, Public Administration, or a related field
  • Two or more years of experience, with demonstrated success, in the areas of resilience, adaptation strategy development, disaster recovery planning, emergency planning, or sustainability-related work. 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Project and Team Management
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and manage complex projects involving competing interests and objectives, build multi-disciplinary project teams that do not include direct reports, and delegate and coordinate assignments
  • Strong project management experience, including the ability to evaluate program success, meet program objectives, develop a clear and actionable set of priorities and initiatives, determine metrics of success, and understand holistic resilience and cross-cutting synergies
Public Process
  • Demonstrated experience in managing public processes
  • Experience working with local public interest groups
  • Experience with monitoring progress through collecting data, both qualitative and quantitative
  • Experience managing outside agencies, consultants and vendors; coordinating, collaborating and facilitating meetings; defining organizational structure; and serving as the representative of the County Manager's Office in meetings involving regional projects, policies or procedures
  • Skill in maintaining effective working relationships with political units such as mayors and city councils, boards and commissions, state and county officials and/or various special interest groups and the public
Personal Skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills including tact and courtesy, demonstrated ability to deal effectively with people in difficult or controversial situations, and experience and skill working with diverse audiences including facilitation and outreach experience
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to translate technical topics or science for professionals and non-scientists and to communicate across multiple disciplines (for example, transportation, energy, housing, community engagement)
  • Ability to communicate the concept of resilience and related topics to senior management and the public and be a liaison to regulatory bodies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to manage several responsibilities simultaneously
  • Grant writing and/or grant administration experience
Assessment and Monitoring
  • Ability to inventory municipal needs, provide direct assistance and connect the county to a "network" of public and private support and technical assistance
  • Ability to review analyses and refine understanding of interconnected risks and opportunities and review risk assessment requirements
  • Experience in research, policy development and analysis and report writing
  • Ability to develop resilience metrics and reporting and be responsible for their integrity
  • Possess a strong knowledge and linkage to technology and ensure business and technology strategies are aligned

This recruitment is Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help or temporary position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%).

Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the county's website, you may click the 'Apply Online' button above or below. If you are not on the county's website, please go to to apply.

The San Mateo County Employment Application Form and the attached Supplemental Questionnaire must be completed in order to be considered for this position.

Tentative Recruitment Schedule
Final Filing Date: Monday, February 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Application Screening: Week of February 6, 2017
Panel Interview: Monday, February 13, 2017
Departmental Interview: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days. Failure to do so within the time frame will disqualify you from the rest of the process. Please visit to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.

HR Contact: Lucy Fung (011017) (Climate Resiliency Specialist – Resource Conservation Specialist III – J081)

Keywords: Climate Change, Resiliency, Program Management, Project, Strategic Planning, Collaboration, Adaptation, Strategy, Disaster Recovery, Sustainability, Emergency

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