Director, Office of Sustainability

City of Palm Springs Published: May 3, 2022
Palm Springs, CA
Skill Level
Senior Level
Job Type
Admin/ Gen Mgmt
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The City of Palm Springs is excited to announce the opportunity for the position of Director, Office of Sustainability.

Position Summary

This position is a member of the Sustainability Division in the Development Services Department. The Director of the Office of Sustainability will provide strong visionary and collaborative leadership with a hands-on proactive approach to public sector sustainably services and programs. Duties included planning, directing, managing, and overseeing sustainability strategies, services, and programs including the development, implementation, monitoring, and measurement of the City's comprehensive City-wide Master Sustainability Plan that incorporates sustainability into all aspects of the City, and continually advances the City through the next innovations of environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable programs; serve as the public contact for issues and direction in sustainable practices within City operations and programs, while providing and facilitating sustainability efforts between the City, stakeholders, business, residents, and regional partners; and provide technical and complex administrative support relative to assigned area of responsibility.

Note: As a member of the City's unclassified service, this is an "at-will" position and the incumbent serves at the discretion of the City Manager.

Examples of Essential and General Responsibilities

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop, coordinate, monitor, and manage the Master Sustainability Plan in partnership with City staff, stakeholders, and regional interests; update and adjust the plan to maintain effective priorities.
  • Initiate, coordinate, and manage complex programs that have a significant impact on sustainability goals; coordinate and assist with the development of sustainability action plans and environmental, social, and economic strategies to integrate sustainability to overall operations.
  • Act as a liaison to stakeholders, businesses, schools, and community groups to create cultural change in promoting sustainability community-wide; develop strategic partnerships and assist with policies and projects; develop and facilitate the work of sub-committees created to focus on sustainability topics or work efforts.
  • Provide support and guidance to local organizational efforts by providing information, analysis, and prioritizing and integrating sustainability services and programs.
  • Serve as public contact and spokesperson for sustainable practices for the City.
  • Develop programs to inform and educate the community about sustainability efforts and benefits, and coordinate the development of communication efforts to increase awareness and participation; maintain City web and social media presence; maintain community outreach programs to keep sustainability goals at a high level of awareness.
  • Represent the City in state and local government discussions related to sustainability, provide input to new initiatives that may affect the City, and advocate for City interests.
  • Work to develop procurement policies that include criteria relating to environmental, social, and economic viability; research new vendors and encourage the purchase of sustainable products and services.
  • Coordinate sustainable practices and environmental impact of facility energy and water use, vehicle replacements and fuel use, maintenance procedures and products, and landscape opportunities with City staff.
  • Work with vendors, suppliers, and contractors to encourage the adoption of sustainable practices; develop methods to inform current vendors of the increased focus on sustainability.
  • Perform a variety of complex analytical assignments, including analysis of fiscal and operational data; conduct research and develop new initiatives; gather and analyze information about systems, operating procedures, and practices; prepare recommendations for proposed changes that include estimated fiscal and organizational impact; assist the City in the use of life-cycle costing for selection of materials and services.
  • Establish and maintain tracking methods to monitor plan goals and effectiveness; develop and adjust measurable performance objectives, analyze and measure success, and evaluate cost effectiveness of programs and progress towards goals; prepare reports to measure sustainability progress, including reports to City Council.
  • Identify potential funding sources outside of the City and/or acquire financial incentives for implementing projects; prepare grant applications and partnership proposals, seek sponsorships, and manage grant compliance.
  • Develop and maintain effective employee programs to promote sustainability efforts that include rideshare, recycling, clean energy, energy reduction, and healthy lifestyles in promoting a positive community environment.
  • Establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
  • Coordinate with Planning, Building, and Engineering Departments to review environmental impacts of major projects and programs.
  • Plan, direct, and manage the department's work plan and staff; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve highly sensitive and/or complex problems.
  • Prepare and deliver Staff Reports and updates for City Council (approximately 1-2 meetings per month), City Commissions/Committees (at least 1 meeting per month), and other City-sponsored groups.
  • Plan, develop, and coordinate the division budget; approve, track, and monitor expenditures.
  • Participate in Council and administrative policy updates integrating the goals and practices of sustainability into these documents, as well as other City procedures and programs.
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned.

Minimum and Preferred Requirements

Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered, however, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the selection process. Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications. (One year of work experience is the equivalent of 12 months of full-time work. "Full-time work" means at least 36 hours of work over a period of one week or 1,872 hours of work over a period of at least 12 months.) Qualifications noted as "desirable" or "preferred" are not included as part of the minimum requirements.


  • Five (5) years of work experience managing or leading resource conservation and/or environmental sustainability programs is required.
  • Three (3) years experience working for or with a local government agency preferred.


  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Urban Planning, Energy Management, Public/Business Administration, or equivalent combination of education and experience providing the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.
    • (Education may be substituted on a year for year basis with related job experience, experience is in addition to any other required experience.)

License or Certificates:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver License with a satisfactory driving record (a driving record may be deemed unsatisfactory for any of the following reasons: three or more moving violations or reportable accident within the last three (3) years; conviction of driving under the influence within the last five (5) years) is required.
  • Possession of professional accreditation or certification in an area related to sustainability such as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), International Society of
  • Sustainability Professionals, or similar is preferred.

Note: In addition to the above, the ideal candidate will possess strong knowledge of the principles, practices, and abilities in the following:

Key Competencies:

  • Advanced principles, techniques, and terminology of sustainability principles, concepts, and management systems.
  • Government agency practices, and knowledge in related social, economic, and environmental disciplines.
  • Grant writing, reporting, and administration.
  • Program and systems analysis, planning, development, administration, and evaluation.
  • Contract negotiation, maintenance, and oversight; vendor management and bid processes.

Core KSA's:

  • Planning, organizing, and management of department activities.
  • Leadership and management through coaching, enabling, and facilitating staff.
  • Comprehensive and complex department budgeting.
  • Written and oral reports.
  • Manage complex projects, evaluate overall project performance, and monitor project results.
  • Establish effective relationships with public officials, staff, and others contacted in the course of work.
  • Expertise and understanding in federal, state, local laws, and regulations pertaining to sustainability programs.


  • Salary is $101,184.00 - $136,116.00 annually.

Special Requirements:

  • Incumbents are enrolled in the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice Program. The DMV Pull Notice Program provides information on the incumbents driving record and driving record status on a periodic basis to the City.
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation, a physical and drug screen.

Working Conditions

The following work environment and physical conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

  • This position works in a typical office environment; subject to continuous travel throughout the City; maintain physical condition necessary for sitting, walking, standing, or driving a vehicle for prolonged periods.

Application and Exam Information

A completed application, resume, cover letter, and supplemental questionnaire are required. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to be considered for this opportunity. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled or a sufficient number of applications have been received. As a candidate for the position, you will want to be sure your application accurately reflects your skills and abilities as they relate to the position to achieve maximum opportunity. Applications will be reviewed carefully and only those who appear to have the best qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process.

Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered as this information will be used to determine minimum qualifications. Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications.

Please remember to submit all your application materials at time of application. All information on the application is subject to investigation and verification.

To Apply

If you are ready to join the exciting Team Palm Springs and you meet the requirements detailed above, please click "Apply on Company Website" below. For more information contact Human Resources at:

The City of Palm Springs
3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Applications must be received by 4:00 pm, April 4, 2022, in order to be considered for this opportunity. The City of Palm Springs reserves the right to accelerate or extend the "Closing Date" of open positions at any time, dependent upon the number of applications received.

The City of Palm Springs is an equal employment opportunity employer and we encourage all persons to file applications. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, family or marital status, disability, medical condition or pregnancy, genetic information, religious or political affiliation, or veteran status.

Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, City of Palm Springs Employees, in the event of a disaster, are considered disaster service workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.

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