This is technical, professional, innovative and analytical work in sustainability best practices and trends. Employee often works alone and is expected to make independent decisions requiring technical discretion and judgment. The Sustainability Coordinator provides leadership and coordination of complex projects and is responsible for tracking and reporting on progress towards achievement of sustainability goals and environmental stewardship. Successful performance requires considerable knowledge of renewable energy initiatives, water, irrigation, conservation and recycling. Reports to the Assistant to the City Manager for Public Services.
• Demonstrates working knowledge of current sustainability issues, best practices and trends.
• Coordinates programs to improve energy conservation, renewable and green energy initiatives, water, irrigation, conservation and recycling.
• Provides policy recommendations and technical advice on all sustainability initiatives.
• Gathers and analyzes data, solicits input from citizens and local business to meet environmental, social and economic sustainability goals, including but not limited to: climate action, energy conservation, renewable energy, solar, waste, trash & recycling and water conservation.
• Prepares detailed analysis of proposed investments, strategies, cost savings, return on investment and progress reports.
• Identifies and develops external funding opportunities, including funding from grants and incentive programs.
• Increases the city’s public relation effort by meeting with our municipal partners on a regular basis to communicate future plans and operations. This includes promoting programs and developing long-term relationships with other governmental entities, local businesses and vendors.
• Develops, implements and coordinates public education programs and communication plans.
• Develops sponsorship opportunities to promote the program’s messages and efforts. Assists at special events to institute a successful sustainability program.
• Inspects irrigation systems and household water conservation devices within assigned area; checks for proper installation and insures that city standards and specifications are adhered to.
• Investigates illicit usages of water; talks to people concerned and explains city viewpoint and policy on their particular request, action, or complaint. Advises customers how to use water and irrigation more efficiently and provide them with technical assistance as needed.
• Completes work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.
• Works the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, customers, vendors, or other groups to accomplish assigned goals.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with three (3) years’ experience in sustainability-related field and/or related environmental management or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Applicant must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Ability to obtain knowledge of the methods, materials, practices, and techniques involved in the operation of irrigation systems and controllers.
• Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications and to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
• Must deal effectively with individuals, businesses, local governments and interested citizens. The position requires human relations skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and private sector, individuals and groups.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and courteously with the general public, peers and subordinates; respond to inquiries; and speak with poise, confidence, and clarity when articulating complex information using a variety of technical and professional terminology when speaking with the public, Commission, Boards, and others.
• Ability to plan in the area of marketing and public relations, focusing on sustainability initiatives, to identify and evaluate information and utilize this information in the development of program recommendations and problem solutions.
• Ability to read a variety of policy and procedure manuals, computer manuals, financial documents, records, technical reports, etc. Requires the ability to enter data into computer and prepare reports, records, forms, correspondence, etc., with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar.
• Ability to make routine independent judgments in the absence of supervisor.
• Ability to add and subtract totals, to multiply and divide, to determine percentages and decimals, to determine time. Must be able to use practical applications of fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion.
• Knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of governmental agencies including laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position.
• Professional ability to administer and maintain the customer service and public education programs for the department.
• Must be physically able to operate a variety of automated office machines and equipment including computers, calculators, and general office equipment.
• Must be capable of doing outdoor irrigation and meter site inspections, which may require considerable amounts of walking.
• Must be able to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move heavy boxes of paperwork and other presentation materials.
• Tasks involve the intermittent performance of physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, or crouching, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds).
Tasks are performed in outdoor environments. Due to the nature and location of the work environment, tasks include potential for prolonged exposure to disagreeable elements (e.g., heat, humidity, inclement weather, etc.). Some tasks include working in and around moving vehicles and associated vehicle/equipment areas, where heightened awareness to surroundings and adherence to established safety precautions is essential in avoidance of injury or accidents.
The City of Winter Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Winter Garden provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.