This position manages and implements the City of Racine Office of Sustainability and Conservation, embracing the best ecological practices and policies extending into government, community, services, and infrastructure. The program's ultimate goal is to protect and optimize the City's natural resources and "built" environments by creatively incorporating sustainable practices and behaviors throughout the City of Racine and the Retail Service area of the Racine Water Utility. These programs are accomplished in accordance with the City's commitment to sustainability, resilience and adaptation.
(Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):
Act as Utility Water Conservation office in accordance with the Great Lakes COMPACT requirements for such.
Develop and implement the Racine Water Conservation Program.
Prepare annual reports to the DNR with respect to water sales and wastewater return flow associated with the Lake Michigan Diversion.
Work with Water customers on explaining the Badger Meter Beacon software tools to aid in water conservation and leak detection.
Performs water related data analytics on customer account information using BlueStar software tool.
Act as Utility coordinator on $80 million lead mitigation program.
Apply for and administer loans associated with the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program Utilizing the State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) and the Clean Water Fund Loan Program utilizing the SRF.
Researches, and applies for, applicable grants in order to further develop and improve sustainable City initiatives.
Administers and manages grants if received to improve City sustainability efforts or conservation efforts.
Develops criteria, policies, and procedures for sustainable programs. Administers training and outreach to City personnel for the development, adoption and implementation of sustainable practices in City operations.
Assists departments in identifying and implementing best practices in sustainable operations by acting as a resource to and directing staff activities with the public, City departments and other organizations on programs and policies related to the Sustainability and Conservation as directed by the Chief of Operations, Mayor, and/or City Administrator, specifically in the areas of conservation, transportation, pollution prevention and climate action.
Strengthens existing partnerships with community organizations and expands network and partnerships.
Identifies potential energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction projects/strategies, and evaluates such projects/strategies in terms of feasibility and satisfaction of designated criteria.
Represents the City at external meetings, and as a member of external organizations and committees. May make presentations to City Council and/or represent the City and/or Utility at meetings of City Boards and Commissions and civic or professional groups. Required meetings may be held outside of normal business hours.
Serves as the primary staff person responsible for reporting on efforts towards the STAR/LEED community rating framework.
Maintains current knowledge of trends and initiatives in the field of sustainability by attending relevant conferences/seminars, and/or by networking with counterparts at other organizations.
Conducts research studies and surveys and produces reports recommending appropriate courses of action for solutions to environmental/sustainability problems.
Directs the preparation of reports, documents and correspondence and makes public presentations.
Performs other duties as required.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
Must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in natural or environmental science or studies, sustainability studies, public policy, or a substantially similar area and must possess three (3) or more years of work experience in sustainability policy and program development, research and analysis, and project management. A Master's degree is preferred.
Must possess a valid driver's license and a safe driving record.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas;
- Considerable knowledge of issues, laws and regulations related to all areas of sustainability, including resource conservation, transportation, pollution prevention and public health protection, and community and economic development.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; including making presentations to a variety of audiences throughout the City and community.
- Ability to research new initiatives and implement in a seamless fashion.
- Ability to identify, analyze and problem solve, assisting departments in incorporating sustainable practices into the organization.
- Ability to develop, implement and evaluate projects and programs.
- Ability to provide effective project management oversight.
- Ability to interact effectively with City staff, the public, and City boards and commissions.