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Principal Climate Resiliency Analyst

Company: County of Sonoma
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

Position Information

Bring your expertise and knowledge of California's climate investment efforts to the Sonoma County Administrator's Office as the Principal Climate Resiliency Analyst - Time-Limited.

Starting salary up to $70.57/hour ($147,288/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!

What We Offer

When you join the County of Sonoma, you become part of a challenging and rewarding work environment where you gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better your community. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits including:

A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve
An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
Become the County Administrator's Principal Climate Resiliency Analyst

The County of Sonoma (County) is the largest employer in the region with over 4,000 employees, and operations that include properties, facilities, fleet operations, solid waste oversight, and land use planning and policies. Sonoma County is already experiencing impacts of climate change and is committed to minimizing its climate footprint and improving climate resiliency across its broad portfolio of assets and services. In 2019, the Board of Supervisors (BOS) declared a Climate Emergency, and in 2021 adopted a County Strategic Plan with a Climate Action and Resiliency (CAR) Pillar. Guided by the BOS' mission and policy objectives, as well as the CAR Pillar, the Climate Action and Resilience Division in the County Administrator's Office (CAO) has oversight for current projects, works to develop science-based policy and recommend, and implement cohesive, county-wide actions to address climate impacts through collaboration with internal and external partners.

As the CAO's Principal Climate Resiliency Analyst, you will lead the development and implementation of cutting-edge strategies and plans to meet the County's 2030 carbon neutrality target and other objectives and goals within the CAR Pillar. You will collaborate with regional entities, County departments, agencies, and special districts to ensure the County's diverse operations actively address and mitigate climate effects. The County values its partnerships with community-based organizations, and this position will collaborate with these entities to coordinate outreach and convene meetings. You will serve as a subject matter expert in climate action and/or resilience and will also be responsible for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting climate and greenhouse gas emission data and anticipating climate impacts related to operational, legislative, fiscal, and/or community issues In addition, you will track complex and changing federal and state laws and administrative regulations affecting the County's CAR Pillar, including funding opportunities to support concrete actions. This position serves in a team leadership role and may coach, mentor, and supervise the work of other team members. Please visit the CAO's CAR Pillar website to learn more about the County's Strategic Plan for reaching carbon neutrality by 2030.

The ideal candidate for this Principal Climate Resiliency Analyst position is a collaborative team player who has experience applying the best practices and principles related to climate change planning and project management, and climate action, resiliency, and adaptation strategies, preferably at a local or regional scale. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have:
Extensive knowledge of current and evolving federal, state, regional, and local programs pertaining to climate change, which affect local climate actions
Considerable knowledge of the technical and scientific aspects of climate change, climate protection, adaptation, and building climate resilience in natural and human systems
Substantial knowledge of environmental policy, climate and resiliency policy, and program development geared towards resolving operational, legislative, fiscal, and/or community issues
Project management experience related to environmental program administration and natural systems management
Demonstrated success applying knowledge of climate and resiliency science and policy to develop and/or implement projects in climate protection, adaptation, and resilience
Experience developing funding/grant proposals, identifying, and pursuing innovative solutions to fund projects, preparing budgets, and exercising fiscal control; and an understanding of public funding and financing, public private partnerships, and other mechanisms to fund County initiatives
The ability to analyze situations accurately, take effective action, and prepare clear and concise correspondence, reports, and recommendations
Highly effective written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively engage, interact, and collaborate with audiences of all levels
A sense of ownership and accountability, and a willingness, flexibility, and commitment to add value to the organization
The CAO is currently recruiting to fill a time-limited, Principal Climate Resiliency Analyst position that is currently funded through December 31, 2025. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title of this position is Principal Administrative Analyst.

Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes) and our Employee Benefits directory.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in business administration, public administration, management, finance, economics, accounting, or a related field; and four years of related and comparable experience conducting analysis, developing reports and recommendations, and/or managing projects related to general administration, accounting, budget, and/or personnel work. Experience working in a public agency, an advanced degree in a related field, and lead or supervisory experience are highly desirable.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the principles and practices of public administration, organization, management, budget, and fiscal management; principles, practices, and laws affecting County operations, policies, and practices; County government organization and functions and their relationship to federal, state, and municipal governments; federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting the operation of County government; analytical approaches, research methodology, report writing, and basic statistics; effective written and oral communications, language mechanics, syntax, and English composition; computer applications including methods of complex statistical and fiscal analysis and graphic presentations.

Knowledge of: group dynamics as they relate to public organizations; principles and practices of supervision and performance management; modern office methods and procedures.

Ability to: develop, organize, and effectively coordinate programs and activities; exercise responsibility, initiative, ingenuity, independent analysis and judgment in solving highly specialized administrative and management problems; analyze complex operational, compliance, public relations, and budget practices of County departments; understand, interpret and apply provisions of applicable laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, and operating procedures; supervise (i.e., select, train, evaluate, discipline, and coach) or lead (i.e., organize, assign, prioritize, delegate, and coordinate the work of; train; and coach) subordinate staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials and managers, employees, officials of other agencies, and the general public; analyze situations, make recommendations, and take appropriate courses of action; perform data collection, interpretation and evaluation pertaining to administrative, fiscal and management matters; use principles of inductive and deductive reasoning to validate conclusions and recommendations.

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