Company: Society for Conservation Biology
Posted on: November 21, 2022
The City of Somerville is one of the leading cities on climate
change in Massachusetts and the country, pioneering new approaches
to climate action planning, clean energy and resilience programs,
and community engagement. Reporting to the Climate Change Program
Manager, theSustainability Planner is a new position within the
department. The overarching goal of the Sustainability Planner will
be to enhance sustainability and resiliency of buildings and
mobility citywide. Responsibilities include supporting efforts to
effectively and creatively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve
energy efficiency, and increase resiliency in the building and
transportation sectors in ways that promote health and equity.
TheSustainability Planner is required to perform all similar or
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as
illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed.
The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them
from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical
assignment to the position.
- Reviewing packages and issuing comments and certificates for
new and renovated development projects and master plans.
- Liaising with the Office of Strategic Planning and Community
Development, Inspectional Services Department, Engineering, and
- Representing Somerville in the community and through regional
- Contributing to Somerville Climate Forward and other planning
- Implementing and achieving Somerville Climate Forward
- Tracking and analyzing data and performance.
- Identifying, creating, implementing, and evaluating strategies,
programs, and policies.
- Researching and benchmarking innovations and best
- Developing and implementing both short- and long-term,
city-wide climate change mitigation and adaption plans, programs,
- Managing and maintaining public electric vehicle charging
- Researching and executing grants, contracts, and
- Overseeing work of consultants and implementing
- Collaborating on presentations for various city, regional,
state and federal agencies.
- Reviewing plans going before the Planning Board, Zoning Board
of Appeals, and/or Design Review Committee.
- Attending and presenting case information before various boards
- Developing and recommending by-law and ordinance amendments, as
well as new ordinances, policies, and programs.
- Providing professional and technical administrative approval on
City processes, in accordance with local and state
- Providing information to the public.
- Managing the public process dealing with planning
- Contributing to Massachusetts Environment Protection Act
comments, staff reports, master plan updates, neighborhood plans,
and assists with urban design alternatives.
- Support development and maintenance of landing page and
materials providing technical information and resources for
buildings and transportation.Recommended Minimum
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in a related field
(planning, energy policy or engineering, etc.) and five to seven
years' experience in municipal government, stage agency positions
or relevant private consulting roles; or any equivalent combination
of education, training and experience which provides the required
knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions
of the job.
- Preferred experience includes master's degree in related field;
experience with collecting or processing building energy
information; and facility with data visualization and communication
- As of June 2022, OSE employees are required to be in the office
and in the field when their work requires them to be. This guidance
is subject to change.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skill:
- Knowledge: Knowledge of principles and practices of planning,
engineering, and design. Familiarity with building and
transportation decarbonization, energy efficiency, and other
sustainable and resiliency technologies, programs, and policies.
Knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations and
guidelines. Knowledge of municipal and state project development
processes from visioning and scoping through design, permitting,
financing, and construction.
- Ability: Ability to carry complex projects from concept to
implementation, use creative thinking to solve problems, and work
in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work effectively with the
City's interdepartmental staff. Ability to read and understand
engineering plans and supervise implementation of projects. Ability
to prepare conceptual design graphics. Ability to perform field
data collection and analysis. Ability to formulate findings and
recommendations to interdepartmental staff, elected officials,
outside agencies, contractors, engineers, advocates and the general
public. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
with state and federal agencies, architects, contractors,
developers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public.
Ability to work with client or stakeholders in management of
compliance scenarios and with dissatisfied clients or stakeholders.
Ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and
groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and
- Skill: Exceptional organizational skills and attention to
detail. Skilled public speaker. Excellent customer service,
planning and design skills. Design software skill (i.e. ArcGIS,
Adobe Suite, etc.) is preferable. Strong data collection, analysis,
and management skills with use of tools including Microsoft Excel,
Citizenserve, GIS, and/or additional methods. Strong written and
oral communication with peers, consultants, contractors, and
representatives of other agencies. Managing multiple tasks and
The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of
offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements. Noise or
physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are
generally not unpleasant. Employee may be required to work beyond
normal business hours to attend evening meetings or complete work
assignments. When in the field or attending meetings, the
environment can be at construction sites and outdoors.
Physical and Mental Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
position's essential functions.
Few physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort
principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with
intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing. May also
be some occasional lifting of objects such as office equipment and
computer paper (up to 30 lbs.)When in the field, more physical
skill may be required to accomplish the duties required.
Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may
occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as
moving objects, operating a telephone, personal computer and/or
most other office equipment including word processing, filing and
sorting of papers.
Visual demands require constantly reading documents for general
understanding and analytical purposes.
Salary: $81,182.41 annualized + benefits
Date Posted: September 8, 2022
City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to
The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other
protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with
disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services,
written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable
modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to
qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon
Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for
effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in
alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and
procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and
meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne
Pomeroy at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits Somerville Offers
- 4 weeks annual vacation (for non-union positions) & for union
positions this varies by contract
- Medical insurance through the Group Insurance Commission
- Dental coverage low and high plans through Cigna
- Vision care through the Vision Service Plan (VSP)
- Long term disability through Sun Life
- Group and voluntary life insurance through Boston Mutual
- Flexible spending plans through Benefit Strategies
- Deferred compensation through a choice of three vendors
- Employee assistance through the Employee Assistance Program
(EAP) provided by E4Health
- Cancer screening & wellness release
- Somerville Retirement Pension System
- Tuition reimbursement
- MBTA pass program
- FREE BlueBikes membership
- Eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Benefits listed are for benefits-eligible positions and the above
information is meant to be a general overview of the benefit
programs offered by the City of Somerville. This is not a binding
contract, for any questions relating to benefits for specific union
and non-union positions please contact the Human Resources
department by calling (617) 625-6600 x 3300.
COVID-19 Vaccination Required
To better protect the health and safety of staff and the public,
all City of Somerville employees must be fully vaccinated against
COVID-19 as of November 1, 2021. Exemptions and/or reasonable
accommodations are not guaranteed and will be reviewed by the City
of Somerville Human Resources Department on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more at www.somervillema.gov/HR/COVID19.
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