Climate Smart Program Manager Posted May 21
Larimer County , Fort Collins, CO

The Climate Smart Program Manager is a newly created position tasked with leading Larimer County’s efforts to launch the Climate Smart Framework community engagement process, develop a Climate Smart Larimer County Action Plan, and establish a sustainable Climate Smart Program for our community. The successful candidate will be able to initiate this new program – working alongside other County staff, community engagement consultants, advisory group members, and community stakeholders.

Perform Community Engagement: The program manager will be responsible for facilitating an inclusive community engagement process, including overseeing consulting work, with the goal of using this input to develop an action plan unique to Larimer County’s identified needs. Community engagement activities will be designed to:

-Assess community understanding of climate change.
-Raise awareness of the Framework and Initiative.
-Educate residents, stakeholders and decision makers on climate change issues that are impacting the community.
-Collect diverse feedback through various venues and communication tools.
-Involve community members who already show interest and recruit new participants throughout the assessment and implementation of the Framework recommendations to ensure diversity of opinions.
-Identify community ambassadors – leaders in various communities who will commit to serving as a conduit between their community and the Framework implementation process.

Develop a Climate Smart Larimer County Action Plan: Building on feedback from the community engagement process, the program manager will be expected to develop a socially equitable action plan custom designed to meet Larimer County’s distinct circumstances as discovered through the engagement process. Utilizing a triple bottom line (social, economic, and environmental) approach, the action plan will address, at a minimum, the seven major planning areas identified in the framework:
-Building, Land and Energy
-Economic Health
-Emergency Management and Public Safety
-Watershed, Agriculture, Opens Spaces and Forestry
-Public and Environmental Health
-Public Works and Engineering
-Greenhouse Gas Management

Performance expectations for the first year include:

-Carry out the community engagement activities described in the Framework.
-Develop a Climate Smart Larimer County Action Plan.
-Build relationships and work effectively with County staff and community partners.
-Work with any established advisory groups.
-Manage budgets including making required adjustments to revenues or expenses throughout each fiscal year.

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The ideal candidate will:
-Have background and knowledge in environmental sustainability, environmental studies, natural resources, or related area.
-Have the ability to develop and manage complex projects and analyze data..
-Be able to work respectfully and inclusively with people from different backgrounds and with differing opinions to develop effective, collaborative, and workable solutions.
-Be able to develop plans and policies regarding environmental sustainability and collaborate with other County staff.
-Have a working knowledge of the concepts of a triple bottom line (social, economic, and environmental) approach.
-Be highly motivated, innovative, emphasize collaboration, and possess the ability to draw together resources.

All candidates will be screened for the following required minimum qualifications. Any candidate who does not meet all of the qualifications listed as required will be eliminated from the process.

-Five years of combined education and/or experience in environmental sustainability, environmental studies, natural resources, or related field.

-Possess reliable transportation to be able to work in any County facility and around the community as needed and required.

Supplemental Information

This regular, full-time position functions under the direction from the County Manager with an annualized hiring range of $69,403 – $97,165. The hiring rate will depend on the qualifications of the applicant selected.

County benefits are competitive, and a variety of benefits are currently available to employees including sick and vacation leave; retirement, 401(a) and 457 plans; medical; dental; vision; life; short-term and long-term disability and flexible spending accounts. Larimer County employees also have the ability to purchase other optional benefits. Click here for more details.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.

All application components must be submitted by 11:59 PM MT on the closing date listed.

Larimer County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment in all employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation), national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law or regulation.

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