Cary, a forward-looking, and diverse community, is seeking a passionate public servant with collaborative leadership skills to further develop and lead Cary’s emissions reduction and energy management programs. This role requires strong capabilities in building coalitions, facilitating consensus, communicating in a way that bring others along, and cultivating an environment of trust and transparency.
Cary is a community of nearly 180,000 people extending 60 square miles in the heart of the Research Triangle region. Cary's population is diverse, nearly one quarter is foreign-born originating from over 60 different countries, and the citizenry values high educational attainment. This is reflected in more than two-thirds of adults holding a college degree and one-fourth having advanced degrees. Cary is nationally recognized for its high quality of life and high-caliber municipal services. It is known as one of the best midsize communities in the nation to live, work, find a home, start a business, raise a family, or retire. Building on a legacy of excellence that extends community-wide, Cary pushes to improve and challenge convention on how a local government should operate. Through our interactions and initiatives, we seize opportunities to experiment, learn, and adapt to create a better future. This role will help create an even better tomorrow, as we ensure that our extraordinary natural environment is here for generations to come.
Cary has a long history of environmental protection and recently has increased focus on the broad impacts of emissions on our community and quality of life. Cary recently acquired a 1.8MW solar facility at our South Cary Water Reclamation Facility, to accompany the many other state-of-the-art sustainable features. Cary is also in the process of upgrading our energy monitoring system and installing solar in multiple locations, including at USA Baseball, a premier sports facility. We are transitioning to a fully electric fleet of vehicles, including Police Department Teslas, piloting an electric sanitation truck, and retrofitting our fire trucks with idle-reduction technology, all of which brings greater demands on our energy supply and charging capabilities.
The Environmental Manager, with focus on emissions reduction and energy management, will perform a variety of responsible professional duties addressing policy, plan development and resource allocation to define and implement Cary's approach to community-wide emissions reduction and municipal energy management including administration and oversight of activities. Cary is currently engaged in multiple plans and studies to further advance this work.
The Environmental Manager is responsible for ensuring alignment with short-term and long-term Town and Council goals and objectives. Additionally, this position is responsible for ensuring programs and projects are consistent with the recommendations of the Imagine Cary Community Plan and with community needs.
Work is performed in a team environment under the general supervision of the Assistant Town Manager.
Creates and maintains highly effective, positive working relationships with Town staff, other local governments, non-profit partners, and appropriate state and federal representatives;
Builds relationships across all town departments and relevant stakeholders to gain understanding and address related issues, concepts, plans and policy and/or procedure amendments to support emissions reduction and energy management objectives; provides technical assistance in understanding and amending policy as applicable;
Manages and operates in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with high expectations for producing work, clearly articulating expectations, holding others accountable, and listening effectively while being honest, open and transparent;
Recommends policy approach, develops programs, and identifies strategies to ensure successful implementation of emissions reduction, climate action, and energy initiatives; analyzes relevant data, including best practices for municipal operations and private property improvements, and recommends systems for assessing programs and tracking outcomes;
Designs, launches, and manages new initiatives, programs and projects based on community need, timelines, and applicable resources; Monitors and communicates emerging and evolving trends and issues in climate action, energy management, and emissions-reduction; documents outcomes in an annual report;
Creates measurable objectives to track, evaluate and modify programs and initiatives based on applicable feedback; Identifies opportunities for cross-functional collaboration in environmental initiatives, including climate action, energy management, and emissions-reduction programs;
Advises key stakeholders of program activities and the impact of energy efficiency related community initiatives and presents on-going status updates to Town leadership and the Environmental Advisory Board;
Monitors and advises on environmental policy, orders and directives resulting from State legislative actions, State agencies, and Federal actions impacting emission reduction and energy management program development;
Develops and implements community climate action and municipal emissions reduction pathways, strategies, and plans; monitors and communicates progress toward meeting plan objectives; works with departments to provide technical support regarding energy efficiency, alternative energy sources and energy demand related to electric vehicle conversion; coordinates staff training; Develops standard operating procedures and/or best practices;
Prepares annual operating and capital budget requests, financial forecasts, and tracks program expenditures; analyzes expenditures with budgets; Coordinates with Finance and Legal Offices on budgets, accounts payable, contract development and procurements; Manages and prepares various plans and reports as required by applicable federal, state, and regional policy. Pursues grants, when applicable; Maintains all related data and records according to retention requirements
Fosters community education and outreach efforts related to emissions reduction, climate action, energy management and related topics; translates complex issues into easily understandable concepts for a variety of audiences;
Participates in and leads collaborative and consensus building activities and program initiatives as a team leader and team member with multiple colleagues, including Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources; Public Works; Utilities; Planning; Capital Programs; and other Environmental staff members and outside partners, including Triangle J Council of Government (TJCOG), non-profit partners, schools, neighborhood associations, and volunteer groups; Provides guidance and supervision to subordinate personnel;
Performs other job-related tasks as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and practices of energy efficiency and environmental conservation; general knowledge of environmental conservation techniques and procedures; general knowledge of the laws, ordinances and regulations governing climate action, emissions reduction, greenhouse gases and environmental efforts; considerable knowledge of modern principles and practices of environmental and air resources improvement methods as applied to the construction and maintenance of public buildings; ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders in development of plans and projects; effective communication, listening and interpersonal skills; effective organizational, administrative, report writing and research and project management skills; analytical skills including cost-benefit analysis; considerable knowledge of modern office methods, practices and equipment including the ability to operate personal computers and related software and learn software needed in work production; ability to prepare clear and concise presentations and reports to government officials and stakeholders; ability to set priorities and manage several projects simultaneously; ability to work with shifting priorities and schedules and to adapt to changing project requirements; ability to work in a team environment in which access to staff time and resources are shared among multiple projects; ability to supervise employees, teams, and workgroups; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public sector management, employees, private sector, governmental officials and the public.
Minimum and Preferred Qualifications
Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, or a related field and considerable professional experience in environmental or sustainability efforts. Requires a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
Preference will be given to the candidate who has the following:
- Experience with climate action, emissions reduction, and energy management
- Genuine interest in enhancing and improving the quality of life for residents
- Experience with crafting goals and objectives as well as developing strategies to meet them
- Desire to seek out, foster, and implement change
- Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to build and cultivate strong collaborative relationships with internal and external partners
- Ability to maintain flexibility and comfort with uncertainty and the ability to operate in a dynamic fast-paced, innovative workplace with high expectations for producing work
Work is generally sedentary, although some field work may be required when facility assessments or installations occur. Field work may require the ability to walk, bend, lift, push and/or pull objects up to 50 pounds, reach, climb, and work outdoors in various weather conditions. Typically, some movement throughout Town buildings in order to assist departments and respond to questions is required. An employee must be able to hear and talk in order to communicate with the public, elected officials, and other employees. Visual acuity is necessary to read and write typewritten and handwritten materials and view a computer screen.
Requires drug testing and background check (which may include criminal check, and education verification, and reference checks) prior to employment.