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Environmental/Solid Waste Programs Coordinator - City of Cincinnati

Green Umbrella

Green Umbrella

Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023

Organization: Office of Environment & Sustainability (City of Cincinnati)

About the position:

This employee manages significant City-wide environmental programs. Employee directs and supervises the efforts of Senior Environmental/Safety Specialists, Environmental/Safety Specialists, and other staff providing support to environmental programs; establishes priorities and formulates policies to guide staff and/or other City departments in the implementation of environmental programs; participates as a senior staff member; and provides responsible assistance to the Environmental Programs Manager; provides technical support and expertise relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation to members of the general public and all City of Cincinnati employees. Responsibilities may include project management, community relations, policy research, data analysis, partnership building, and relevant administrative duties. Performs related duties as required. Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications (KSAs)

(Illustrative only. Any one position may not require all of the listed KSAs nor do the listed examples include all the KSAs which may be required.)

Knowledge of:

  •  Climate change, climate adaptation, climate equity, and greenhouse gas emissions inventories.
  •  Urban sustainability topics, including: energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation alternatives, waste reduction, sustainable food systems green infrastructure, air and water protection.
  •  Governmental processes.
  •  Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances and policies.
  •  Budgeting and purchasing processes.
  •  Project management and internal controls. 
  • Modern principles, practices, and techniques for public administration, as they apply to directing a major component of a municipal government.
Skill to:
  • Incorporate equity, inclusion, and environmental justice into sustainability plans, projects, and conversations
  • Identify and implement projects supporting carbon neutrality goals
  • Analyze data and develop sound theses
  • Negotiate acceptable conclusions in competitive environments
  • Communicate effectively both oral and written
  • Interact with computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups of varied interests and backgrounds
  • Plan, organize and facilitate meetings and events
Ability to:
  • Interact with City Council, City Departments and outside organizations and individuals
  • Work with minimal supervision
  • Implement and maintain positive employee relations.
  • Promote and maintain highest integrity throughout all personnel.
  • Make decisions based on data analysis and observation; demonstrate strict adherence to rules and regulations.
  • Plan programs and projects and integrate those activities with other City programs.
  • Plan, organize, assign, direct, and supervise the work of subordinate employees performing a variety of supervisory and professional environmental management functions.
  • Develop and implement strategies to promote a healthy environment or to minimize adverse impacts to the environment.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with municipal officials, city staff, and members of the public.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Acquire knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Read and understand narrative, numerical, and graphical source data regarding environmental issues.
  • Analyze data.

Examples of Work Performed
(Illustrative only. Any one position within this classification may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all of the tasks which may be performed.)

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates major environmental program activities, environmental regulatory compliance, and environmental assessment and remediation of City-owned properties.
  • Manages Programs & Projects - Develops section/division policies and assists in developing city policies; establishes written procedures, informal guidelines, and forms as may be necessary to effectuate programs and requirements; works to streamline systems and reporting across City government. Administers work programs for the division. Tracks progress of projects and ensure timely progress; communicates measurable and time-sensitive directives to appropriate staff to solve problems. Ensures procurement of the equipment, supplies, services, construction, and professional services necessary for the operations of a specific department or division, program, or project.
  • Analyzes - Conducts a variety of professional level analytical and technical activities related to the assigned functions.
  • Represents - Attends workshops, City and community meetings and conferences as a representative of the division/department or the City.
  • Coordinates Work - Coordinates the work and activities of different groups with common goals; plans and directs meetings for the section/division or the city.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of written reports, recommendations and presentations for internal management, outside agencies, and City Council regarding major environmental program activities and initiatives, as requested by the Environmental Programs Manager; assists in development and implementation of local ordinances pertaining to environmental programs.
  • Develops and administers contracts for  environmental programs and services; develops Requests for Qualifications and/or Requests for Proposals as needed for short and long term environmental projects; oversees project activities by contractors.
  • Manages procurement for services and goods on behalf of OES
  • Budgets/Finances - Monitors and controls resources and oversees the spending of money associated with the climate and energy programs of OES; assists in the preparation of departmenta1 operational budgets.
  • Develops effective work plans for the Office of Environmental & Sustainability (OES) staff and community partners to support implantation of the Green Cincinnati Plan
  • Monitors and pursues grant opportunities to support sustainability initiatives.
  • Evaluates employee performance; gives written performance evaluations; oversees other personnel matters including training, employee grievances, time sheets, leave requests, discipline, etc. 
  • Builds Interpersonal Relationships - Assists those contacted in the course of duty in an effective, efficient, and professional manner; develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintains them over time.
  • Provides Customer Service - Ensures quality customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with local and regional public agencies, community groups, media persons or others as needed to coordinate projects and disseminate information.
  • Assures that proper security measures and procedures are followed and sensitive information is secure.
  • Attends workshops or training to enhance professional or technical skills.
  • In the absence of the Environmental Programs Manager, serve as the acting director of the Office of Environmental Management, as requested.

HR Contact: Kelli R. Wright;
Required Education and Experience

The applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Urban Planning, Ecology, Sustainability, Climate Policy or a closely related field. Master’s or advanced degree strongly preferred.


At least 5 years of paid experience in sustainability, climate protection, energy, transportation, waste reduction, local food, or a closely related field.

 Must have a valid Driver's License.
 Must be an excellent communicator and team builder.

Military education and experience may be substituted for college level course work at the lower and upper division baccalaureate and graduate levels and apprenticeship.

Background Investigation: A criminal background investigation will be conducted for this position (according to Civil Service Commission Rule 15 - Sensitive Classifications/Positions and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2001 and the Patriot Act). The purpose is to detect security risks and prevent security threats posed by potential employees.
U.S. Citizenship: All positions with the City of Cincinnati require that each applicant be a citizen of the United States or have a valid permanent resident card at the time of appointment (date of hire).

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