Sustainability Analyst, City of Raleigh (closes 4/29/21)

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Closing: 4/29/2021 11:59pm EST
Hiring Range: $47,902 – $65,500 annually

Job Description:

The City of Raleigh’s Office of Sustainability is responsible for leading organization and community-wide sustainability and climate efforts. This position will gather, support, analyze, educate, organize and report on a variety of issues in support of policy and programs, including but not limited to sustainability, climate, social and racial equity, resilience, energy, transportation, innovation, pilot projects, and more. This position works in support of the sustainability team, City departments, community partners and the implementation of Raleigh’s Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP).

The Sustainability Analyst will play a critical role in the success of sustainability efforts to benefit the Raleigh community and its 450,000+ residents. We are looking for a detail-oriented, organized and highly skilled project manager to create and support Office processes and workflow, and to contribute to CCAP implementation efforts. This will include a focus on achieving results and outcomes based on agreed-upon goals and priorities. The City of Raleigh values a diverse workplace that is representative of the residents we serve. Our search is inclusive of all interested applicants and we encourage those who may be under- represented in the field of sustainability to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support CCAP implementation by coordinating and project managing collaborative workflows for projects such as the Climate Action Fund; Sustainable Business Toolkit; assistance with communications, outreach and website; managing and coordinating requests for presentations, inquiries, reporting and updates; supporting foundational implementation work for CCAP strategy and action priorities; conducting research on sustainability/climate initiatives and other related topics including operational problems, trends, and areas for efficiency and improvement; etc.
  • Provides technical and organizational support to all City of Raleigh departments; and assists with the implementation of complex and significant strategic planning projects regarding the City’s sustainability and climate initiatives; leads and supports education and outreach activities that drive behavior change.
  • Create and maintain a database of CCAP Strategy and Action implementation updates from City Departments and community stakeholders; including creating automated and efficient processes for gathering data and qualitative information throughout the year to be used for annual, reoccurring and by request updates and reporting.
  • Supports Manager in organizational, administrative and departmental requirements, coordinating collaborative work flows and establishing deadlines with Office staff: including City Council meeting submissions; business plan updates; budgeting; grant processing; organizing annual data, reporting and performance metrics; managing spreadsheets and community information intake and inquiries; organizing work in support of the City’s Strategic Plan initiatives; Environmental Advisory Board meeting support; managing the Office’s online organizational and communication platforms; maintaining and updating spreadsheets and community intake information; providing consistent progress and update reports to Manager; etc.
  • Establishing and organizing Departmental processes and Office workflows to support CCAP implementation efforts; accelerating staff assignments and deadlines; and utilizing multiple online platforms to create more efficient and automated workflows.
  • Coordinates professional communication on behalf of the Manager via phone, e-mail; scheduling meetings with multiple stakeholders and supporting visitors.
  • Supports team by utilizing effective and professional communication and project management skills to ensure deadlines are met by scheduling and assigning tasks for collaborative projects and programs; and expediting work results.
  • Makes conference and travel arrangements for staff such as booking flights, cars, hotel and conferences.
  • Ensures operation of Office and equipment by completing preventive maintenance; requesting and submitting work orders and repairs; maintaining supply and equipment inventories; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders and evaluating new equipment and techniques.


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in biology, environmental science, or directly related field and two years of professional environmental and/or sustainability analysis or program administration experience.
An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.

Licensing/Certifications: None Required

Preferred Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in sustainability, environmental sciences, public administration, public policy, GIS, data analytics, business administration, process improvement, or closely related discipline.
Two years of experience in one of the following areas: sustainability, project management, data analytics, public policy, process improvement, business or public administration. Strong project management experience, process coordination, organizational skills and/or certification such as Lean Six Sigma desired.

Additional Information:

Knowledge of:

  • Sustainability, Climate, Equity, Resilience principles and concepts
  • Project management, process improvement, and research principles and resources
  • Data tracking and analysis; analytical and statistical concepts and tools (including Microsoft Excel)
  • Organizational/online platforms for managing projects, workflows, budgeting, communications, etc.
  • Local government financial, grant administration and management concepts
  • Behavior change and/or Community Based Social Marketing Techniques

Ability to:

  • Remain flexible, adaptable and positive in a fast paced and ever-changing environment
  • Create processes and identify actions and tasks to tackle complex projects, often with incomplete information and while managing multiple and shifting priorities and stakeholders
  • Synthesize complex ideas and communicate them in an understandable way to others, both written and orally
  • Conduct comprehensive research and draft succinct reports and updates
  • Lead, learn and grow in the field of equity, climate equity and environmental justice
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness and creativity
  • Work independently, as well as; collaboratively as a member of a team; and the ability to prioritize work to align with organizational shifts
  • Establish constructive and effective working relationships with employees at every level of the organization
  • Collaborate and communicate closely with Manager to support Office workflows, deadlines and create efficiencies; initiate consistent opportunities to receive and give feedback and shift approach with ease and positivity

Demonstrated skills in:

  • Process improvement and creating efficiencies; proficient at utilizing online organizational platforms to create collaborative workflows for various staff and contributors
  • Effective communication to accelerate tasks and deadlines assigned to other staff and partners; creating project management timelines and workflows, and driving results through accountability, and consistent and positive communication
  • Achieving results and outcomes based on agreed-upon goals and priorities
  • Using data to identify areas for improvement and to facilitate solutions
  • Managing and coordinating projects and communications with multiple stakeholders from all levels of the organization

ADA and Other Requirements: Positions in this class typically require: standing, walking, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work, and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light work.
Working Conditions: Work is routinely performed in an indoor, office environment.
Note: This job classification description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) designation may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.