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STATUS:Regular, Full Time
SALARY RANGE:$101,172.24 - $147,235.66
LOCATION:220 N. Main St.
Reporting to and at the direction of the County Administrator, the Resiliency Officer is responsible for leading the organization's Resiliency Office. The Office is responsible for leading the overall implementation and performance of the Resilient Washtenaw, the County's Climate Action Plan.
This position is responsible for leading and coordinating the climate activities of the organization and within the community, developing programming and policies to achieve the climate, sustainability, and environmental justice goals of the organization, tracking and communicating progress towards goals, and advising the Board of Commissioners and County Administrator on relevant work and topics. Works closely with the Washtenaw County Environmental Council in the implementation, monitoring, and updating of the climate action plan and relevant topics.
Essential Duties:

  • Leads the overall implementation of Resilient Washtenaw to achieve the climate, sustainability, and environmental justice goals of the organization.
  • Fosters a culture of resiliency and sustainability throughout the organization and community.
  • Coordinates climate change mitigation and adaptation activities with the departments, offices, and agencies of the organization.
  • Collaborates with governments, institutions, community groups, and other stakeholders on the implementation of the principles, strategies, and actions of Resilient Washtenaw.
  • As assigned, represents the County in discussions with external entities regarding climate, the environment, and sustainability; acts as a liaison with the climate and sustainability planning efforts of departments, boards and commissions, and other local entities.
  • Oversees the tracking, reporting, and communication of organizational and community wide progress towards environmental justice, sustainability, and climate goals; develops countywide performance indicators and progress benchmarks.
  • Develops and recommends programming and policy modifications to align with organizational goals.
  • Identifies and prioritizes actions and areas for sustainability efforts; develops and recommends strategies for proactively addressing relevant sustainability issues.
  • Develops and proposes grant proposals to federal, state, and other sources to support implementation of plan and climate work of the County; manages the preparation of grant applications to ensure adequacy, suitability, and timeliness; administers grants.
  • Advises the Board of Commissioners, County Administrator, and other organizations on environmental and sustainability initiatives.
  • Ensures staffing and support of the Washtenaw County Environmental Council; confers and collaborates with and receives advice from the Council on plan implementation and program and policy recommendations.
  • Creates and maintains plans and other documents related to environmental and sustainability projects.
  • Research, reports, and develops trainings and presentations on relevant areas and topics.
  • Develops and manages budgets of the office, programs, and projects.
  • Plans, organizes, assigns, directs, reviews, and evaluates the work of staff; oversees selection, training, and professional development of staff.
  • Maintains compliance with laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required and assigned.
The preceding statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Principles, strategies, and actions of Resilient Washtenaw and other relevant climate action plans and efforts impacting Washtenaw County.
  • Sustainability frameworks used by organizations to effectively reach climate goals.
  • Sustainability requirements and opportunities from legislation, standards, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to sustainability, adaptation, climate change, environmental justice, racial equity, and other relevant topics.
  • Use of community engagement practices and principles to develop plans, programs, and policies; centers those most impacted by climate change; leverages community; leadership; includes diverse communities in planning and execution.
  • Performing professional level planning work, including project development and implementation with experience cultivating transparent and accountable systems and processes to reach goals.
  • Principles and practices of public administration; including the functions of elected and policy-making Boards and Commissions and responsibilities of various types of governments as they pertain to climate efforts.
  • Building and maintaining effective and trusting relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers.
  • Interpreting, applying, and explaining complex policies and regulations.
  • Setting priorities, coordinating multiple projects, and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Using sound, independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Maintaining accurate records and files.
  • Development and administration of grant funded projects.
  • Standard office practices, including the operation of standard office equipment.
  • Maintaining compliance, interpreting, applying, and explaining complex laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Research, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and time management skills.
Possession of a valid driver's license is required. Past membership in a professional organization involved with climate change, sustainability, climate adaptation, or environmental justice is preferred.
Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and to travel away from the office to attend meetings and conferences, plus the ability to use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer monitor and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.
These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.
Possession of a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in environmental science, public administration, public policy, or related field is required. A Master's degree in these or a related field is preferred.
A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in the planning, development, and implementation of sustainability, climate, and environmental programming is required. A minimum of two (two) years or leadership experience is required. Additional professional experience working in a local governmental setting is preferred.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job- related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


CONTROL NUMBER: 2401-1000-3320-0001


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