Sustainability Coordinator

City of Rochester
Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Job type

$64,786.00 - $91,464.00 Annually

Primary Duties

Under the supervision of the Community Development Director performs administrative and professional work in developing, implementing and maintaining the City's and Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency (DMC EDA) sustainability and resiliency programs and plans.  The Sustainability Coordinator will coordinate the sustainability activities across both organizations and help integrate sustainability initiatives in the DMC EDA and City's planning and operations and with various government boards and commissions as well as other community engagement initiatives. Sustainability and resource conservation are core values and strategic priorities at the DMC EDA and City of Rochester. The Coordinator will work closely with a diverse set of stakeholders: administrators, public agencies, community organizations, boards and commissions, and community members to identify, develop, implement and promote collaborative strategies that advance these core values and strategic priorities.

The person is part of a team that promotes an overall positive customer service experience within the development services area and contributes to the city's vision to create a vibrant, compassionate and innovative team.

Starting salary range is $64,786 to $76,221 depending on qualifications, with advancement to $91,464.

Applications will be accepted until the vacancy is filled with priority consideration for applications submitted by December 17, 2019.


The responsibilities listed below are representative of the scope of work performed within this classification. Work is performed both independently and in cooperation with the Sustainability Director, the Department head, and/or in coordination with other City teammates, operating partners, community groups, and other public and private organizations.

  • Fostering a culture of sustainability across all operational disciplines of the DMC EDA and City and across the community;
  • Identifying and prioritizing areas for sustainability initiatives.
  • Planning and developing long- and short-range sustainability programs.
  • Prepare annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory, carbon footprint, and annual sustainability reports; disseminate results and analysis of progress toward carbon neutrality, utility management and overall sustainability.
  • Assist with the Energy Commission and Energy Integration Committee (EIC) and work with other constituencies to develop and implement strategies to meet organizational and city-wide sustainability targets, seizing energy efficiency and reduction opportunities, use of renewable energy sources, fostering a stronger culture of resource conservation, and evaluating and purchasing carbon credits.
  • Assist with the effort to update the City's energy action plan and transition it to a sustainability and resiliency action plan to include all aspects of the City's sustainability efforts
  • Provide technical direction for the planning, design, construction, operation of sustainable buildings; work with project teams and building operation teams to advocate for sustainable practices in capital projects, master planning, and existing buildings; ensure that the design, commissioning and operation of facilities and infrastructure achieve or exceed sustainability goals.
  • Assist with the completion third party green certifications as required.
  • Assist with the completion or management of incentive applications for all energy-related projects; perform life cycle cost energy calculations and assist with incentive and grant opportunities.
  • Assist with the preparation of renewable energy project concepts for the City and DMC.
  • Assist with the development and management of pilot programs relating to waste collection, transportation or other programs.
  • Create and support sustainability programs and promote sustainability and educational collaborations across the community.
  • Serve as a City representative in presenting, explaining, and discussing the views, interests and policies of the City to the Council, Energy Commission, City task forces, targeted community groups, and other interested parties inside and outside the community.
  • Prepare timely, well-documented studies and analyses which provide a sound foundation for policy decision recommendations by City staff and policy decision making by the Council.
  • Networking and best practice sharing with peer organizations across the region, state and nationally to maintain current working knowledge of sustainability best practices;
  • Keep interested parties current with reliable, accurate, and documented information.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or necessary.




Education and Experience
A Bachelor's degree in environmental science studies, planning, public administration, sustainable business, sustainable project management, sustainable or environmental engineering or related field and two years of related experience. 
An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job may also be considered.

Licenses and/or Certifications
Possession of a valid driver's license  
Desirable Qualifications
Knowledge of sustainability theories and practices and local, national and global sustainability and environmental initiatives and familiarity with the networks of organizations (governmental, non-governmental) involved in advancing sustainability policy and action.



Knowledge of: sustainability and resiliency concepts including environmental, economic, social and health sustainability practices; the central issues facing sustainable practices including best management practices; climate change science and greenhouse gas inventories; social sustainability practices of diversity, equity and inclusion; data analysis, performance measurement best practices and finance principles; applicable city, county, state and federal laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations; administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program development and implementation, budget preparation including a multi-year capital improvement program; basic grant and alternative funding principles, practices, and methods; and employee safety principles and practices.

Skill in: planning, organizing, reviewing and evaluating varied sustainable and resiliency activities; sustainable asset mapping techniques; recommending and implementing sustainability initiatives in decision-making processes and operations; developing, implementing and interpreting policies, procedures, goals, objectives and work standards; analyzing and managing complex problems, evaluating alternatives and making creative recommendations; developing and using appropriate organizational models and computer hardware/software systems for gathering, analyzing, and reporting program, management, environmental and safety information; the use of current technology such as Microsoft Office Suite, particularly excel; communicating concisely and effectively in both oral and written formats; resolving conflicts, tensions, and complaints fairly and successfully; and presenting complex material in an understandable manner.

Ability to: develop and support a customer focused systematic process to achieve goals; work independently on open-ended projects; provide outstanding customer service both internally and externally; see the big picture while being a creative, strategic, and innovative thinker; establish and maintain positive working relationships with those contacted; interpret and explain complex concepts and regulations; be committed to a team working environment; coordinate and consolidate the efforts of supporting units; exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines; represent the City effectively in meetings with others; and prepare clear, concise and competent reports, correspondence, and other written materials.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represents the physical and environmental demands for this position. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions with or without accommodation.

In consideration of the overall amount of physical effort required to perform this position, the work is best described as Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Physical demands that may be required continuously (2/3 or more of the time), frequently (1/3 to
2/3 of the time), and occasionally (up to 1/3 of the time) are noted below:

Frequent demands: Sitting and Fine Dexterity

Occasional demands: Pushing/Pulling, Kneeling, Crouching, Lifting, Handling, Reaching, Carrying, Standing, Walking
Sensory requirements necessary in the performance of the essential functions of this position include: sight, hearing, touch.

Environmental conditions that may exist in the performance of the essential functions of this job include: NONE (not substantially exposed to environmental conditions)

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