Website City of Columbia

Location: Columbia, MO

Salary: $24.880/hr (min); $32.300/hr (mid); $39.720/hr (max) Commensurate w/Training and Experience

Application deadline is May 28th, 2021.


Direct, administer, and manage the activities of the Office of Sustainability in support of organizational policies, goals, and objectives as established by the Deputy City Manager and City Manager. The Sustainability Manager serves a leadership role within the City of Columbia and provides general oversight and direction of department work to lead City-wide sustainability goals.

Job Functions

  • Provide guidance and direction to the Office of Sustainability in the planning, development, promotion, and delivery of services to the community.
  • Direct the preparation of short term and long range plans and the Office of Sustainability annual budget based on overall City goals and growth objectives.
  • Perform supervisory responsibilities which include interviewing, hiring and training employees, planning, assigning and directing the work of assigned staff, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems, all in accordance with City’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Develop and maintain a sound organizational plan by establishing policies that ensure management development and provide for capable management succession.
  • Direct, participate in and complete special projects for the City Council, as directed by the City Manager or Deputy City Manager. This includes gathering data, serving on committees and providing and presenting oral and written progress reports as required.
  • Establish and ensure operating policies within the Office of Sustainability that are consistent with the City Manager and City’s Deputy City Manager’s objectives.
  • Provide vision and leadership in the development of a climate action and adaptation plan for the City, including the establishment of goals, action items and metrics, and subsequently report on the effectiveness of those measures.
  • Develop and implement procedures and the means to promote communication and adequate information flow.
  • Direct development and implementation of policies and programs to track and monitor City energy and emissions goals.
  • Coordinate City’s involvement with external program partners that bring resources to the organization and raise Columbia’s status in the field of urban sustainability.
  • Serve with Department Directors as a member of the City Manager’s Cabinet.
  • Manage diverse funding streams, including general fund, enterprise funds, and fees with other departments for the implementation of sustainability services.
  • Attend City Council meetings and public hearings. Make public presentations at meetings and respond to questions and comments. Present technical information and policy options for Council consideration.
  • Form and lead cross-divisional teams to manage projects that affect multiple divisions and departments.
  • Initiate, direct, assist, and participate in communicating, coordinating, and cooperating with other city departments, divisions and other for the purpose of representing the Office of Sustainability.
  • Administer City grants for energy and environmental sustainability initiatives.
  • Conduct outreach, manage special projects and research as requested.
  • Assist other departments in short and long range planning programs for City plans.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders internal to city government as well as partners in the private, nonprofit and philanthropy sectors.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Environmental Studies, or Business Administration or related field required; a Master’s degree is desired.
  • Minimum five years of experience in administering environmental, energy, and sustainability programs through various monitoring systems and life cycle cost analyses.
  • Experience in grant writing and administration required.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • USGBC LEED Accreditation preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of sustainability monitoring systems such as USGBC LEEDSTAR Communities, EPA portfolio manager, ICLEI ClearPath.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills necessary for technical writing and grant writing.
  • Ability to conduct presentations to both small and large groups.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to the press, government organizations, and general public on various sustainability and environmental issues.
  • Ability to assign work, train, counsel, and supervise employees.
  • Understanding of government regulations for grant administration and fundraising practices.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to successfully develop positive intergovernmental, private sector and community relationships.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate a broad range of special projects and sustainability programs.

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