Senior Community Engagement Specialist

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Senior Community Engagement Specialist | Bay Area Air Quality Management District | San Francisco


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (District) is a regional government agency. The District’s statutory mandate is to regulate stationary sources of air emissions. The District accomplishes this goal through regulation of industrial facilities and conducts various outreach and incentive programs designed to encourage clean air choices.

The District’s jurisdiction encompasses all of seven counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Napa, and portions of two others – southwestern Solano and southern Sonoma.

The District is recruiting for the position of Senior Staff Specialist (Senior Community Engagement Specialist) in the Community Engagement & Policy Division. This is a regular, full-time, represented position. There is one (1) vacancy.

The Community Engagement and Policy Division engages the public in Air District programs and
policies. The Community Engagement Section is the Air District’s main point of contact with the
public and employs inclusive and equitable community engagement strategies to increase
awareness, foster relationships and ensure opportunities for stakeholder participation in planning
and decision-making. Staff particularly seek opportunities for those that have been historically
excluded, discriminated against, under-represented, or under-resourced to participate and shape
Air District decisions that impact their lives and improve public health.

This is the advanced lead level in the Staff Specialist series. Incumbents may provide lead direction and may be assigned to perform the more complex duties. This class is distinguished from the Supervising Staff Specialist in that the latter assigns, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned staff. This class is distinguished from Staff Specialist I/II, which is at the journey level, and does not typically perform lead work or the most complex duties.

About the Position:

Under direction, the Senior Staff Specialist (Senior Community Engagement Specialist) works with Community Engagement Section staff and other Air District divisions to create, deliver and evaluate equitable and inclusive initiatives that strengthen and expand community engagement and participation. The Senior Staff Specialist may guide the Air District’s Community Health Protection Program (AB 617) implementation and other engagement strategies in communities historically overburdened by air pollution; lead new capacity building initiatives with community partners and Air District staff; re-imagine and direct the Air District’s youth engagement strategy; design and facilitate engaging Air District and community meetings, workshops and events; lead the Community Grants Program; develop and manage innovative online engagement strategies through Open Air Forum, the Air District website and other tools; represent the Air District at community meetings; and other duties as assigned.

Examples of Duties for this Position

Independently provides routine outreach and communication on behalf of the District with industry, the public and other agencies to obtain and disseminate technical and operational information.

Coordinates and facilitates workshops, meetings, and trainings on the technical application and interpretation of District programs, regulations and rules; makes presentations and develops supporting technical materials.

Provides lead direction, training and work review to technical and support staff, prioritizes and follows up on work assignments to ensure timely completion.

Provides lead direction in the development of policies and guidelines for assigned programs

Reviews, analyzes, and administers a variety of grants, contracts, and other agreements in support of District activities; monitors expenditures and charges against agreements; prepares fiscal status reports for management; advises contractors and management regarding issues involving contract administration and interpretation; and prepares cost analysis.

Provides input into selection decisions and performance evaluations, and provides for technical development and training.

Researches technical feasibility and control proposals for new or revised programs; Develops and applies quality control and assurance measures to ensure the effectiveness of programs and appropriate application of methods in accordance with District policies, rules, and regulations

Prepares Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and Requests for Quotations (RFQs); prepares contract documents and other agreements using standard District procedures; and reviews contract terms and conditions.

Calculates emissions reductions, analyzes cost-effectiveness, assesses emissions inventories and performs other technical work within the context of mobile sources and incentives, contracts, business services, finance, budget, and facility management; reviews and summarizes data, prepares special and periodic reports.

Maintains computer databases and program records.

Leads internal and external audits for programs and assists in physical inspections to ensure compliance with program requirements; prepares and presents staff reports to the District’s Board of Directors, and/or sub-committees.

Conducts research and prepares and presents reports as assigned

Prepares and responds to correspondence directed toward public and private organizations relative to programs. Responds to oral and written requests for information about programs;

Explains and interprets technical policies, rules and regulations regarding programs; gathers and prepares background information;

Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is:

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and four years of professional analytical experience, including developing and administering programs.

Some positions may require more specialized education, training and experience.

How to Apply & Selection Criteria

Interested individuals must submit a completed BAAQMD application and chronological resume, and responses to the supplemental questions no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Applications are accepted online only. Please visit our website at to apply. Resumes must be included, and not in lieu of the required application materials. Postmarks, faxes, and E-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Except as requested in this announcement, do not include any additional documents, such as letters of recommendation, performance evaluations, work samples, etc. They will not be considered or returned.

Supplemental Questionnaire Instructions: 
Individuals who apply for this position must respond to each of the supplemental questions. Both paper and online applications must be received by the Human Resources Office no later than the time and date specified in the vacancy announcement. The responses to the supplemental application questions will be used in accordance with the procedures indicated under the Selection Criteria in the vacancy announcement.

Instructions: Please limit your responses to one page per question. Do not combine your responses, or reference your application, resume, or any other requested documentation that you have included with your application packet to answer a question. Please be advised that the information you provide will be evaluated “as is” and incomplete or illegible applications will likely receive lower ratings. Therefore, it is very important to provide a concise, organized, and easy to follow response to each question.

You must provide the following for each question regarding experience: The name of the employer where you gained your experience, your job title, length of time in years/months performing the specific function, and detailed examples that illustrate your duties and responsibilities.

Selection may be based upon a competitive examination consisting of a written exercise, interview, or combination of the two. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, an application screening and/or panel interview may be used to determine the most qualified applicants.

The District may hire from this recruitment process to fill future vacancies occurring within the next 18 months.

Updates regarding your status in the recruitment will be sent via email, unless you indicate a different preference on your application.

Persons with disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations during the application and/or selection process should notify the Human Resources Office at (415) 749-4980.

The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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