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Utility and Sustainability Specialist
San Mateo County Community College District in San Mateo, California
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Date Posted 05/31/2018
Admin-Facilities Management
Salary $65,100 - $83,076  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Number


Position Title

Utility and Sustainability Specialist


District Office


Facilities / Public Safety DIST (DEPT)

Position Number


Percentage of Full Time



Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)

Months per Year


If other, please specify


Min Salary

$65,100 (annual)

Max Salary

$83,076 (annual)

Position Type

Classified Positions

Posting Text


Who We Are

The San Mateo County Community District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District

San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges have been designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions. The District enrolls approximately 23,000 students, the majority of whom are from minoritized populations. Of the students within the District, 2.8% are African-American, 0.2% are American Indian, 16.4% are Asian, 10.4% are Filipino, 24.6% are Latinx, 1.6% are Pacific Islander, 24.0% are White, 17.8% Multi-Ethnic, and 2.2% are unknown.

Who We Want

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position

Under the direction of the Energy and Sustainability Manager, the Utility and Sustainability Specialist develops, maintains, and expands energy and sustainability initiatives. Public contact is extensive and involves College and District staff, students, administration, and the community-at-large. The Utility and Sustainability Specialist will help lead the District-wide Sustainability Committee and act as a liaison for the Facilities team with various community stakeholders. A high degree of independent judgement and creativity are required to resolve many minor and occasional major problems that arise. The Utility and Sustainability Specialist can train and lead the work of interns, student assistants, and other staff as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Coordinates integrated activities related to resource conservation and sustainability initiatives.

2. Initiates energy, water, solid waste and other conservation opportunities; implements appropriate projects.

3. Aligns all sustainability initiatives with District strategic objectives.

4. Subject matter expert with proficiency in communicating complex ideas and challenges into simple terms through various written, oral, online, and in-person communication platforms.

5. Creates partnerships with faculty to utilize the campus as a living laboratory to optimize efficiency and provide students real life sustainable solutions experiences.

6. Generates and administers energy and sustainability reports, articles, presentations and other education, technical and outreach materials.

7. Conducts quantitative and qualitative analyses and monitors utility data in order to develop and implement recommendations to improve the effectiveness of sustainability programs.

8. Identifies and pursues grant funding, rebate programs, or other resources to support energy and sustainability initiatives.

9. Initiates, coordinates, and facilitates employee and student sustainability engagements and trainings.

10. Researches and authors energy and sustainability program documentation for internal and external audiences.

11. Regularly updates and maintains existing planning documents and program accomplishments.

12. Develops transition plans and creates replicable systems across the District and to serve the California and national Community College System.

13. Supports Facilities Planning Maintenance and Operations’ commitment to continuous improvement, efficiency, and providing premier learning environments.

14. Establishes and maintains positive and effective collaborative working relationships with internal faculty and staff as well as external community partners.

15. Represents SMCCCD Facilities and Sustainability and presents at local, state, and national meetings and conferences.

16. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, engineering, business administration, or a closely related field

• Minimum of one year of energy and sustainability project/program management experience

• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

• Experience in a matrix environment, including exposure to complex office procedures

• Experience collaborating with others, including students

• Experience with the use of a variety of computer software to compose and prepare correspondence, reports, presentations, web content and other materials

• Experience with research and compiling data for, formatting, and preparing statistical, financial and other reports

• Demonstrated skill in multitasking, prioritizing workloads, and working independently

• Demonstrated skill in working as part of a customer service team

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Knowledge of energy, water, waste, and other utility efficiency procedures

2. Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to the environment and sustainability

3. Knowledge of principles and techniques of project coordination and management

4. Knowledge of facilities and utility data monitoring

5. Skill in prioritizing deliverables under deadline pressure, using independent judgment for decision-making

6. Skill in use of the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and web-based content management systems

7. Skill in respectful, tactful and sensitive interaction with people who are diverse in their academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds

8. Skill in project and program management

9. Skill in oral communication, including public speaking to a variety of audiences

10. Skill in written and graphical communication and in multiple media formats

11. Skill in training and leading volunteers and junior level staff

12. Skill in organizing data, setting up, tracking, and maintaining data in electronic files; data comparison and interpretation with attention to detail

13. Ability to coordinate, anticipate, and resolve workload issues and problems

14. Ability to work effectively as part of a customer service team

15. Ability to listen and comprehend a variety of directional formats

Physical Requirements

This classification requires manual dexterity; pulling, pushing, reaching; and moving items of light to moderate weight up to 30 pounds; work at a computer, including viewing a monitor for various lengths of time, repetitive use of keyboard, mouse, or other control device, and dexterity of hands and fingers to operate keyboard in order to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Qualifications

• LEED Green Associate preferred


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

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Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax:(650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions) 
2. Submit verifications of prior employment 
3. Satisfactory references 
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States 
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees 
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment. 
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2017 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2017 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2017 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2017 Annual Security Report is now available at You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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