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Program Specialist - Climate Action Plan Implementation

Job Description

SALARY RANGE (approximate)

$29.90 - $41.87 Hour

$5,183.38 - $7,257.44 Monthly

$62,200.51 - $87,089.27 Annually

This posting is for the Ventura County County Executive Office;  vacancy location is Ventura and may require travel in-county, out-of-county, or out-of state.



What We Offer
The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package.  Aside from our base salary range, an employee within this position will also be eligible for the following:

  • Educational Incentive - An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor's degree, OR 5% for completion of a graduate degree.
  • Annual Leave - 208 hours per year, increasing to 288 hours after 5 years of service. 
  • Annual Leave Redemption - the ability to "cash in" or redeem up to 100 hours of Annual Leave per year after using 80 hours.
  • Deferred Compensation - Eligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.
  • Flexible Credit Allowance - This is a bi-weekly amount available to Regular employees for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Employees may also participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase their spending power by reimbursing them with pre-tax dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses.
  • Pension Plan - Participation in the County's defined pension plan.
  • Bilingual Incentive - This position is eligible for a bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill. This may be $.65 per hour (Level I), $.80 per hour (Level II), or $1.10 per hour (Level III).
  • Holidays - 11 paid days per year plus a scheduled floating holiday.

Ventura County
Ventura County is located on California’s “Gold Coast,” approximately 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 20 miles southeast of Santa Barbara. Residents enjoy rolling hills and sweeping ocean views in a nearly perfect Mediterranean climate. The beauty and weather combined with a wonderful quality of life are among the many reasons our residents choose to call Ventura County “home.”
Ventura County is a “general law” county, governed by a five-member, elected-by-district Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors appoint a County Executive Officer (CEO) to oversee the County budget, day-to-day operations, and to advise, assist, and act as an agent for the Board of Supervisors in all matters under the Board’s jurisdiction. It focuses on providing excellent services to its residents by promoting engagement, strategy, execution and accountability to include diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to ensure that all employees are treated with respect and without discrimination, and to improve culturally appropriate outcomes for community members.
The Sustainability Division of the County Executive Office
The Sustainability Division supports the County's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and efforts to improve its environmental performance by managing implementation of the County’s climate action plan and other sustainability-related initiatives. The Division is a regional lead in identifying and leveraging energy efficiency, clean transportation and renewable energy opportunities; matching projects with funding mechanisms.
The Sustainability Division administrates the Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) with the California Public Utility Commission. The 3C-REN offers a variety of programs designed for regional integration and delivery of energy efficiency solutions that pilot innovative ideas and serve the specific needs of the Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo region.
Additionally, the Sustainability Division administers the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA), a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) composed of public agencies working in collaboration to address good energy stewardship and sustainability practices in the region.
The Sustainability Division assists the Ventura County Board of Supervisor's representative to the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California – a Community Choice Energy JPA that procures alternative energy supplies to the residents of Ventura County.
The Position
The Program Specialist for Climate Action Plan Implementation under direction, plans, organizes, and performs a variety of activities in support of the Sustainability programs and outreach including monitoring, evaluating, reporting and overseeing and coordinating specific projects and initiatives. This individual works with stakeholders such as residents, community-based organizations, and partner agencies to coordinate and monitor various sustainability and climate related programs and oversees the management and implementation of contracts and grants. Additional responsibilities include identifying emerging trends, potential challenges, and new opportunities for the Sustainability Division.
The successful candidate will have experience in involving program management, administration and/or administrative support of programs; possess knowledge of climate change, energy, and sustainability programs; have experience in the implementation of climate action and adaptation programs, techniques, and methods.  
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s and/or master's degree in business administration, energy management, sustainability, energy efficiency, climate change, public policy or a related field and be a team player, a dynamic public speaker, and will demonstrate political acumen when dealing with various stakeholders and representatives.

The current position is a Fixed Term Regular vacancy within the Sustainability Division of the County Executive Office. Fixed Term positions are regular positions for up to three years. This fixed term position will expire 6/30/2024.
Payroll Title
Program Administrator I
County Executive Office – Government Affairs, Sustainability and Water
The Program Administrator I classification is a management classification and not eligible for overtime compensation. 



Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages community greenhouse gas emissions data collection, analysis, and reporting;
  • Manages climate action plan related emissions inventory and programs including data collection, analysis, and reporting; 
  • Participates in the development and implementation of program goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and priorities of strategies and work plans;
  • Assists management staff; participates in and provides support to a variety of committees and boards; prepares and presents staff reports and other correspondence as appropriate and necessary;
  • Plans, organizes, and administers education and engagement program in climate action planning and adaptation outreach programs for residents, government employees, businesses, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders including design and development of outreach materials, website design, content development, analytics, social media materials, and newsletters;
  • Ensures that assigned program activities comply with relevant federal, state, and local laws, policies, and regulations;
  • Manages and participates in climate action planning and climate adaptation public events, workshops, and other events;
  • Creates presentations and facilitates meetings for stakeholders and citizens on new programs, policies, or other sustainability efforts; 
  • Assists in outreach and marketing strategy including creation and distribution marketing materials, social media content creation, and development of promotional materials;
  • Monitors community and stakeholder preferences for outreach, promotional and educational materials including social media channel trends and metrics, adapting to popular media preferences, and monitoring outreach results and success;
  • Showcases individuals, businesses, and projects for recognition of leadership in sustainability;
  • Maintains and updates web-based content, web-based resources, and mailing list communications; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.


This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it. FIRST REVIEW of applications will be on or around August 27, 2021.

Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/jobs.  A paper application can be obtained by calling (805) 654-5129.  Our address is County of Ventura Human Resources Division, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.
Note to Applicants:  Sufficient information must be provided under the Education/Work Experience portions of the application and supplemental questionnaire to thoroughly and accurately demonstrate your qualifications to determine eligibility.  A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above sections; however, it may not be submitted in lieu of the application.
NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible.  If interested, please click here for additional information.
All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam at the time of filing. This questionnaire and may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position.
All applications will be reviewed to determine whether the stated requirements are met. Applicants meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the recruitment process.
A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured evaluation of the job application materials submitted by a candidate, with special emphasis on the written responses to the supplemental questionnaire. The T&E is NOT a determination of whether the candidate meets the stated requirements; rather, the T&E is one method for determining who are the better qualified among those who have shown that they meet the stated requirements. In a T&E, applications are either scored or rank ordered according to criteria that most closely meet the business needs of the department. Candidates are typically scored/ranked in relation to one another; consequently, when the pool of candidates is exceptionally strong, many qualified candidates may receive a score or rank which is moderate or even low resulting in them not being advanced in the process.
NOTE: In a typical T&E, your training and experience are evaluated in relation to the background, experience and factors identified for successful job performance during a job analysis. For this reason, it is recommended that your application materials clearly show your relevant background and specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is also highly recommended that the supplemental questions within the application are completed with care and diligence. Applicants must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.
If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, a T&E Evaluation will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.
Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.
The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill present and future Regular, Temporary, Fixed-term, Intermittent, or Extra Help vacancies for this position only. There is currently one (1) Fixed Term Regular vacancy within the Sustainability Division of the County Executive Office. Fixed Term positions are regular positions for up to three years. This fixed term position will expire 6/30/2024.
The selected candidate may be subjected to a thorough post-offer, pre-employment background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record.
For further information about this recruitment, please contact Katie Reynolds by e-mail at katie.reynolds@ventura.org or by telephone at (805) 654-2563.

Job Information

Job Title:
Program Specialist - Climate Action Plan Implementation
Position Level:
Program Administrator
Required Skills/Experience/Education:


These are the entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
Some administrative support experience coupled with some experience in energy management, sustainability, climate science, or a closely related field which demonstrates possession of and competency in technical knowledge of sustainability programs.
The requirements may be met with possession of a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, energy management, sustainability, climate science, public policy, or a closely-related field, 

One (1) year of experience in energy management, sustainability, climate change or a closely related area with the responsibility for planning, administering, organizing, coordinating and/or providing administrative support to such programs.
Education Substitute
Additional qualifying experience in energy management, sustainability, climate change or a closely related area with the responsibility for planning, administering, organizing, coordinating and/or providing administrative support to such programs, can be substituted for the related four-year college degree on a year-for-year basis.


  • Possess or obtain and maintain a valid California driver license.
  • Ability to frequently travel out-of-County.
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

NOTE: The application and answers to the supplemental questions will be used to evaluate applicant’s ability to communicate effectively in writing. 

Verification of the required college degree or college coursework is required if used to qualify.

  • Submit your college diploma, and/or transcripts/grade reports from an accredited college or university which shows your name, the conferred date and the major area of study within 3 days of the closing of the recruitment. 
  • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  
  • If you need additional time contact the analyst conducting this recruitment. 
  • Degree(s) from a foreign institution require an academic credential evaluation to determine the U.S. equivalency.  
  • If the name on this documentation is different from the name on your application, include documents that show the name change (e.g., a marriage certificate).  

Experience with:

  • California sustainability, climate, and energy issues within the public sector;
  • Federal, state, and local laws, policies, and regulations related to energy and sustainability programs;
  • Public speaking; 
  • Community engagement;
  • California Air Resource Board, California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission or related regulatory agencies 
  • Creating social media strategies.

Proficiency with:

  • Tools used in energy modeling and mapping, and emissions inventory, tracking and benchmarking including but not limited to ClearPath, CalEEMod, TerraCount, or other third-party models. 
  • Databases
  • Microsoft Outlook, SharePoint, and Teams
  • WordPress or other website administration applications
  • Canva or similar applications
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Photoshop

Bachelor's and/or Master's degree in business administration, energy management, sustainability, climate science, public policy, or a closely-related field. 

Fluency in speaking and writing in Spanish

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Working knowledge of: principles and practices of program management including planning, development and administration; principles and practices of public relations; climate action planning and local greenhouse gas reduction strategies; greenhouse gas emissions monitoring, tracking, and reporting; energy and sustainability program development and energy technologies; terminology used in climate action planning, climate adaptation, sustainability programs, and other areas of assignment; modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers;  technologies and tools used to support climate action planning, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and other sustainability initiatives; federal, state, and local laws, policies, and regulations related to energy and sustainability programs.
Ability to: prepare a variety of reports and recommendations; speak effectively in public; understand, interpret, and apply administrative and departmental policies and procedures; understand interpret and apply pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations; understand and implement climate action planning and adaptation techniques and methods; establish effective, courteous working relationships with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds, including management, employees, the public, community partners, and the media; organize resources, establish priorities, meet deadlines and objectives; develop and maintain record keeping systems and procedures; ability to work independently; collaborate with key stakeholders.
Skill to: operate and use modern technology including computers, tablets, smart mobile devices; effective written and oral communication; public speaking; community engagement.
Intermediate proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Teams; desktop publishing, social media and content management applications, such as WordPress, Canva, Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop; databases and tools used in energy modeling, mapping, emissions inventory and tracking and benchmarking.

Salary Range:
$62,200.51 - $87,089.27 Annually
Position Start Date:
August 27, 2021
Position Type:
Full Time
Job Application Due Date:
August 27, 2021
Date Added to Website: August 18, 2021

Contact Information

Organization Name:
County of Ventura (County Executive Office)
800 S. Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009
United States
Job Category:
Environmental, Land Use, Rural Planning
Phone Number:
(805) 654-2563

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