Special Projects Manager (Climate Program Manager)

The City of San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

Job Summary

Under administrative direction, is responsible for managing and coordinating the development and implementation of the City of San Antonio's climate program, as well as complex administrative projects or activities that require a high degree of specialized knowledge. Conducts research, provides data, makes recommendations, and implements solutions to achieve project goals and objectives. Exercises direct supervision over assigned staff.

This position is an "unclassified" position and has no disciplinary appeal rights to the Municipal Civil Service Commission. This position is likewise subject to at-will employment status and can be terminated at any time for any reason.

Essential Job Functions

  • Manages and coordinates projects and activities between various divisions, City departments, public agencies, and/or private sector representatives related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Manage the development and implementation of the city's first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, including community engagement, establishing carbon footprint reduction targets and strategies, and measuring and reporting progress.
  • Maintains community relationships and fosters community-wide initiatives and cooperative partnerships to advance and promote climate protection and sustainability; communicate the financial and environmental benefits of implementing best practices; and achieve measurable progress on reducing the community's and city governments' carbon footprint.
  • Assist the Chief Sustainability Officer in integrating climate initiatives into broader sustainability goals and help the city develop as a national climate and sustainability leader.
  • Track international, federal, and state policies, trends, funding opportunities related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Seeks and evaluates information from a variety of sources; provides specialized reports as requested by management.
  • Oversees coordination between divisions/departments throughout duration of projects.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations.
  • Coordinates and prepares reports and correspondence in response to requests for information from City Manager's Office and Mayor & Council Offices; may also prepare City Council agenda material such as ordinances, council memos, etc.
  • Suggests and implements management solutions to address new or ongoing problems within department or division.
  • May assist in preparing and monitoring of annual departmental or divisional budget.
  • Serves as departmental/divisional representative at conferences and meetings.
  • May supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
  • Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in Climate Change, Environmental Studies, Public Policy and Administration, Planning, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience.


  • Master's Degree.


  • If selected for this position, official transcripts, diplomas, certifications and licenses must be submitted at the time of processing. Unofficial transcripts and copies of other relevant documents may be attached to the application for consideration in advance.
  • Please be advised that if selected for this position, information regarding employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position will be needed for employment verification. Applicants claiming military service to meet the experience requirement for this position may attach a DD214 to the application.
  • Unless otherwise stated, applicants are permitted to substitute two years of related full-time experience for one year of higher education or one year of related higher education for two years of experience in order to meet the minimum requirements of the job. One year of full-time experience is defined as 30 or more hours worked per week for 12 months. One year of higher education is defined as 30 credit hours completed at an accredited college or university.
  • Applicants selected for employment with the City of San Antonio in this position must receive satisfactory results from pre-employment drug testing and background checks. If required for the position, a physical, motor vehicle record evaluation, and additional background checks may be conducted.


  • Physical requirements include frequently lifting/carrying up to 5 pounds and occasional lifting/carrying up to 15 pounds; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer keyboard and basic office equipment. Subject to sitting, standing, reaching, walking, twisting and kneeling to perform the essential functions. Working conditions are primarily inside an office environment with occasional exposure to hazardous materials, bodily fluids, infectious diseases and unfavorable fumes, vapors and odors.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of climate science and greenhouse gas accounting and reporting protocols.
  • Knowledge of best practices in community engagement.
  • Knowledge of administrative and management practices.
  • Knowledge of research techniques, methods, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of presentation requirements and methods.
  • Knowledge of accounting methods, practices, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of public administration practices and local government issues.
  • Skill in utilizing a personal computer and associated software programs.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Ability to interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Ability to implement policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, management and the general public.
Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Not Required
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