Climate & Resilience Analyst, County of Sonoma
As a member of the Climate Action and Resiliency Division in the County Administrator's Office (CAO), the Climate & Resilience Analyst - Project will be the main administrative point of contact for and have general oversight of the recently awarded $10M U.S. Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA/NRCS) Climate Smart Commodities Grant. The position will assist with the coordination and implementation of additional projects under the Climate Action and Resiliency Pillar of the Sonoma County Strategic Plan, such as the Climate Resilient Lands Strategy which aims to make Sonoma County’s natural and working lands more resilient to climate change. Across all projects, this position will be responsible for researching, writing project recommendations and proposals, preparing reports, and managing budgets.
The Climate & Resilience Analyst will work with many County departments and agencies, coordinate large and diverse stakeholder groups, and represent the County in meetings related to executing projects for the USDA/NRCS grant and other climate and resilience projects as assigned, in particular supporting grant applications and implementation, tracking, and reporting of other related grant projects. In addition to managing and tracking grants and related CAO projects, the Climate & Resilience Analyst will acquire an understanding of the broad effects of climate change and climate action to provide professional-level support in climate-related policy and legislative affairs, and promote equitable processes and outcomes.
The ideal candidate possesses the ability to innovate, visualize, and collaborate on projects with a variety of stakeholders to achieve goals and objectives. An individual who holds a positive mindset, sense of humor, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative environment will be most successful in this role. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have:
- Grant management experience including writing project proposals, administering grants, preparing reports, managing budgets, and coordinating projects
- Superb written communication skills to effectively communicate complex information to broad audiences
- An advanced skillset in Excel and proficiency in operating in the Microsoft Office suite
- Some knowledge of the climate action and resiliency field, and/or an understanding of state and federal agencies that offer climate-related funding opportunities
- Enthusiasm for land-based strategies to build climate resilience, including both natural and working lands
- The ability to address multiple, sometimes competing, priorities
- Familiarity with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act a plus
We are currently recruiting to fill a Climate & Resilience Analyst - Project position which is funded through August 22, 2028. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.
- Education: Any combination of course work and training which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, academic coursework in public administration, business administration, management, accounting, political science, economics, statistics, English composition, psychology or closely related courses would provide such an opportunity.
- Experience: Work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, one year of full-time professional level staff experience related to general administration, accounting, budgetary analysis, or human resources work including research, analysis, and preparation of written reports and recommendations would provide such an opportunity.
- License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Working knowledge of: principles and practices of business and public administration as pertinent to area of assignment; principles, practices and political implications of decisions regarding budgeting, fiscal management, human resources and contract management; principles and methods of work planning, staffing analysis and project management; techniques and practices of research methodology, data collection, and analysis; report writing; application and use of basic statistics; the use of electronic information equipment and specific systems as used within the department.
- Knowledge of: operations and functions of county government and the structure and function of the assigned department; modern supervisory management and human resources practice; modern office methods and procedures.
- Ability to: plan, organize, and conduct research, analysis and statistical studies related to the various aspects of administration, budget and general management matters; collect, compile and analyze qualitative and quantitative data; review and implement changes in work methods, systems and procedures; understand, interpret and explain laws, regulations and policies governing program operations; prepare budgets, grant applications, service contracts and complex narrative and statistical reports; communicate effectively orally and in writing, and present conclusions and recommendations before advisory and policy bodies; establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, employees, clients, and the public in carrying out sound management policies; understand program objectives in relation to departmental goals and procedures; organize and prioritize work assignments; persuade, examine, and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations; analyze administrative problems and budget requests; use of electronic information equipment and specific systems as used within the department; effectively supervise the work of technical and office support staff.
Applications are accepted online at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org. Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail.
All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.