Job Posting: Vibrant Communities and Climate Investments Manager

State Air Resources Board

Vibrant Communities and Climate Investments Manager

$8,986.00 - $11,247.00

Final Filing Date: 12/14/2018

Job Description and Duties

The Climate Investments Branch is looking for an energetic, creative, analytical and diplomatic manager to be responsible for the community transformation efforts of the California Climate Investments Program, and for ensuring robust collaboration across CARB’s Divisions and other State agencies.  This position will be part of the leadership team in CARB's new Sustainable Transportation and Communities Division.

You will be tasked with leading a team focused on making California communities healthier and more sustainable, and will work in close coordination with other State agencies that are funding community-based projects that: connect housing with walking, biking, and transit; support urban forestry and greenspace; promote solar energy and energy efficiency for low-income households; and provide new equipment and engines that cut air pollution.  This section directly supports California's broader efforts to: cut greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, particularly from transportation sources; support regional and local jurisdictions planning for and working towards more sustainable commuities; lift-up disadvantaged and low-income communities through community engagement and assistence to help make their communities healthier via AB 617 and other related efforts; and help Californians adapt to climate change.

As the section manager, you will be responsible for supervising a team of talented and enthusiastic individuals that have a wide range of analytical, policy, and communication experience.  You will be responsible for leading and mentoring the staff in completing the section's responsibilities, which include: building relationships with other State agencies administering over $1 billion annually in funding; providing policy and implementation recommendations for how these investments can better support the State's broader goals for sustainable communities and community air protection; ensuring projects are reducing greenhouse gas emissions; conducting outreach on funding opportunities and benefits; quantifying environmental, economic, and public health benefits; and providing transparency to the public on funding outcomes.  In managing the staff, you will be expected to foster a team environment based on the tenets of shared respect, trust, honesty, staff leadership and decision-making, collaboration, analytical accuracy and precision, clear communication, and adherence to CARB’s policies and procedures.  Working closely with other managers in the Branch, you will conduct section planning and resourcing, review deliverables, apply CARB policies, resolve sensitive program and personnel issues with tact and diplomacy, and represent the program in meetings with other public agencies, CARB and CalEPA executive leadership, and the public.  Travel within California will be required.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Vibrant Communities and Climate Investments Manager
$8,986.00 - $11,247.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has pioneered a range of effective approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world.

SACRAMENTO LOCATION: CARB offices are located in the beautiful CalEPA building in downtown Sacramento.  We are located close to light rail and offer an on-site exercise room, childcare center, a cafeteria, and Golden1 ATM access.  If you are looking for a fast-paced, stimulating atmosphere with plenty of team spirit, then this is the place to be.  Come join our team in efforts to improve the quality of California's air and reduce the effects of climate change at one of the world's most respected environmental agencies. 
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Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 12/14/2018

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

State Air Resources Board
Attn: Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Drop-off hours are only open during state business days. This does not include weekends or holidays.
07:30 AM - 03:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - Cover Letter is required and must be included.
    Please include a concise, well-written one-page cover letter that describes your interest in this position and how your experience uniquely qualifies you to provide the leadership needed for this position.  Please provide a resume or curriculum vitae as well.  These materials will be used for interview screening in addition to your application. 
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

The most competitive candidate will have demonstrated an ability to: be an effective leader and mentor; successfully negotiate solutions to sensitive program or personnel conflicts with tact and diplomacy; initiate and sustain collaborative teams; lead technical teams responsible for development of new analytical methods with limited data; write effectively using direct, concise, and non-technical language; think strategically and speak articulately; manage multiple high priority assignments under accelerated and competing deadlines; readily adapt to changing priorities; manage or lead incentive programs and external contracts; communicate and work well with other staff and managers; apply personnel and procedural requirements; and be comfortable with a flexible and highly collaborative management structure based on cross-sectional project teams.

Knowledge of, or experience with, the following specialized areas is also desirable:  legislative and policy analysis for transportation, climate change, or environmental justice; experience working at a regional or local level to develop or implement sustainable community strategies; community outreach and communication; research or information technology contract management; existing stationary, mobile, and natural source emissions quantification methods; State and local emission inventories; greenhouse gas or air pollution regulatory or incentive emission reduction programs; project level environmental impact analysis; transportation policy and financing; modeling tools for transportation, land use, energy, natural resources, or waste such as EMFAC, CalEEMod, i-Tree, or similar; and geographic analysis tools such as ArcGIS. 

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Gena Harmonson
(916) 324-3294

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Beverly Bueno
(916) 323-7053
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


Please fill out the STD 678 completely, this includes listing the JC#, Position #, and Classification Name and suppling all required/requested legible paperwork.

Failure to follow the application instructions will result in your application not being considered for hire.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail