Job Posting: Environmental Justice and Community Outreach Specialist

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission

Environmental Justice and Community Outreach Specialist

$6,124.00 - $7,608.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

BCDC is considering adding historic new policies to the San Francisco Bay Plan focused on environmental justice and social equity. To help implement equitable shoreline planning and permitting along the San Francisco Bay shoreline, we are seeking a passionate and self-directed individual with experience in environmental justice and social equity, community engagement, and natural resources management to join BCDC’s Planning Unit. Under supervision of the Planning Director, the Environmental Justice and Community Outreach Specialist will act as BCDC’s primary liaison with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, and develop and implement new programs related to facilitate more meaningful engagement with communities affected by BCDC’s permitting and planning activities. S/he will also assist with BCDC’s sea level rise adaptation planning and related community engagement activities. Finally, the Environmental Justice and Community Outreach Specialist will aid BCDC as it develops and implements digital communication strategies and meeting accessibility improvements for the department, with a focus on improved communication with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, key stakeholders, the general public, and the media. The staff person will lead BCDC’s tribal affairs and consultation.

Essential Job Functions.

Community Outreach and Engagement: Establish and develop relationships with Bay Area vulnerable and disadvantaged communities to facilitate the exchange of ideas and encourage community participation in BCDC permitting and planning processes; establish tribal outreach and consultation throughout BCDC’s programs; plan and organize stakeholder engagement and community partnerships to build community networks and establish regular meetings; travel to various locations in the Bay Area and/or Sacramento area to meet with and present to stakeholder groups.

Environmental Justice and Social Equity Program Development: As BCDC implements new policies related to environmental justice and social equity, assist in designing and delivering community education and trainings, internal trainings on community engagement best practices, and coordination with environmental justice advocates and the public. As part of BCDC’s efforts related to regional planning for sea level rise, provide strategic guidance to the agency around equitable planning processes, and lead specific engagement processes with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and partnerships with community-based organizations. Coordinate with staff and the public to prioritize issues of concern and serve as the chief liaison with technical program staff to identify the potential range of responsive actives and report progress to communities. Evaluate program outcomes, procedures and work plans for consistency with desired outcomes and performance goals.

Public Communications and Meeting Accessibility: Develop communication, engagement, and outreach materials that effectively communicate policy and planning initiatives to communities, other stakeholders, elected officials and the media; improve BCDC’s public meeting accessibility to foster inclusive participation processes; conduct surveys, assess cultural sensitivities and identify culturally specific communication needs; ensure that interested environmental justice and tribal community stakeholders are made aware of the activities related to their communities and are provided with opportunities to participate in any recommendations being developed or decisions being made.

Other: Provide overall strategic direction to BCDC leadership on integration of environmental justice, social equity and tribal affairs; participate in various BCDC staff programs, staff meetings and projects, such as cross-agency or other collaborative efforts.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Environmental Justice and Community Outreach Specialist
$6,124.00 - $7,608.00
$6,124.00 - $7,608.00
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Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The award-winning San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a State of California government department located in the City of San Francisco with regulatory and planning responsibilities over San Francisco Bay, the Suisun Marsh, salt ponds, and along the Bay Area’s nine-county shoreline. BCDC is guided in its actions by state and federal laws, policies, and regulations including: the McAteer-Petris Act, Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, San Francisco Bay Plan, Suisun Marsh Protection Plan and various special area plans.
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Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

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:

San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA 94105

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, CA 94105
08:00 AM - 05:00 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.
  • Other - Cover Letter
  • Other - Minimum of Three Professional References
  • Other - Brief Writing Sample (5 pages or less)
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 candidate should be an experienced community engagement professional well-versed with Bay Area environmental justice and social equity issues. The ideal candidate has experience building trust with community leaders in vulnerable or disadvantaged communities, organizing within these communities and/or conducting outreach/engagement in these communities. The candidate should be an effective problem solver with strong oral and written communications skills, as well as an experienced facilitator with diverse audiences. The person should be dedicated, mature, collaborative, and have the ability to develop programs under minimal supervision. The person should have knowledge of California land use, environmental, and environmental justice issues, be familiar with relevant trends in coastal and land use planning and policy, and possess a background in or familiarity with resource conservation, urban and natural resource project design, and the social, natural and/or political sciences or a related field. Lastly, the candidate should appreciate BCDC’s mandate to balance conservation and development of the Bay’s diverse resources. Multi-lingual candidates of language(s) commonly spoken in the Bay Area are preferred.


This vacancy will be filled in the classification of either:

  • Coastal Program Analyst III: $6,124 - $7,608/month
  • Staff Services Manager I: $6,124 - $7,608/month

Benefits include paid vacation/sick leave or annual leave; public transit subsidy; 11 paid holidays each calendar year; health, dental, and vision benefits; and deferred compensation and retirement benefit programs.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Corinne Young
(415) 904-9446
Hiring Unit Contact:
Jessica Fain
(415) 352-3642

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:
Peggy Atwell
(415) 352-3638
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.


Applications will be accepted until position is filled. However, applications received by September 13, 2019 will be given first priority consideration. Applications will be screened and the most qualified candidates interviewed. Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

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