Job Posting: Transportation Policy and Funding Program Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Transportation Policy and Funding Program Specialist

$8,985.00 - $11,248.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/4/2020

Job Description and Duties

Due to the COVID-19 Emergency, our drop-off location is temporarily closed.  Please submit your application electronically or by mail.

The Sustainable Transportation and Communities Division is looking for a creative, analytical, and diplomatic Staff Air Pollution Specialist (SAPS) to join the Climate Investments Benefits Section (CIBS), which is responsible for providing policy and technical guidance to agencies administering transportation, energy, and research funding programs. This SAPS position will require a significant amount of initiative, knowledge, resilience, and leadership ability.


In this role, the SAPS will be responsible for providing the Division with in-depth transportation policy and funding expertise to address the unique challenges associated with advancing a more sustainable and equitable transportation system and climate-resilient communities. Using this expertise, the SAPS will evaluate existing or emerging State transportation programs, such as the California Transportation Commission's (CTC} Solution for Congested Corridors Program, for opportunities to reduce emissions and vehicle miles traveled in a way that achieves a range of environmental, social, and economic co-benefits, particularly in the State's disadvantaged and low income communities. The SAPS will also be responsible for leading the agency's collaborative effort on public joint meetings with CTC and the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop and implement policies that jointly affect transportation, housing, and air quality/climate.


In addition, the SAPS will be required to work closely with the other SAPS in the Branch and Division to identify new initiatives, review deliverables for policy and scientific accuracy, manage contracts on efforts related to improving quantification methodology development, pro-actively build constructive relationships with program managers and staff within CARB and at other State agencies, resolve sensitive program issues with tact and diplomacy, represent CARB at forums and workshops, prepare and present comprehensive reports to GARB management, and represent the program in meetings

with other divisions, the Executive Office, the Chair's Office, the Board, CalEPA, other State agencies, the Governor's Office, the Legislature, local governments, businesses, communities, and advocacy groups. To ensure Board-wide coordination and communication, the SAPS is expected to collaborate across divisions and be familiar with CARB's major programs and actively work to connect project assignments to CARB's broader objectives to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, criteria pollutants, and air toxics.

Travel within California will be required.


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

Working Conditions

SACRAMENTO LOCATION: CARB offices are located in the beautiful CalEPA building in downtown Sacramento.

  • Position is located in a high-rise building.
  • Requires being in a stationary position consistent with office work for extended periods.
  • You will work in a standard office environment (for example: artificial lighting, controlled temperature, etc.
  • You will use daily a personal computer, office equipment, and/or telephone.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Transportation Policy and Funding Program Specialist
$8,985.00 - $11,248.00
# 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 innovative approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world.

CARB values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.  CARB believes the diversity of our employees collectively make up one of the world’s most respected environmental organizations.  Join CARB and help us improve the lives of all Californians.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

This is a Permanent Fulltime position.  In order to be considered for this position, you must indicate "Permanent Fulltime" and "Sacramento County" in your Employment Preferences in your CalCareer Account.

If education is being used to meet the Minimum Qualifications, you
must submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts and/or degree in order to be considered for this position.

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: 6/4/2020

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
Due to Covid-19, hardcopies must be delivered by a carrier service or USPS.
07:30 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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - Cover Letter (CL) is required and must be included.

    Please include a clear and concise CL that highlights your interest in

    and qualifications for, this position.

    CARB will not consider applicants who fail to provide a CL with their application.

    Resumes do not take the place of the Cover Letter.
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: anticipate program needs and initiate solutions; be an effective leader and mentor; successfully negotiate solutions to sensitive program conflicts with tact and diplomacy; initiate and sustain collaborative teams; independently develop new analytical methods with limited data; write effectively using direct, concise, and nontechnical language; think strategically and speak articulately; manage multiple high-priority assignments under accelerated and competing deadlines; be adaptable to changing priorities and to a rapidly changing policy and political environment; provide quality assurance and control on staff analyses; lead incentive programs and external contracts; communicate and work well with other staff and managers; 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: greenhouse gas or air pollution incentives and emission reduction programs; project management; innovative application of economic principles and practices; environmental and economic cost-benefit analyses; research or information technology contract management; existing mobile source emissions quantification methods; the California budget and legislative processes; congestion mitigation and air quality improvements; and modeling tools for transportation and land use such as EMFAC,

CalEEMod, Cal-B/C or similar.

Must be able to travel within the State.


The Benefits of working at CARB in the CalEPA building:

  • Exercise/Wellness Classes during Lunch Hour
  • Onsite Gym and Exercise Equipment
  • Onsite Locker and Shower Facilities
  • Onsite Daycare Facility
  • Onsite Cafeteria
  • Indoor Bicycle Lockers
  • Nearby Public Transportation
  • Nearby Third Party Parking Facility


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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.


CARB highly recommends electronic application submission for all their JC (Job Control) postings.  For those applicants who are unable to submit an electronic application, they may be submitted in paper format but must contain the following information on the first page of the application in order to be processed and included in the applicant pool:

• The JC number listed on the job posting,

• The classification title,

• Current CalCareer I.D. number (from your CalCareer account under the "CalCareer Account" tab)

 Applicant’s must not include Social Security Numbers, LEAP status information or paperwork, Equal Employment Opportunity information, exam result notices or scores, or medical or criminal history information on any document within their application package.

Drop off hardcopy applications on the 1st Floor, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00PM and the hours don't apply to weekends or state holidays.

Please do not submit a second application by paper if you submitted an electronic application.

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


If you are new to State service, you can follow the link below to view the necessary steps to apply and be eligible for a State position:


In order to be list eligible through CalHR’s Staff Air Pollution Specialist Certification List you must take, pass, and be in one of the top ranks (your rank is listed in your CalCareer account in the “Exams/Assessments Passed” tab within the relevant exam). The Exam can be found at the following link:

For reference, Minimum Qualifications for the classification can be found at the following link:

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