Job Posting: Executive Officer/California Coastal Conservancy

State Coastal Conservancy

Executive Officer/California Coastal Conservancy

$11,867.00 - $13,219.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/27/2021

Job Description and Duties

The Executive Officer (EO) of the California Coastal Conservancy is appointed by, and is directly responsible to, a seven-member board consisting of four members of the public appointed by the Governor (2), Speaker of the Assembly (1) and State Senate Rules Committee (1), the California Coastal Commission Chair, the Natural Resources Agency Secretary, and the Director of Finance.  The Executive Officer, in collaboration and cooperation with the Board is Responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and administering the functions of the Coastal Conservancy.


Manage and lead the Coastal Conservancy staff of 70, including eight direct reports.

Serve as the Executive Officer (EO) of San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, which has a $25 million per year budget for habitat restoration along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. The Executive Officer is the face with the public, to the press, other government entities and NGO’s. The Executive Officer, in cooperation with the Board is Responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and administering the functions of the Restoration Authority including supervising the staff.

Prioritize and approve expenditure of the Coastal Conservancy budget averaging $70 million per year and consisting of bond funds, special funds, non-governmental funds, federal funds, and reimbursements for legislatively mandated programs. Manage an average of $20 million annually in federal grants.

Develop and maintain relationships with external entities.  This includes community-based groups, non-profit organizations, local governments, mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers, state and federal legislators and other appointed and elected officials, making presentations, attending project openings, ribbon cutting ceremonies and other public events.

Serve on the boards of Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, Baldwin Hills Conservancy, Moro Bay National Estuary Program, and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. 

About the Position:

  • Work Location:  Elihu M Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor, Oakland, CA  94612
  • Job Type:  Exempt Executive Assignment -- Non-Tenured, Full Time -- Salary:  $11,867 $13,219 -- monthly

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

Working Conditions

  • Monday through Friday; prolonged periods of sitting (or standing, if preferred)
  • Work on a computer up to 8 hours per day
  • Indoor work is standard, although outdoor work may be necessary
  • May be required to work in occasional confrontational situations with project partners, grantees, members of the private and public sector, state, federal, and local government agencies, and the news media
  • Attend and participate in meetings with staff of other agencies and grantees
  • Multi task, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities in a cooperative manner
  • Travel by car or plane, with overnight stays necessary on occasion

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Special Requirements

    This is an exempt executive assignment (at-will) position, non-tenured, full time, and is appointed by the State Coastal Conservancy Board.

    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: 8/27/2021

    Who May Apply

    This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs. Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.

    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 Coastal Conservancy
    Attn: Johanna Collins
    1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
    Oakland, CA 94612

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    State Coastal Conservancy
    Johanna Collins
    1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
    Oakland, CA 94612
    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.
    • Statement of Qualifications - Statement of Qualifications, not to exceed three (3) pages, signle-sided, that specifically addresses the question below.
    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:
    • Substantial progressive experience with executive-level leadership, management, and problem-solving, especially past success in working for a board and/or commission on complex issues.
    • Integrity, reliability, and accountability.  Demonstrated track record of using good judgment and making sound decisions in challenging, sensitive, or complex situations with tact, diplomacy, inclusion, and discretion.
    • Successful experience managing a diverse, inclusive workplace. Ability to promote inclusive and transparent internal and external teamwork and cross-functional collaboration and communication in support of an organization’s mission and goals.
    • Demonstrated ability to promote project partnerships with community groups, including historically underrepresented constituencies.
    • Demonstrated ability to successfully represent the Coastal Conservancy and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority as spokesperson in meetings and contacts with top-level managers, private and public sector representatives, the Legislature, Governor's Office, and state, federal, and local government agencies, to the news media and keep them apprised of significant issues or concerns. Able to prepare replies to difficult and complicated correspondence, including letters for signature by superiors.
    • Experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with federal, state, and local stakeholders.
    • Experience with public speaking and ability to deliver speeches and presentations on sensitive, technically complex, and controversial subject matters, in front of diverse audiences and in public settings.
    • Able to communicate effectively with individuals from varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds, which may involve some exposure to adversarial conditions.
    • Able to write, edit and advise other Coastal Conservancy senior staff members on engaging document preparation and oral presentations.  
    • Ability to encourage and support participation of other agency officials as speakers before public groups, social media or on radio and television newscasts or other programs. Ability to collect, evaluate, and distribute information from outside sources to the Coastal Conservancy staff.
    • Self-motivated.


    There are many benefits to joining our team!  The State of California has a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision coverage, CalPERS pension upon retirement, 11 hours of annual leave, or 7 hours of vacation credit per month, 8 hours of sick leave credit per month, two paid Professional Development Days, one paid Personal Holiday, pre-tax parking fee program, monthly $100 transportation voucher, bicycle commuter program, plus many more. 

    California State Civil Service Employee Benefits Summary:

    General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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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:
    Johanna Collins
    (510) 286-4340

    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:
    Johanna Collins
    (510) 286-4340
    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.

    Additional Information



    The Coastal Conservancy is actively supporting hundreds of projects throughout coastal California, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Santa Ana River watershed. Since 2001, the Conservancy has spent about $1.5 billion on projects including (but not limited to):


    • Tens of thousands of acres of wetland restoration;
    • Kelp, eelgrass, and oyster restoration and sea otter recovery;
    • Hundreds of miles of trails along and to the coast and around the San Francisco Bay;
    • The first water trail system in California;
    • Restoration of rivers and streams, including the largest dam removal to date in the history of the state;
    • The conservation of tens of thousands of acres of ranch, agricultural, and forest landscapes throughout California;
    • Educational and recreational programs that have brought thousands of Californians to the coast, largely underserved youth, many for the first time in their lives;
    • Projects to help communities plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change.




    The Coastal Conservancy is an entrepreneurial agency that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of California. It has a relatively “flat” management structure and believes in empowering its staff to be creative in their work. Recently the Conservancy adopted principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (they can be found: and is working diligently to make sure that these principles are infused in everything the Conservancy does.


    Statement Of Qualifications

    The SOQ must be no more than three (3) pages, with Arial font at least size 10, at least one-half inch margins and with the questions written above your response, along with your name.  Failure to include an SOQ will disqualify you from consideration.


    A resume in lieu of the SOQ responses to the questions below, will disqualify an applicant from consideration. A standard or generic SOQ will also disqualify an applicant from consideration.


    1. How would you describe your management style? Please provide at least two examples of how this style has been effective throughout your career.


    1. What ideas do you have for promoting workforce diversity at the Coastal Conservancy and expanding the Coastal Conservancy’s outreach? How would you promote and maintain diversity across the breadth and depth of the agency?


    1. What experience do you have with financial management, identifying funding sources, building, and maintaining a healthy budget in the CA State system?  


    1. What experience do you have representing an agency before a governing body? What experience do you have interacting with control agencies within government and with the Legislature?


    1. Describe at least two situations where you served in a leadership role and/or motivated others toward the accomplishment of a goal.  What was involved, what did you do, and what was the outcome?

    Please click on the link to complete the State Coastal Conservancy Recruitment Survey:


    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