Senior Staff Specialist (Program Lead -Climate Tech Finance)

$109,136 - $132,655 yearly
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Feb 18, 2021
Full time role

Job Description


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is a regional government agency, committed to achieving clean air to protect the public's health and the environment. The Air District accomplishes this goal through regulation of industrial facilities and various outreach and incentive programs designed to support a healthier Bay Area and global climate.
The Air District's jurisdiction encompasses all of seven counties - Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Napa, and portions of two others - southwestern Solano and southern Sonoma.

The Air District is currently accepting applications for the position of Senior Staff Specialist (Program Lead – Climate Tech Finance) in the Technology Implementation Office. This is an open recruitment for one (1) full-time, represented position. 
The Technology Implementation Office accelerates the adoption of climate technologies by offering grants and loans, conducting technology evaluations, and facilitating partnerships and projects. We work in clean mobility, energy storage, decarbonization, and emerging technologies that are ready to scale. By supporting the scale-up of climate technologies, we help achieve state and regional greenhouse gas emissions targets, reduce emissions in communities that have been historically excluded or discriminated against, and make technologies cost-effective even in regions without strong climate policies.

About You in this Role
As Program Lead for Climate Tech Finance, you will be in charge of designing, developing, and building products that support climate technologies with innovative financial solutions. To accomplish this, you will draw on your experience or interest in technology evaluation, investments and banking, partnership management, and environmental equity and justice.
The mission of the Climate Tech Finance program is to reduce greenhouse gases by increasing access to capital to accelerate climate technology development and adoption. Climate Tech Finance offers loan guarantees to help entrepreneurs secure debt financing, such as a loan through a community bank, so they can commercialize emerging technologies faster. By offsetting the risk for banks, the program helps entrepreneurs bridge a challenging financial gap on the path to commercialization. In many cases, the Climate Tech Finance program is helping entrepreneurs get their first business loan.
Your day-to-day will include working with entrepreneurs and banks to facilitate investments; modeling greenhouse gas savings for emerging technologies; working with technical, financial, and community partners to expand program impact; and serving as a thought leader in the climate investment ecosystem.  


Under direction, provides lead direction and performs the more complex administrative, technical, and specialized functions in the areas of incentives, contracts, business services, finance, budget, and facility management; and performs related work as assigned.


This is the advanced lead level in the Staff Specialist series. Incumbents may provide lead direction and may be assigned to perform the more complex duties. This class is distinguished from the Supervising Staff Specialist in that the latter assigns, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned staff. This class is distinguished from Staff Specialist I/II, which is at the journey level, and does not typically perform lead work or the most complex duties. 


(Illustrative only)

Provides lead direction in the development of policies and guidelines for assigned programs.
Provides lead direction, training and work review to technical and support staff, prioritizes and follows up on work assignments to ensure timely completion.
Calculates emissions reductions, analyzes cost-effectiveness, assesses emissions inventories and performs other technical work within the context of greenhouse gas emissions and incentives; reviews and summarizes data, prepares special and periodic reports.
Coordinates and facilitates workshops, meetings, and trainings on the technical application and interpretation of District programs; makes presentations and develops supporting technical materials.
Provides input into selection decisions and performance evaluations, and provides for technical development and training.
Researches technical feasibility and proposals for new or revised programs; develops and applies quality control and assurance measures to ensure the effectiveness of programs and appropriate application of methods in accordance with District policies, rules, and regulations.
Reviews, analyzes, and administers a variety of grants, contracts, and other agreements in support of District activities; monitors expenditures and charges against agreements; prepares fiscal status reports for management; advises contractors and management regarding issues involving contract administration and interpretation; and prepares cost analyses.

Prepares Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and Requests for Quotations (RFQs); prepares contract documents and other agreements using standard District procedures; and reviews contract terms and conditions.

Maintains computer databases and program records.

Leads internal and external audits for programs and assists in physical inspections to ensure compliance with program requirements; prepares and presents staff reports to the District's Board of Directors, and/or sub-committees.

Conducts research and prepares and presents reports as assigned

Independently provides routine outreach and communication on behalf of the District with industry, the public and other agencies to obtain and disseminate technical and operational information.

Prepares and responds to correspondence directed toward public and private organizations relative to programs. Responds to oral and written requests for information about programs;

Explains and interprets technical policies, rules and regulations regarding programs; gathers and prepares background information;

Performs other duties as assigned.  


Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is:

Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree and four years of professional analytical experience, including developing and administering programs.
Some positions may require more specialized education, training and experience. 

Desirable Qualifications
Professional work experience in any of the following areas: technology and sustainability evaluations, banking/investments, financial analysis, environmental equity and justice, program/ project management, or grants development. 


How to Apply:

Interested individuals must submit a completed BAAQMD application, chronological resume, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021. Applications are accepted online; please visit our website at to apply.

Resumes must be included, and not in lieu of the required application materials. Postmarks, faxes, and e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Except as requested in this announcement, do not include any additional documents, such as letters of recommendation, performance evaluations, work samples, etc. They will not be considered or returned.

Supplemental Questions Instructions:

Individuals who apply for this position must respond to each of the required supplemental questions. Applications must be received by the Human Resources Office no later than the time and date specified in this vacancy announcement. The responses to the supplemental application questions will be used in accordance with the procedures indicated under the Selection Criteria section.

Please limit your responses to one page per question. Do not combine your responses or reference your application, resume, or any other requested documentation that you have included with your application packet to answer a question. This information will be evaluated as is and may be used to determine those applicants with the most directly related experience, education, and training to continue in the selection process. It is very important to provide a concise, clear, legible, complete response to each question.

You must provide the following for each question regarding experience: The name of the employer where you gained your experience, your job title, length of time in years/months performing the specific function, and detailed examples that illustrate your duties and responsibilities.

Selection Criteria:

Selection may be based upon a competitive examination consisting of a written exercise, interview, or combination of the two. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, an application screening and/or panel interview may be used to determine the most qualified applicants.

The District may hire from this recruitment process to fill future vacancies occurring within the next 18 months.

Persons with disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations during the application and/or selection process should notify the Human Resources Office at (415) 749-4980.

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Atmosphere, Climate Risk, Pollution & Waste Reduction


New Energy Network, Third Derivative