Established: 7/07
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2



Under direction, to plan, organize, guide and coordinate the County’s efforts to implement sustainable practices within the organization and throughout the communities, including addressing current methods and practices that could be made more sustainable, researching new and emerging technology and sustainability practices, educating the organization regarding sustainable practices and developing and implementing sustainability goals and strategies; to supervise assigned staff; and to do other work as required.


The Department of Transportation and Development provides services to County residents through the Business and Administrative Services,  Building Codes, Land Use Planning, Road Maintenance, Development Agency, Transportation Engineering, County Surveyor and Dog Services divisions.

The Sustainability Supervisor is responsible to provide the Department Director through the Division Manager with recommendations for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners for integrating the concepts of sustainability contained in the County Sustainability Policy and in the Oregon Sustainability Act (ORS 184.421).  Sustainability is a method of making decisions that will improve the health of the County’s economy, community and environment.  These duties will be performed within the organization and throughout the communities, including addressing current methods and practices that could be made more sustainable, researching new and emerging technology and sustainability practices, educating the organization regarding sustainable practices and developing and implementing sustainability goals and strategies.  The incumbent will also supervise staff primarily responsible for the County’s recycling and waste reduction programs and activities.

The Sustainability Supervisor differs from the Sustainability Analyst, Senior classification, whose responsibilities are more related to overall waste reduction coordinating, monitoring,  fee analysis and lead work.  It also differs from the Building Codes Administrator, whose responsibilities cover the overall management of the functional areas of Waste Reduction and Recycling, Code Enforcement,  Sustainability and other programs within the Building Codes Division.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

1. Works with County departments to define issues, processes, implementation actions and new ideas for a strategic plan; provides recommendations and guidance to department and division managers on issues affecting sustainability and sustainable business practices; periodically reviews and updates strategic plan; collects and analyzes data and prepares documentation to summarize usage and evaluate plan and program effectiveness; conducts policy analysis and review to solve sustainability problems and recommend solutions; submits regular reports to the Board of County Commissioners and Department Director regarding the work and work plan of the Office of Sustainability as appropriate or requested.
2. Initiates and supports partnerships with local and regional governmental entities to develop, promote, and commit to regional sustainability and goals; works with business groups and agencies in the area to promote, develop and maintain sustainable practices and businesses; promotes the County and the region as a center for excellence with regard to sustainability and sustainable practices; works with community groups to provide sustainability education; develops a public outreach and education program for the County’s sustainable practices; provides staff support and direction to citizen advisory boards and internal committees; participates in cooperative sustainability projects, boards and committees with other agencies and businesses, including attending evening and weekend meetings if needed.

3. Works with a diverse business community to identify and develop demonstration and/or pilot projects to promote sustainable practices including green buildings, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, energy efficiency and conservation, utilization of renewable energy and other resources, pollution, waste reduction and alternative fuels; develops, recommends and implements policies which enhance and promote sustainable infrastructures and systems for a diverse range of community members who are direct service customers.

4. Actively works with State and Federal partners to develop and promote legislative measures to support and enhance sustainability and sustainable practices, which may include acquisition of funding for demonstration projects; researches and identifies funding sources which can aid in the transition of demonstration and/or pilot projects into on-going services; identifies and prepares applications for governmental and non-governmental grants to support sustainable approaches to accomplishing critical related functions; participates in grant administration and management as appropriate; identifies cost-saving, life-cycle and/or short to medium-term pay-back approaches that provide economic rationale for implementing sustainability efforts; secures funding for special studies; prepares RFP’s and RFQ’s; participates in the selection of contractors and consultants; manages contractor and consultant services; ensures conformance to performance and contract standards.

5. In coordination with existing resources, develops and oversees programs to educate staff about sustainability efforts and the benefits of sustainable practices; maintains a library of resources and contacts; develops and implements an award and/or recognition program for County employees and community members/organizations engaged in sustainable practices.

6. Remains current on new technologies and ideas that support a balanced approach addressing triple bottom line of economic benefit, social equity, and environmental stewardship; performs secondary research and analysis in order to make recommendations regarding new technologies and approaches to meet sustainability goals.

7. Hires and supervises regular and temporary employees and interns; plans, schedules, assigns and reviews work; trains and provides technical assistance; analyzes and resolves work problems; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments; motivates employees to provide quality service to citizens.


Working knowledge of:  Municipal and/or local government operations and functions in a county form of government; principles and practices of public administration including budgeting, financial planning, purchasing, maintenance of public records and public meetings law; current trends and methods related to sustainability and sustainable business, best practices for this area and technical expertise to address such issues; applicable Federal, State and local regulations; principles and practices of program management; principles and practices of supervision; basic and intermediate principles of local and regional economic development practices; relevant computer programs.

Skill to:  Independently design and develop specialized programs; analyze and evaluate impacts of program decisions on the organization; analyze and make recommendations on complex management and administrative issues; manage and prioritize various work assignments; work toward collaborative and creative problem solving involving sensitive situations and issues; conduct long range and strategic planning for program areas; model trust, openness, fairness and respect for all individuals in daily interactions; analyze local and regional business and economic trends and apply to economic development efforts; prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, correspondence and analytical studies; perform effectively as a team member; understand, interpret, explain and apply sustainability practices, rules, regulations, policies and procedures and applicable local, State and Federal legislation; establish, develop and maintain effective community partnerships; plan, supervise, coordinate, and review the work of staff; provide administrative and technical assistance to staff, citizen or other agency or business boards and committees; develop, write and/or recommend policy to various levels of decision makers; conduct effective oral presentations; communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively in writing and orally with a variety of cross-cultural audiences; establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials and County managers, private sector development interests, oversight committees, other government and agency officials, associations, public interest and community groups, business leaders and the public.


Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work.  Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 07/13