The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) is a nationally unique and award winning local government agency created in 2009 to coordinate countywide efforts among on climate change issues. The RCPA manages several programs including a countywide residential energy efficiency retrofit program, climate action planning to reduce emissions and prepare for climate impacts, and efforts to facilitate broader use of electric vehicles. The RCPA also regularly collaborates with partners from around the county and region on leading edge local climate solutions. RCPA has the same Board of Directors as the SCTA which includes three members of the Board of Supervisors and a councilmember from each of the nine cities of Sonoma County.
The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) coordinates transportation plans, programs and projects among the cities and County of Sonoma. The SCTA develops transportation plans to integrate existing and future transportation modes including highways, bus transit, rail, bike and pedestrian routes and local roads, with land uses. The SCTA works cooperatively with local, regional and state agencies to deliver capital projects and is responsible for the administration of a ¼ cent sales tax for transportation. The SCTA also allocates various federal, state and regional funding programs.
About the Community Affairs position:
The SCTA/RCPA Community Affairs Specialist assists the SCTA Deputy Director of Planning and Public Outreach and the RCPA Deputy Director of Climate Programs in developing and implementing community outreach and engagement programs. The specialist will work with both organizations to promote the SCTA and RCPA in a positive and community-oriented way via community events, press releases, website content, social media, and other strategies as appropriate for various programs and planning efforts. This requires a general knowledge of local government as well as familiarity with climate change, energy, transportation, land-use, water, waste, and other sectors addressed by the SCTA and RCPA.
The Community Affairs Specialist is a professional staff person responsible for representing the SCTA and RCPA to the public, stakeholder groups, and the media. The position requires commitment to community relations and being a valued neighbor and partner in the communities of Sonoma County. The position also requires excellent communications skills, the ability to effectively represent a wide diversity of issues, and a desire to provide quality service to the Board of Directors, SCTA/RCPA staff, our partners, and the public.
The position requires knowledge of and abilities relating to:
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The minimum qualifications for the Community Affairs Specialist include:
Technical competencies desired include:
The Community Affairs Specialist position is considered a full time employee of the SCTA. As such, the specialist is entitled to those benefits provided by the SCTA and described in the Sonoma County Transportation Authority Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual. Compensation depends on qualifications and experience with a salary range of $24.39-$29.64/hour. Possession of a valid California Drivers License is required.
Resumes are due by March 16th and will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, a one page writing sample (or excerpt), and one example of an engagement tool of which you’re proud (ex: presentation, blog, social media account, flier, etc) to Lauren Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (707) 565-5370.
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