City of Boston

Director of Climate and Environmental Planning

Posted Date 2 months ago(8/11/2021 11:22 AM)
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Environment Department
Regular Full-Time
Environment Department
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Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


The Director of Climate and Environmental Planning (CEP) leads the Environment Department’s work in developing and implementing the City’s climate action plan, developing and enforcing regulations in traditional environmental areas such as air pollution, noise and wetlands protection and overseeing the review of development projects from a climate, environmental, and sustainability perspective. The CEP Director is a leader in sustainability policy and programs for the City and in the engagement of other municipal offices as well as stakeholders in all segments of the Boston community in the development and implementation of those policies. The CEP Director is part of the management team of the Environment Department, works closely with other members of the management team and has important administrative responsibilities.


  • Leads development and implementation of climate policy and programmes including the periodic update of the climate action plan, oversight of greenhouse gas accounting and climate action reporting, and implementation of key actions.
  • Leads the development of climate preparedness plans, including the current Climate-Ready Boston initiative
  • Oversees the development and implementation of zero waste policy and programmes.
  • Leads coordination of climate plans with other municipal planning efforts, particularly Imagine Boston 2030.
  • Fulfills duties and Executive Director of the Air Pollution Control Commission, including enforcement of air pollution and noise regulations and administration of the city’s parking freezes and the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO).
  • Chairs the Interagency Green Building Committee, which oversees the compliance of new developments with the City’s green building, sustainability, and climate policies.
  • Manges a professional staff of about fifteen and oversees contracts and grants.
  • Advises the Commissioner of the Environment and the Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space on environmental and sustainability issues and participates in the management of the department.
  • Works with the Director of Energy Policy and Programs and the Director of Communications and Community engagement on overlapping responsibilities.
  • Engages other municipal offices and external stakeholders on all areas of responsibility
  • Participates in networks and initiatives, including the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, C40 Cities, and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least five (5) to seven (7) years of full time, or equivalent part-time, experience with environmental, climate and sustainability policy and programs, with at least two (2) years of management experience in environmental policy implementation, required. Additional experience preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Substitutions: A master’s degree in environmental science, planning, engineering, law, or related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience. A bachelor's degree in the above listed fields may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.  Management experience may not be substituted.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State air quality laws, state and local transportation, building, climate and energy policies.
  • Proficiency with data analysis, empirical modeling, and statistics strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of GHG emissions accounting and building energy efficiency is strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with GIS, R, Python or similar strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with municipalities preferred.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to work with diverse interests and backgrounds.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to work with diverse interests and backgrounds.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Energy, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.


Boston residency required.

Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MO-12
Hours per week: 35



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