Job Listing: Regional Sustainability and Coastal Resiliency Program Sustainability Coordinator

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Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission Published: November 25, 2019
Saco, ME
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This position will coordinate efforts to research, develop, and implement a Regional Climate Action Plan and Coastal Resiliency Plan with 6 coastal communities in southern Maine. Under general supervision, coordinate programs and reporting in support of Regional Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions reduction initiatives on a town by town basis. Conduct research, analysis and public process to identify, develop, and support implementation of innovative and effective programs to improve municipal energy sustainability. Foster the creation of innovative programs and strategies that promote sustainability and assist communities to reduce environmental impacts and improve environmental performance both individually and collectively as a region. The position will coordinate with municipal staff to monitor, measure, and report program performance as requested and needed for each community participating in the program.

The position will prioritize proposed environmental projects and create recommended strategies to move towns toward sustainability in an efficient and effective manner. Important issues to address include energy use, water conservation, recycling, transportation choices, building design, recycling and education, vulnerability assessments of businesses, coastal properties and municipal infrastructure, and methods to address those vulnerabilities. The position will provide the necessary background research on initiatives, assess cost effectiveness, technical feasibility and means of achieving acceptance for the communities involved with this program.

Coastal resiliency planning will take place under the direct supervision of the SMPDC Senior/Coastal Planner. In this role, the Sustainability Coordinator will provide technical support, including research, policy analysis, and engaging diverse stakeholders to promote, support, and implement adaptation and resiliency initiatives.

The Sustainability Coordinator is a two-year position with the potential to be extended or developed into a permanent position based on the success of the program.


Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy or Management, Master’s in Sustainability or equivalent preferred, three to five (3-5) years related professional experience including development and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Knowledge and experience in environmental management, climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental sustainability principles and sea level rise. Effective verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, and initiative are required. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision, prioritize and resolve problems, work under pressure, and coordinate and manage complex projects. Working knowledge of the ICLEI program(s) and the Global Covenant.

Resumes will be accepted by until Friday December 13 by the close of business. See the SMPDC website for the full Job description at

Paul Schumacher, Executive Director

SMPDC Suite 1400

110 Main Street

Saco, Maine 04072