Sustainability Coordinator / Grant Writer

32.5 hours/week plus occasional weekend & evening meetings Position open June 2022 To $89,000 annually, Depending on Qualifications and Experience
Direct Report:  Planning Board Director/WRA Administrator Department:  Planning Board/WRA Office


Professional, technical work researching, writing, and administering grant applications on a wide range of municipal issues and projects for a variety of City departments, and developing programs, policies and initiatives to advance the City’s sustainability goal of becoming an equitable, resilient and zero waste community.


  1. Working closely with the Mayor’s Office, developing, implementing, and updating a Climate Action Plan and/or similar initiatives and promoting public awareness of, and engagement in, climate vulnerability and sustainability issues.
  2. Managing energy and climate mitigation-related priorities for the City, including recommending strategies to adapt to climate change vulnerabilities, improve resilience, and reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Coordinating with the Department of Public Works and contractors to measure performance in meeting critical benchmarks for energy reduction/efficiency improvements and assisting in development of multi-year capital plans for improvements that align with the City’s sustainability goals.
  4. Regular monitoring of organizations and entities that offer municipal grants and providing summaries to the Director on a regular basis, including distributing information on available grants to other relevant City organizations as directed;
  5. Coordinating the drafting and submission of a variety of grant applications to miscellaneous State, Federal, local and non-profit funding sources, as assigned by the Director. At minimum, work includes drafting narratives, completing application forms, coordinating and compiling information from various City entities, and submitting final application packages on the City’s behalf or assisting other City entities to do the same;
  6. Managing contract(s) of successful grant applications, including execution, adherence to requirements, reporting, and funding-related activities such as vendor payments and reimbursement requests;
  7. Organizing and managing all grant files;
  8. Attending daytime, and occasional evening and weekend, in-person and virtual meetings, both internal and external as required/assigned;
  9. Responding to grant-related inquiries from the public and various City departments and boards/commissions; and
  10. Occasionally assisting the Director and other office personnel with various other projects and activities in the Planning Department.



  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies, energy or environmental policy, or other related field; plus a minimum of two (2) years of experience in sustainability planning, energy efficiency, and/or renewable energy market.
  2. LEED certification or Certified Energy Manager preferred, but not required.
  3. Knowledge and experience in sustainability planning, climate change, environmental management, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental sustainability principles.
  4. Previous experience writing and applying for grants.
  5. Knowledge of resources available for economic development, business assistance, and grant funding.
  6. Knowledge of State procurement laws and previous experience with contract management.

Skills and Abilities

 A valid Class D motor vehicle operator’s license.

  1. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, spreadsheet applications, data management and statistical interpretation.
  2. Ability to cultivate and maintain effective working relationships with and between City departments, community members, municipal boards and committees, and contractors.
  3. Demonstrated professionalism, attention to detail, and ability to exercise independent judgement.
  4. Clear, concise, and effective communication both orally and in writing, with proven ability to understand and explain pertinent policies and procedures to a range of stakeholders.
  5. Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines and to compile information and maintain records.
  6. Strong financial and analytical capabilities.


Please see Teamsters Collective Bargaining Agreement for hours of work (32.5 hours per week as well as occasional evening and weekend meetings).


To apply, email resume and cover letter to Ms. Karen Crawford, interim Human Resources Director, at [email protected].  Expressions of interest will be considered as received, and position will remain open until filled.


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