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Environmental Services Director

Job Location

Fort Collins, CO, United States


Type of Job



$110,000 - $125,000

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Published Date

Mar 12, 2021

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The Opportunity

The Fort Collins Environmental Services Director is uniquely positioned to shape the future of Fort Collins’ healthy and sustainable environment. The Director provides leadership to the many programs and services that pursue Council policies on sustainability, air quality, climate, waste reduction, community engagement, and meaningful performance measurement. The Environmental Services Director is responsible for environmental sustainability strategic planning and reporting and effectively leads the preparation of short-term and long-term plans. The Director develops and manages the department’s biennial budget and coordinates the development and implementation of specific, measurable outcomes associated with the City’s Budgeting for Outcomes process and City Council Work Plan.

With a demonstrated commitment to employee well-being and thoughtful financial and environmental stewardship, the Environmental Services Director leads and supports a diverse staff of passionate and talented employees. This position directly manages the Air Quality Program Manager, Climate Program Manager, Waste Reduction & Recycling Program Manager, and Senior Administrative Support and provides leadership to a highly engaged team responsible for environmental programs, communications, and policy development and implementation.

The Environmental Services Director reports to and supports the Chief Sustainability Officer and actively collaborates with the Social Sustainability and Economic Health and Redevelopment Department Directors. The successful candidate is a strategic, systems thinker who easily sees the big picture and long-term vision for the City and uses information to anticipate internal and external needs. In addition, the Director naturally sees the interdependencies between Environmental Services, Social Sustainability, Economic Health and proactively supports a people-centered, integrated approach to problem-solving.

The Environmental Services Director is deeply committed to environmental stewardship, sustainability, and resilience. The successful candidate exemplifies servant leadership, embraces our commitment to equity and inclusion, and supports our triple-bottom-line approach by assessing economic, environmental, and social impacts to drive decisions. The Environmental Services Director brings their own set of diverse experiences that add value and perspective while promoting equitable solutions that address our ambitious community goals.

Total Compensation

The City of Fort Collins offers a competitive comprehensive benefits package, which includes a market competitive salary of $110,000 - $125,000. Other benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance. Additionally, the City of Fort Collins offers other benefits, including 401(a) and a 457 deferred compensation plan with an employer contribution, optional Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, and relocation assistance for the successful out of area finalist.


At least five years of progressively responsible environmental services related experience and a bachelor’s degree in engineering, ecology, environmental planning, natural resources management, sustainability, environmental, or related field. Advanced knowledge of natural resources management and environmental sustainability is essential, as is a demonstrated cultural competency to effectively collaborate and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds. Prior policy and program development experience highly desired. Knowledge of the private sector and/or public-private partnerships is beneficial. A master’s degree in natural resources management, environmental science, or environmental management is encouraged. An equivalent combination of experience and education that enable success as the Environmental Services Director will be considered.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

How to Apply

The City of Fort Collins is deeply committed to high-quality public service and cultivating an outstanding culture for its employees. As a high-performing government, Fort Collins attracts and employs diverse and competitive talent, retains its workforce through development and growth opportunities, and promotes intelligent risk-taking to address increasingly complex challenges.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Please apply no later than April 18, 2021.

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