City of Ann Arbor
  • City Administrator
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • $95,000 to $115,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Mission Statement

The City of Ann Arbor's mission is to deliver exceptional services that sustain and enhance a vibrant, safe and diverse community.

Role Summary

The Sustainable Business Strategy Manager will develop a comprehensive policy and a strategic plan that encompasses current and long-term environmental initiatives and move Ann Arbor towards the next step to a more environmentally sustainable future. Working collaboratively with City agencies, the highly approachable leader will coordinate activities that evaluate, enhance, and develop program and metric systems that will monitor and assess progress made towards achieving desired goals at all appropriate organizational levels.


This is a full-time opportunity with the salary range of $95,000 - $115,000. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation days, personal days and holidays, life insurance, and a hybrid pension.


Incumbent performs under the general supervision of the Assistant City Administrator and may be responsible for the following duties:

Essential Duties

  • Develops and executes comprehensive sustainability programs in the areas of social, economic, and environmental.
  • Advances the initiatives in the City's Climate Action Plan.
  • Directly supervises staff members in the Sustainability and Innovation Office responsible for the City Programs:
    • The Clean and Renewable Energy Program focuses on initiatives related to the City's commitment to reduce its use of non-renewable energy sources and to work with the broader residential and business community to expand the use of solar and other energy sources.
    • The Site Remediation and Brownfields Redevelopment Program addresses the clean-up and reuse of contaminated properties throughout the City, including both government-owned lands and privately owned parcels.
    • The Solid Waste Management and Zero Waste Initiatives involve direct supervision of the City's solid waste, recycling and resource recovery operations, with the intent of moving toward a zero waste goal.
  • Neighborhood Sustainability and Innovation Programs extend the City's outreach efforts throughout the community, and include management of the City's Sustaining A2 Together program, collaboration with external partners (including the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Public School System), and development of innovative approaches to preservation of neighborhood quality of life. Coordinates with other units, service areas, agencies, municipalities and organizations to optimize unit operations and public benefit.
  • Provides support to a variety of boards and commissions on an occasional basis.
  • Presents plans and design concepts effectively at public meetings.
  • Speaks at various commission and committee meetings and other public hearings and meetings.
  • Organizes and facilitates public involvement processes.
  • Serves as project manager on a variety of assignments.
  • Performs research, planning and technical analyses for complex projects.
  • Acts as technical advisor to other personnel in solving assignments and in reviewing objectives, techniques of execution and resultant findings.
  • Addresses complaints from citizens and others.
  • Prepares or coordinates the preparation of grant applications.
  • Participates in orientation and training of permanent and temporary employees.
  • Assists in the creation of standard operating procedures, regulations and the City tool kits.
  • Conducts site inspections
  • Periodic local and regional travel and attendance at evening Board and Commission and neighborhood meetings.
  • The ability to develop, create, and effectively deliver presentations.
  • Performs other related work as assigned

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry) 

  • Current concepts of conservation.
  • Sustainable technology including sustainability monitoring systems as it relates to energy, waste, carbon emissions, green building, and other areas of sustainable development.
  • Computers and office software applications used in business settings (e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint, Access, Excel, Word, Outlook).
  • Customer service principles.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Functions and processes within City Government.

Skills and Abilities: (position requirements at entry) 

  • Have a highly collaborative style and effectively work with a wide variety of functional staff, business community members, citizens, volunteers, and elected and appointed officials.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to successfully develop positive intergovernmental, private sector and community relationships.
  • Possess technical expertise in the sustainability field; understand and apply sustainability and environmental perspectives; and will be knowledgeable and conversant on trends and best practices in the field.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inferences, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
  • Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Communicate persuasively with excellent written and verbal skills; and be adept at operating in a political environment.
  • Ability to understand, follow and communicate oral and written policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Leverage opportunities to achieve change.
  • Set priorities, coordinate multiple assignments, and meet critical deadlines under pressure, in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.
  • Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make improvements.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of sustainability staff.


Computer and software applications, fax machine, copier, telephone, and other miscellaneous office equipment

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry)


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in business administration, public administration, environmental management, environmental science, environmental engineering, urban planning, architecture, or a closely related field.
  • At least seven (7) years of sustainability related experience
  • At least five (5) years of experience in coordinating environmental policy development and implementation
  • At least two (2) years of managerial experience


  • Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in business administration, public administration, environmental management, environmental science, environmental engineering, urban planning, architecture, or a closely related field.

 Licensing Requirements

Sustainability Professional Certification, Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification or another related certification preferred.


Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Positions in this class typically require: reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Move and lift light objects less than 20 pounds such as mail, files and supplies. Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements. The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.


We are proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, familial status, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. The City of Ann Arbor has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.





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