Manager of Campus Sustainability

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Department: Facilities
Position Type: Staff Full-time
Categories: Facilities

Benefits Eligible: Yes
Pay Classification: Exempt (Salaried)
Position FTE: 1.0
Pay Grade: Exempt - Grade 14

Position Overview:

The Manager of Campus Sustainability will provide leadership to support and advance Carleton’s efforts to continue its leadership in sustainability in higher education consistent with the College’s Environmental Statement of Principles. The Manager will develop strategies to embed principles of sustainability into the operation of the College both in its role as a place of learning and research and as a member of the local community.

Essential Job Functions - Responsibilities:

  • Champion the oversight, implementation, and updating of the College Climate Action Plan.
  • Collaborating with College faculty, administration, students, and staff in the integration of sustainable concepts and practices into the operation of the College.
  • Identifying desirable sustainability initiatives and assessing their cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and acceptance by the College community.
  • Developing, implementing, and overseeing College sustainability objectives, goals, and initiatives.
  • Acting as a representative of the College to communicate with students, faculty, staff, Northfield citizens, city and state regulatory agencies, and with other outside entities, including the media, in the areas of sustainability goals, initiatives and projects, and community relations.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Collaborate with others to conceive, develop, and implement strategies for the campus to achieve carbon neutrality in support of the commitment made by the College to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
  • Oversee the implementation and updating of the College Climate Action Plan.
  • Work with the Provost’s Office and academic departments to integrate sustainability goals into academic programs and curriculum.
  • Enhance the College’s sustainability efforts in cooperation with in-house expertise, peer institution practices, sustainability studies, conference proceedings, and national organization resources, including Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
  • Work with other sustainability focused positions and committee structures at the College to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement sustainability best practices. Support other campus departments in their sustainability efforts, such as the Center for Community and Civic Engagement and Facilities (CCCE).
  • Project manage sustainability related projects and initiatives. Develop scopes of work, budgets, and schedules. Engage other campus constituents as required. Work with consultants, contractors, and other third party expertise as needed using the appropriate procurement process and contracts. Ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.
  • Manage sustainability recurring budget accounts, energy conservation revolving fund accounts, and special project funding. Ensure accounts are managed within budget. Develop annual work plans within budget parameters. Work with Facilities staff and Budget Office to reconcile funding accounts.
  • Work with Facilities to reduce campus waste streams, especially landfill waste, and promoting zero waste initiatives. Support existing asset disposal options, such as placing items for sale on and donating items to other non-profit organizations, and develop new strategies and programs to reduce landfill waste.
  • Work with Facilities and the Director to continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the campus energy program.
  • Measure, track, and annually update the College’s sustainability goals and progress. Update and track the campus greenhouse gas inventory. Report and update sustainability data to AASHE, Second Nature, and sustainability surveys.
  • Support the Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) and serve as the chairperson.
  • Supervise and work with the student Sustainability Assistants and task them as appropriate with initiatives and projects.
  • Plan and implement campus sustainability events such as Climate Action Week, Repair Fair, Bike to Work Week, etc. Support campus departments with sustainability related events such as new student orientation, Reunion, Parents Week, etc.
  • Work with Center for Civic Engagement to support the annual Lighten Up Garage Sale. Organize collection of donated items and set up the sale event.
  • Manage the office supply swap shop and the ordering of compostable supplies for campus and department events.
  • Manage Sustainability Office external relations and publicity including the sustainability web site, social media accounts, email inquiries, press releases, etc, with the support and partnership of College Communications and External Relations departments.
  • Serve as a liaison to Northfield community sustainability initiatives through collaboration with the City of Northfield sustainability office and participation in the Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative.
  • Serve as a voting member of the Sustainability Revolving Fund Committee.
  • Support External Relations in working to increase public awareness of the College’s sustainability initiatives through various media.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience with sustainability issues and implementation of best practices.
  • Strong organizational skills to simultaneously handle multiple initiatives and projects of varying size and complexity.
  • Strong ability to project manage initiatives and projects to successful completion.
  • Excellent communication skills—oral and written—to document technical and financial information and ability to relate them to the general community.
  • Effective leadership, collaborative, and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of constituencies across the organization.
  • Excellent computer skills with experience using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Communicate sustainability project planning details to Trustees, executive and other administrative staff, Facilities staff, faculty, students, alumni, and visitors.
  • Provide sustainability training, and educational services to College constituents as required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in sustainability, environmental studies, or related field.
  • Five years experience with sustainability programs, initiatives, and implementation of sustainable practices along with LEED AP Certification or the ability to obtain such within 18 months.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a higher education environment.
  • Supervisory and budgeting experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

As per the Carleton Upward Mobility Program, priority consideration for internal applications will be given to those who apply by the end of day Thursday, September 1, 2022. Pending the review of those internal applications, external applications will be considered at that time. External applications are welcome at any time.

Salary and Benefits:

This is an exempt level position. The selected finalist’s salary will be based on the candidate’s qualifications, internal pay structure, and our overall compensation package. Carleton offers a generous benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans with a 10% employer contribution with immediate vesting, a health savings account with college contribution, a generous paid time off, as well as access to many other campus amenities.

Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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