Associate Director of Sustainability (green building/climate action/transportation)
University of California Office of the President
Requisition Number: 20180030
Appointment Type: Staff - Career
Personnel Program: MSP
Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Percentage of Time: 100
Organizational Area: Chief Operating Officer - Energy & Sustainability
Location: Oakland, CA
Posting Salary: Grade 24--$75,600 to $115,000 (Minimum to Midpoint)
Under minimal general direction of the Director of Sustainability, the Associate Director for Sustainability is responsible for overall management of major elements of the system-wide sustainability program, including the development and implementation of actions plans for climate change, green building, sustainable transportation, and student engagement. The incumbent is also responsible for managing select programs and projects in support of the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, especially those related to climate action planning, green building, sustainable transportation, and student engagement. These assignments are expected to evolve as the sustainability program grows and develops. Sustainability by its nature cuts across divisions, departments, and disciplines. Management responsibilities are complex and variable depending on the topic and assignment and will range from having sole responsibility, to being the managing team leader, to being key support for departmental and division leadership.
The Associate Director for Sustainability develops and implements system-wide strategies to achieve the University of California's system-wide sustainability goals in collaboration with other UC Office of the President (UCOP) staff and campus stakeholders. Working with the growing network of campus sustainability officers and with system-wide working groups focused on implementing UC sustainability goals, the incumbent develops business cases for programs, conducts financial analysis, collaboratively coordinates strategic planning efforts, develops and implements system-wide financing and grant programs, and develops strategic partnerships with private, public, and nonprofit stakeholders.
The Associate Director for Sustainability monitors and analyzes sustainability-related state and federal legislation and regulations in the areas of climate change, green building, and sustainable transportation requirements in particular. The incumbent leads efforts to establish, update, and implement University policy in these areas. The incumbent also creates and monitors sustainability performance metrics.
The Associate Director for Sustainability must have knowledge and experience in all aspects of sustainability, especially in carbon neutrality, green building, sustainable transportation, and student engagement, in order to act as a resource to UC's campuses, medical centers, and national laboratories. The incumbent must develop and maintain a working knowledge of the ratings, rankings and certifications that underpin the requirements in the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices, and must keep current on sustainability trends, issues, and best practices. The Associate Director for Sustainability conducts independent research, analysis, coordination, and reporting on a wide variety of issues relating to sustainability, and prepares and presents reports to campus leadership, UCOP leadership, and other groups as required on evolving issues and guidelines in UC sustainability initiatives. The incumbent serves as a liaison with administrators and staff at UCOP, the campuses, medical centers, national laboratories, and governmental agencies. The position also connects campus sustainability efforts to the educational and research mission of the University.
Special Conditions of Employment:
Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment:
Successful completion of background check is required for this critical position.
Occasionally may need to work in excess of a standard work schedule.
Job Close Date: 2-23-2018
Duty 1: Provides expertise and strategic guidance to support campuses in their development of action plans for areas including climate change, green building, sustainable transportation, and student engagement.
In coordination with campus stakeholders, develops and implements strategic actions plans for systemwide activities that enable campuses to achieve goals for green building, sustainable transportation, and student engagement.
Manages select programs and projects in support of the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, especially those related to climate action planning, green building, sustainable transportation, and student engagement.
Identifies, develops, and facilitates implementation of complex system-wide initiatives and projects.
Working with system-wide working groups and other stakeholders, conducts financial analysis and develops business cases for programs.
Develops and implements system-wide financing and grant programs.
Duty 2: Acts as a subject matter expert and resource to support the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices and other new sustainability initiatives as they are developed.
Keeps current on sustainability trends, issues, and best practices.
Provides strategic leadership and support for select sustainability working groups.
Creates and monitors sustainability performance metrics.
Maintains a working knowledge of the ratings, certifications, and regulations
that underpin guidelines in the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices, including:
- The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems
- The Climate Registry's reporting protocol
- Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitment reporting requirements
- Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System
- Bicycle Friendly Universities
Duty 3: Represents the UC system at conferences and presentations regarding efforts and achievements in sustainability.
Develops strategic partnerships with private, public, and nonprofit stakeholders to support sustainability initiatives.
Prepares and presents training sessions and workshops for UC campus staff on sustainability topics.
Develops and maintains professional relationships with campus and OP stakeholders.
Connects campus sustainability efforts to the educational and research mission of the University.
Function:Outreach and Partnerships
Master's degree in business administration or sustainability management, or a closely related field.
Minimum of 10 years of experience and demonstrated knowledge in the area of environmental sustainability management and policy, specifically in the areas of climate action, water management, zero waste, sustainable procurement, and greening healthcare facilities.
Demonstrated experience starting new sustainability initiatives.
Demonstrated experience in developing business cases for sustainability programs.
An understanding of organizational behavior and cultural transformation.
Change management skills and experience.
Leadership Skills: Proven ability to foster collaborations across diverse constituencies in a large organization and inspire confidence and motivate groups to collectively meet common objectives. Strong experience in participatory leadership.
Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and represent the University at all levels of the organization, system-wide, and to external organizations.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain working relationships at all levels of the organization, across campuses and with external institutions and agencies.
Superior communication skills - written, verbal and interpersonal.
Demonstrated program and project management skills.
Excellent leadership and facilitation skills.
Ability to prioritize workload, and identify resources to perform the responsibilities of this position.
Demonstrated knowledge of general sustainability concepts and best practices, especially including greenhouse gas emissions reporting protocols, all LEED rating systems, climate action planning, green building, sustainable transportation, student engagement, etc.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, database programs and management.
Related experience in higher education.
LEED accredited professional.
How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit: https://jobs.ucop.edu
The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the corporate headquarters to the ten campuses, five medical centers and three Department of Energy National Labs and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
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