Madison, WI
Mar 06, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB NO.: 93727-LI

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Dean, Director, Executive, Facilities, Skilled Trades, Maintenance, Management/Supervisory

Employment Class: Limited

Position Vacancy ID: 93727-LI

Working Title: Director of Sustainability

Official Title: DIR, UNSPECIFIED (9)(M95DN)


FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: MAY 01, 2018

Term: N/A

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $83,481 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required; master's degree preferred. Specialization in sustainability, engineering science, environmental science/studies or related field is highly desirable.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Minimum five years of progressive experience in planning and implementing sustainability programs for a large, complex organization highly preferred. Previous experience working with the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) strongly preferred.

License or certificate:

Professional licensure (engineer, architect, etc.) and other sustainability-related credentials such as Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and/or LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) is highly desirable.

Position Summary:

Under the general supervision of the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M), the Director of Sustainability will serve as the key facilitator and organizational strategist to lead University of Wisconsin-Madison's efforts to achieve its vision of instilling a culture of sustainability. The Director will build upon existing successes to position UW-Madison as a leader in the field of Sustainability at the city, state, regional, national and international level by promoting broader awareness of the University's environmental, social and financial sustainability successes and accomplishments. The Director will develop a comprehensive long-term strategy for an environmentally sustainable future by working with faculty, students, and staff across schools, colleges, divisions, departments and auxiliaries to incorporate sustainable principles and practices in daily operations and academic activities. The Director will work closely with a faculty associate director appointed by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies who will have responsibility for the academic components of the program, including development of research partnerships, stewardship of sustainability curricula, and management of the UW-Madison Sustainability Program Certificate.

The University's commitment to sustainability can be traced to from the legacies of former students and faculty members John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Gaylord Nelson. Founded in 1848, UW-Madison is the flagship university of the University of Wisconsin System. It has a national and international reputation for educational excellence and cutting-edge research and is consistently among the most prolific research universities in the world. UW-Madison enrolls 43,000 students and has more than 20,000 employees, including about 2,200 faculty and 12,500 staff plus 12,000 student assistants/employees. We value our reputation for academic excellence and educational innovation and have made a strong commitment to progress in areas of diversity and inclusion.

UW-Madison is a world-class land-grant public university and has an annual budget of about $2.9 billion. The main campus area consists of more than 900 acres. An arboretum, farms and stations, and off-campus properties bring the university's total acreage to 9,566 acres. Facilities include 420 buildings with approximately 25 million gross square feet of space.

The Division of Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M) is committed to promoting respect and civility in the workplace. Staff serve as role models by practicing exemplary behaviors when working with customers, fellow staff members, students, and visitors. The mission of the Division of Facilities Planning and Management is providing excellence in facilities and services for our university community.

Additional Information:

Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate strategic planning, organizational change, budgeting, and project and team management in a large complex organization.

Ability to interpret analyze and report sustainability metrics such as energy calculations, cost benefit analysis, greenhouse gas reporting and STARS data.

Experience in leadership, supervision, and management, including the ability to coach, mentor, engage, and direct the work of diverse individuals and teams.

Knowledge of sustainability concepts and best practices in higher education, such as environmental and sustainability science, systems thinking, and climate action planning.

Knowledge of building & grounds facilities and or utility system operations is required.

Experience working with shared governance groups, including faculty, staff, and student groups, student government, and student organizations preferred.

Exceptional oral, written and listening communications skills required. Grant-writing experience is highly desired.

Effective collaborative, motivational, team building, conflict resolution, and people skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships, including negotiation and complex problem solving skills.

Ability to respond to daily challenges and maintain persistent focus on long-term goals, while retaining a sense of humor and optimism, even under adverse conditions.


Susan Fritts
[email protected]

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

Applications must be submitted online via UW Madison's online job application system. To start the application process, click on the "Apply Now" button.

Applicants will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume as a single pdf document.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

Advertised: Mar 5 2018 Central Standard Time

Application Close: Apr 8 2018 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time


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