Salary: $89,200 - $118,300
Title: Sustainability Officer
Category: Management and Professional
Department: Sustainability Office
Date Posted: 04/06/2018
Position Information: Serves as a leader of UC Riverside's sustainability efforts to foster a culture of sustainability among students, faculty and staff, identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability efforts; planning and development of short and long range plans and engaging other campus leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus units, working closely with the UCR Director of Academic Sustainability, the incumbent will work to establish UC Riverside as a leader in the field of Sustainability by promoting broader awareness of UC Riverside's environmental, social and financial sustainability successes and accomplishments. Effectively works with all elements of the campus to communicate and further the goals and initiatives of the campus sustainability program, fosters partnerships between academics, research and operational departments to further campus sustainability goals. The position will establish and maintain an effective communication strategy, developing and coordinating education and outreach programs in support of UC Riverside's sustainability, energy management, and resource conservation programs. The Sustainability Officer will work closely with the UCR Director of Academic Sustainability to enhance and track sustainability focused on related curriculum and research. This position will also work with project managers, building committees and design teams to ensure that U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines are met in all new campus construction projects. Provides expertise and advice in the reduction of UCR's resources and consumption; develops, implements and evaluates comprehensive sustainability programs and supervises pilot projects to expand sustainability on campus. The Sustainability Officer will monitor compliance with all UC Sustainable Practice Policies, as well as serve as liaison to UC Office of the President (UCOP) to ensure campus compliance with annual reporting and other sustainability policies; serves as UCR's representative to the UC Sustainability Steering Committee and represents UC Riverside's sustainability programs to the public by attending professional meetings and interfacing with external organizations. The Sustainability Officer will also act as vice-chair of the UCR Sustainability Committee. The incumbent will promote UC Riverside's sustainability program by utilizing campus expertise, peer institution best practices, sustainability literature and conferences. The Sustainability Officer will evaluate all University purchasing practices and encourage the purchase of sustainable products and services throughout the campus, The Sustainability Officer will lead the efforts in the completion and subsequent updates of UCR's Climate Action, Clean Energy, Integrated Waste Diversion, Water Action and Sustainability Action Plans. In addition, the Sustainability Officer manages the UC Green Lab program for the UCR campus.
Minimum Requirements: Significant and demonstrated record of accomplishments in support of actions and programs consistent with the UCR Office of Sustainability goals.
Exceptional oral and written communication skills, comfort with public speaking and ability to listen, learn and build trust among various constituencies. Strong written and editing skills to prepare concise, accurate and understandable reports, policy/procedure documentation, proposals and general correspondence.
Ability to develop and implement short and long range plans for campus sustainability and resource conservation.
Thorough knowledge of sustainability concepts and practices, including LEED systems, climate action plans, food service procurement, and waste management practices.
Skill in planning and implementing sustainability focused practices.
Knowledge of U.S. Green Building Council rating systems.
Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to organize information, extract relevant data, and prepare reports in various formats.
Proficient in all software applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Access) and database applications.
Ability to build collaborative relationships and business partnerships.
Ability to draft clear, concise correspondence, develop presentations and business documents.
Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of sustainability theories and applications as well as local, national and global sustainability initiatives and best practices.
Proven ability to develop new projects within an academic setting; understanding of how to institutionalize new sustainability efforts.
Demonstrated knowledge in the area of environmental sustainability and policy.
Additional Information: In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities'air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.
UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.
- Washington Monthly (August 2016) ranked UC Riverside 12th in the nation in its annual University and College Survey. \
- Education Trust placed UC Riverside 9th in the nation for closing the graduation gap between black and white students by 1.7 percentage points.
- In QS World University Rankings 2016/2017, UC Riverside's Department of Philosophy is #1 in the world for the frequency with which published papers are cited by other philosophers.
- U.S. News and World Report Survey (September 2016) ranked UC Riverside 118th overall; earns "Great Schools, Great Prices."
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2016) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top 151 to 200 institutions. This survey bills itself as "the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world's top 500 universities."
- U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools (2016) including:
- Graduate School of Education - 62nd among ranked schools
- Bourns College of Engineering - 71st among ranked schools
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