Director of Sustainability

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Director of Sustainability

Job no: 496197
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Facilities

The Director of Sustainability (DS) will report to the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Sustainability (AVP) and support the AVP and the President’s Sustainability Council (PSC) by leading the development and implementation of a campus wide sustainability plan. The DS is responsible for the providing strategic direction, day-to-day leadership on all sustainability initiatives, oversees internal and external communications, and tracks metrics to assess the plan’s progress. This position will directly supervise a team of staff and/or student interns and coordinate with other faculty, staff, and student volunteers and vendors to implement the sustainability plan.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Act as the primary liaison and advisor to the AVP and the PSC. Develop, prioritize, plan, coordinate and implement a wide variety of initiatives across engagement, operations, and policy in support of Bucknell’s Sustainability Plan and the Office of Campus Sustainability. Define goals, performance metrics and a long range plan for sustainability. Monitor and evaluate program effectiveness, document performance trends, and recommend and implement modifications to improve program effectiveness.
• Recommend and implement campus wide policies and strategic direction to achieve Bucknell’s sustainability objectives. Coordinate and lead meetings, working groups, and gather feedback from campus constituencies. Establish and lead implementation of plans.
• Establish and manage sustainability programming engaging students, faculty and staff community members. Foster and coordinate new ideas and concepts for sustainability programming themes and identify materials and resources to supplement, expand or replace existing sustainability programming. Coordinate efforts and/or collaborate with the appropriate department(s) in promoting, enhancing, and managing internal and external communications related to sustainability initiatives.
• Serve as the main point of contact and liaison to the University community and serve on various committees. Routinely prepare and present special reports to the PSC, campus leadership and broader community on sustainability-related topics.
• Represent the sustainability programs to the public; attend professional meetings as appropriate; interface with external organizations to ensure cooperative efforts are enhance and available resources are utilized. Research and maintain working knowledge of best practices with regards to sustainability.
• Develop and manage associated operating budgets.
• Recruit, interview, hire and manage staff and volunteers.
• Identify and pursue grant and resource development opportunities to support sustainability efforts.
• Assist in the preparation of and ensure the timely submission of external reports.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 7 years of directly related experience or a Master’s degree in a relevant field and 5 years of directly related experience.
• Experience implementing environmental, sustainability or related programs.
• Knowledge of sustainability concepts, best practices and principles.
• Experience leading change in a diverse organization and coordinating, organizing, and implementing programs and events.
• Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a fast paced environment with multiple priorities and projects with minimal supervision.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, is required to communicate effectively with a wide variety of constituents, including faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees and consultants.
• Experience and expertise to contribute to Bucknell’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s degree or advance certifications related to sustainability.
• Demonstrated active involvement in formal sustainability committees, councils, or organizations in a higher education environment.
• Supervisory and/or leadership experience.
• Experience maintaining a website and/or managing a social media site.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

Advertised: 08 Jan 2019 Eastern Standard Time
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