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Director of Sustainability Programs and Assessment

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  • Inventory, assess, and report on Skidmore’s sustainability efforts
  • Use a variety of tools that are considered best practices within higher education, including AASHE STARS.
  • Lead authorship of annual campus sustainability reports.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of operations across the institution to be aware of accurate and missing data and information.
  • Lead on strategic planning for campus sustainability
  • Advocate for campus sustainability in campus-wide endeavors.
  • Develop, support, and grow campus projects and programs that further campus sustainability goals, including, for example, composting, energy-related projects, and transportation initiatives.
  • Analyze state, nation, and international policies and best practices to strategize for on-campus efforts.
  • Organize and direct the Campus Sustainability Subcommittee and ad hoc working groups.
  • Collaborate on institutional projects and initiatives
  • Embed the College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals within the framework of the Sustainability Office’s endeavors.
  • Support efforts to strengthen the well-being of the campus community through campus building design, the built environment, the natural environment, etc.
  • Lead communication for sustainability
  • Present campus sustainability efforts and goals to a broad audience.
  • Manage the website.
  • Produce presentations, publications, and reports.
  • Maintain regular connections with campus committees and relevant community groups.
  • Promote and support sustainability in the curriculum
  • Work with faculty and students by assisting with academic projects, class tours, and student capstone projects.
  • Collaborate with instructors in classrooms and labs to pursue integrative learning and education.
  • Design and supervise academic internships.
  • Organize and lead 1-credit courses with hands-on projects and feasibility studies.
  • Manage Sustainability Office funding
  • Lead organization of the annual operating budget and internal grants.
  • Secure and manage outside grants and donations.
  • Partner with Advancement to pursue special project fundraising.
  • Support and cultivate the work of the Sustainability Office team, including the Sustainability Coordinator and student employees
  • Directly manage the Sustainable Workplace Operations Program to connect with staff and faculty and foster more connections around sustainability in campus operations.
  • Cultivate collaboration and further development of student programs.
  • Provide supervision of new campus programs as they are launched.
  • Lead community outreach on and off campus
  • Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with on- and off-campus partners for sustainability-related publications, events, and outside speakers.
  • Work directly with various community groups on relevant sustainability projects.
  • Create engaging events, educational opportunities, and campus development projects.
  • Pursue connections with state and national sustainability agencies.
  • Required Qualifications

    • Masters degree and 8-10 years of experience in education, sustainability, environmental science, urban planning, and/or project management.
    • Active support of a just and inclusive workplace.
    • Experience creating and supervising internships or credit-bearing opportunities for students.
    • Experience presenting complex concepts and operations clearly and in an accessible way.
    • Experience managing, organizing, and clearly communicating data sets for a general audience.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • High-level people management and relationship-building skills with both internal and external stakeholders.
    • Visionary approach with a strategic mind, strong persuasive skills, and dedication to a goal-oriented approach.
    • Experience prioritizing and completing projects within a budget.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the importance of soft skills, including strong interpersonal communication skills and a history of leading supportive work environments.

    Application review will begin on January 5, 2022. Applications submitted after January 5 may be reviewed until the position is filled.

    For questions regarding this position, please contact [email protected]

    To Apply: Candidates must complete all required fields and attach all required materials to this online application.

    Required application materials:

    • On-Line Application
    • Cover letter (Candidates should use their cover letter to address required and preferred qualifications with specific examples from their work history to illustrate how their experience satisfies the requirement.)
    • Resume
    • Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

    Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience

    In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincere religious belief or practice.


    Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

    Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.




    Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

    A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

    If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

    Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

    Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.


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