Sustainability Program Manager 2/ Sustainable Behavior Change Program Manager

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Sustainability Program Manager 2/ Sustainable Behavior Change Program Manager
Land, Buildings and Real Estate, Redwood City, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4432
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: J
Requisition ID: 93568

Welcome to Land, Buildings & Real Estate

Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University's physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university's academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford's 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

The Department of Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM) brings an integrated and deliberate focus to campus sustainability. The department works to advance sustainability in campus operations, optimizing and prioritizing efficiency in all aspects of campus life, from resource and utility management to transportation and community behavior. SEM develops strategic, long-term goals that help reduce Stanford's environmental impact, supporting the university's commitment to be a good environmental steward.

*Work Arrangement: Hybrid (2 or more days on campus)

What you will do in this role:

This is a pivotal moment for Stanford University. A new school is being established, the first in seventy years, that will focus on climate and sustainability. This presents an opportunity for the Sustainability and Energy Management department within LBRE to build upon successful operational sustainability initiatives and expand on energy, water, and waste reduction savings. Multiple academic and operational departments are showing interest in how to integrate sustainability into their plans, policies, and practices, and there is a need to develop models to allow for integration across the university. This position will play a strategic role in leveraging years of learning from LBRE, the best available science, and the campus as a living laboratory model to increase savings, guide innovation, and deliver program results.

The Sustainable Behavior Change Program Manager will design, implement, and manage department, program, and building-level sustainability and conservation initiatives that reduce energy, water, waste, and greenhouse gases while reducing operating expenses and engaging Stanford University community in achieving the goal of becoming a carbon neutral, zero waste, and environmentally just university. They will develop and maintain strategic partnerships, provide guidance towards successful execution of sustainability and behavioral change initiatives, and perform assessments, analysis, and reporting within the Office of Sustainability.

Core Duties:

Behavioral Change Program Management - 40%
  • Design and redesign of programs to inspire and systemize departmental-level sustainability programs
  • Bridge between outreach and communication and cutting-edge, applied behavioral change research with sustainability
  • Manage and improve existing sustainability programs, including energy and water conservation, waste reduction and diversion, and other behavior change initiatives at program and building levels
  • Current initiatives include the Cardinal Green Office Program, Cardinal Green Labs Program, Sustainable IT Program, Sustainable Athletics Program, and the Carbon-Free Buildings Program
  • Build and maintain relationships with key sustainability stakeholders at department, program, and building levels, and advise on relevant sustainability strategy and behavior change efforts
  • Design and implement a comprehensive program to work with department leadership to train administrative assistants and event planners to plan green events and lunches
  • Develop and distribute sustainability materials in support of sustainability initiatives
  • Supervise 4-10 student interns who actively support sustainability behavioral change programs
  • Oversee sustainability audits and installation of energy and water saving devices
  • Support sustainable purchasing initiatives
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for students regarding sustainability programs and services, project idea consideration and refinement, and sourcing suitable faculty and staff supporters
  • Implement sustainability education, behavioral change, and outreach programs for staff, faculty, and students that raise awareness and empower sustainability champions
  • Coordinate meetings and student events to increase and enhance program adoption and greater outreach
  • Manage the annual campus closure activities to orchestrate energy curtailments over the two-week winter break and other holiday breaks and track cost savings associated with the program. Look for opportunities to improve the program. Report on cost savings.
  • Stay up to date on behavioral change theory, research, and applications, integrating this into their work/programs, and share relevant information with the Office of Sustainability staff and relevant stakeholders to inform program design and communications strategies

Assessments & Reporting - 30%
  • Manage the Office of Sustainability Building Rating Program
  • Gather and compile data, metrics, evaluations, assessments, and other content for building ratings and program reporting internally, as well as to various organizations and external stakeholders
  • Explore opportunities for new dashboard visualizations and use cases. Collaborate with Business Systems, Information Technology, and Facilities Energy Management staff to implement and manage dashboard visualizations.
  • Provide leadership with quarterly energy analyses for campus academic buildings
  • Explore the potential for new energy consumption and cost visualizations (Tableau, dashboards, etc.)

Campus Engagement - 30%
  • Become a leverage point for broad-scale institutional change
  • Connect with industry and academic innovators and build a network of practitioners to inform program design and delivery
  • Integrate student leadership in design and delivery of results
  • Link academics and operations in the evolution of the campus as a living laboratory to achieve cost savings in energy, waste, and water savings
  • Collaborate with the Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Manager for seamless integration of broader communications efforts with behavioral change programs within the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management at Stanford University
  • Support the Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Manager on implementation of the My Cardinal Green Program
  • Create new actions, engage with the Stanford community using the platform to register sustainability actions, and calculate the potential energy/water savings from each action
  • Design and deliver outreach, campus education, and training components of sustainability programs and services
  • Develop and contribute relevant content for publication in the Sustainable Stanford Newsletter
  • Represent Stanford at on-campus, as well as industry and community events

To be successful in this role you must bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and 5 years or relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience with behavior change and sustainability.
  • Advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Interest in and academic background in sustainability
  • Passionate and up to date on behavioral change theory, research, and strategies, able to integrate this into their work/programs, and willing to share this knowledge with relevant stakeholders
  • Ability to manage and complete tasks on time and with moderate or little supervision
  • Strong communications skills, both written and oral (including proofreading)
  • Ability to forge and maintain strategic partnerships with staff, faculty, and students to expand and maintain participation and engagement
  • Ability to manage data collection and reporting processes for surveys, reports, and publications
  • Ability to use judgment following policies and procedures and using creativity to solve problems
  • Demonstrated skill in the use of spreadsheets, database programs, and word processing programs
  • Ability to manage a complex and often competing set of priorities in a results-oriented environment
  • Able to plan and execute projects on a timeline
  • Demonstrated aptitude and motivation to conduct research that guides and informs sustainability strategies - both online and in person through interviews and stakeholder engagement
  • Must possess strong organizational, time management and project management skills, with the ability to support multiple projects of various types at different stages with emphasis on accuracy and meeting milestones and deadlines
  • High degree of discretion and judgment; ability to resolve interdependent deadlines with tact and diplomacy
  • High degree of energy and initiative, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Familiarity with higher education organizational and operational structures with the ability to objectively think through initiatives' impact in an institutional setting
  • Demonstrated skill in the use of spreadsheets, database programs, and word processing programs and basic-intermediate skills in creative programs suits (Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator and/or Photoshop)

Additional Information*:
  • Frequently sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions:
  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings.
  • Work involves long hours of standing and sustained communications/dialogue.
  • May work in mechanical equipment rooms, kitchens, waste management areas, construction sites.
  • Travel, local and non-local.

Work Standards:
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), and employs ant-racist practices and principles in the workplace

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

*All Stanford University employees are subject to all COVID-19 requirements, which includes being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 pursuant to our vaccination policy.

*The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

*Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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