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Director of Sustainability

Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN
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Macalester College is seeking applicants for the Director of Sustainability.   This position reports to the AVP of Facilities Services and is responsible for the creation, implementation and coordination of the sustainability program for the College.  The Sustainability Director coordinates the integration of sustainability concepts with real-world implementation throughout the Macalester community while using the campus as a proving ground for ideas and concepts.  Resources and efforts are focused under the guiding principle that the most sustainable action is to not consume the resource in the first place.


About The Office of Sustainability:

Since 2008, the Sustainability Office has been the central coordinator of sustainability projects at Macalester. The foundations of sustainability are strong and visible here. We have a record of environmental stewardship, curricular innovation around sustainability, and deep student engagement around environmental and social justice themes. We also have many committed faculty and staff, and a strong civic engagement office that—through community connections in classes, research, off-campus work study, and co-curricular activities (internships, volunteer work, etc.)—creates new connections for sustainability learning in and with the community.


Vision: To create a healthy sustainable and environmentally just urban community now and richer possibilities for generations to come.

 Mission: To be a catalyst, convener, and champion of urban sustainability and environmental justice ideas and actions across and beyond campus.

  • Coordinates the reporting of key internal and external metrics; including the development of an annual energy/utility report for the campus each year. Partners with Institutional Research, Facilities Services, Energy Management and other areas of the College to ensure that necessary data is gathered and shared regarding progress towards stated sustainability goals.
  • Highlights, promotes, and integrates the natural connections between the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability and the College’s mission.
  • Works closely with the faculty as an internal consultant to increase the depth and breadth of sustainability in the curriculum. Facilitates student projects where course credit may be earned.
  • Develops programs and focuses efforts and available resources on making meaningful and measurable progress in creating a more sustainably responsible campus. Some areas of focus include: utility consumption, stormwater management, food waste, responsible food sourcing, waste management, recycling & composting, commuting and travel programs, etc.
  • Promotes sustainability on campus through training, education, program engagement activities and active marketing of programs
  • Supervises a part-time Program Coordinator and recruits and supervises student sustainability workers.
  • Administers the program budget.
  • Leads and energizes individuals and departments around shared sustainability objectives while promoting a culture of collaboration among academic and non-academic stakeholders that span the breadth of the college community.
  • Leverages existing networks in Macalester’s urban location to cultivate connections with Twin Cities organizations and communicates Macalester’s commitment to sustainability with constituencies beyond the College.
  • Serves as a trusted campus resource on all matters related to sustainability.
  • Engages in and promotes Macalester’s culture of diversity and inclusion, encompassing individuals of any heritage, identity, status or orientation.
  • Experience with and/or a demonstrated commitment to environmental justice
  • Ability to build respectful working relationships and strong collaborations across departmental/disciplinary lines.
  • Has experience working in a corporate or governmental position doing sustainability work and leading projects.
  • Has significant education or work-related experience in environmental science, ecology, sustainability, energy management, or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and work with data.  An important element of the work is documenting results and interpreting data. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to identify and cultivate opportunities that energize sustainability-related activities for a diverse organization.


Physical Requirements: 

This position sits in a building that requires the ability to climb stairs and lift up to 10 lbs. 


Compensation & Benefits: 

The total compensation package for this position offers Macalester’s Benefits Package and an annual salary of $78,000-$92,000. 


Application Guidelines: 

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume in one combined pdf via Macalester Job Opportunities page. Priority will be given to applicants who apply by June 27th and the position will be posted until filled. 

All inquiries regarding this position can be directed to: 

Jaclyn Howard 

Talent Acquisition Manager

[email protected]


Macalester College - Institutional Overview

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,100 students who come from virtually every state and 91 countries. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college known for its high standards of scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.BenefitsMacalester employees enjoy a fantastic benefits package and working environment that is second to none. Please visit for more information about benefits at Macalester College.Our Commitment to Safety in response to COVID-19:For the safety of our community, Macalester requires all employees to have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Should a newly hired employee be unable to receive the vaccination for either medical or religious reasons we offer accommodations and assistance.Questions or concerns about this process should be directed to Bob Graf, Director of Employment Services, at [email protected]


Working for Macalester College 

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.
Two great cities at your doorstep. Macalester is nestled in a lovely, residential neighborhood–minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis–which offers students a wealth of internship opportunities in business, finance, medicine, government, law, the arts, and more.

Macalester students are citizens of over 90 countries.

Our faculty earned their advanced degrees from some of the best schools in the world, and they remain thought-leaders in their fields

Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus–specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. Often students undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They publish papers in scholarly journals, participate in conferences, and provide analysis for policy makers and real-world use.


Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Statement of Purpose and Belief

At Macalester College we believe that education is a fundamentally transforming experience. As a community of learners, the possibilities for this personal, social, and intellectual transformation extend to us all. We affirm the importance of the intellectual growth of the students, staff and faculty through individual and collaborative endeavor. We believe that this can best be achieved through an environment that values the diverse cultures of our world and recognizes our responsibility to provide a supportive and respectful environment for students, staff and faculty of all cultures and backgrounds.

We expect students to develop a broad understanding of the liberal arts while they are at Macalester. Students should follow a primary course of study in order to acquire an understanding of disciplinary theory and methodology; they should be able to apply their understanding of theories to address problems in the larger community. Students should develop the ability to use information and communication resources effectively, be adept at critical, analytical and logical thinking, and express themselves well in both oral and written forms. Finally, students should be prepared to take responsibility for their personal, social and intellectual choices.

We believe that the benefit of the educational experience at Macalester is the development of individuals who make informed judgments and interpretations of the broader world around them and choose actions or beliefs for which they are willing to be held accountable. We expect them to develop the ability to seek and use knowledge and experience in contexts that challenge and inform their suppositions about the world. We are committed to helping students grow intellectually and personally within an environment that models and promotes academic excellence and ethical behavior. The education a student begins at Macalester provides the basis for continuous transformation through learning and service.

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