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Sustainability Engineering Manager

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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The University of Virginia’s Office for Sustainability is seeking candidates for a Sustainability Engineering Manager. This position is a core member of the University of Virginia's Office for Sustainability team and will contribute to developing solutions to meet university-wide goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and ensuring overall environmental stewardship. The position will oversee the Building Energy Efficiency, Smart Labs, and Green Building Standards programs and team members, and will develop and support additional initiatives to advance UVA’s sustainability goals.

Sustainability at the University of Virginia is interdisciplinary, multi-faceted and highly collaborative, encompassing academics, research, and operations and a range of topics, including greenhouse gases, energy, water, waste, food, equity, and civic engagement. We support workplace flexibility when appropriate but 100% remote work is not possible.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the Building Energy Efficiency program, the Office for Sustainability’s Green Building Standards initiatives – including strategic planning, implementation, analysis, communications, and oversight of direct reports and specific projects.

  • Mentor and advise multiple direct reports – the Office for Sustainability engineering team.

  • Track overall program budgets, schedules, resource and training needs, and in planning the use of resources to ensure the University achieves sustainability goals.

  • Expand sustainability programs by assessing current initiatives, implementing improvements, and determining resource allocations.

  • Provide technical direction and support in the planning, design, and construction of departmental projects related to sustainability – particularly new construction and major renovations.

  • Represent UVA’s sustainable buildings program efforts to the wider community.

  • Oversee implementation of related programs and operations.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Education: Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, sustainable design, architecture, or similar field.

  • Experience: 7 years' professional experience working in an engineering-related field, designing, construction, architecture, or evaluating building energy systems or controls.

  • Advanced degrees may substitute for years of experience.

  • Strong preference given to candidates with leadership or direct supervisory experience.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in educational, research, and/or health care facilities, infrastructure, or systems is preferred. Demonstrated ability to effectively build collaboration across a complex organization, lead teams, and manage multiple programs is required. Experience overseeing a program, particularly a sustainability-related program, is strongly preferred.

  • Ability to review and understand technical information related to building systems is required. Technical understanding of operations and maintenance of engineering principles and systems, including HVAC/mechanical systems, and controls.

  • Broad knowledge of various aspects of sustainable design and construction is required.

  • Knowledge of the design and construction process is required. Knowledge of the LEED certification process for new and existing buildings is essential.

  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, schedule, track, communicate, and manage multiple projects are essential.

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with and engage diverse groups and develop relationships with coworkers, supervisors, and the public to promote and educate on sustainability initiatives are required.

  • Familiarity with, or working knowledge of, building energy systems, utility metering metrics, building commissioning processes, measurement and verification processes.

  • Demonstrated ability make independent decisions, a high level of initiative, and proactive approaches to problem-solving.

  • Demonstrated self-starter, analytical skills with ability to use strong problem-solving, strategic thinking, and project coordination skills to organize information. Attention to detail, organization and ability to manage multiple priorities.

  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear manner.

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite. Strong computer skills, with the ability to create advanced spreadsheets, with strong math skills and the ability to perform accurate calculations.

Anticipated hiring rate: Starting at $115,000 annually; actual hiring rate dependent on candidate’s qualifications. This is a full-time, 40 hour per week exempt position.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0050275. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs.’ Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • CV/resume

  • Cover letter

All documents can be loaded into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Physical Demands:
This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

Before a formal offer of employment is extended, the selected candidate will undergo a background check per university policy.

For questions about and assistance with the application process, please contact Jessica Speth, Academic Recruiter at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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