Director of Green Buildings & Systems and Assistant Professor

Chatham University
Chatham University Eden Hall Campus, Ridge Road, Gibsonia, PA, USA

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Director of Green Buildings & Systems and Assistant Professor

Chatham University's Falk School of Sustainability & Environment has an opening for a Director of Green Buildings & Energy Systems and Assistant Professor at its groundbreaking Eden Hall Campus.

We are seeking someone who brings experience both in professional practice and in the classroom so they can bridge key functions within Eden Hall's living, learning laboratory. Successful candidates will show how their training and experience prepare them to (1) oversee operations of state-of-the-art green buildings, on-site renewable energy systems, and a green wastewater treatment facility, (2) teach students within our interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and (3) help manage academic and community partnerships around green buildings and energy systems.

You will bring your passion for people, green buildings and renewable energy, your professional operations and teaching experience, and your excitement for working in a dynamic environment of students, other faculty, and professional staff. This position is a faculty appointment with an opportunity for advancement under Chatham's faculty rank system.

Chatham University strives to promote a campus environment that understands and embraces multiculturalism while increasing individuals' intercultural competence. We actively work to build and sustain a diverse and culturally vibrant campus, which promotes employee and student success and retention. Learn more at:

This position will add to Chatham's mission "to prepare students to build lives of purpose, value and fulfilling preparing graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect the diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably." Building on this mission, Chatham is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning, living and working environment for all members of the campus community. Learn more at:

Position Summary

The Falk School of Sustainability and the Environment (Falk School) seeks an innovative practitioner and educator with experience both in professional practice and teaching. The Director will oversee operations and research related to buildings, energy & wastewater systems, general facilities management, and related procurement at Eden Hall Campus. The Director will facilitate related work with partners, while also teaching in an interdisciplinary and applied environment.

The ideal candidate will have practical experience related to sustainable buildings, sustainable energy systems, and experiential education. They will bring specialized training and skills in an area such as green building operations, renewable energy engineering, sustainable design, or related fields.

This is a 12-month administrative faculty appointment with responsibility for 6-9 credits of teaching per academic year plus additional support for Falk School faculty in collaborative teaching and research. Renewal and promotion follow Chatham standards for administrative faculty.

Duties and Responsibilities

Management responsibilities include:

  • Directing the operations of campus buildings, energy and wastewater systems, and general facilities functions, including related budgeting and procurement.
  • Leading the development and supporting the implementation of a strategy to leverage campus-based buildings and systems to drive research, student experience and academic learning outcomes.
  • Supervise full-time staff who support building and facility operations, as well as part-time student employees.

Educational responsibilities include:

  • A teaching course load of 6-9 credits per year in classes such as green building design and operations, renewable energy systems, and other topics related to the built environment.
  • Collaborating with other faculty to create experience-based student learning opportunities linked to Eden Hall for existing courses, as well as design new courses that make full use of Eden Hall's systems and facilities.
  • Academic advising and supervising student thesis and capstone projects.

Community coordination responsibilities include:

  • Acting as the Falk School liaison with community partners on projects connecting green buildings and systems at Eden Hall with nonprofit organizations, businesses, other universities, and government.
  • Support the Dean in fundraising for campus and educational projects related to buildings and systems and will co-chair the Eden Hall Buildings & Systems Council, a collaborative space where faculty, staff, and students share information, develop projects, and coordinate operations.

Required Qualifications

  • Professional Practice: At least three to five years of experience managing, with an emphasis on sustainable practices, the daily operations of green buildings, renewable energy systems or related systems, in a commercial or other institutional setting, including experience overseeing staff, equipment, procurement, and budgets.
  • Teaching: Experience teaching within academic or workforce training programs in both classroom and practice-based settings, in areas related to sustainability and the built environment.
  • Academic Training: Graduate-level academic degree in a relevant field including, but not limited to, green building design or operation, renewable energy, electrical, civil or mechanical engineering, material science, business administration, or architecture.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with both graduate and undergraduate teaching, as well as student mentorship and supervision.
  • Experience and strengths in diverse community engagements and partnerships, including collaborative project management.
  • Knowledge of social justice issues related to the built environment and energy systems from either professional training or practical experience.
  • Successful fundraising and grant management experience.
  • A PhD or other terminal degree.

How to Apply:

Applications accepted only via (direct link is and follow the instructions to complete the application process. To ensure full consideration, please include:

    Cover Letter outlining your qualifications for the positionCurriculum Vitae or ResumeContact information for three professional references

All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application. The system will not allow applicants to make edits to their applications after submission.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Persons of color, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.


About Chatham

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: health & sustainability; business & communication; and the arts & sciences. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson ’29, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science & Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

Accreditation The University is accredited by the:

· Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

· Pennsylvania Department of Education

· Pennsylvania Department of Education Teacher Certification Program

· Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

· Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

· American Chemical Society

· American Psychology Association

· Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

· Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

· Council for Interior Design Accreditation

· Council on Social Work Education

· International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

· Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council


Mission Statement Chatham University prepares its students to build lives of purpose, value, and fulfilling work. Through professional skill development and liberal arts learning, Chatham prepares its graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.

Student Life Students at Chatham University immerse themselves in academics, co-curricular activities, and city life here in Pittsburgh, PA. At Chatham University, you’ll find an academic and social environment where everyone, from professors in the classroom to strong alumnae/alumni networks to fellow students, cares about your future. The Office of Student Affairs at Chatham is committed to assisting students in becoming active members of the campus community through a variety of programs and services. Student Affairs staff members are here to help Chatham students stretch their imaginations, learn about themselves, discover the world, and achieve their aspirations. Chatham University has a lot in store for students outside the classroom.

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