Director of Campus Sustainability and Space Planning

Northampton, Hampshire County
Mar 05, 2014
Director of Campus Sustainability and Space Planning Environmental Sustainability Smith College Smith College is accepting applications for a Director of Campus Sustainability and Space Planning. Reporting to the Vice President for Finance & Administration, the director is responsible for the college’s sustainability planning, designing goals and strategies that reflect the college’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Works with departments, programs and committees to promote a culture of environmental sustainability and shared commitment to achieving Smith’s climate action management plan. The director leads and advocates for integration of sustainable principles and practices with campus space programming and management. Takes an integral role in campus planning, collaborating on plan development and carrying out strategies that aim for optimal and efficient use of campus buildings. Engages in building programming and space management, working closely with facilities management and architectural firms, and provides expertise to administrators, committees, and departments. As part of actively promoting and facilitating sustainability activities across the campus, the director collaborates with staff, faculty, students and relevant committees. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead college sustainability planning. Research and propose strategic directions in sustainability, and develop implementation plans and practices. Work with faculty, staff and students on achievement of the Smith sustainability and climate action plan, setting goals and implementing strategies to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. Work to establish the college as a recognized leader in integrating environmental sustainability across the campus. Engage in campus space programming, and work with multiple stakeholders to plan and implement space utilization. Serve on committees that program space for new construction and major renovations. Collaborate with facilities management to regularly review and analyze space utilization on campus, and to maintain a comprehensive database to support decisions about space programming and use. Use analyses to develop strategies that create efficiencies through improved space utilization. Develop multi-year, cross-departmental space allocation plans. Recommend policies and practices regarding space use and management. Closely coordinate with several offices that assign space on campus, advising on needs analyses and maintenance of space utilization data. Act as college’s sustainability consultant to departments. Maintain close partnership with facilities management to collaborate on common goals and to infuse sustainability principles into new construction, renovations, standards and plans. Collaborate with key stakeholders including areas such as center for the environment, facilities management, dining, environmental science & policy, and offices handling space assignments. Encourage environmental stewardship among members of the college community. Establish and maintain effective communications with members of the campus community regarding sustainability trends, college goals, and current projects and achievements using the website, annual reports, and other means. Staff the committee on sustainability. Engage with colleagues at other higher education institutions and environmental sustainability organizations to stay up-to-date on technologies, ideas, trends and practices. Manage the office of environmental sustainability, including coordinator and administrative support. Take responsibility for annual greenhouse gas inventory and AASHE reporting, and report on progress toward achieving carbon neutrality. Oversee development and implementation of programs to raise awareness and commitment to environmental sustainability. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education/Experience: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental studies, architecture or a related field. Five to seven years of experience relevant to the position, including complex project planning/management that includes data analysis, engagement of stakeholders and execution of plans or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Extensive knowledge of and experience working with sustainability theories and practices. Skills: Excellent communication and presentation skills and ability to work at all levels of an organization. Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students. Ability to propose, plan, administer and evaluate collaborative projects. Ability to schedule and manage multiple projects and priorities. Review of applications will begin immediately. To be considered for this position, apply online at Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.