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Director of Sustainability

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Full time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Director of Sustainability position. The Director of Sustainability is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level AD-1. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Center for Environment Sustainability (CES) mission is to facilitate academic and applied experiences for students in service of developing knowledge across disciplines to inform environmentally sustainable decisions and action. The CES supports faculty in their efforts to integrate sustainability into the curriculum and research. By leveraging the college's sustainable operational practices, the CES creates experiential learning opportunities for students. The CES promotes institutional innovation and action in support of the college's sustainability commitment. The CES recognizes the intersections of sustainability with social justice, environmental justice and strives to foster a more equitable world through its initiatives and programming.

The Director will lead the Amherst College Center of Environmental Sustainability by creating and supporting opportunities for a diverse group of students to engage in scholarship focused on a just and sustainable future, building collaborative relationships that enhance teaching and experiential learning, communicating and engaging the community in sustainability initiatives, and pushing the college forward in its efforts to transform to carbon neutrality. The Director works with campus constituents to develop the innovative programs and projects that ensure the College is a mindful environmental steward. The Director promotes and enables integration of sustainable values and practices into the curriculum and research, co-curricular experiential learning, the college's strategic planning, management of resources and operations, facilities planning and design, and students' residential experience.

The CES and its Director of Sustainability uses sustainability program initiatives to create knowledge, awareness and commitment to life-long responsible environmental citizenry.

The Director of the CES will report to the Dean of Faculty (Provost) and will maintain strong collaborative working relationships with the Chief of Campus Operations and the Chief of Student Affairs. They will work directly with a faculty advisor from the Environmental Studies department, the Academic Resources Team and the Center for Community Engagement to ensure that sustainability studies and experiential learning are integrated into the curriculum. The Director will also oversee a full-time Green Dean position that assists in supporting student facing programs and promotes awareness of the CES's mission and initiatives. The Director will also partner with various groups at the College (e.g. Office of Global Education, the Book and Plow Farm, Loeb Career Center, Advancement/Alumni network) to expand student learning opportunities outside the classroom, facilitate career exploration and promote the accomplishments of the CES.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities
Faculty Support
  • Coordinates with faculty and the Academic Resources Team to integrate sustainability initiatives into the curriculum and makes use of campus resources (College Sanctuary, Book and Plow Farm) as a living laboratory for research and teaching, including curation of data sets to monitor, study and promote campus sustainability initiatives like the Climate Action Plan.
  • Coordinates research opportunities for students to engage in sustainability scholarship and develops programs for student interns to engage with work on projects connected to the college's initiatives in campus sustainability.
  • Partners with the Center for Community Engagement and the College's Resource Centers to support student engagement in organizations working towards just, equitable and sustainable solutions to the connected challenges of racial and social inequality and environmental injustice.
  • Connect students to careers in sustainability by collaborating with and supporting the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning

Student Life
  • Designs programs to foster greater awareness of sustainable principles and practices and work with Student Affairs to, implement and engage students in these activities (e.g., Eco-Reps program in dormitories, bike share program, recycling and waste reduction programs, etc.)
  • Promotes campus environmental stewardship that connects with students through various methods including: presentations and demonstrations, recycling and energy competitions, dining hall table tents, articles in the Student newspaper, web page, participation in and presence at events, and use of social media.
  • Effectively supports and engages with a diverse student body, working to ensure equity and inclusion are central to work and working relationships.

Operations Support
  • Promote integration of sustainability principles into the operational functions of the College. Create institutional level sustainability standards and policies, (e.g., transportation, waste management, energy utilization, building design, carbon emission). Support college leaders in other divisions in their efforts to develop strategies to advance Amherst's sustainability efforts; evaluate these opportunities for technical feasibility, cost effectiveness; develop indicators to assess and document the effectiveness of those sustainability programs; create implementation plans and recommend programs and initiatives to the senior administration. Work with departments to support their implementation plans and analyze the effectiveness of initiatives including areas such as energy and materials usage, waste generation, food procurement.
  • Support Facilities in the development and implementation of energy and resource conservation projects, including high performance building design. Support the Facilities department in implementing a self-sustaining Green Revolving Fund that provides financing to implement sustainability projects that generate cost savings.
  • Perform and periodically update a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) survey to gauge progress towards a more sustainable campus.

  • Streamline, promote and communicate Amherst's sustainability efforts within and outside of the Amherst community. Document progress towards sustainability and promote broader awareness of Amherst's environmental efforts and accomplishments. Actively promote sustainability, with emphasis on the reduction of Amherst's environmental impacts and with a focus on the intersections between environmental sustainability and social and racial justice.
  • Identify opportunities for outside funding and pursue grants, rebate programs and other funding sources.
  • Actively engage in sustainability professional organizations and speak at local, regional and national conferences.
  • Manage staff, student employees, student research assistants and/or environmental interns.
  • Submit annual report to the President's Senior Staff on the state of sustainability at the college
  • Collaborate with the Book & Plow Farm and ensure that it is a resource effectively used to enhance Dining Services, create awareness regarding closed loop systems, and is integrated into curricular and co-curricular initiatives.
  • All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • Minimum of seven years in implementing environmental or sustainability programs with preference for experience in a non-profit, corporate or educational setting.
  • Leadership role in environmental initiatives and resource management with demonstrated experience in teaching preferred.
  • Excellent time management and thorough attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to supporting and collaborating with a diverse community.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Master's or other advanced degree preferred, e.g., M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. in Natural Resources, Environmental Policy or related field.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 2021-05-19 Expires: 2021-06-19

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