Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.
The College has made great advances towards building a sustainable community and the new position, Director of Sustainability, is created to bring the College to the next level through the creation of the Office of Sustainability. This office will lead the development and execution of a broad-based, College-wide strategic sustainability initiative, integrating sustainability throughout the campus community and guide the journey toward more sustainable policies, practices, infrastructure and culture in support of the College's mission, goals, and core values.
Primary responsibilities include fostering a culture of sustainability among students, faculty and staff; identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability initiatives; planning and developing long and short range sustainability programs; engaging with institutional leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus departments and offices; networking with peer institutions to maintain current working knowledge of sustainability best practices on college campuses; and, representing the College at regional and national sustainability meetings.
The Director serves as an important member of the College's administrative staff. The Director will assist the College in defining sustainability goals, developing performance metrics and helping to refine long-range plans for sustainability at Holy Cross along with serving as the internal leader and 'go to' expert for sustainability, monitoring emerging trends, programs and issues, and communicating and educating others on sustainability topics.
The Director will also monitor and evaluate program effectiveness, document performance and trends and recommend modifications to improve institutional effectiveness. The Director will help coordinate sustainability responsibilities assigned to other facilities functions and work directly with Eco-Action.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Collaborate with faculty, staff, students, administrators and campus committees to advance leadership in campus sustainability and environmental education.
Chair and support the Presidential Task Force for the Environment which includes constituents across campus including students, faculty and staff.
Lead the effort to update the College's climate action plan and transition it to a sustainability action plan in order to include all aspects of the campus' sustainability efforts
Provide guidance and support to students, departments, faculty, administration and College partners regarding sustainability improvements in policy, practice or application; support and advise operational areas to ensure current best practices for sustainability improvement.
Initiate and prepare the Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System (STARS) submission; update the submission at least every three years to keep its information current; disseminate and communicate its results; and, identify means and methods for continuous improvement.
Liaise with sustainability coordinators or equivalents at other education institutions, businesses, governments and the Worcester community to share experience and practices and promote collaboration.
Monitor and co-direct Green Fund projects.
Support the academic mission of the College and present at campus-wide staff, faculty, and student meetings; act as the liaison between academics and operations in order to create a living laboratory environment for students around sustainability topics.
Aid in the implementation and development of educational materials as needed; provide support to students, faculty, and staff for the development of course content, academic projects, presentations and experiential opportunities related to sustainability.
New Development, Renovations, Operations, and Maintenance
Provide technical direction for the planning, design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings; work with capital project teams and building operation teams to advocate for sustainable practices in capital projects, master planning and existing buildings; ensure that the design, commissioning and operation of facilities and infrastructure achieve or exceed sustainability goals.
Complete LEED certifications as required.
Develop and manage pilot programs relating to waste collection activities at the College.
Develop and implement sustainable living programming for the student body; hire, train and supervise student interns/employees; direct campus competitions in order to engage the student body; collect metrics documenting the program's success.
Advise and support student groups, clubs and extra-curricular project teams or volunteer actions; evaluate and support performance improvement and achievement. This may involve a flexible schedule for evening or weekend activities.
Direct institutional sustainability activities as developed.
Enhance campus wide communication and outreach; promote environmental responsibility by generating and managing all content for website, social media, public presentations, newsletters and other publications as appropriate.
Disseminate information about the College's sustainability advancements and activities in our community and nationally; represent Holy Cross at regional and national campus sustainability meetings; facilitate dialogue and networking with peer institutions.
Oversee the budget for the Office of Sustainability, including forecasting, tracking and verification.
Serve as the central point of contact for any and all interfaces with members of the campus community on the subject of sustainability.
Provide supervisory guidance for staffing levels, training programs and in planning the use of resources to ensure that the College achieves sustainability goals.
Supervise student interns and student employees.
Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Bachelor's degree or the equivalent in education and experience; advanced coursework a plus.
Five years of experience in management, sustainability, or related programs required; experience in academic setting desired.
Knowledge of sustainability theories and practices and local, national and global sustainability and environmental initiatives; familiarity with the networks of organizations (governmental, non-governmental and academic) involved in advancing sustainability policy and action.
Excellent communication skills including writing, public speaking and computing skills.
Exhibits sound judgment and professionalism in all aspects of the position. Able to differentiate between conflicting priorities and issues to identify underlying causes. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and assess priorities effectively. Ability to creatively overcome obstacles; skilled in working with a diverse academic community.
Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule to support sustainable events and meetings with students.
Able to work independently, but is an excellent collaborator and team player.
Demonstrated record of personal accomplishments executing sustainability initiatives.
Must be able to build positive relationships. Ability to work effectively with all levels of the institution.
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Excel
Valid driver's license required.
This is a full time, exempt level position.
The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,000 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.
Worcester is a city of approximately 170,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.
The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.
A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).
The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (http://www.heccma.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (https://new-england.hercjobs.org/)
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ABOUT COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS: Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.