Sustainability Program Manager

Boulder, Colorado - Posted on: Wednesday 07/02/14


The University of Colorado Boulder Facilities Management (FM) department welcomes applicants for a sustainability program manager. The sustainability program manager will serve to develop, manage and coordinate a department-wide program of environmental stewardship, energy conservation, applied environmental science and policy research, and environmental literacy and community outreach. The program manager reports to the assistant vice chancellor of Facilities Management and works in collaboration with each of the FM Division directors (Operations, Planning, Design and Construction, Business Services, Utility Services, and Human Resources) on their programs.
We are looking for someone with strong problem solving and interpersonal skills, who possesses a thorough understanding
 of sustainability theories and initiatives and is able to develop 
setting. The position must be able to work with constituents at different levels both on and off campus.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone who would like to help advance the CU Boulder goal of becoming a leader in environmental excellence among higher education institutions.

Who we are:
Facilities Management is responsible for the overall physical development and maintenance of the campus. The mission of the department is to provide a safe physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge.

What your key responsibilities will be:
As the sustainability program manager, you will be responsible for:
- Sustainability Policy: Collaborate in developing a strategy to integrate sustainability principles and practices into the operations and culture of the FM department. Research and maintain working knowledge of best practices with regards to sustainability and educational institutions. Work toward the CU Boulder goal of becoming a leader in environmental excellence among higher education institutions.
- Outreach: Identify opportunities to promote and improve the CU Boulder Facilities Management department’s sustainability efforts and provide recommendations to department and campus decision makers. Create and implement a department-wide sustainability policy and action plan for CU-Boulder Facilities Management. Assess effectiveness of approved plan. Work with FM staff, CU Boulder students and professors, and campus leadership team to build support and understanding of sustainability projects and issues. Engage
across other
units and departments.
 Work in a collaborative manner to develop productive relationships with other campus constituents, along with local, state and national governmental entities. Coordinate and consults with other colleges, universities, and industry thought leaders. Serve as the FM department spokesperson on sustainability issues. Represent the FM department at professional conferences.
- Implementation: Encourage and facilitate sustainability programs initiated by staff, and involve students, professors and community members by encouraging suggestions, sharing information, and coordinating communication. Program initiatives spanning multiple department programs including but not limited to: energy (efficiency, renewables, audits, transportation, green buildings), chemicals (toxics minimization, pollution prevention), resources (existing building practices, new construction, material recycling, waste minimization), systems (tools for measuring, rating and managing environmental performance) and education (staff engagement, student and faculty involvement, research, collaboration efforts).
- Planning: Development responsibility for grant funding, corporate partnerships, rebate programs and other potential savings programs. Make recommendations regarding methods and technologies to reduce waste, save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase environmental awareness within the department. Establish outcomes and assessment criteria for program success related to campus sustainability initiatives. Develop and maintain sustainability metrics for the FM department such as energy and natural resource usage, waste generation and recycling statistics.



- Bachelor’s degree or higher in energy management, environmental science, policy, engineering, sustainable development, institutional planning 
or related field
- Five years of experience implementing sustainability 
or environmental/resource conservation programs with substantial relevant leadership 
Substitution: Additional experience in energy management, environmental science, policy, engineering, sustainable development, or institutional planning may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor’s degree.
- Understanding of sustainability 
as well as local, national and global
sustainability initiatives and best practices.
- Proven ability to develop and 
programs within an 
institutional setting.
- Expertise in working with local and state governments including utilities.

- Understanding of how to institutionalize new sustainability 

- Practiced at public speaking and curriculum development.

- Problem 
solving skills, thinking
 analytically and 
developing sustainability programs that support the department’s strategic objectives and mission.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to 
listen and learn and 
trust among various 
- Skill in application of the 
principles and practices 
of effective leadership, management, and supervision
- Excellent relationship building and networking skills.

Desired Qualifications
Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.
- Master’s degree in 
energy management, environmental science, 
policy, or 
engineering, sustainable
 planning or 
related field
- Relevant experience in 
corporate, university, government, or non-profit
strong consideration.

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