Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment

Greenville, SC - Posted: 10/11/16 | SHARE:


Position Information

Job Title Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
Posting Number 2016106P
Position Type Administration
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Salary Grades - Exempt Level 6 $40,100.00 - $62,200.00
Salary Grades - Non-Exempt Not Applicable
Pay Type Salaried
Work Unit Sustainability

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability ( at Furman University, a private liberal arts undergraduate institution, invites applications for an Associate Director (AD) of Sustainability Assessment beginning in January 2017. The Associate Director will oversee campus sustainability assessment and national reporting, including STARS and ACUPCC Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory. In addition the AD will serve as campus operations sustainability liaison for the Center, partnering with staff and personnel in Facilities Services, Purchasing and Procurement, Food Services, and Waste Management to foster integration of campus sustainability efforts and projects into academic and co-curricular programs. The AD will work closely with the Executive Director to develop and implement a mission, vision, and strategic plan for the Center that aligns institutional priorities with the needs and interests of campus and community stakeholders.

The University:
Furman University, a private university founded in 1826 with an enrollment of 2,700 undergraduates, is one of the nation’s premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges. At the heart of our University is an outstanding academic program, with top-notch faculty whose chief priority is teaching undergraduate students. We also offer distinguished visual and performing arts programs, NCAA Division I athletics, and a campus community that values collaboration and fosters empathy for a diversity of ideas and perspectives.

Furman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities.

Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America’s hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. From a revitalized downtown ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine to downtown Greenville’s one-of-a-kind Liberty Bridge, quaint shops, boutiques, and fabulous restaurants to a world-class collection of museums, galleries, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is everything they say it is and more. Within close reach of the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic beaches, the area abounds with recreational and outdoor activities, and direct flights by major airlines from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport are just 35 minutes from the Furman campus.

The Shi Center:
Over the past few decades Furman University has established itself as a higher education sustainability leader. Sustainability has been infused across the university curriculum and campus operations and has served as a strategic pillar in our identity and mission. We aspire to have faculty and students engage in interdisciplinary teaching and research in conjunction with community organizations and leaders that aim at solving the regional sustainability challenges we face. Today’s sustainability problems and challenges can no longer be addressed by individual disciplines, but require more holistic, systems based approaches that draw from expertise and experience across all disciplines and stakeholders.

The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, named after Furman’s 10th president, is an interdisciplinary academic center on campus that promotes the study and practice of sustainability on campus and in the greater community. A former Southern Living Showcase home, the Center was established in 2008 to foster collaboration among educators, students, and community leaders around real world and regional challenges that sit at the nexus of social, economic, and environmental systems.


Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in related sustainability field required.

Experience with assessment, particularly related to sustainability.

Dynamic, team-oriented person who desires to innovatively contribute to education about sustainability.

Experience with campus and community outreach (e.g., programming, events, communications).

Significant experience with writing, editing, and copywriting.

Excellent organizational and managerial skills.

Ability to communicate effectively with others representing a variety of backgrounds / perspectives.

Ability to manage and flourish in a team environment.

Ability to take initiative and work independently.

Ability to create high quality written and verbal communications.

Experience in the use of office software, including website development, word processing, and spreadsheets.

Ability to plan and orchestrate public outreach efforts and events designed to increase community involvement and generate donations of time, materials, and financial resources.

Desire to engage innovative and strategic partnerships and programs in a dynamic academic field.

Attention to detail and flexibility to assist Executive Director as needs arise.

Work requires managing multiple projects, communications, and outreach programs simultaneously on campus and in the Greater Greenville community.

Preferred Qualifications

2-3 years of experience in related field preferred.

Experience within higher education administration preferred.

Physical Demands

Work primarily conducted in an office setting with need for occasional long periods of standing and working outside.

Work Environment

Hours during the workweek on occasion need be flexible to include working with various sustainability programs and events that are held during weekend and evening hours.

Occasional local and long-distance travel.

Posting Detail Information

Close Date 11/01/2016
Open Until Filled
Employment Period: 12 Month
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