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Associate Director of Sustainability Management

Syracuse, NY - Posted on: Tuesday 08/30/16


Job # 032923
Department Code 31025-6100
Department Energy Systems & Sustainability Management
Job Title Associate Director of Sustainability Management
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade S6
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University Business Hours
Academic Year: Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Summer Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Hours may vary based on operational need.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Office of Energy Systems and Sustainability Management (ESSM) is seeking to hire an Associate Director of Sustainability Management.

The position is responsible for overseeing the Sustainability Management Division consisting of the Associate Director and two sustainability coordinators. The associate director will provide vision and develop long-term plans for the campus to achieve climate neutrality by 2040; manage the procurement of electricity, natural gas and renewable energy; manage and develop programs to reduce the University’s energy consumption; oversee the accuracy of the campus metering systems; pursue funding opportunities from external sources to help offset costs associated with energy efficient and carbon reduction programs and initiatives and direct the division’s budget.


Provide vision and develop long-term plans for campus to achieve climate neutrality by 2040.
• Oversee the execution of the University’s Climate Action Plan Budget to ensure that all projects pursued adhere to a simple payback of 8.14 years with the results measured and verified by ESSM.

• Chair the Energy and Sustainability Incentives Committee as representatives from various Departments meet to discuss the implementation of potential projects and pilots utilizing new technologies for campus.

• Develop all internal and external communications related to environmental sustainability initiatives in order to portray an accurate and positive image to customers and employees.

• Track, consolidate, report and present all data pertaining Carbon Footprint Scopes 1, 2 and 3.

Manage the procurement of electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy for campus and the central plant.

• Monitor the energy commodity markets for price fluctuations and analyze impact on the current and future positions relating to utility contracts and the overall utility budget.

• Oversee the development of requests for proposals for electricity, natural gas and renewable supply. Research and evaluate all aspects of these proposals.

• Negotiate contract terms with commodity suppliers.
Prepare contracts for the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Director of the Office of Budget and Planning, and the Director of Energy Systems and Sustainability Management for approval and execution.

Manage and develop in, in collaboration with CFAS, campus departments, and various constituencies, programs to reduce the University’s energy consumption and costs. Analyze and benchmark available building data to identify and enhance future opportunities.

Oversee the accuracy of the campus Metering system consisting of electric, steam, chilled water, natural gas and water sub-meters and serve as the functional business analyst of this system.

Pursue funding opportunities from external sources to help offset the cost of energy efficient and carbon reduction programs and initiatives.

Direct Division’s budget development, recommendations and administration
Direct and supervise 2 exempt staff and interns.




Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience plus a minimum of 5 years’ experience working with overseeing energy management, energy conservation, and sustainability in a campus or multiple facility environment.

LEED AP or CEM accreditation preferred or ability to obtain accreditation within one year of employment.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Knowledge and experience working with and developing a Climate Action Plan and tracking greenhouse gas emissions

• Knowledge of sustainability theory, environmental management policies, issues, and initiatives. Experience with energy, water and waste conservation, in buildings.

• Experience managing and implementing energy conservation projects

• Strong interpersonal skills, working with diverse groups of individuals and building partnerships.

• Strong communication skills including writing and public speaking. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly

• Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, and to work with shifting priorities and schedules

• Experience leading a team of energy and sustainability professionals

• Experience benchmarking utility consumption in multiple facilities

• Familiar with theory and principles of HVAC, lighting and refrigeration

• Familiar with the US Green Building Council’s LEED principles

Application Instructions

In addition to completing and online application candidates must submit a cover letter and resume for full consideration.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university, with over 14,000 full-time undergraduate and over 4,000 full¬time graduate students representing the 50 states and 124 foreign countries. Founded in 1870, it is home to 11 schools and colleges offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Human Services and Health Professions, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts. Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000 and offers many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, a symphony orchestra, professional regional theater, and numerous malls and movie theaters. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites and wineries along the Finger Lakes to biking trails along the Erie Canal. According to the latest edition of the Places Rated Almanac, Syracuse ranks in the top 10% of Best Places to Live.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of veteran support through education, transition, and hiring. Syracuse University was ranked #1 in New York State and 17th in the nation at the end of 1947 in veteran enrollment as a result of participating in the Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944 – the original GI Bill. Today, SU is strongly committed to the Yellow Ribbon Program which is a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill to assist in tuition educational benefits and other support. In addition, SU provides a career path for veterans to become Syracuse University employees.

To Apply: 

Please visit https://www.sujobopps.com/postings/66293