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Sustainability Engagement Manager

Ithaca,NY - Posted on: Monday 08/15/16


The Cornell University campus is widely admired as one of the world’s most beautiful academic settings. The Division of Infrastructure Properties and Planning is committed to providing the highest quality service to faculty, students, staff, alumni and visitors.

With more than 260 major buildings enhancing the magnificent landscape of the Ithaca campus, approximately 1,000 highly talented and dedicated staff serve as steward of the campus resources and operations.

All employees are accountable for supporting the organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity; and supporting inclusive and sustainable practices in carrying out everyday responsibilities. 

Energy Management’s goal is to cost effectively minimize Cornell's energy use and associated environmental impacts. The Energy Management staff work to identify and implement conservation focused outreach, maintenance, energy studies, and capital projects to meet the university's needs with less energy use. The program includes all of the Ithaca, NY campus; Geneva Experiment Station and other off-central campus facilities in the region.

The Campus Sustainability Office empowers, equips, and engages our diverse partners to catalyze a sustainable campus transformation. We envision Cornell University as a carbon neutral, living laboratory for sustainability innovation; a place where every Cornelian can make a positive impact on social, environmental, and economic progress.

The Utilities section of Energy and Sustainability operates the University energy infrastructure system on a 24 hour, 365 day per year basis. Production facilities include a combined heat and power facility which provides both the steam for heat and electricity for campus. All of the water for campus is provided by a university owned potable water filtration plant. Electricity from the local utility is fed through a university owned electric substation. Utilities is also responsible for all of the distribution and collection systems located on campus including steam, chilled water, electricity, potable water and waste water.

Position Summary

As a key member of the Energy & Sustainability department, the Sustainability Engagement Manager is responsible for developing and implementing the “Think Big, Live Green” campaign for Cornell University. The purpose of this initiative is to instill a sense of social and environmental responsibility into the campus community, enabling a sustainable campus transformation. This position serves as a liaison to the campus community to educate and promote sustainable and just behaviors. This will involve working with multiple stakeholders across campus including the President’s Sustainable Campus Committee, Diversity & Inclusion, R5 (recycling and waste), Transportation, Student & Campus Life, and Utilities & Energy Management. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Develop campus outreach programs to engage users in sustainable behaviors
  • Manage content on the department, division and university web sites and social media platforms that promotes sustainable behaviors, and lead the development of new interactive features to promote sustainability engagement.
  • Manage the development and use of Cornell’s building dashboard.   
  • Leverage faculty expertise and partner on academic campus living laboratory initiatives.
  • Support and mentor sustainability-focused student organizations, and other student projects related to sustainability efforts as required

All employees are accountable for supporting the IPP organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity; and supporting inclusive and sustainable practices in carrying out everyday responsibilities.


Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field supporting engagement, behavior change, outreach, and program management and coordination, in sustainability. Other formal four-year training program and at least 3 years of related work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in sustainability. Demonstrated ability to embrace diversity and connect sustainability with social justice. Experience with behavior change methodologies such as Community Based Social Marketing. Must be self-directed, have strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Degree or emphasis in sustainability or climate change. Demonstrated knowledge of standard and specialized software programs used for outreach (web based) and communications (email, letters, spreadsheets, databases). Working knowledge of building systems including HVAC, refrigeration, lighting, power, equipment, laboratories, processes, metering, and building automation. Experience in a large campus/institutional research environment. Analytical and reasoning skills necessary to develop energy unit costs and simple payback analyses. Valid, unrestricted motor vehicle operator license.

Working Environment

- Typically lifts 10 to 20 lbs

- Close concentration/manual dexterity

- Limited exposure to hazards

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University Job Title:

Project Associate II



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Contact Name:

Becky Hill

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