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Sustainability Project Manager

Company: California Institute of Integral Studies
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Location: San Francisco, CA Category: Staff Positions Posted On: Thu Jun 2 2022 Job Description: Overview

The Sustainability Manager will provide leadership in fulfilling CIIS' fifth commitment to "advocate sustainability and social justice." In keeping with this commitment and with current best practices in higher education, the Sustainability Manager will partner across constituencies, divisions, and departments to develop, initiate, and coordinate a university-wide program of ecological sustainability practices and initiatives. They will also work toward centralizing and making visible--to both internal and external audiences--the research, teaching, and activism in the areas of sustainability and ecological justice that are already happening at CIIS. By demonstrating CIIS' existing commitments and leadership in these areas, the Sustainability Project Manager's work will enhance the value and appeal of a CIIS education while holding the university community accountable to its highest aspirations.

Supervised by the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in recognition of the interconnected nature of sustainability and social justice, this is a 0.5 FTE, flexible, hybrid position able to work on campus and remotely.

Duties and Responsibilities

As this is a new position, the Sustainability Manager will be involved in co-creating its scope in response to the University's emergent needs. Duties and responsibilities may include:

1. Systems and Operations

Provide both visionary support and practical guidance toward defining, assessing, meeting, and exceeding the University's sustainability goalsAssess environmental impact of CIIS' physical plant and practices, working toward becoming a Certified Green Business as defined by SF Environment by meeting and exceeding specific benchmarksPursue AASHE (Association of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed) Stars CertificationAdvise and make recommendations to Facilities & Operations staff on sustainable procurement, energy usage, and other policies, including making budget recommendations for sustainability needs beyond Year 1 Help research and develop policies and procedures related to climate emergencies as they impact faculty, staff, and students

2. Education and Training

Monitor and report the university's progress in multiple measures of sustainability against the baseline assessment data collected by the CIIS Green TeamWorking with the Office of Communications, make discoverable and visible all sustainability-related course offerings, certificate programs, research projects, and activism for prospective and current students, faculty, and staffSupport the CIIS student, faculty, and staff community in making sustainable choices with regard to work, school, and personal lifeSupport the creation of student Sustainability FellowshipsCollaborate with the CIIS library to develop resource lists around sustainabilityCreate promotional and educational materials by writing, editing, and designing content for brochures, fliers, bulletin board displays, newsletters, sustainability guides, and training materials

3. Community and Relationship Building

Serve as a liaison between various campus entities to assure communication and resource coordination for sustainability programs and projectsMaintain an active social media presence for sustainability at CIISCollaborate with the CIIS Green Team, the Faculty Climate Chaos Committee, and other constituent groupsCollaborate with the Development department to pursue funding opportunities for greening initiatives Develop a strategy for building relationships and reciprocity with the indigenous stewards of the land on which CIIS is sited and investigate how CIIS can begin and maintain right relationship with these tribal communities

4. Additional responsibilities, including the supervision of student workers, may be assigned based on operational needs Job Requirements:Qualifications

BA or MA in a sustainability-related field3-5 years of experience in sustainability workManagement and supervisory experience required Experience in the higher education setting preferredAbility to build a program from the ground up and work in a self-directed mannerGroup facilitation and listening skillsDeep knowledge and understanding of sustainability practicesSkill in designing, writing, and editing promotional materialsAbility to work effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse student populations and employee teamsAbility to effectively communicate in oral and written form Additional Information:ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS

Occasional work performed alone with ability to work remotely from time-to-time. Collaboration and constant work around and with other people.


This position requires attention to detail, good memory, ability to work under deadline pressure, sitting and standing for long periods of time, oral and written communication, keyboarding for significant portions of the workday, pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, reaching, patience, and tact to perform the essential functions.


Wages are commensurate with skills and experience and may include a competitive benefits package.


Working Conditions - Duties are primarily performed in an office environment at a desk or computer terminal, typically Monday through Friday.

Background Check - Due to the sensitivity and requirements of this position, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses, or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver's license.

Visa Sponsorship - Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

Relocation Assistance - This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.


CIIS strives to cultivate and preserve a culture of inclusion and belonging as part of its Seven Commitments. More than accept difference, we honor and celebrate our staff's diversity of experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community creates and maintains working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, accessible, and welcoming.

CIIS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio- economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation, and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual, and bicultural students, faculty, and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI+). CIIS is committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status. PI181117315

Keywords: California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco , Sustainability Project Manager, Executive , San Francisco, California

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