Sustainability Director

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Environmental Safety

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The Sustainability Director oversees the Sustainability Office and helps integrate campus planning, projects, and operations with academic programs, student and faculty research, civic engagement initiatives, and community outreach. The position is responsible for fostering a culture of sustainability on campus by identifying, coordinating, and serving as a catalyst for units and individuals who are implementing sustainability programs; and engaging with executive campus leadership, principal officers, faculty, staff, and students to foster sustainability broadly across campus units.

Department Overview:

The Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability Office supports the mission of the university by promoting an environment where people can learn, work, conduct research and participate in creative activities in a safe, healthy and sustainable manner. Website

Level Scope:

Oversees through subordinate managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has a critical impact on the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices, and approaches.

Essential Functions:

60% of the time the Sustainability Director must:

● Facilitates and manages the University's Sustainability Action Plan and supports the campus to refine, track, and implement goals and benchmarks.

● Provides expertise, strategic guidance, and support to operational units and academic divisions.

● Identifies opportunities for innovation and increased educational efforts that ensure the university is a mindful environmental steward.

● Create a central space for communication and coordination of campus sustainability activities, educational initiatives, noteworthy campus achievements, reporting, and national rankings.

● Promote a culture of sustainability. Work to advance strategies for how to care for environmental spaces, and human communities and advance sustainability initiatives across campus.

● Integrate sustainability into the classroom. Build bridges between operations, teaching, and research to establish Boise State as a living, learning laboratory in which students can learn and apply sustainability principles and techniques.

● Supervises and mentors sustainability and environmental program support staff.

● Oversees programming budget for materials, training, etc. related to campus sustainability, initiatives, and education.

35% of the time the Sustainability Director must:

● Directs and supports implementation and annual reporting efforts for the Sustainability Governance Council.

● Directs and supports periodic planning efforts and ongoing implementation of annual priorities identified through the University's Sustainability Action Plan.

● Develops and supports relevant sustainability events and program content such as Employee and Student Sustainability Certificate programs, campus-wide Sustainability Lunch & Learns and other one-off programs, as needed.

● Responds to campus and community requests for information, data, committee representation, course guest lectures, and educational presentations/workshops, as appropriate.

● Engages with students collaboratively on various projects to support student leadership and initiative in sustainability on campus.

● In collaboration with the Sustainability Office team, coordinates annual student team development, orientation, and training efforts.

● Advances special projects as needed at the direction of the Sustainability Governance Council.

5% of the time the Sustainability Director must:

● Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

● Presentation skills are required to deliver proposals to varying groups of individuals.

● Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

● Superlative and creative problem-solving and analytical skills.

● Thorough and current knowledge of sustainability practices, and applicable laws and regulations.

● Ability to create, interpret, and execute a budget.

● Ability to analyze and understand research and to identify relevant and valuable information.

● Institutionalize sustainability. Ability to work proactively to integrate sustainability into the core responsibilities and daily activities of faculty, students, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 8 years experience including 5 years managerial experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Experience leading cross-functional teams.

● Experience managing sustainability or environmentally-driven projects or programs.

● Researching, developing, and planning sustainability programs & initiatives.

● Developing and fostering strategic relationships and partnerships across departments and institutions.

● Managing budgets and pursuing external funding opportunities.

● Providing services in a complex, decentralized organization.

● At least 3 years of experience participating in sustainability initiatives.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range of $74,131.20-$75,920.00/year. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Please include a cover letter and a resume when applying.


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