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Director of Sustainability

Apply now Posting #: 4145
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Facilities

Position Title & Department:

 Director of Sustainability; Facilities Management
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Department Description:

Our world faces increasingly complex and urgent challenges that affect our collective environmental, social and economic well-being. Responding to these challenges in a holistic manner is the essence of sustainability, and the University of San Diego recognizes its responsibility to be a part of the response.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Director of Sustainability oversees the management, implementation and development of a comprehensive sustainability program with the mission to minimize USD's environmental footprint, support new initiatives for sustainable development, encourage and promote integration and collaboration with USD's academic, research and educational programs, and realize meaningful operational cost savings through efficiency programs. With the Energy Manager, this position plans, directs, manages, administers and evaluates the university energy management and utility budget.  Also, is responsible for overseeing the departmental budget. The Director is responsible for the development of a strategic long-range plan for sustainability, including a comprehensive revision of the Climate Action Plan for the university to achieve climate neutrality by 2035. Such plans will focus on strategies that provide benefits in all three primary areas of sustainability (environmental, financial and social impacts), and capitalize on their interrelationships as appropriate. Program initiatives will span multiple program areas - including energy, water, waste, recycling, and transportation - and will reach multiple audiences. 

Duties and Responsibilities


The Director leads the Office of Sustainability through enhancing and assessing existing efforts, creating and promoting new efforts, and establishing a collaborative environment to share ideas and partner with campus colleagues to implement sustainability practices. The Director supervises personnel that are responsible for:

  • On-going greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and implementation of GHG reduction measures;
  • Reduction of overall energy consumption (BTUs);
  • Reduction of campus electrical demand (kW);
  • Increasing the use of renewable energy, both generated on-site and purchased ;
  • Education of campus audiences in identifying and adopting sustainable practices while on campus and beyond;
  • Researching and proposing alternatives for electricity purchasing that positively impact the financial standing and environmental footprint of the university.

Utilities Management

The Director oversees a comprehensive strategic energy management program including utility forecasting, purchasing, and budgeting. This position is responsible for managing the implementation of the 2021 USD Energy Master Plan, which is the cornerstone of the new Climate Action Plan. Other responsibilities include:

  • Manages the relationships with and is the primary contact for all utility providers, including SDG&E, the City of San Diego, Calpine Energy Solutions, San Diego Community Power, Bloom Energy, and GCL New Energy (Solar). Administers utility contracts to ensure best value for the university.
  • In partnership with Facilities Management 'Planning Design & Construction' and 'Building and Grounds Operations' teams, oversees the development of technical specifications for energy conservation projects and programs; direct the design of energy conservation measures, including project cost estimates, payback periods, and return on investments.
  • Develops and monitors annual utility budgets electricity, natural gas, and water.
  • Ensures the university meets all reporting requirements regarding energy use, including but not limited to State and City of San Diego requirements under AB802.
  • Identify and promote water efficiency initiatives that realize cost savings for the university.
  • It is also likely that the Sustainability Office will assume responsibility for waste management efforts on campus, including administering contracts and moving the campus towards zero waste. Although it is envisioned that the day-to-day responsibilities will fall under the duties of the Sustainability Coordinator, the Director will oversee this effort.  

Planning, Promotion and Engagement

  • Serves as co-chair of the Advisory Council on Care for Our Common Home. In this role, lead the update to the 2016 Climate Action Plan and foster ad hoc committees focused on shorter-term, discrete sustainability projects and programs.
  • Partners with the Director of the Care for Our Common Home Pathway to bridge academics and operations in support of sustainability efforts across campus.
  • Supports and promotes experiential learning opportunities for students to address sustainability challenges on campus via the concept of using the “campus as a laboratory.” Works directly with students and faculty interested in doing academic work or projects that focus on campus sustainability issues, and broker relationships with campus experts to assist in this work.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with academic, research, student and administrative leaders to institute sustainability policies and practices.
  • Serves on the Advisory Board to the USD Environmental Integration Lab.
  • Works with Public Safety, Parking Services, the Fleet Supervisor, and other appropriate persons or groups to provide recommendations for efficiencies in transportation.
  • Acts as the primary liaison for USD with AASHE, Second Nature, the Intentional Endowments Network, and other external organizations. Ensures that USD meets all reporting requirements to these organizations, including the AASHE STARS assessment, to maintain memberships in good standing and provide periodic assessments of progress toward sustainability goals.
  • Represents the institution on local, regional and national organizations focused on energy and sustainability (e.g., the San Diego Climate Collaborative, SANDAG, Pure Water SD).
  • Provides sustainability leadership within the local community by engaging in community environmental initiatives.
  • Seeks external grant support and partnerships for initiatives including energy, water, waste, transportation, and other sustainability related initiatives.
  • Oversees the publicity, promotion, and communication of USD's sustainability efforts and opportunities within and outside of the USD community. This includes continued development and maintenance of a comprehensive website and a robust social media presence for the Office, as well as continuing the relationship with University Marketing and Communications.
  • Represents the University at public events, conferences, and to the media regarding sustainability initiatives.
  • Creates and/or expands strategic university partnerships that enhance sustainability efforts and increase capacity on campus.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 


Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in an area emphasizing business administration, sustainability, environmental studies, finance, or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree 
  • Five (5) years of directly related experience in sustainability or project management in an institution of higher education preferred.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skill and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of the principles of sustainability in higher education; knowledge of project development and implementation; capacity to learn and evaluate new technologies in a   timely manner.
  • Possess excellent human relations skills; be able and willing to represent the university in a positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, and the greater San Diego community; establish and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues, staff, administrators, students, and the general public.
  • Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions; handle confidential information with tact and discretion. This position must be able to successfully exercise independent authority to carry out all administrative duties. This includes the discretionary authority to determine the manner in which to resolve and accomplish certain assignments.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

  • Must possess a valid CA driver’s license and be able to drive university vehicles.
  • Preferred, one or more of: LEED AP, ISSP SEA/SEP, CEM, or similar credential.
Posting Salary:

BB Positions

$80,000 - $116,000 per year; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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