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Executive Director Sustainability Practices at ASU

Arizona State University
Arizona State University
Remote; Phoenix, AZ, USA
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About the job

Another Source’s client, Arizona State University, is recruiting an Executive Director, Sustainability Practices to join their team.

Here is more about Arizona State University and the position they are recruiting for:

Arizona State University, ranked No.1 in the US for global impact in research, outreach and stewardship by Times Higher Education 2021. Platinum rated University Sustainability program by AASHE STARS and Top 2 in the world for air and climate. ASU is a comprehensive public research institution measured, not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed, advancing research and discovery of public value and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

The Role

Directs the operations, including vision setting, strategic planning and organizational governance for the university-wide sustainability practices programs and policies. Works in cooperation with university operations units, academic and research units, student organizations and external partners. Provides leadership and serves as a catalyst for initiatives, project and program development, and influences stakeholder groups and governing bodies to cultivate a culture of sustainability within the university. Reports to a Vice President.

Essential Duties

  • Directs the development, planning, coordination and implementation of programs, initiatives, and resources related to sustainability and climate resilience practices at ASU.
  • Develops and maintains a high level of up-to-date and relevant expertise in sustainability disciplines and people management.
  • Employs well-developed people management skills to build positive results through connection, teamwork, and accountability.
  • Develop and/or recommend revised and enhanced sustainability goals and annual sustainability planning priorities for the university; identify annual expected outcomes; and coordinate appropriate evaluation and reporting of these efforts.
  • Translates university vision to actionable institutional sustainability principles and standards for energy, water and materials consumption and conservation; new construction and renovation; landscape and grounds operations; procurement practices, product characteristics and waste management to support the transition to a circular economy; carbon management; and others.
  • Leads the development of a high-performance culture and defines expectations for Sustainability employees; Holds leadership team accountable for driving innovation, service excellence, collaboration, fiscal accountability and continuous learning.
  • Provides access to, and transparency in, sustainability data, knowledge, contacts, and know-how on campus.
  • Develops and maintains tools, metrics, and indicators for assessing progress towards sustainability goals, including overseeing the annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory update.
  • Seeks internal and external recognition opportunities for ASU and for internal sustainability champions to celebrate successes and reward teams and individuals.
  • Plans, manages and administers department budget.
  • Builds relationships with campus administrative, operational, academic, research units, and students working in this field.
  • Works with appropriate campus units to assist them in developing more sustainable practices that leverage their functional expertise and goals.
  • Advises, meets with, and serves as a resource for individual students and student groups engaging in sustainability issues and projects.
  • Collaborates with the campus community to shape and deliver internal campus messages about sustainability and serves as a campus spokesperson on sustainability issues with internal constituencies.
  • Builds effective partnerships with local organizations to support and enable sustainability and climate resilience efforts.
  • Keeps abreast of best practices in sustainability and climate resilience, especially at other institutions of higher education, and participate in conferences and related events and organizations to identify new ideas and practices as well as communicate ASU’s sustainability efforts.
  • Represents university sustainability programs to the university community, local and national organizations and the public.
  • Identifies and pursues grant and resource development opportunities to support sustainability initiatives.
  • Supervises, hires, trains, and evaluates assigned staff. Works with employees to correct deficiencies and recommends and implements corrective action and discipline.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of sustainability principles and practices, including climate resilience.
  • Skill in dealing with ambiguity, and the ability to act with political savvy and managerial courage.
  • Knowledge of resource management including topics such as circular economy, eco-system services, energy, carbon, and resource economics.
  • Knowledge of resource and energy conservation and sustainability practices.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of strategic planning, forecasting and critical thinking.
  • Knowledge and skill of program management.
  • Knowledge and skill of management and supervisory principles and practices.
  • Specialist in one or more subject areas such as carbon management, carbon emissions, energy management, sustainable design and construction, circular resources, justice/equity/diversity/inclusion, food systems, climate resilience, or other.
  • Skill in effective communication both oral and written.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities in a fast-paced fluid environment.
  • Skill in budget preparation and forecasting.
  • Skill in developing financial resources through research grants and/or philanthropy.
  • Ability to engage, present to, and listen to a diverse range of audiences.
  • Ability to foster collaboration across diverse constituencies in a large institution and inspire confidence and motivate groups to collectively meet common objectives. Strong experience in participatory leadership.
  • Ability to craft and execute strategy to achieve organizational goals.
  • Ability to build and sustain effective working relationships which facilitate information flow and productivity.
  • Ability to stimulate changes in individual, institutional, and corporate behaviors to create a more sustainable environment.
  • Ability to lead by example in communicating, participating and encouraging support of the institution’s sustainability programs.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in a related field (environmental science, engineering, social science or a field related to sustainability issues) and eight (8) years’ experience managing a sustainability program in a complex organization which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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