Employment at ArtCenter

Facilities and Campus Planning

Director of Sustainability

Under the general supervision of the Vice President of Facilities and Campus Planning the Director of Sustainability will serve as the key facilitator and organizational strategist to lead ArtCenter’s efforts to achieve its vision of instilling a culture of sustainability. The Director will develop a comprehensive long-term strategy for an environmentally sustainable future by working with faculty, students, and staff across the college, departments and auxiliaries to incorporate sustainable principles and practices in daily operations and academic activities. ArtCenter is committed to a coordinated institutional sustainability effort manifested in specific initiatives focused on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, transportation planning, green buildings, procurement, waste management, energy and water conservation, and other cross-disciplinary initiatives. The Director of Sustainability will provide leadership and coordination to the many distinct sustainability efforts on campus and develop a consistent plan to reach long and short-range program goals. The Director will work closely with the Faculty Director of Sustainability Initiatives to support the development of academic components to enhance sustainable curriculum in art and Design, including development of research partnerships and stewardship of sustainability curricula.

Reports to: Vice President of Facilities and Campus Planning

FLSA status: Exempt

Salary grade: Salary range $85,000 -$95,000 per year

How to Apply

Job posted 05/16/18. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Dir Sustainablity” in the subject line.

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  • Degree in sustainability or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 5 years leading an environmentally and/or sustainability focused program in education
  • Knowledge of sustainability 'best practices' in planning for, implementing, managing, tracking and reporting an environmental management system
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate strategic planning, organizational change, budgeting, and project and team management in an academic environmentAbility to interpret, analyze and report sustainability metrics such as energy calculations, cost benefit analysis, greenhouse gas reporting and STARS data
  • Experience in leadership, supervision, and management, including the ability to coach, mentor, engage, and direct the work of diverse individuals and teams
  • Knowledge of sustainability concepts and best practices in education, such as environmental and sustainability science, systems thinking, and climate action planning
  • Knowledge of building & grounds facilities and/or utility system operations
  • Exceptional oral, written and listening communications skills required
  • Effective collaborative, motivational, team building, conflict resolution, and people skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships, including negotiation and complex problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in sustainability or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Experience working with in higher education with shared governance groups, including faculty, staff, and student groups, student government, and student organizations

Essential Funcitons

Department Administrative Operations — 20%
  • General departmental leadership and oversight, overseeing the department budget, strategic planning, logistics, events, administrative support to implement operations
  • Provide strategic direction and oversite in the formulation, interpretation and administration of current and long-range policies, procedures and programs in accordance to the strategic plan of the college
  • Oversee recruitment, hiring, orientation, training and supervision of department staff and contractors; oversee performance evaluation process, ensuring consistent use of all applicable policies and procedures; counsel, discipline and makes recommendations in terminations, as required
Operational — 40%
  • Create a strategy to integrate sustainability principles into the operational functions of the College; utilize in-house expertise, peer institution practices, literature and conferences to develop ideas to advance ArtCenter’s sustainability efforts; evaluate these opportunities for technical feasibility, cost effectiveness, and acceptability by the community
  • Create detailed implementation plans for recommendation to the Colleges administration; work with departments to implement approved project plans; analyze effectiveness and results of projects
  • Provide support to Facilities and Campus Planning for the development and implementation of energy and natural resource conservation projects, including energy conservation and green building design; assist and participate in the selection, management, and review of sustainability analyses conducted by consultants, including collection of documents and establishment of database of LEED points by category for all projects where sustainability analyses were completed; monitor and evaluate design, construction, and operations for environmental design practices; facilitate sustainable design charrettes on major construction projects
  • Key personnel in disaster continuity planning and response
Campus Outreach — 35%
  • Publicize, promote and communicate ArtCenter’s sustainability efforts within and outside of the College’s community; document progress towards sustainability and promote broader awareness of College’s environmental efforts and accomplishments; actively disseminate information on issues of sustainability, especially regarding the environmental impacts of College’s activities, sustainability initiatives and how individual members of the community can make positive contributions
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of Campus Facilities Committee and provide support for the committee’s activities including coordinating the monitoring of sustainability performance in areas such as energy, materials procurement, materials and water consumption, waste streams (solid, food, hazardous), recycling percentages, and emissions to land, water and air
  • Build involvement and support for sustainability projects among faculty, staff and students across the entire campus
  • Collaborate with internal and external personnel on all sustainability related matters, (such as other administrators, architects, contractors, public agencies, community members, etc.)
Other Duties (non-essential) — 5%
  • Perform duties and special projects as assigned
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of the College’s policies and regulations as they relate to sustainability, student activities, purchasing, etc.
  • Serve on educational or institutional committees
  • Represent ArtCenter at outside events / conferences as necessary and appropriate
  • Maintain memberships and active involvement in applicable professional organizations

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed both in a standard office setting and outside with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer, monitors and machinery; interactions with other individuals.  Due to the nature of the work environment, there is exposure to fumes, dust and noise with the HVAC equipment such as compressors and exhaust fans while utilizing issued safety equipment.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an shop setting; to stand or walk for prolonged periods of time; including, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, squatting, and twisting; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy  amounts of weight (50 pounds, or team-lift up to 100 pounds); to operate office and shop equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Tasks frequently involve use of ladders and scaffolding. Effective verbal communication skills to present and respond to requests

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading reports, looking at equipment, viewing a computer terminal and other normal work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.