• Full Time
  • Worcester, MA
  • Applications have closed

Website College of the Holy Cross

Director of Sustainability


College of the Holy Cross




At Holy Cross, sustainability isn’t a buzzword — it’s the community’s collective responsibility. Safeguarding the environment for future generations reflects Holy Cross’ Jesuit mission. The community embraces this challenge at all institutional levels — from College-wide initiatives that reduce electrical usage to student-driven programs that promote climate-friendly practices. Since 2007, Holy Cross has reduced its carbon emissions by over 50 percent and aspires to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. The Director of Sustainability champions campus sustainability by integrating climate action and resilience throughout the campus community. This dynamic role holds a range of responsibilities across policies, operations, infrastructure and culture. Responsibilities often include fostering a culture of sustainability among students, faculty and staff; identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability initiatives; planning and developing long and short range sustainability programs; engaging with institutional leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus departments and offices; networking with peer institutions to maintain current working knowledge of sustainability best practices on college campuses; and, representing the College at regional and national sustainability meetings. The Director of Sustainability serves as an important member of the College’s administrative staff by leading the Office of Sustainability. The Director of Sustainability can expect to serve as the internal leader and “go to” expert for sustainability, monitoring emerging trends, programs and issues, and communicating and educating others on sustainability topics. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:



• Collaborate with faculty, staff, students, administrators and campus committees on campus sustainability projects and environmental education.

• Lead the Office of Sustainability, which provides centralized coordination, encouragement, and accountability to foster a campus culture that “cares for our common home.”

• Chair the Presidential Task Force for the Environment which includes constituents across campus including students, faculty and staff.

• Lead the effort to implement the College’s updated climate action plan as well as the 2040 carbon neutrality goal.

• Sit on campus-wide committees, bringing the sustainability perspective.

• Liaise with sustainability professionals at other education institutions, within the AJCU, local businesses, governments and the Worcester community to share experience and practices and promote collaboration.

• Serve as the central point of contact for any and all interfaces with members of the campus community on the subject of sustainability.



• Support the academic mission of the College and present at campus-wide staff, faculty, and student meetings and classes.

• Act as the liaison between academics and operations in order to create a living laboratory environment for students around sustainability topics.

• Aid in the implementation and development of educational materials as requested.

• Provide support to students, faculty, and staff for the development of course content, academic projects, presentations and experiential opportunities related to sustainability.

• Collaborate closely with the new Department of Environmental Studies.


Facilities and Operations

• In collaboration with Facilities Department staff, provide direction for decarbonization and sustainability planning, which may include sitting on capital project teams.

• Lead campus education and outreach efforts about waste reduction and diversion.

• Work closely with Environment Services staff to develop and manage waste reduction and diversion programs, including the residential freezer composting program, end of the semester move-out diversion project, toner cartridge recycling and textile recycling.

• Conduct the annual greenhouse gas inventory for the Climate Leadership Network requirements.

• Find and apply for grant funding and incentives as needed, including at the federal and state level as well as private opportunities.


Student Engagement

• Direct multiple co-curricular programs, including the Sustainability Project Developer program, Green Influencer Program, the Green Living Certification and the Pothos Project.

• Hire, train and supervise student employees dedicated to campus sustainability efforts.

• Support student organizations, ranging from advocacy to gardening.

• Advise students involved with Purple Goes Green Week.

• Direct the Holy Cross Green Fund, including recruiting prospective applicants, advising project leaders and advising the student manager.

• Collaborate with the Division of Student Affairs on student programming that relates to sustainability.

• Direct institutional sustainability activities as developed.


Employee Engagement

• Support the employee affinity group (Biting Into Thoughtful Environmentalism) focused on sustainability.

• Coordinate a community supported agriculture (CSA) site during the spring and fall semesters.

• Direct the Green Office Program, supporting College units implementing sustainability practices.



• Enhance campus wide communication and outreach about campus sustainability by building a relationship with the College’s Marketing and Communication team.

• Design and disseminate the internal sustainability newsletter.

• Manage the official PurpleGoesGreen Instagram account and the sustainability GroupMe account.

• Monitor the monthly printing reports with the support of ITS.

• Represent Holy Cross at regional and national campus sustainability meetings.



• Oversee the budget for the Office of Sustainability, including forecasting, tracking and verification.

• Steward the Pepsi Co. grant funding that is dedicated to campus sustainability projects.

• Provide supervisory guidance for staffing levels, training programs and in planning the use of resources to ensure that the College achieves sustainability goals.

• Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



• Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; advanced coursework a plus.

• Five to eight years of experience in management, sustainability, or related programs required; experience in academic setting desired.

• Knowledge of sustainability theories and practices and local, national and global sustainability and environmental initiatives; familiarity with the networks of organizations (governmental, non-governmental and academic) involved in advancing sustainability policy and action.

• Excellent communication skills including writing, public speaking and computing skills.

• Exhibits sound judgment and professionalism in all aspects of the position. Able to differentiate between conflicting priorities and issues to identify underlying causes. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and assess priorities effectively. Ability to creatively overcome obstacles; skilled in working with a diverse academic community.

• Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule to support sustainable events and meetings with students that may occur during the evenings or weekends.

• Able to work independently, but is an excellent collaborator and team player.

• Demonstrated record of personal accomplishments executing sustainability initiatives.

• Must be able to build positive relationships. Ability to work effectively with all levels of the institution.

• Familiarity with SIMAP, the Climate Leadership Network, AASHE and/or the Laudato Si Action Platform preferred.

• Strong working knowledge of the Google Suite.

• Valid driver’s license required.


Additional Information:This is a full time, exempt level position. The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees. The annual salary range for this position is from $82,000 – $88,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:


• 10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)

• This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement

• Condensed summer 4-day work week

• Tuition benefits

• Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities

• Generous paid time off


The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to: https://www.holycross.edu/human-resources/benefits



Please upload a resume (CV) and cover letter.


In your cover letter please address how your work might support the College’s mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see http://www.holycross.edu/mission) and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. Please provide examples of any past work that illuminate your commitments in these areas. For more information, please visit http://holycross.edu/diversity.


To apply, please visit: https://apptrkr.com/5207238


Copyright ©2024 Jobelephant.com Inc. All rights reserved.