Sustainability Director

Stanford University

Stanford, CA, USA

Full time

Sustainability Management

Apr 20

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Job Title: Director, Sustainability

Job Family: Facilities

Job Series: Sustainability

Job Code: 4436

Grade: L

Exemption: Exempt

Effective/Revision Date: 03/8/2021

Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university’s academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford’s 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

Within LBRE, the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM) brings an integrated and deliberate focus to campus sustainability. The department works to advance sustainability in campus operations, from energy and water management to conservation programs and community behavior. SEM develops strategic, long-term goals to support the university’s commitment to reduce Stanford’s environmental impact. Stanford is already an internationally recognized sustainability leader and exciting work is underway in decarbonization, waste reduction, climate resilience, digitization, and community engagement.

The Office of Sustainability is a key component of SEM and develops and drives many of the initiatives university wide. The Director leads the office and a staff of 5-7 professionals, leading and collaborating across university faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders to advance sustainability within LBRE and SEM and across Stanford. Candidates are encouraged to review Sustainability at Stanford: 2019-20 Year in Review and other information at

Stanford seeks to fill this Director role with an experienced sustainability professional. This position reports to the Executive Director, Sustainability and Energy Management.

Job Purpose

Identify, analyze, prioritize, develop, and implement a wide range of strategic university-wide sustainability programs by integrating and/or expanding complementary academic, research, operations, and student sustainability activities.

Core Duties

  • Identify, analyze, prioritize, develop, and implement a wide range of sustainability programs while pursuing continuous improvement to existing programs and developing new programs as required.
  • Provide vision and support for development of sustainability programs managed by other departments such as green purchasing, sustainable dining practices, and recycling.
  • Cultivate relationships and complement activities with faculty, academic departments, and institutes engaged in the sustainability field.
  • Collaborate in long-term planning in the topics of sustainable energy, water, waste, transportation, and procurement, incorporating knowledge from the field and feedback from the campus programs.
  • Define activities of assigned groups, assess staffing needs, commit resources, evaluate performance, and develop staff. Provide support to other departments’ sustainability staff. Develop and manage budgets for assigned area(s).
  • Advance Stanford’s participation in the external community and sustainability industry by cultivating relationships with key professionals and organizations.
  • Serve as a key university spokesperson on sustainability, media and public relations concerns; collaboratively coordinate the university's community and media relations efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.









Job Code


Education & Experience


Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in sustainability program management, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills And Abilities

  • Ability to effectively identify, analyze, prioritize, develop, and implement a wide range of sustainability programs.
  • Polished verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking and formal presentations.
  • Team management and supervisory skills, including delegation and accountability, staff recruitment and development, budgeting and budget management, and internal and external reporting.
  • Project management skills, including reliable scopes of work, timelines, and cost estimates for sustainability projects.
  • Adept at understanding and communicating sustainability principles to others and ability to integrate those principles into campus operations.
  • Capability to diplomatically bridge the gap between sustainability idealists and pragmatists to motivate and align diverse interests to advance sustainability on the campus; ability to build consensus among diverse interest groups.

Certifications And Licenses



  • Frequently sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.

- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions

  • May require work on weekends and evenings.
  • Work can involve long hours of standing and sustained communications/dialogue.
  • May work in mechanical equipment rooms, kitchens, waste management areas, construction sites.
  • Travel, local and non-local.

Work Standards

  • Strong management, analysis, interpersonal, and collaborative skills, including the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Exemplar of a Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • The Director will embrace the LBRE Core Values of Leadership, Exploration, Gratitude, Accountability, Community and You, in their management style and help to build an organization where these qualities serve as the foundation for successful and rewarding careers for all employees within LBRE. In addition, the Director will cultivate a supportive, diverse, and inclusive work environment.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, .

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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