Williams College invites applications for the position of Director for the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. Reporting to the Provost, the Director serves as a visionary leader and communicator of the College’s sustainability efforts. The Director helps Williams set ambitious sustainability goals and partners with other College leaders to pursue the most effective strategies for monitoring and meeting them.
This is an exciting moment for sustainability at Williams. The College is in the midst of its first strategic planning exercise, which has elevated sustainability as one of three major initiatives threaded throughout the entire process. The planning process is creating a roadmap for meeting ambitious new goals in emissions and energy; landscaping and building; education and research; food, water, and waste; health, community, and justice; and accountability and transparency. The Director will play a critical role in shaping, implementing, and communicating these strategies in partnership with College leadership and other area directors, including those in Dining, Facilities, and Planning, Design, and Construction. The Director will inform and advise senior staff, the president, and the board of trustees about opportunities, progress, and challenges in both setting and meeting ambitious sustainability goals.
The Director will be responsible for raising campus engagement, serving as a knowledgeable resource for College operations, tracking and communicating the institution’s environmental performance, and identifying and planning opportunities to improve sustainability. The Director will also build effective partnerships and relationships with members of the wider community who are engaged in sustainability efforts, including building on the strong existing network Williams already has with the sustainability offices of other colleges and universities. As a recent example of the importance of such networks, the College entered into a partnership with Amherst, Bowdoin, Hampshire, and Smith to construct a utility-scale solar power facility in Farmington, which will meet most of the renewable electricity needs of the College.
The Zilkha Center partners with students, faculty, staff, and community members from a wide range of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests. In addition, the Center also works closely with students and others on issues of environmental justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Applicants should highlight relevant experience with building, working with, and supporting a broadly diverse community.
The successful candidate will:
Candidates will have a minimum of a Master’s degree in a related field with eight or more years of relevant experience as a sustainability professional, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Successful candidates will have strong analytical skills, experience in developing and implementing sustainability strategies, and excellent leadership skills. Experience in higher education or other institutional environments is preferred, with at least 5 years of progressive leadership experience.
This is a full-time year-round position. Regular evening, holiday, or weekend work required to support facilities, projects, college events, and programs. For optimal consideration, please submit resume materials by February 28, 2020. Job group 2-A.
Conditions of Employment
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.
Director for the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives
Williamstown, MA, US