Associate Director of Sustainability (Office of the President)

Oakland, CA, US

Requisition number: 20180029  

Under minimal general direction of the Director of Sustainability, the Associate Director for Sustainability is responsible for overall management of major elements of the system-wide sustainability program, including the development and implementation of actions plans for zero waste, sustainable water systems, environmentally preferable procurement, greening research laboratory operations, and greening UC’s medical centers. The incumbent is also responsible for managing select programs and projects in support of the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, especially those related to medical centers and to procurement. These assignments are expected to evolve as the sustainability program grows and develops. Sustainability by its nature cuts across divisions, departments, and disciplines. Management responsibilities are complex and variable depending on the topic and assignment and will range from having sole responsibility, to being the managing team leader, to being key support for departmental and division leadership.

The Associate Director for Sustainability develops and implements system-wide strategies to achieve the University of California’s system-wide sustainability goals in collaboration with other UC Office of the President (UCOP) staff and campus stakeholders. Working with system-wide working groups focused on implementing UC sustainability goals, the incumbent develops business cases for programs, conducts financial analysis, collaboratively coordinates strategic planning efforts, develops and implements system-wide financing and grant programs, and develops strategic partnerships with private, public, and nonprofit stakeholders.

The Associate Director for Sustainability monitors and analyzes sustainability-related state and federal legislation and regulations in the areas of waste, water, procurement, and healthcare facility requirements in particular. The incumbent leads efforts to establish, update, and implement University policy in these areas. The incumbent also creates and monitors sustainability performance metrics.

The Associate Director for Sustainability must have knowledge and experience in all aspects of sustainability, especially in carbon neutrality, zero waste, water conservation, sustainable procurement, and greening healthcare facilities, in order to act as a resource to UC’s campuses, medical centers, and national laboratories. The incumbent must develop and maintain a working knowledge of the ratings, rankings and certifications that underpin the requirements in the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices, and must keep current on sustainability trends, issues, and best practices. The Associate Director for Sustainability conducts independent research, analysis, coordination, and reporting on a wide variety of issues relating to sustainability, and prepares and presents reports to campus leadership, UCOP leadership, and other groups as required on evolving issues and guidelines in UC sustainability initiatives. The incumbent serves as a liaison with administrators and staff at UCOP, the campuses, medical centers, national laboratories, and governmental agencies. The position also connects campus sustainability efforts to the educational and research mission of the University.