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Sustainability Director Overview

  • Work Type: Non-Classified/Professional
  • Job Code: 73513
  • Pay Grade: P10
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Director
  • Family: Campus Planning & Facilities
  • Function: Environmental Safety


The Sustainability Director oversees the Sustainability Office and helps integrate campus planning, projects, and operations with academic programs, student and faculty research, civic engagement initiatives, and community outreach.  The position is responsible for fostering a culture of sustainability on campus by identifying, coordinating and serving as a catalyst for units and individuals who are implementing sustainability programs; and engaging with executive campus leadership, principal officers, faculty, staff and students to foster sustainability broadly across campus units.


Level Scope

Oversees through subordinate managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches..

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 8 years experience including 5 years managerial experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Presentation skills required to deliver proposals to varying groups of individuals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Superlative and creative problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Thorough and current knowledge of sustainability practices, and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Ability to create, interpret, and execute a budget.
  • Ability to analyze and understand research and to identify relevant and valuable information.
  • Institutionalize sustainability. Ability to work proactively to integrate sustainability into the core responsibilities and daily activities of faculty, students, and staff.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Sustainability Director must:

  • Facilitates and manages the Campus Sustainability Plan and supports the campus to refine, track, and implement goals and benchmarks.Sustainability Plan, with a focus on zero waste, procurement, health/wellness, and campus planning activities.
  • Provides expertise, strategic guidance and support to operational units and academic divisions
  • Identifies opportunities for innovation and increased educational efforts that ensure the university is a mindful environmental steward.
  • Create centralized communication and promote successes. Create a central space for coordination of campus sustainability activities, educational initiatives, noteworthy campus achievements, reporting and national rankings.
  • Promote a culture of sustainability. Work to advance strategies for how to care for environmental spaces, human communities and advance sustainability initiatives across campus.
  • Integrate sustainability into the classroom. Build bridges between operations, teaching and research to establish Boise State as a living, learning laboratory in which students can learn and apply sustainability principles and techniques.
  • Supervises and mentors sustainability and environmental program support staff.
  • Oversees programming budget for materials, training, etc. related to campus sustainability

initiatives and education.

35% of Time the  Sustainability Director

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the  Sustainability Director

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and requiring wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbents must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.