University of Pennsylvania — Director of Sustainability

Sustainability Director

University Overview
The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Sustainability Director

Job Profile Title
Director D

Job Description Summary
The Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) provides the expertise, business process, policies and standards required to plan, design, construct, operate, maintain and renew the physical assets of the University, excluding the health system. In addition, the Division, comprised of approximately five Departments, is responsible for the strategic planning, management and operation of non-academic University property, and collaborating with the neighborhood to create a safe, diverse and economically vibrant destination. With close to 12M square feet of space, FRES maintains 186 buildings on a campus of 276 acres, completes over 60,000 maintenance requests per year, and starts approximately 250 projects a year. FRES is comprised of the following Departments: Administration, Office of the University Architect, Design and Construction, Real Estate, Operations and Maintenance.

The University of Pennsylvania is implementing a campus transformation entitled Penn Connects ( This comprehensive, award winning effort is expanding the campus over the next 20 years, including the construction of new academic research and recreational facilities. In addition, the University has secured $300M in Century Bond funding and continues to upgrade existing facilities over the coming years.

Job Description
Director D

The Sustainability Director is responsible for managing all sustainability initiatives outlined in the University's Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 (CSAP3.0) in coordination with leadership of the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services, the Division of Business Services, EVP Divisions, and across all Penn Schools and Centers. The Sustainability Director also collaborates with the Provost's office to manage academic sustainability initiatives at Penn.

The Sustainability Director provides strategic vision for campus sustainability design, operations, planning, and oversees three staff members as well as student and staff Eco-Reps; collectively responsible for goal setting, developing and reporting key performance indicators, providing outreach, education, and engagement services, and collaborating with stakeholders to improve sustainability performance across campus.

The Sustainability Director in collaboration with FRES Communications, also serves as the University's primary spokesperson regarding sustainability initiatives and performance and is responsible for compliance with University membership requirements for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the Global University Leadership Forum's International Sustainability Campus Network.

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  • Master's Degree and 7-10 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Relevant experience in a leadership role within an institutional-wide sustainability program.
  • Strong management capabilities and experience leading and developing a team.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to stay up to date on current trends and issues facing sustainability.
  • Experience supporting sustainability research initiatives.
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to build consensus with a diverse community

    Job Location – City, State
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Department / School
    Facilities and Real Estate Services

    Pay Range
    $88,861.00 – $168,837.00

    Affirmative Action Statement
    Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

    Special Requirements
    Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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