As a member of the university’s core climate action,
sustainability, and energy team, the primary role of the Director
of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Energy is to work
collaboratively with the Virginia Tech community to conceive,
develop, implement, maintain, and measure short and long-term
frameworks highlighted in Beyond Boundaries 2047: The Campus Plan,
the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment, and Virginia Tech
Design and Construction Standards by:
• Leading and coordinating activities of the climate action,
sustainability, and energy team and outside consultants with a high
level of professional acumen and technical expertise in support of
university-wide success by directing, monitoring, and evaluating
these professional activities.
• Managing campus-wide programs, leveraging the campus as a
learning laboratory for students (Energy Action Plan, Green RFP,
Green Office Certification, Green Tailgate, Green Grad,
Sustainability Week, Earth Week, and other strategic sustainability
• Overseeing a campus-wide internship program, fostering
partnerships in both the division and the academy.
• Maintaining a university-wide public presence to nurture
communication, outreach, and engagement while expanding the network
of sustainability support on campus.
• Conceiving, developing, and implementing new programs that expand
and strengthen assigned responsibilities.
• Coordinating strategic planning efforts for the assigned
• Seeking grant-funding opportunities for the university and
preparing and submitting these grants.
• Documenting, measuring, and reporting on campus climate action,
sustainability, and energy initiatives.
• Maintaining a deep level of knowledge, technical expertise, and
understanding of campus climate action, sustainability, and energy
programming – in order to support best practices in design and
• Professionally guiding and partnering with Campus Planning,
Infrastructure, and Facilities team members in project delivery,
providing associated oversight and analysis for scopes ranging from
large scale multiyear multimillion-dollar campus and infrastructure
systems, new capital construction projects, existing building
evaluations, and other smaller scale construction and renovation
• Championing the delivery of long-term sustainable building
environments, systems, and initiatives – focusing on (but not
necessarily limited to) - energy efficiencies, building automation,
utility optimization, and distribution system best practices,
renewals, occupant health and wellness and campus sustainability
• Evaluating energy use and designing energy programs that increase
efficiency and reduce energy-related costs.
The incumbent will interact routinely with a wide variety of
university faculty and staff, as well as external constituents. The
incumbent will make decisions independently and work autonomously
in developing and implementing new programs with a strategic intent
to advance the university’s sustainability commitment. The
incumbent must be detail, action, solution, and results oriented
and dedicated to the mission of the university’s sustainability
This position will report directly to the Assistant Vice President
for Infrastructure and Chief Sustainability Officer and will
represent the university in scheduled events on and off campus. The
position will lead a team of nearly 20 full-time professionals in
the areas of energy management; sustainability; instrumentation
controls, and metering; and utility optimization. The position will
require evening and/or weekend responsibilities during peak
- Advanced degree in sustainability, engineering, urban or
environmental planning, environmental science, or a related field
or equivalent training and/or experience. At minimum, a bachelor’s
degree is required.
- Considerable experience in the development and implementation of
climate action, sustainability, and energy initiatives in an
- Ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the principles of
climate action, sustainability, and energy management and how they
relate to organizations and university campuses.
- Experience researching and preparing technically complex
executive level documents, position papers, reports, proposals, and
presentations on a variety of strategic topics.
- Demonstrated commitment to data-driven decision-making and the
use of key performance indicators in the execution (development,
analysis, corrective action, communication, and pursuit and
provision of feedback) of tactical, operational, and strategic
- Exceptional communication skills, interpersonal skills,
diplomacy, and the ability to effectively interact and build
trusted relationships with diverse internal and external
- Demonstrated commitment to exceptionally responsive service
delivery to all customers and stakeholders, and interact
effectively with administrators, community leaders, employees,
students, legislators, and other constituent groups on a broad
range of sensitive topics.
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and
projects; excellent organizational, leadership, and delegation
skills; and ability to work collaboratively. Must have strong
problem solving and conflict resolution skills to manage complex
tasks and/or those that require balancing competing
- Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills,
with ability to see patterns, be a fast thinker, and make decisions
with strong attention to accuracy, detail, and local context.
- Demonstrated patience, reliability, composure, and stability
under pressure as well as a strong personal ethics
- Extensive leadership and teambuilding skills with a demonstrated
ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
- Ability to travel to on-campus and off-campus facilities sites,
with occasional overnight travel.
- Professional credentialing, such as a Professional Engineer
- Experience with facilities administration, maintenance and
repair, budgeting, fiscal administration, people management, client
management, and operational planning. Experience should demonstrate
a broad understanding of public sector or higher education
- Experience working on climate action, sustainability, and energy
initiatives in a large, complex, and publically oriented
- Experience working on climate action, sustainability, and energy
initiatives in a Higher Education environment and familiarity with
the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher
Education (AASHE) and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and
Rating System (STARS).
- Experience seeking grant-funding opportunities as well as
preparing and submitting grants.
- Experience in/with communications, marketing, and public
relations and in establishing partnerships and collaborating with
numerous stakeholders, developing a climate action, sustainability,
and energy literacy curriculum, and/or workshop facilitation.
- Knowledge of Assetworks’ AiM or similar maintenance management
August 16, 2021
- Work hours are typically M – F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; however,
additional hours, modified schedule, after hours, and/or weekend
work may be required to meet the needs of the department.
- Must have a criminal background check, must have a driver’s
- Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.
- Travel to meetings at non-Blacksburg sites with some overnight
- This position meets the criteria for issuance of a mobile
communication device (such as radio, cell-phone, I-pad, I-pod,
pager, etc.). Devices issued are the responsibility of the employee
and are to be returned in satisfactory condition upon separation of
employment. Devices are to be used according to supervisor
instruction and according to relevant policies.
Please see the new requirement for incoming employees with Virginia
COVID-19 vaccines are now required for all employees .
Verification of receiving the COVID vaccine will be required as a
condition of employment for all new employees.
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal
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(That I May Serve),
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, a veterinary
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, and Honors College
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conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
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