Center for the Environment Job Description
The Director of Sustainability & Administrative Director of the
Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability
(CEEDS) is unique in its purpose to bridge campus operations with
education and research and to prepare students through active
learning and societal engagement to foster and lead sustainable,
just communities and to make significant and lasting contributions
to address the critical issues of the times.
As the Administrative Director of CEEDS, in partnership ship with
the Faulty Director, oversees an array of initiatives, ensuring the
environment and climate goals of the college are achieved; that
these link the college’s initiatives to its academic and research
programs enhancing learning and laboratory experiences for
students, and support curriculum in Environmental Science and
Policy and Environmental Concentrations.
As the Director of Sustainability lead traditional sustainability
efforts, as well as design innovative ways to address climate and
environmental concerns in Smith’s unique setting in the Pioneer
Valley. Work across the college, with partners in the Five College
consortium and beyond, the city of Northampton and the region to
set goals and influence policies and practices for minimizing the
impact humans have on the earth. Develop and maintain community
partnerships that enable Smith to accelerate creativity and
innovation in its sustainability initiatives, and engage with an
intensely interested and committed student body determined to
change the course of climate and environment in the most positive
Work in close collaboration with the Faculty Director of CEEDS to
set a comprehensive and aggressive vision, strategies, benchmarks
and goals for impactful operational practices, academic programs
and policy decisions on all topics related to sustainability,
environment and climate.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and
participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful,
inclusive, and welcoming environment.
*Review of applications will begin on September 1st*
Administrative Director of CEEDS:
Determine the appropriate management, staffing and budget for CEEDS
with the Faculty Director, to meet agreed upon goals while leading
a team of full-time, part-time, and student employees in the
achievement of goals. The co-directors of CEEDS also work closely
with the Director of the Environmental Science and Policy
Department for which CEEDS provides administrative support. The
Administrative Director supervises the CEEDS staff.
Engage in innovative and creative academic and research pursuits
through enterprises such as supporting research, supporting
classes, mentoring students, contributing to the design of
curriculum, and supporting student projects.
Director of Sustainability:
Serve as the operational expert for all things related to
sustainability, the environment and climate, and connects this work
as relevant to the academic experts on campus.
Maintain connection and understanding of key campus collaborators
including Facilities Management, the Botanic Gardens, Students
Affairs and Dining Services. Contribute to operational policy
development including, purchasing, planning, operations, facility
design and construction, ensuring operations are operating
consistently with the college’s sustainability goals; helping to
reset and facilitate change where needed.
Design and implement an engagement structure for the Smith campus
community – e.g. Green Office, EcoRep and Basic Needs
Identify and evaluate community partnerships that support and/or
enable Smith’s sustainability, environment, and climate goals.
Engage with city and federal government to determine specific and
achievable ways to work together in accomplishing goals that extend
beyond campus boundaries.
Foster ongoing open, challenging, and dynamic campus dialogue about
sustainability and Smith’s commitment and efforts.
Remain connected to sustainability thought leadership in higher
education, industry and government.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts
to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work
Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,
experience, certifications, licenses)
- Master’s degree in a relevant discipline plus a minimum of 7
years’ experience in leading a sustainability program,
organizational change, community planning or other
multi-stakeholder initiative or an equivalent combination of
- Experience with organizational change initiatives and
- Experienced manager; who can establish a vision and bring a
team together to perform.
- Experience developing and fostering external collaborations and
- Experience working with individuals from diverse
- Strong leadership and management skills and a depth and breadth
of knowledge relative to sustainability, the environment and
- Ability to balance visionary thinking with both aggressive and
pragmatic approaches to implementation and achievement of
- A deep understanding and commitment to the values and the
academic and research missions of the college and the willingness
to contribute to that mission in a variety of ways. Demonstrated
depth of experience in the development and implementation of a wide
range of creative and innovative sustainability initiatives with
- Ability to develop solutions that engage historically excluded
- Political savvy with the ability to communicate and interact
with various internal organizations, government entities and
external stakeholders required.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to inspire and
motivate staff, faculty, students and leaders, and to hold people
accountable for the achievement of goals.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Empathy, compassion, integrity and highly ethical character.
Please attach BOTH
a current resume and a cover letter in
order for your application to be considered for this position .
You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file
or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have
provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application.
You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have
hit the Submit button.
Review of applications will begin
September 1, 2021
About Smith College
Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest
women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in
teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of
outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as
advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The
College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,
Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty
cross-teach across the Five Colleges.
Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color,
religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and
employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its
programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and
regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.