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Director, Sustainability, Energy and Utilities - Administrator II

California State University- East Bay
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 1, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time
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Salary and Benefits

The salary range will be from $90,000 - $115,000 per year.

This position is a Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position in the CSU, and serves at the pleasure of the President.

The CSU enjoys a generous benefits program with employer paid life insurance ($100,000), as well as health, dental, and vision insurance with the monthly premium largely paid by the CSU. Additionally, we offer a broad range of other benefits which includes dependent and health care reimbursement accounts, tuition fee waiver, 401k, 457 and 403(b) plans.

The CSU belongs to the CalPERS retirement plan in which medical and dental insurance continues in qualified retirement.

The CSU has 14 paid holidays and the position earns 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year.

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About Cal State East Bay

Cal State East Bay's beautiful main campus is located in the Hayward hills with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Situated above the city of Hayward, the campus offers an ideal setting for teaching and learning and yet easy access to the many cities along the bay. The University has a satellite campus in Concord, a professional development center in Oakland and a significant presence online. Founded in 1957, Cal State East Bay is one of 23 universities of the California State University system (CSU). With an enrollment over 15,800 students, Cal State East Bay is recognized as a regionally engaged and globally oriented university with a strong commitment to academic innovation, student success, engaged and service learning, diversity, and sustainability.

About the Position

Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President of Facilities Development & Operations (FD&O), the Director of Sustainability, Energy and Utilities serves as the key administrator and performs the primary leadership role for development, implementation, and coordination of the University's strategic sustainability initiatives. The incumbent works in partnership with various University departments to direct and to oversee the development and execution of broad-based university-wide strategic sustainability initiatives by integrating sustainability in all University operations, including facilities, environmental, social justice, and academic programs in support of the University’s academic mission. The incumbent serves as the University’s subject matter expert on sustainability and supports the sustainable development, construction, operations and maintenance of all University facilities and infrastructure. Additionally, this role provides input to the academic and student programs by sharing and applying best practices in sustainability. The incumbent serves as the university representative for California State University (CSU) system wide sustainability, energy and utility programs, and interfaces with utility vendors, consultants, contractors, campus auxiliary organizations, students, faculty, staff and administrators, and serves as the official University liaison responsible for providing information to the campus community and the general public.


Develop Campus-wide Strategic Sustainability Plan
  • Develop and oversee implementation of a strategic sustainability plan with multiple year implementation action plans that integrate sustainability into university operations including but not limited to facilities planning, construction, operations and maintenance, energy and water programs, waste and recycling, procurement, parking, and transportation in collaboration with all University divisions and standing campus sustainability committees.
  • Lead development of scope, deliverables, cost impact, timeline, and procurement of sustainability related feasibility studies and programs in collaboration with campus stakeholders, the CSU Chancellor's office, and professional consultants.
  • Serve as the official University sustainability facilitator and subject matter expert to guide the University’s sustainability strategies and action plans.
  • Manage climate action planning and implementation to achieve carbon neutrality of Scope I, II, and III greenhouse gas emissions by the target date indicated in the approved Cal State East Bay Climate Action Plan.
Administer Campus Sustainability Programs and Projects
  • Lead and oversee implementation of all University sustainability engagement programs, initiatives and commitments, including but not limited to AASHE STARS certification, Second Nature Carbon Commitment, LEED certification, energy, water and waste conservation and recycling, parking and transportation.
  • Lead and provide guidance for developing effective and impactful sustainability programs and initiatives through engagement of campus constituents, stakeholders, and the community.
  • Develop and implement outreach programs, initiatives and metrics to promote the University’s sustainability vision, goals, and action plans.
  • Lead and facilitate Campus Sustainability Committee meetings to coordinate campus-wide efforts and initiatives that promote, support, and contribute to the advancement of the University’s sustainability strategic goals.
  • Lead development of sustainability activities and events that promote and support social and environmental justice, diversity, and inclusiveness.
  • Provide regular and timely reports and presentations to University leadership and the campus community on plans, progress, achievements, and opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain a communication plan with relevant metrics for disseminating University sustainability plans, initiatives, achievements, and engagement resources to include but not limited to a consolidated sustainability website, newsletter, and presence on all major social media platforms.
  • Perform analyses and produce reports in support of sustainability and energy certification and reporting protocols including but not limited to: GBCI LEED, AASHE STARS, the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitment, EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager, Sierra Cool Schools, Princeton Review, and the Climate Registry.
  • Lead the development and administration of the green revolving fund, including the Climate Action Plan Fund.
Administer the University’s Energy and Utility Programs
  • Develop and direct the implementation of a strategic energy plan to achieve the goals and vision of the University’s Climate Action Plan.
  • Direct, provide oversight, and primary accountability for the efficient and sustainable management of university-wide energy and utility resources according to CSU systemwide and University policies.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and accountability for the development and implementation of effective energy and utility programs and projects to help the University achieve its strategic vision, goals, and commitments.
  • Oversee professional staff, student assistants and vendors in the Office of Sustainability Energy & Utilities; direct and administer resources, budget and operating plan for the Office of Sustainability, Energy and Utilities to support University-wide sustainability, energy and utilities programs, commitments, efforts, and initiatives.
  • Direct and provide general oversight for funding opportunities and administering external funding sources for programs, projects, and initiatives.
  • Assess, formulate, and evaluate the impact of recommended or implemented policies, projects, procedures, and programs from a strategic and operational perspective.
  • Document and submit nominations for Sustainability Best Practice Awards for the annual UC/CSU/CCC Best Practices competition and other conferences and award programs.
Representation and Liaison
  • Represent the Office of Sustainability, Energy and Utilities in the Academic Senate’s Committee on Sustainability to find opportunities for collaborations and partnerships for integrating the principles and practice of sustainability in the University’s academic programs.
  • Represent the Facilities Development & Operations Office of Sustainability, Energy and Utilities at relevant University divisions, departments, and committee meetings and events.
  • Represent Cal State East Bay in CSU system wide Sustainability Officers and Energy Managers affinity group meetings and programs.
Emergency Response and Management
  • Participate in the FD&O emergency and response management.
  • Participate in the Facilities Development & Operations on call rotation.
Required Qualifications


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, or related field. Three years of progressively responsible experience managing sustainability, energy, and or utilities programs and/or three years of progressively responsible experience working with non-governmental or non-profit organizations within the area of social and environmental justice.


Valid California driver’s license or ability to obtain by date of hire.

  • Demonstrated understanding of ongoing sustainability issues such as climate change, social, environmental, and economic challenges to sustainable development; demonstrated ability to connect these challenges to real solutions utilizing the University systems and infrastructure to demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainability.
  • Demonstrated knowledge developing campus sustainability plans, climate action plans, strategic energy plans, water conservation plans, campus master plans, and utility infrastructure plans; overseeing building and system commissioning, retro commissioning, and Monitoring Based Commissioning, Greenhouse Gas inventory reporting, accounting, and tracking protocols.
  • Knowledge of building energy systems including heating, ventilating, air conditioning, interior/exterior lighting, boilers, chillers, heat pumps, and battery energy storage, solar PV, plumbing, and digital control systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sustainable building design, sustainability certification programs and rating systems related to facilities operations and development including: GBCI LEED, Living Building Challenge, and AASHE STARS., clean energy systems, and sustainable best practices in utility management; ability to perform gap analysis, identify sustainability opportunities and technical expertise to plan and implement change.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of utility rates, tariffs, commodity pricing structures and risk mitigation strategies associated with the purchase, supply and delivery of utilities and ancillary services.
  • Familiarity with higher education organizational and operational structures with the ability to objectively evaluate possible outcomes of proposed initiatives and associated policies.
  • Working knowledge of energy project finance and funding mechanisms such as Power Purchase Agreements, Performance Contracting, Shared Savings Agreements, Energy Efficiency as service etc.
  • Demonstrated skills in evaluating project economics and financial pro forma; ability to calculate cost, savings, payback, and return on investment.
  • Demonstrated experience with public works contracting, procurement, construction practices, project management processes, building and energy codes, and applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience managing diverse staff, students, contractors, and understanding of Collective bargaining agreements.
  • Proven leadership and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a diverse and large institutional environment.
  • Strong communication, public speaking, and presentation skills utilizing a combination of written, oral, and visual media to create professional and effective presentations, reports, and correspondence.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and promote positive relationships that promote a climate of trust with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies, as required, in a professional manner.
  • Valuing a commitment to social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within the campus community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within the campus community.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a creative problem-solver, a strategic thinker, and an effective decision maker.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service, staff development, and workplace safety.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment, develop professionally, and adapt to challenges and changes.
Preferred Skills and Knowledge
  • Master’s degree in Sustainability, Engineering, Environmental Management/Science or related field.
  • Work experience in a higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated experience and background in directly supporting programs to promote and incorporate the practice of diveristy, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing sustainability methods and practices in education institutions or similar fields.
  • Experience identifying and pursuing grant funding, rebate programs, or other savings programs.
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) or related credential, LEED accreditation.
Condition(s) of Employment

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including LiveScan, as appropriate), that may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment. Cal State East Bay will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Unsatisfactory results may also affect the continued employment of current Cal State East Bay employees who were conditionally offered the position.

All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate. LiveScan is conducted through the University Police Department.

EEO Statement

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

Other Information

All California State University campuses, including Cal State East Bay, are smoke and tobacco-free. For more information, please visit our website at

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the Cal State East Bay Annual Campus Security Report is available at:

At CSUEB, the following nine competencies have been identified as valued leadership qualities: Communication, Cooperation, Delegation, Empathy, Feedback, Innovation, Leadership Presence, Passion and Strategic Ability. While we may not expect our managers to exhibit all of these competencies, we do expect them to aspire to develop them. As part of the annual evaluation review process, the Director, Sustainability, Energy and Utilities will be evaluated on each.

  • Must be able to work additional hours, outside normal business hours, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet operational and departmental needs.
  • Position may be needed to respond during campus emergencies such as power outages, minor and major natural disasters, pandemics, etc.
  • Must be able to travel occasionally to attend meetings, conferences, and seminars.
  • Must be able to work accurately and efficiently in an area with constant noise and interruptions.
  • Ability to climb ladders and stairs, access building roofs, basements, and mechanical/electrical equipment rooms; ability to work in hot, cold, and dusty environments.
  • Ability to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to work around hazardous materials including asbestos, lead, chemicals, and solvents with the appropriate personal protective equipment; ability to attend safety awareness training and follow campus safety procedures.
  • This position has been defined as “Exempt” and is not subject to the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Cal State East Bay is not a sponsoring agency for Staff or Management positions.

Mandated Reporter

The incumbent in this position may be considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and will be required to comply with requirements set forth in the CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

CSU Vaccination Policy

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Advertised: April 20, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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