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Sustainability Specialist

Christopher Newport University
Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 28, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Auxiliary Services, Safety & Security
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Full Time
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Working Title

Sustainability Specialist

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Full Time

Sensitive Position


Sensitive Position Statement

A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check.

This is NOT a sensitive position.

Campus Security Authority


Campus Security Authority Statement

This position is NOT designated as a Campus Security Authority. A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority.

Designated Personnel


Designated Personnel Statement

A “designated position” means this position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing. This is NOT a “designated position.” 

Statement of Economic Interest


Statement of Economic Interest Statement

This position does NOT require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.

Restricted Position


Restricted Position Statement

A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding. This is NOT a restricted position. 

Chief Objective of Position

The Sustainability Specialist will facilitate the University’s efforts to infuse sustainability principles into administrative and operational aspects of the campus. The central focus of the position is to facilitate initiatives that bolster sustainable practices while engaging students, faculty, and staff. The Sustainability Specialist will work collaboratively with a diverse array of University departments and student groups as they design and implement sustainable operations and processes. 

Work Tasks

  • Serves as a resource and content expert to the campus community for topics relevant to sustainability in the higher education environment.  
  • Recommends, initiates, enhances, and facilitates sustainability initiatives and projects related to administrative and operational activities.   
  • Manages internal and external messaging about University sustainability initiatives and coordinates the social media presence.
  • Creates promotional and educational materials by writing, editing, and designing content for brochures, flyers, newsletters, sustainability guides, and training materials.
  • Develops, plans, coordinates, and/or implements training, workshops, programs, and events related to administrative and operational sustainability.  
  • Serves as the chair of the University Sustainability Committee and works with administrative and operational staff to prioritize and pursue sustainability initiatives in their departments. 
  • Facilitates the infusion of administrative and operational sustainability practices and processes into the Christopher Newport student educational experience through collaboration with faculty (i.e. “campus as a living lab”). 
  • Conducts waste audits and provides recommendations based on findings.
  • Guides waste prevention and waste reduction efforts in collaboration with internal stakeholders according to regulatory guidance and best practices. 
  • Supports Facilities Management and other departments as appropriate in relation to implementing energy conservation programs.
  • Monitors, tracks, and reports administrative and operational sustainability indicators.
  • Coordinates data collection and submission for sustainability reporting systems including AASHEE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), LEED, etc. 
  • Produces and presents an annual sustainability report. 
  • Collaborates with departments to identify, evaluate, and pursue relevant funding opportunities for sustainability-related projects on campus. 
  • Maintains awareness and working knowledge of sustainability regulations, best practices, and trends that impact higher education through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, and participating in professional development opportunities. 
  • Supports the Environmental Health and Safety Department’s mission to foster safe, healthy, and sustainable spaces to live, work, and learn at Christopher Newport University. 
  • Facilitates and enhances sustainable approaches to regulated waste (batteries, lightbulbs, etc.)
  • Reviews and communicates safety issues to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work-related absence.
  • Supports the overall success of the University’s sustainability efforts by performing all other duties as assigned.
  • Develops and maintains very positive and professional customer service and/or relations with all constituencies to include faculty, staff, students and guests. 
  • Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude and treats everyone with dignity and respect. 
  • Fully supports CNU Traditions and the “Students First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.
  • This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required

Requires excellent analytical, oral and written communications, organizational and computer skills; an ability to self-motivate and to work under deadlines; the ability to work closely with students, faculty, staff, and administrators from various schools and departments; the ability to understand and apply technical and financial data and to relate them to the general community; and demonstrated knowledge of current sustainability principles, best practices, and sustainability-related legislation.

Requires ability to accurately record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions; ability to conduct training courses for both small and large groups of people; ability to speak and present to a large variety of audiences; ability to use mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; use decimals and percentages; ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape; ability to multi-task, prioritize and work independently and collaboratively; excellent organizational and computer skills including ability to use programs needed to prepare reports, track data, conduct research, manage time, manage email, create and edit digital photos, and other programs as needed; ability to self-motivate, multi-task and to work under deadlines; ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, contracts, purchase orders, etc.; must be able to walk, climb, lift, squat, etc.; must be able to lift and carry materials, supplies, and/or equipment weighing up to 50 pounds; ability to wear personal protective equipment may be required to include safety glasses, safety goggles, gloves, protective footwear, clothing, and head wear.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred

Working knowledge of sustainability reporting systems, energy analysis, Global Information Systems (GIS), and recognized “green” building certification (e.g. LEED, etc.); and project management knowledge. 

Required Education

Must have a Master’s Degree in Sustainability or a related field; or a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability or a related field and work experience at a level which equates to an advanced degree.

Preferred Education

Project management certification, such as Project Management Professional (PMP) or other comparable certification. 

Experience Required

Demonstrated experience with sustainability initiatives; data management and analysis; word processing and spreadsheet experience; experience in program administration.

Experience Preferred

Significant experience working in the area of sustainability; experience at a college or university. 

CNU Information

S​elected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 387​ Best Colleges: 2022 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service.  Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide​ as 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus. Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community.  We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit


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Application Instructions

Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application. 


Review of applications will begin November 28, 2021.

Applications received after November 28, 2021, will be accepted but considered only if needed. 


Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.


Per the Governor’s order, as a state employee, you would be required to disclose vaccine status. If you are fully vaccinated, you must provide documents confirming this status.  The Governor requires that all employees who are unvaccinated, or not yet fully vaccinated to be tested weekly until they are fully vaccinated. This is a condition of employment.


Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145. 

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