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 the Virginia Tech Climate Action
Commitment, Beyond Boundaries 2047: The Campus Plan, and Virginia
Tech Design and Construction Standards by:
• Directing both the Office of Energy Management (OEM) and the
Office of Sustainability (OS) and leading a team of nearly 20
o Within the OEM,
Maintaining a deep level of knowledge, technical expertise, and
understanding of campus climate action and energy programming – in
order to support best practices in design and operations.
Evaluating energy use and designing energy programs that increase
efficiency and reduce energy-related costs.
Overseeing the delivery of long-term sustainable building
environments, systems, and initiatives – focusing on (but not
necessarily limited to) - energy efficiencies, building automation,
instrumentation controls and metering, utility optimization, and
distribution system best practices,
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
o Within the OS,
Managing campus-wide programs, leveraging the campus as a
learning laboratory for faculty and students (Green RFP, Green
Office Certification, Green Lab Certification, Green Tailgate,
Green Grad, Sustainability Week, Earth Week, and other strategic
Overseeing a campus-wide sustainability 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.
• Coordinating strategic planning efforts and conceiving,
developing, and implementing new programs that expand and
strengthen assigned responsibilities.
• 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.
• Championing the delivery of climate action, sustainability, and
energy initiatives to promote campus carbon neutrality, cost
reduction, occupant health and wellness, and campus sustainability
• will report directly to the Assistant Vice President for
Infrastructure and Chief Sustainability Officer,
• will interact routinely with a wide variety of university faculty
and staff, as well as external constituents,
• will make decisions independently and work autonomously in
developing and implementing new programs with a strategic intent to
advance the university’s sustainability commitment,
• must be detail, action, solution, and results oriented and
dedicated to the mission of the university’s sustainability
• will represent the university in scheduled events on and off
• 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.
• Exceptional communication skills, interpersonal skills,
diplomacy, and the ability to effectively interact and build
trusted relationships with diverse internal and external
• 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
• 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 publicly 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.
Commensurate with experience.
May 16th, 2022
• 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.
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal
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(That I May Serve),
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to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more
than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000
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, a school of
, a veterinary
college, Graduate School
, and Honors College
. The university
has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus
in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in
Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices
. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech
conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
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pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic
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July 6, 2022