Located in the historic community of Walla Walla
, Whitman's vibrant and
beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse,
dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and
faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region
and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished
faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of
engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national
reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts
colleges in the country.
is cultivating a
community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value
of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives
and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge,
and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working
and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment
Opportunity employer (EEO) .
Facilities Services (FS), the division that provides college-wide
support of equitable student success. As stewards of Whitman
College's built and natural environment our services range from
planning, design, construction projects, and agency interaction to
maintenance, custodial, surplus, grounds and landscaping, trust -
rental property maintenance, sustainability, recycling,
conferences, scheduling, environmental management, occupational
safety, and utility/energy efficiency. Serving 1,500 students, with
1.3 million gross square feet comprising of 54 facilities, 80
rental units and 112 acres of grounds, we service two campuses -
Main and Johnston Wilderness, as well as two observatory
Facilities Services includes several key departments:
Administration, Conference, Events and Scheduling, Custodial,
Energy Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Grounds,
Maintenance, Planning, Design, and Construction, Rental Property
Maintenance and Sustainability. The FS team includes more than 70
talented and engaged individuals who are dedicated to providing the
most effective, safe, and customer-oriented service to the College
community maintaining an educational environment in support of
recruitment, retention, and Whitman's strategic priorities. Our
staff includes a culturally diverse team of technical
professionals, administrative support, skilled trades, management,
and students that ensures the best learning environment on one of
the most beautifully-built and operated nationally ranked liberal
Reporting to the Director of Facilities Services, the
Sustainability Manager works closely with students, staff, and
faculty to further sustainability efforts across campus and manages
the initiatives and operations of the Sustainability
This position serves as the primary resource for all College
sustainability initiatives and as assigned the College's
sustainability liaison to external constituents. The manager
assists departments in their efforts to implement sustainable
practices and energy savings measures in their day-to-day
operations. The manager collaborates with all campus constituents
to implement and support the long-term sustainability and energy
savings initiatives of Whitman College.
- Develop, plan, and administer programs, initiatives and events
related to sustainability in coordination with other community
organizations, and college: divisions, departments, and student
- Supervise staff, student assistant and interns in Whitman
College's Sustainability Department.
- Serve as staff liaison and advisor to student organizations
ensuring effective communication and collaboration on
sustainability initiatives, programs, activities, and
- Manage the College recycling program and zero waste initiatives
in collaboration with Facilities Services staff. Assist with the
management of energy and sustainability projects and administration
of campus energy management programs. Maintain College utility
records and provide analysis and emissions reporting annually.
Provide regular reporting as needed to ensure campus efficiency and
problem detection. Collaborate and works with all utility service
providers utilized by the College to optimize pricing plans and
schedules to meet the College sustainability goals. Perform monthly
monitoring of data recorded including the status of operating
capacities, service demands, and fuel supplies. Works with
Facilities Services management to reconcile and verify that all
utility charges are accurate. Assist the Director with preparation
of utility budgets by projecting future utility usages and
forecasting utility rate increases.
- Manage the maintenance and development of all campus renewable
energy systems and sub metering in collaboration with Facilities
- Chair the President's Sustainability Advisory Committee (PSAC)
and work closely with the committee to develop and advocate for
college-wide sustainability goals and implementation of the Climate
- Manage the College's Bike Share and work to develop integrated
multimodal transportation infrastructure and alternatives to
encourage the use of, and access to transportation resources for
staff, faculty, and students.
- Develop regular reports and educational material related to
student, staff, and faculty commuting and transportation. Assess
the college's transportation needs and emissions. Work with
departments, the motor pool, and Facilities Services to address
resource conservation in relation to transportation.
- Develop and implement new sustainability awareness and
education programs for campus and community.
- Serve as assigned the College's sustainability representative
to organizations, such as the Washington Higher Education
Sustainability Coalition, the Sustainable Partnership of the
Northern Rockies, the Association for the Advancement of
Sustainability in Higher Education, and other higher education
institutions and sustainability partnerships
- Manage all the College's sustainability reporting to
organizations like the Second Nature, Princeton Review, AASHE
STARS, EPA Green Power Partnership, the Smart Business Partnership,
and Sierra Club. Maintain and collect all reporting data for
institutional rankings and complete all reports as needed.
- Pursue grant and resource development opportunities in
collaboration with Office of Foundation & Corporate Relations.
Assist in the preparation of budgets and grants; monitor, verify,
and reconcile expenditure of budgeted funds as appropriate.
- Collaborate and serve as sustainability advisor on all campus
construction and life cycle projects. Assist and collaborate with
project teams in order to meet the institutions Climate Action
- Coordinate the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF) and
serve as program lead in collaboration with the SRLF
- Develop project proposals for institutional utility savings and
provide analysis in relation to utility usage. Coordinate with the
Facilities Services in order to implement projects.
- Coordinate implementation of recommended strategies and action
items in Whitman College's Climate Action Plan (CAP), and oversee
any required reporting or revision of the CAP.
- Oversee publication of the Sustainability Department website
and education materials, provide a periodic Sustainability Progress
Report to the staff, faculty, students and administration. Maintain
social media communications, as well as other informational and
promotional materials related to campus sustainability activities,
events, and education.
- Develop goals, performance metrics and a long-term plan for
sustainability at Whitman College. Monitor and evaluate program
effectiveness, document performance trends and recommends and
implement programmatic changes and improvements.
- Independently research best practices and compile data to
prepare reports that require thorough knowledge of policies,
procedures, and activities.
- Serve as essential personnel, meaning duties are essential to
the operations of the College and may require that the position
report to campus for work even during full or partial
- May be required to work occasional evenings and/or
- May be required to travel off-campus for events, meetings, and
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they
possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the
essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable
- Applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, rules, and
- Advanced principles and practices in resource conservation and
- Supervisory principles;
- Utilities, facilities maintenance and operations
- LEED standards as related to new and renovation construction in
- Budgeting principles and practices;
- Analytical methods and techniques;
- Higher Education and student services;
- Strategic planning principles; and
- Project management principles and practices.
- Public speaking and presentation;
- Utilizing computer technology for communication, data gathering
and reporting activities;
- Microsoft Office, web-development, and database management;
- Organizational skills.
- Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing; use oral
persuasion and written mediums allowing for open dialogue to
- Ability to positively and actively contribute to the College's
core values of diversity, equity and inclusion;
- Interpret, analyze and evaluate complex problems to
successfully recognize and define solutions; and
- Operate and utilize various social media platforms, and an
ability to learn new software as necessary.
- Bachelor's degree in a sustainability-related discipline and a
minimum of 2-3 years relevant experience.
- Experience implementing sustainability initiatives at a college
or university, business, governmental agency or similar public or
- Experience preparing Sustainability Tracking Assessment and
Rating System (STARS) submittals, GHG inventories and related
Carbon/Climate Commitment reports, or similar
sustainability-related surveys and periodic reports. This may
include regulatory reporting.
- Administrative and organizational skills, and demonstrated
experience supervising and mentoring.
- Must possess a valid Washington driver's license.
- Master's degree in a related discipline and 4-5 years of
- Other relevant subject matter expertise, education, training or
professional certifications in addition to the above-referenced
- Web development experience and experience writing, producing
and editing sustainability progress reports, newsletters, blogs
and/or social media posts.
- LEED Credentials.
- Work experience in higher education.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIRMENTS
Work environment is primarily inside Whitman facilities and
sometimes outside, both of which may include working in high
places. This position may be exposed to dirt, dust and equipment
use. Job requires moderate strength and agility and typically
requires balancing, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching,
standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping and
repetitive motions. Lifting and carrying materials weighing up to
25 pounds occurs with varied frequency.
Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision
and life insurances
, a generous 10% matching contribution to
the Whitman College 403(b)
Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
, and paid time off
including 13 paid holidays
full-time staff vacation
more about benefits eligibility here
At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community.
Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and
students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have
an approved exemption. More information can be found here
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION FOR JOB CANDIDATES
Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability
accommodation in the employment application process.
Application review will begin April 29 and continue until the
position is filled.
May 23, 2022
For full application instructions and position description,