New Director of Sustainability Position at Lafayette College

The review of candidates will begin immediately...


Lafayette College seeks a Director of Sustainability who will lead campus efforts to build and implement an environmentally sustainable future for the College. The Director’s central role will be threefold: to coordinate the College’s various operational and academic efforts in environmental sustainability; to lead and develop new programs aimed at fostering a more sustainable campus; and to represent the College in regional, national, and global forums on environmental sustainability. In this role, the Director will steward existing programs while pioneering new efforts to realize the College as a living laboratory in education on environmental sustainability and campus environmental management. The Director will work with and as a liaison between the academic, administrative, plant operations, facilities planning and construction, and residential life divisions of the College. The Sustainability Director will report to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, but will have considerable latitude and independence of action.

Education and Experience:

Master’s or other advanced degree in environmental studies or architecture, engineering, management or science, with an environmental focus (e.g. Ph.D. in Natural Resources, Environmental Policy or related field) strongly desired. At least five years’ experience implementing environmental or sustainability programs, experience in a university environment or for a non-profit and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited strongly preferred. Direct sustainability experience and a background in sustainability theories and local, national, and global environmental initiatives is strongly desired. Leadership experience in environmental initiatives, resource management, and teaching/presenting information desired.

Skills and Abilities:

Required: knowledge of environmental management policies, issues, and initiatives and experience with energy, water and waste conservation, in buildings. Preferred: Understanding of environmental best practices in universities. Strong interpersonal skills, working with diverse groups of individuals and building partnerships. Strong communication skills including writing and public speaking. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly. Ability to work independently, to be a team leader and to work as a team member. Demonstrated analytical, problem solving, organizational and management skills with attention to detail and accuracy. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and an ability to learn other software as needed. Preferred: Website management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, and to work with shifting priorities and schedules.


Please send cover lever (indicating position of interest) and resume to: Ellen Leslie, 730 High Street, Markle Hall, Room 316, Easton, PA 18042 or email to . The review of candidates will begin immediately.

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