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Director of Sustainability
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Strategic Facilities Planning
Position Code:   SFP5589A
Status:   Closed
Closing Date:   Open until filled.
Salary:   Commensurate With Education and Experience
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Facilities Planning, the Director for Sustainability serves as the leader and director of UC Merced's sustainability efforts to foster a culture of sustainability among students, faculty and staff, identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability efforts; planning and development of short and long range plans and engaging other campus leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus units.

Incumbent will work to establish UC Merced as a leader in the field of Sustainability at the state, regional, national and international level by promoting broader awareness of UC Merced's environmental, social and financial sustainability successes and accomplishments. Effectively work with all elements of the campus to communicate and further the goals and initiatives of the campus sustainability program, foster partnerships between academics, research and operational departments to further campus sustainability goals. The position will establish and maintain an effective communication strategy, developing and coordinating education and outreach programs in support of UC Merced's sustainability, energy management, and resource conservation programs

This position will work closely with project managers, building committees and design teams to ensure that U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines are met in all new campus construction projects. Provide expertise and advice in the reduction of UCM's resources and consumption; develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive sustainability programs and supervise pilot projects to expand sustainability on campus.

The Director of Sustainability will monitor compliance with all UC Sustainable Practice Policies, as well as serve as liaison to UC Office of the President to ensure campus compliance with annual reporting and other sustainability policies; attend and lead the Advisory Committee on Sustainability (ACS) and represent UC Merced's sustainability programs to the public by attending professional meetings and interfacing with external organizations.

The incumbent will promote UC Merced's sustainability program by utilizing campus expertise, peer institution best practices, substantiality literature and conferences. The Director will work with procurement to evaluate all University purchasing practices and encourage the purchase of sustainable products and services throughout the campus, The Director will lead the efforts in the completion of UCM's Climate Action Plan.

Qualifications:   • Bachelors degree in related area. Required

• Certification in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design “LEED” or the ability to obtain “LEED” certification within 6-months of hire date. Required

• Masters Degree in related area. Preferred

• Expert knowledge of campus processes, protocols and procedures and external regulatory requirements in policy domain.

• Intermediate to advanced knowledge of common campus-specific computer applications.

• Advanced analytical/problem-solving skills.

• Advanced communication and interpersonal skills to communicate with and influence all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing.

• Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.

• Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.

• Advanced skills in all levels of project management.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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