Director of Sustainability / Full-time
McHenry County College - Crystal Lake, IL

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  • Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution with major course work in sustainability, biology, engineering, environmental management, or related field
  • Five years of successful professional experience in sustainability or conservation
  • Experience working in a highly decentralized environment, preferably in higher education
  • Demonstrated ability to get results within a team environment and to develop productive working relationships at all levels of the organization
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • A minimum of two years of leadership experience either in directly managing employees or in a project management role
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Community college experience preferred

Position Description: POSITION SUMMARY: Provides the vision, organizational strategy, and focus for advancing operational sustainability efforts throughout the College.

  • Lead the formulation of the College’s long-term sustainability vision, and operating principles
  • Provide the leadership for the college-wide sustainability plan and integrate the College’s master facilities plan, educational master plan and other similar plans to move the college toward a ‘green campus’
  • Collaborate with students, faculty, and departments to develop sustainability content programs based on leading research, environmental education and leading-edge designs
  • Develop college-wide sustainability initiatives, and recommend policies and procedures focused on waste reduction, energy and water conservation, environmental purchasing, landscaping, building design, and agricultural programs
  • Identify and prioritize areas for the College’s sustainability efforts and recommend strategies to proactively address relevant sustainability issues
  • Serve as the internal leader and “go to” expert for sustainability, monitoring emerging trends, programs and issues, and communicating and educating others on sustainability topics
  • Work with faculty and staff to integrate sustainability education and practices into credit and noncredit curriculums
  • Foster a culture of sustainability through ongoing communication and education
  • Represent the College on local, regional, national, and international committees and professional organizations
  • Develop and administer annual budget for the Office of Sustainability
  • Research, and develop grant proposals and other funding sources for sustainability programs
  • Prepare funding application requests in collaboration with the Office of Resource Development
  • Keep current with applicable laws, regulations, products, programs and other initiatives related to all areas of sustainability and conservation
  • Work collaboratively with others (e.g. colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities
  • Support and participate in the College’s commitment to continuous improvement and the AQIP process of accreditation through appropriate participation in Action Team activities
  • Assume additional duties as assigned by immediate supervisor
  • Strong collaboration skills with the ability to work with and encourage participation from a diverse spectrum of people
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, interpersonal, political, and project management skills
  • Understanding of analytical and planning skills necessary to administer a complex department
  • Ability to manage multiple projects of varying size and complexity, ability to modify or adjust priorities
  • Ability to work independently yet have a strong team orientation
  • Commitment and respect for diversity
  • Understanding of and commitment to the College mission and goals
  • Ability to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and specifications of the position

Minimum Salary Range:

Application Required Materials: Qualified applicants must submit all of the following: an MCC Employment Application form, current resume, and copies of graduate level transcripts.

Review Date/Deadline: Application Review begins February 8, 2013. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

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