The College’s Plan for Mount Holyoke 2023, identifies environmental sustainability as a strategic priority. In January 2018, the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College endorsed the overarching goals of the College’s recent 2017 Sustainability Task Force recommendations, including the goal of becoming a carbon neutral campus by 2037, its bicentennial. Other priority areas include food justice and sustainability, instilling sustainability as a core value across campus, and the Campus Living Laboratory.
The College has defined a sustainability vision and approach to support the Plan for Mount Holyoke College.
Mount Holyoke College is a leader in sustainability research and education, and is committed to investing in faculty, staff, students, programs and infrastructure that advance a campus culture of sustainability. Our graduates are the next generation of leaders, who will create a more sustainable, just and equitable future across the world.
Our approach to sustainability is inclusive, integrative and interdisciplinary, and with its remarkable international and domestic diversity, strong liberal arts tradition and physical setting, the College is an exceptional place for advancing environmental education and research.
Located in the Miller Worley Center for the Environment (MWCE), the Director of Sustainability reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and serves as the Associate Director of the MWCE. The Director of Sustainability provides strategic direction to achieve the College’s multifaceted sustainability goals and become a leader in sustainability. The Director works closely across all divisions and among students, faculty and staff to advance sustainability as a core value in all aspects of the campus including academic programs and research, campus planning and operations, co-curricular student opportunities, and engage with local and global sustainability initiatives. The Director continuously reviews sustainability goals and reports progress, and makes recommendations for strategic directions to the Officers at least annually, and reports to the Board at least every 5 years.
Meeting College Sustainability Goals
Work with division heads and directors and engage the community to develop and implement a dynamic sustainability program informed by the Sustainability Task Force recommendations with short and long-range implementation strategies and programs.
Connect sustainability to campus diversity initiatives and promote environmental and social justice in all initiatives.
Track the College’s progress toward established sustainability goals and make recommendation for revisions or additional goals and present an annual progress report to the Officers.
Facilitate sustainability initiatives by providing research, information, and assistance to campus departments, programs, and student organizations in program development and implementation.
Make recommendations for and develop campus policies and procedures to achieve sustainability goals and targets.
Assist the MWCE Director and Advancement staff in developing ideas and supporting materials to engage alumnae in sustainability fundraising.
Provide information and develop education programs to advance sustainability as a core value across campus, including generating content for communications initiatives and managing the sustainability portions of the website, social media, and events.
Prepare the College's Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System (STARS) information annually identify opportunities for continuous improvement.
Engaging the Community
Organize and facilitate a sustainability steering committee with broad campus representation.
Develop shared goals with connections to other campus priorities and initiatives including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Wellness.
Support the academic and co-curricular programs of the College including working with the Campus Living Lab Manager in coordinating curricular sustainability initiatives and campus operations.
Support and foster student leadership and engagement.
Represent the College on the South Hadley Sustainability and Energy Committee and more broadly at local, regional and national sustainability organizations.
Network with peer institutions in order to understand the evolving best practices and look for opportunities for collaboration to forward common goals.
Provide administrative support to the MWCE including budget development and management, student supervision, and serve as Acting Center Director in the absence of the MWCE Director including representing the Center at events and meetings.
A Master’s degree is required as well as 5 to 7 years of experience in management of sustainability programs, including developing and coordinating broadly defined sustainability initiatives in collaboration with all levels of the organization, and 3-5 years of experience in staff supervision and support and experience managing programs and budgets.
The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and abilities:
Strong ability to work as part of a team as well as to work independently on a wide variety of projects.
Demonstrated ability to develop positive collaborative relationships and experience in facilitation of collaborative processes to achieve a consensus outcomes.
Experience developing long-term strategic initiatives and in implementing, assessing and engaging communities in them.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple concurrent projects, and demonstrate effective time management skills.
Demonstrated adaptability and initiative, including a willingness to seek and integrate information from multiple sources, to respect differing positions, to adapt to change, and to take initiative to anticipate programmatic needs.
Sound and mature judgment in decision-making and ability to think strategically, listen carefully and to advise senior leadership effectively.
Demonstrated ability to develop and promote inclusive programs that engage all members of the community.
Exceptional oral and written communication capacities with experience communicating with multiple diverse audiences.
Strong human relations and interpersonal skills including an ability to interact professionally and communicate in a clear and courteous manner with a diverse community in order to maintain effective, professional, and cooperative working relationships across all levels on campus and with external audiences.
Proficiency in database and web site development, and the Microsoft Office and Google suites.
An awareness of and commitment to women’s education and leadership and fostering of just, equitable and sustainable communities.
Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
About Mount Holyoke College
As the first of the Seven Sisters, the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League, Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of: academic excellence in a global learning environment; a tight-knit, diverse, and international community; a worldwide network of influential alumnae; the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.