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Sustainability Manager

Apply now Job no: 508049
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Facilities

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

Northeastern University’s Facilities Management Division is seeking Sustainability Manager to join their Office of Sustainability and support the University's commitment to environmental sustainability. The position will be responsible for leading engagement programs, sustainability initiatives in partnership with relevant departments, along with networking and benchmarking to share and reapply best practices with the goal of addressing climate, health and equity.


The Manager's role is to lead sustainability efforts within the Facilities Management Division and manage strategies that will include, for example, conservation, use of sustainable new technologies and products.

The Manager develops and executes comprehensive project plans, proposes innovative ideas, strengthens, and creates relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including, senior leaders, staff and students and leverages best practices in change management. The Manager will be responsible for envisioning and executing policies, programs, tools, and resources aimed at building a culture of sustainability on campus along with collaborating on living lab opportunities.

The Sustainability Manager also oversees the data collection required for submission to Princeton Review and STARS. The Sustainability Manager actively promotes sustainability principles, goals, projects and achievements across the University, encourages best practices and peer networking, designs/implements education and outreach programs, and runs the green office program. Prepares grant proposals and works with institutional advancement, faculty and staff to secure gift/grant funding for sustainability projects. Establishes and maintains systems to ensure integrity in sustainability reporting. Serves as a technical resource to individual offices across campus in the development of their own sustainability goals and plans. Serves as a sustainability liaison with external parties.



Bachelor's Degree (environmental science, business, engineering, or construction management preferred.) Three to five years experience in project management, budgeting, planning and/or policy development, and administration; plus several years experience in a Facilities operations setting or sustainability role; plus expertise in at least one aspect of sustainability (e.g. LEED, EMS.) Must be well-organized, able to handle multiple priorities simultaneously and to manage others in completing work according to a timetable. Must work well with different levels and disciplines of co-workers, as noted above. Must have outstanding communication skills and the ability to educate and motivate others without direct line authority. Expected to maintain familiarity with the evolving sustainability body of knowledge, as well as with sustainability initiatives (e.g. ACU Presidents Climate Commitment) and standards (e.g. LEED.)



Preferred Qualifications:

Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, internet research, document writing and layout, and data management. Proficiency in website design and maintenance preferred.


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Additional Information:


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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