Director of Energy and Sustainability (504174)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description


Position Summary

The Energy & Sustainability department celebrates diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We understand representation is essential to our success, which is why we strive to recruit and retain highly-skilled, compassionate leaders. By prioritizing listening and learning, engaging in critical conversations, and thoughtfully considering the needs of our different populations, we are creating a culture of belonging. We aim to offer opportunities for advancement and foster an inclusive environment so all are valued and empowered to thrive.

The Energy and Sustainability (E&S) department manages the campus energy, water conservation, waste diversion and recycling, climate action planning, and sustainability educational outreach and behavioral change initiatives. The E&S department is responsible for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, waste diversion/zero waste, green building and sustainability program management and project planning, and assists in campus energy and utility planning.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Business and Financial Affairs, the Director of Energy & Sustainability is the campus leader, responsible for the overall management, implementation and development of a comprehensive energy and sustainability program to minimize SDSU's environmental impact, support new initiatives for sustainable development, and foster a culture of sustainability among students, faculty, and staff. The Director will promote sustainability program integration and collaboration with SDSU's academic, research, student, and alumni programs, and realize meaningful operational cost savings and return on investment through resource efficiency programs. The Director manages and executes resource reduction and sustainability projects across the campus, working to establish SDSU as a sustainability leader within the CSU, and at the local, state, and national levels. The Director is responsible for leadership, policy development, and management necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a comprehensive sustainability program, including green building, energy efficiency, water conservation, carbon neutrality, zero waste, sustainable business planning, fundraising, marketing, communications, civic engagement, and community outreach. The Director evaluates campus policies, practices, and procedures needed to meet the goals and objectives of the campus climate action plan, environmental justice, and sustainability goals, as well as ensure compliance with CSU and regulatory reporting requirements. The incumbent serves as the campus's primary point of contact for CSU systemwide energy and sustainability programs.

For more information regarding Energy and Sustainability at SDSU, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Candidate Qualifications

San Diego State University is seeking a dynamic, results-driven leader with extensive energy and sustainability management experience. The ideal candidate is engaged in business operations and possesses strong analytical and communication skills to work collaboratively and effectively across the campus community. They actively provide effective leadership, guidance, and support to managers and staff in a variety of trades and professional disciplines. They are approachable and they listen to others, are adaptable to different communication styles, and are creative, persuasive, and solution-oriented. They possess strong ethical standards and are committed to building on San Diego State University's excellence.

We are seeking an experienced leader that will possess:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Engineering Management/Technology, Environmental Science or related technical field or 10 years of experience in related field
  • Five years of experience working in the field of energy and sustainability, including experience in energy management, building energy efficiency and energy generation/storage project implementation and cost benefit analysis; Green House Gas emissions analysis and climate action planning; waste diversion; water conservation; alternative transportation; sustainability program development and management; behavior change and social justice initiatives

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in engineering, energy management, environmental science, or closely related field
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Certified Energy Manager or related credential
  • LEED accreditation
  • Demonstrated experience and success in grant writing
  • Experience in a higher education setting

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:
  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all students, faculty, and staff in order to access campus. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university's secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to complete regular COVID-19 testing.

San Diego State University

Now in its 124 th year, San Diego State University is a place of knowledge, experience, and impact and takes pride in more than a century of achievement in education, research, and service. It is one of the oldest institutions in California, with 400,000+ living alumni and many more friends in the community who have a stake in its future. SDSU is expanding its global impact, unifying the university through a common mission and identity. Under a single name, the multi-campus university includes the San Diego campus, SDSU Imperial Valley, SDSU Global Campus, a future SDSU Mission Valley location, regional microsites, and other programs around the globe and online. The university provides students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct interaction with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares culturally-competent global citizens, compassionate leaders, and ethical innovators who will transform the world.

SDSU strives for equity and inclusion in everything it does, building on the human and intellectual diversity of students, faculty, and staff as a source of innovation and strength. SDSU is ranked 35 nationwide for ethnic diversity, and roughly 54% of the university's undergraduates and graduates are students from historically marginalized populations. SDSU is the No. 1 LGBTQ+-friendly campus in California, and No. 8 nationally, according to Campus Pride and BestColleges. Further, the university is consistently ranked as a top school for veterans and serves more than 4,000 military-connected students . Most critically, the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion translate to results: Continuation and degree completion rates have increased over the last decade, and equity gaps have begun to close effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Join SDSU and make a difference through meaningful work that contributes to knowledge and provides rich opportunities for students.

The City of San Diego
The second largest city in California, San Diego is a thriving cultural, scientific, and educational center. Bordering the Pacific Rim and Mexico, San Diego is recognized globally as a dynamic international hub. San Diego's geographic location and diverse regional population create plenty of opportunities for working and learning. Known for its near-perfect climate, miles of sandy beaches, and fun-filled waterfront activities, our region is home to a wide range of industries, from manufacturing, electronics, and bio-technology to agriculture, research, and tourism. From the hustle and bustle of the Gaslamp Quarter downtown to the charming and eclectic beach towns of Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, and La Jolla, San Diego offers a wide variety of social and cultural activities. With all the amenities for living, working, and playing, it's no wonder San Diego is nicknamed "America's Finest City!" Learn more at

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on September 20, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by September 19, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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