Director of Sustainability

Job Locations US-MN-St. Paul
Posted Date 2 months ago(6/14/2022 1:35 PM)
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Macalester College is seeking applicants for the Director of Sustainability.   This position reports to the AVP of Facilities Services and is responsible for the creation, implementation and coordination of the sustainability program for the College.  The Sustainability Director coordinates the integration of sustainability concepts with real-world implementation throughout the Macalester community while using the campus as a proving ground for ideas and concepts.  Resources and efforts are focused under the guiding principle that the most sustainable action is to not consume the resource in the first place.


About The Office of Sustainability:

Since 2008, the Sustainability Office has been the central coordinator of sustainability projects at Macalester. The foundations of sustainability are strong and visible here. We have a record of environmental stewardship, curricular innovation around sustainability, and deep student engagement around environmental and social justice themes. We also have many committed faculty and staff, and a strong civic engagement office that—through community connections in classes, research, off-campus work study, and co-curricular activities (internships, volunteer work, etc.)—creates new connections for sustainability learning in and with the community.


Vision: To create a healthy sustainable and environmentally just urban community now and richer possibilities for generations to come.

 Mission: To be a catalyst, convener, and champion of urban sustainability and environmental justice ideas and actions across and beyond campus.


  • Coordinates the reporting of key internal and external metrics; including the development of an annual energy/utility report for the campus each year. Partners with Institutional Research, Facilities Services, Energy Management and other areas of the College to ensure that necessary data is gathered and shared regarding progress towards stated sustainability goals.
  • Highlights, promotes, and integrates the natural connections between the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability and the College’s mission.
  • Works closely with the faculty as an internal consultant to increase the depth and breadth of sustainability in the curriculum. Facilitates student projects where course credit may be earned.
  • Develops programs and focuses efforts and available resources on making meaningful and measurable progress in creating a more sustainably responsible campus. Some areas of focus include: utility consumption, stormwater management, food waste, responsible food sourcing, waste management, recycling & composting, commuting and travel programs, etc.
  • Promotes sustainability on campus through training, education, program engagement activities and active marketing of programs
  • Supervises a part-time Program Coordinator and recruits and supervises student sustainability workers.
  • Administers the program budget.
  • Leads and energizes individuals and departments around shared sustainability objectives while promoting a culture of collaboration among academic and non-academic stakeholders that span the breadth of the college community.
  • Leverages existing networks in Macalester’s urban location to cultivate connections with Twin Cities organizations and communicates Macalester’s commitment to sustainability with constituencies beyond the College.
  • Serves as a trusted campus resource on all matters related to sustainability.
  • Engages in and promotes Macalester’s culture of diversity and inclusion, encompassing individuals of any heritage, identity, status or orientation.


  • Experience with and/or a demonstrated commitment to environmental justice
  • Ability to build respectful working relationships and strong collaborations across departmental/disciplinary lines.
  • Has experience working in a corporate or governmental position doing sustainability work and leading projects.
  • Has significant education or work-related experience in environmental science, ecology, sustainability, energy management, or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and work with data.  An important element of the work is documenting results and interpreting data. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to identify and cultivate opportunities that energize sustainability-related activities for a diverse organization.


Physical Requirements: 

This position sits in a building that requires the ability to climb stairs and lift up to 10 lbs. 


Compensation & Benefits: 

The total compensation package for this position offers Macalester’s Benefits Package and an annual salary of $78,000-$92,000. 


Application Guidelines: 

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume in one combined pdf via Macalester Job Opportunities page. Priority will be given to applicants who apply by June 27th and the position will be posted until filled. 

All inquiries regarding this position can be directed to: 

Jaclyn Howard 

Talent Acquisition Manager


Macalester College - Institutional Overview

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,100 students who come from virtually every state and 91 countries. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college known for its high standards of scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.

Macalester employees enjoy a fantastic benefits package and working environment that is second to none. Please visit for more information about benefits at Macalester College.

Our Commitment to Safety in response to COVID-19:
For the safety of our community, Macalester requires all employees to have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Should a newly hired employee be unable to receive the vaccination for either medical or religious reasons we offer accommodations and assistance.


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