As a member of the university’s core climate action, sustainability, and energy team, the primary role of the Director of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Energy is to work collaboratively with the Virginia Tech community to conceive, develop, implement, maintain, and measure short and long-term frameworks highlighted in Beyond Boundaries 2047: The Campus Plan, the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment, and Virginia Tech Design and Construction Standards by:
• Leading and coordinating activities of the climate action, sustainability, and energy team and outside consultants with a high level of professional acumen and technical expertise in support of university-wide success by directing, monitoring, and evaluating these professional activities.
• Managing campus-wide programs, leveraging the campus as a learning laboratory for students (Energy Action Plan, Green RFP, Green Office Certification, Green Tailgate, Green Grad, Sustainability Week, Earth Week, and other strategic sustainability initiatives).
• Overseeing a campus-wide internship program, fostering partnerships in both the division and the academy.
• Maintaining a university-wide public presence to nurture communication, outreach, and engagement while expanding the network of sustainability support on campus.
• Conceiving, developing, and implementing new programs that expand and strengthen assigned responsibilities.
• Coordinating strategic planning efforts for the assigned function.
• Seeking grant-funding opportunities for the university and preparing and submitting these grants.
• Documenting, measuring, and reporting on campus climate action, sustainability, and energy initiatives.
• Maintaining a deep level of knowledge, technical expertise, and understanding of campus climate action, sustainability, and energy programming – in order to support best practices in design and operations.
• Professionally guiding and partnering with Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities team members in project delivery, providing associated oversight and analysis for scopes ranging from large scale multiyear multimillion-dollar campus and infrastructure systems, new capital construction projects, existing building evaluations, and other smaller scale construction and renovation projects.
• Championing the delivery of long-term sustainable building environments, systems, and initiatives – focusing on (but not necessarily limited to) - energy efficiencies, building automation, utility optimization, and distribution system best practices, renewals, occupant health and wellness and campus sustainability excellence.
• Evaluating energy use and designing energy programs that increase efficiency and reduce energy-related costs.
The incumbent will interact routinely with a wide variety of university faculty and staff, as well as external constituents. The incumbent will make decisions independently and work autonomously in developing and implementing new programs with a strategic intent to advance the university’s sustainability commitment. The incumbent must be detail, action, solution, and results oriented and dedicated to the mission of the university’s sustainability program.
This position will report directly to the Assistant Vice President for Infrastructure and Chief Sustainability Officer and will represent the university in scheduled events on and off campus. The position will lead a team of nearly 20 full-time professionals in the areas of energy management; sustainability; instrumentation controls, and metering; and utility optimization. The position will require evening and/or weekend responsibilities during peak times.