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Job Code: 1909
Job Level: 16
Revised Date: 10/01/2022
Job Family: JF 28

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Occupational Summary

The Director leads operational sustainability planning and initiatives while working with other University units to integrate sustainability into strategic and annual workplans. From an administrative position, the Director manages professional staff and occasionally student interns, and oversees fiscal operations of Sustainable Duke.

Work Performed

Plan, organize, direct, and oversee the work of Sustainable Duke.

Serve as primary supervisor for Sustainable Duke staff; resolve personnel and workforce concerns; provide regular feedback and evaluation of performance; work with staff to identify professional development opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge.

Prepare comprehensive analyses and recommendations for administrative and executive decision-making and leadership.

Oversee preparation and monitor the departmental budget; monitor and approve expenditures; implement and monitor book keeping and fiscal procedures for the Office; and identify resources and funding sources as needed.

Direct contracts and consultants related to campus sustainability efforts.

Lead institutional planning of sustainability-related goals and policy, in collaboration with colleagues across Duke, that relate to all operational facets of the University including Duke's Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Strategic Plan; participate in planning, development, design, and evaluation of program activities.

Assess and deliver programmatic needs and services in accordance with goals and objectives; as well as monitor program's compliance with University policies and procedures.

Partner with departments across campus on the integration of sustainability principles into all facets of operations and culture.

Oversee development and definition of performance metrics to evaluate and monitor progress and effectiveness of Sustainable Duke programming and campus sustainability efforts.

Facilitate and manage the work of the Campus Sustainability Committee and its topically focused subcommittees.

Oversee building of authentic collaborative partnerships with campus cultural centers, affinity groups, and student organizations to integrate environmental justice in sustainability activities and to support shared values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Develop reports and presentations on Duke's strategic climate action planning process to key stakeholders including Board of Trustees, senior administrative staff, student/faculty governmental bodies, and the public.

Oversee development of annual campus sustainability indicators report, analyzing past successes, current efforts, and future focus areas for reducing environmental, social and economic impacts.

Support timely updates to the Board of Trustees on Duke's sustainability initiatives and progress towards institutional goals.

In collaboration with the Executive Director and other Sust. Duke colleagues, represent Duke's sustainability efforts to the University and the public.

Maintain relationships with campus departments, programs, organizations groups as well as professional associations and colleagues at other institutions to achieve sustainability objectives.

Collaborate with regional and national sustainability peer groups in higher education such as Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium and Southeast Sustainability Network.

Present at professional meetings and conferences.

Oversee and direct Campus as Lab efforts to integrate the campus and community as teaching tools for curricular and co-curricular programs.

Collaborate, partner, and co-teach with key faculty to connect operational sustainability initiatives to the campus pedagogical efforts.

Encourage and facilitate sustainability programs initiated by students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Assist with student research projects.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Bachelor's degree in related fields required.


Requires seven years direct sustainability experience or demonstrated experience with new program development.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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