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Sustainability Project Manager-California Institute of Integral Studies

  • June 20, 2022 4:37 PM
    Message # 12823311

    About California Institute of Integral Studies:

    California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an internationally recognized leader in integral education. CIIS strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service of individuals, communities, and the earth. CIIS has an enrollment of over 1,600 students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic programs in its schools of Consciousness and Transformation, Professional Psychology and Health, and Undergraduate Studies. 


    CIIS is a mosaic of faces and philosophies, backgrounds, and beliefs. Like our faculty and staff, students are intellectually engaged and socially active. Each day brings new experiences that broaden horizons and hone critical thinking. Programs, both inside the classroom and throughout the campus, inspire creativity, nurture community, cultivate curiosity, and foster social good. In addition, CIIS hosts a vibrant art exhibition program and offers a dynamic array of events through its Public Programs & Performances division, including workshops, concerts, and conferences. The University provides low-cost mental health and acupuncture services to the San Francisco Bay Area through its 8 award-winning counseling and acupuncture clinics. CIIS is accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

    staff's diversity of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. In turn, our diverse and inclusive culture brings us together in ways that empower everyone to connect, belong, and grow.

    Job Description:


    The Sustainability Manager will provide leadership in fulfilling CIIS' fifth commitment to "advocate sustainability and social justice." In keeping with this commitment and with current best practices in higher education, the Sustainability Manager will partner across constituencies, divisions, and departments to develop, initiate, and coordinate a university-wide program of ecological sustainability practices and initiatives. They will also work toward centralizing and making visible--to both internal and external audiences--the research, teaching, and activism in the areas of sustainability and ecological justice that are already happening at CIIS. By demonstrating CIIS' existing commitments and leadership in these areas, the Sustainability Project Manager's work will enhance the value and appeal of a CIIS education while holding the university community accountable to its highest aspirations. 


    Supervised by the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in recognition of the interconnected nature of sustainability and social justice, this is a 0.5 FTE, flexible, hybrid position able to work on campus and remotely.


    Duties and Responsibilities 

    As this is a new position, the Sustainability Manager will be involved in co-creating its scope in response to the University's emergent needs. Duties and responsibilities may include:

    1. Systems and Operations 

    • Provide both visionary support and practical guidance toward defining, assessing, meeting, and exceeding the University's sustainability goals
    • Assess environmental impact of CIIS' physical plant and practices, working toward becoming a Certified Green Business as defined by SF Environment by meeting and exceeding specific benchmarks
    • Pursue AASHE (Association of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed) Stars Certification
    • Advise and make recommendations to Facilities & Operations staff on sustainable procurement, energy usage, and other policies, including making budget recommendations for sustainability needs beyond Year 1 
    • Help research and develop policies and procedures related to climate emergencies as they impact faculty, staff, and students


    2. Education and Training 

    • Monitor and report the university's progress in multiple measures of sustainability against the baseline assessment data collected by the CIIS Green Team
    • Working with the Office of Communications, make discoverable and visible all sustainability-related course offerings, certificate programs, research projects, and activism for prospective and current students, faculty, and staff
    • Support the CIIS student, faculty, and staff community in making sustainable choices with regard to work, school, and personal life
    • Support the creation of student Sustainability Fellowships
    • Collaborate with the CIIS library to develop resource lists around sustainability
    • Create promotional and educational materials by writing, editing, and designing content for brochures, fliers, bulletin board displays, newsletters, sustainability guides, and training materials

    3. Community and Relationship Building

    • Serve as a liaison between various campus entities to assure communication and resource coordination for sustainability programs and projects
    • Maintain an active social media presence for sustainability at CIIS
    • Collaborate with the CIIS Green Team, the Faculty Climate Chaos Committee, and other constituent groups
    • Collaborate with the Development department to pursue funding opportunities for greening initiatives 
    • Develop a strategy for building relationships and reciprocity with the indigenous stewards of the land on which CIIS is sited and investigate how CIIS can begin and maintain right relationship with these tribal communities

    4. Additional responsibilities, including the supervision of student workers, may be assigned based on operational needs



    • BA or MA in a sustainability-related field
    • 3-5 years of experience in sustainability work
    • Management and supervisory experience required 
    • Experience in the higher education setting preferred
    • Ability to build a program from the ground up and work in a self-directed manner
    • Group facilitation and listening skills
    • Deep knowledge and understanding of sustainability practices
    • Skill in designing, writing, and editing promotional materials
    • Ability to work effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse student populations and employee teams
    • Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form

    Additional Information:


    Occasional work performed alone with ability to work remotely from time-to-time. Collaboration and constant work around and with other people.



    This position requires attention to detail, good memory, ability to work under deadline pressure, sitting and standing for long periods of time, oral and written communication, keyboarding for significant portions of the workday, pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, reaching, patience, and tact to perform the essential functions.



    Wages are commensurate with skills and experience and may include a competitive benefits package.



    Working Conditions - Duties are primarily performed in an office environment at a desk or computer terminal, typically Monday through Friday.

    Background Check - Due to the sensitivity and requirements of this position, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses, or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver's license.

    Visa Sponsorship - Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

    Relocation Assistance - This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.



    CIIS strives to cultivate and preserve a culture of inclusion and belonging as part of its Seven Commitments. More than accept difference, we honor and celebrate our staff's diversity of experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community creates and maintains working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, accessible, and welcoming.


    CIIS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio- economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation, and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual, and bicultural students, faculty, and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI+). CIIS is committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status. 

    Application Instructions:

    Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Using the Apply Now link, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter online.

    If you would like to view other available positions at the California Institute of Integral Studies, please visit our Job Opportunities page

    For further inquiries, please email Anita Arcieri, Human Resources Manager at

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