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Senior Sustainability Program Lead

Apply now Job no: 535234
Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time


Job Summary

Reporting to the Senior Director of Energy, Utilities & Sustainability, and working closely with the FD&O leadership team and campus colleagues, the Senior Sustainability Program Lead oversees the collection, organization, analysis, and reporting of sustainability data. They also play a pivotal role in championing efforts to bridge the gap between campus sustainability goals and the integration of sustainable practices across all divisions and departments.

The Energy, Utilities and Sustainability unit of Facilities Development & Operations provides services to the University campus spread across multiple sites comprised of +150 acres, 81 buildings, and more than six million gross square feet. Primary responsibilities of this unit are associated with operation of the Main Campus and its central energy plant and utility infrastructure. The Main Campus utility infrastructure consists of a 5.5MW natural gas fired co-generation plant with large capacity chillers, thermal energy storage system, auxiliary boilers, high voltage substation and medium voltage switchgear and electrical distribution infrastructure at 33 building substations. Utilities infrastructure also includes steam, condensate and distributed chilled water pumping systems, up to and including the interface to the connections in the campus buildings. Additionally, the unit is responsible for the fire/life safety and security systems for the Main Campus and all other off campus sites. The Energy, Utilities & Sustainability unit employs approximately 18 full time permanent staff.


Key Responsibilities

  • Generates, collects, reviews, and analyzes periodic quantitative and qualitative sustainability data and for reports to demonstrate progress toward sustainability policy, regulations, laws and contracts
  • Acts in the capacity of a peer reviewer program in AASHE STARS and participates in AASHE STARS planning and execution
  • Monitors and evaluates developing public policy and/or ratings systems for applicability SJSU and its unique urban sustainability context
  •  Serve as Sustainability Lead for SJSU to internal, Chancellor’s Office and external audiences
  • Organize and integrate sustainability efforts among FD&O, auxiliaries, academic programs and research & innovation to strengthen SJSU’s sustainability brand among its peer institutions
  • Responsible for outreach and training to promote sustainability at SJSU and community
  • Develops and maintains a sustainability assessment including production of reports and charts/graphs to assist others in determining priorities
  • Responsible for STARS certification in alignment with CSU sustainability policy
  • Work with faculty to increase the number of sustainability focused degree programs
  • Identify and communicate how SJSU curriculum fulfills sustainability as defined by United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Promote sustainable building practices for all future and current building projects
  • Work with design and construction teams to achieve LEED Gold certification for all new buildings


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of sustainability topics, data gathering, tracking and reporting practices, including pertinent laws and regulations
  • Expertise in the analysis of sustainability metrics and performance data including but not limited to UN Sustainable Development Goals, AASHE STARS and LEED sustainability criteria
  • Ability to interpret and evaluate results to develop sound conclusions and recommend new or revised procedures/practices
  •  Ability to understand and analyze complex problems from a future-oriented and broad interactive perspective and readily develop proactive solutions that integrate strategic goals into tactical operations
  •  Fluent in the use of standard computer and web-based applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite and the Google Suite with demonstrated understanding and skill in the use of energy management control systems and energy modeling programs to verify utility performance based on trend data
  • Ability to demonstrate, through personal example, a caring, collaborative and open culture and environment which values the individual, teamwork, ethical conduct, exemplary customer service and quality results
  • Ability to implement a customer (constituent) service approach, with a commitment to high ethical standards and to present work to a wide variety of audiences


Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training
  • Six years of administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs



A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Prefer professional certification in sustainability or energy management
  • Four years progressively responsible experience in sustainability, business or engineering disciplines
  • Six years progressively responsible professional work experience associated with sustainability and/or environmental/community planning and analysis with demonstrated progression in career growth based on complexity of assignments and scope of responsibility
  • Experience managing complex datasets and providing highly analytical reports and action plans based on such information
  • Experience developing processes, procedures, and guidelines to organize, implement, and administer complex programs, projects, and initiatives



Classification: Administrative Analyst/Specialist - Exempt III
Anticipated Hiring Range: $7,977/month - $8,817/month
CSU Salary Range: $6,638/month - $12,899/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.



Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: June 5, 2024 through June 20, 2024. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.



Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at



Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Apr 11, 2023