Director of Sustainability, Finger Lakes Institute

Geneva, NY

Organization: Finger Lakes Institute of Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Contact: All position inquiries may be directed to Tarah Rowse at 315-781-4527.


  • Coordinate, support, and expand opportunities for the academic community to integrate sustainability into courses, research, internships, and projects.
  • Research, propose, and support the adoption of new campus sustainability mechanisms.
  • Lead the Climate Task Force, in partnership with the co-chairs, to develop, implement, and track programs aimed at meeting climate obligations under the Climate Leadership Network’s Carbon Commitment and HWS’s 2025 climate neutrality goal.
  • Complete an updated Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Inventory to support energy and climate action planning.
  • Create and implement internal and external communication strategies to promote broad awareness of campus sustainability initiatives by working effectively with Office of Communications and students.
  • Collect and analyze sustainability data for reporting and decision-making purposes.
  • Work with HWS colleagues to identify, seek, and secure external grant funding.
  • Serve as sustainability liaison for HWS with other institutions, businesses, local governments, foundations, and community organizations.

Desired qualifications: Master’s degree in a relevant field or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 3 years of experience in sustainability planning and management. Strong interpersonal, professional, communication, and collaboration skills. Demonstrated analytical, problem solving, organizational, and leadership abilities.

Start and end dates: May 22, 2017.

Link to more information: See the complete description.

How to apply: Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and the names with contact information of at least three (3) professional references to our application service Interfolio.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.