Assistant Director, Sustainability

New York University Published: December 5, 2019
New York, NY
Job Type
Energy / Project Management / Recycling/Composting /
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~ The Office of Sustainability leads the University-wide effort to build a healthier and more sustainable future. As the nation's largest private research university located in a dynamic urban setting, NYU strives to lead sustainability at the operational and individual level. ~

  • We are committed to cutting our carbon emissions 50% from our baseline by 2025, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2040.
  • We promote academic excellence in our efforts to improve the air quality and comfort of our buildings.
  • We support sustainability teaching and learning across diverse schools.
  • We champion innovative and entrepreneurial ideas through our Green Grants program, which has granted over $1 million in funding since its inception.
  • We engage our community from peer-to-peer education in residence halls, to green event planning.

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Director, Sustainability, the Assistant Director, Sustainability role will be an integral part of a best-in-class, comprehensive sustainability program and team that oversees the strategy, content, management, and direction of various measures, projects and initiatives in support of NYU sustainability goals.
  • Areas of focus include but are not limited to carbon, energy, water, construction and renovation, waste, and transportation;
  • This position will play an instrumental part in the development and implementation of a comprehensive road map to reach NYU’s carbon goals, and have a key role in tracking NYU’s carbon inventory and progress;
  • This position will lead stakeholder efforts and communication between NYU units, departments, and schools: and
  • Will support communications and outreach strategies related to the work.


Required Education: 

  • Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Education:

  • Degree in related field (environmental science or environmental studies, engineering, sustainability, etc.).
  • Master's Degree

Required Experience:

  • 7+ years of related experience with project management and running programs.
  • Must include related experience in strategic planning that informs organizational sustainability missions and goals.

Preferred Experience:

  • Change management.
  • Project or construction management.
  • Data collection, analysis, and modeling.
  • Financial analysis and modeling.
  • Working group, task force, committee, or stakeholder group management.
  • Group leadership.
  • Green building design, construction, rating, or research. Involvement in a sustainability or environmentally related field.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Excellent written, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Outstanding devotion to detail. Demonstrated history of creative problem solving and initiative.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including collaborative leadership.
  • Change management including persuasion and building of consensus in diverse groups.
  • Strong analytical ability.
  • Ability to work both independently or collaboratively as part of a team in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.
  • Exceptionally strong organizational skills and the ability to conceive and execute large projects from inception to completion.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated leadership in forming and facilitating workstreams, committees, working groups, and stakeholder meetings.
  • Ability to write clear and cogent reports and plans.
  • Database analysis and modeling in SQL, R, or another language.
  • Knowledge of energy and carbon accounting methodology and best practices.
  • Technical knowledge of building design, construction, analysis, and building science.

Note: NYU aims to be among the greenest urban campuses in the country and carbon neutral by 2040. Learn more at

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