Director of Sustainability

190572 Requisition #

Creighton is a Catholic and Jesuit comprehensive University located in Omaha, Nebraska and is committed to excellence in its undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. As comprehensive, Creighton’s education embraces nine colleges and professional schools and is directed to the intellectual, social, spiritual, physical, service-mindedness, and recreational aspects of students’ lives and to the promotion of justice. 

The Sustainability Director is a full-time staff position at Creighton University to seek opportunities to advance sustainability for Creighton University on the Omaha and Phoenix campuses, Creighton’s affiliated center in the Dominican Republic, as well as in the greater Omaha community. This position augments ongoing campus-wide climate protection efforts in academics, research, facilities, student services, and community service (among others) to significantly propel Creighton's actions and commitments forward.


The successful candidate will be an inclusive a leader who can organize and coordinate disparate campus efforts, advocate for change toward environmental justice and sustainable conditions, and communicate meaningfully with different audiences (e.g., facilities and residence life staff, administrators, faculty, and students) consistent with the University's Catholic-Jesuit mission. Researching and inspiring new efforts, the Sustainability Director will be a positive proponent of change to enhance Creighton’s sustainability efforts and reputation. The Sustainability Director will coordinate the Sustainability Governance Council and report to the Vice Provost for Global Engagement.

The Sustainability Director will work closely with sustainability staff and existing networks of faculty, staff, and students in related academic programs, clubs, councils and committees. The Director will be a resource for Admissions and Marketing in recruiting and messaging efforts. She or he will supervise work study students, student interns, and any additional staff as the program grows. She or he will encourage and develop others to take leadership roles within their own areas, and build support and consensus among diverse groups, using both indirect and direct influence. In short, the person who fulfills this role will provide leadership and oversight on all aspects of campus sustainability.


Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. Education and experience should combine a strong set of interrelated expertise in areas including, but not limited to, sustainability, environmental science, and/or engineering. Project and/or team management experience (minimum three years) required. Demonstration of successful project funding and grant-writing are desired. 


As part of a Catholic, Jesuit university, the Sustainability Director should embrace, respond to, and embody Creighton University’s mission and, as articulated in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, actively demonstrate a commitment to care for our common home and call for response to the social justice implications of the critical environmental problems we face as a planet. 


The Sustainability Director will:

  • Coordinate the revision of Creighton University’s Climate Action Plan to set targets and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral;
  • Manage internal efforts toward more sustainable practices with different offices and organizations to reduce waste, lead composting efforts, and engage in campus planning;
  • Provide leadership in organizing events involving students, faculty, and staff to promote university-wide sustainability practices and an environmentally-mindful culture, to inform the community of our progress, to identify future challenges, and to motivate others to be actively involved in sustainability efforts;
  • Represent Creighton’s voice in the community on sustainability issues, both managing opportunities and initiating relationships.
  • Assist units in setting targets, evaluate progress, measure cost savings, and communicate those findings internally, to our local and regional communities, and through American Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) outlets.
  • Collect data for and complete sustainability assessments such as the AASHE, STARS (including greenhouse gas emissions), Energy Star and similar; oversee collection and analysis of data on Creighton’s energy use, material flows, transportation strategies, and purchasing policies from across campus as a part of the implementation process for the development of sustainability projects on campus.
  • Promote LEED and/or other sustainability standards whenever possible on new construction and renovation projects and support the development and reporting of building performance; 
  • Coordinate a campus environmental and sustainability assessment on a periodic basis, compiling information and preparing a formal report; 
  • Attend computer software training sessions to maintain knowledge of computer applications related to environmental sustainability programs. 
Physical Requirements:
 Seeing: 75 – 100%
 Hearing: 75 – 100%

 Standing/Climbing/Mobility: 0 – 24%

 Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: 0 – 24 % (pound: 10 lbs.)

 Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: 75 – 100%

 Travel: No

 Exposure to Blood Borne pathogens: No

AAP/EEO Statement:

 Creighton University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory educational and employment environment. The University admits qualified students, hires qualified employees and accepts patients for treatment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other status protected by law. Its education and employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs and activities, are administered without unlawful discrimination.


Disclosure Statement: 

This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required.  Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. A complete description is available in the Human Resource office located at 3006 Webster Street Omaha, NE.  Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.



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