Harvard University

  1. At Harvard, we believe universities have a special role and responsibility to confront the global challenges of climate change and sustainability.

Our students, faculty and staff are taking action through research that occurs across disciplines and throughout the world; through teaching and learning, by providing our students with the tools to confront this issue for generations to come; and on our campus, by modeling an institutional pathway to a healthier, low-carbon community.

The Office for Sustainability partners with Schools and departments across the University to set and achieve goals for a more sustainable campus, and provides tools and resources that help fuel discovery and action.

Harvard’s five-year Sustainability Plan, adopted in 2014, is the University’s roadmap for building and operating a healthier, more sustainable campus.

Harvard University Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Apr 17, 2018
Full time
Duties & Responsibilities Reporting to the Associate Director of the Office for Sustainability (OFS) and the Assistant Director of HBS Sustainability & Energy Management, the HBS Sustainability Manager is an integral member of the HBS and OFS teams.  The position will be responsible for initiating, implementing, and continually improving cutting-edge sustainability programs at HBS in coordination with senior leadership and faculty members, particularly members of the BEI (Business & Environment Initiative), which was founded in 2010 to serve as a hub for environmentally focused research, teaching, and discourse.   The Manager will work with members of the HBS and University community to drive creation and implementation of initiatives and programs at HBS.    1. Develop and manage sustainability initiatives, programs, and activities Assist the HBS strategic planning team with long-term goal planning Identify annual objectives and develop program work-plans in partnership with the HBS Sustainability & Energy Management team and Facilities teams Actively support and leverage the ideas and energy of students and staff Envision, develop, implement and drive project plans from conception through implementation to achieve the goals, standards, and commitments as detailed in the University-wide Sustainability Plan on the HBS campus in addition to the HBS Sustainability Framework in collaboration with key stakeholders Plan and execute HBS campus-wide events Present to senior leaders and key stakeholders  2. Cultivate consensus through development and management of new and existing partnerships to institutionalize sustainability into HBS culture Identify and develop opportunities with faculty and students to use the campus as a “living laboratory” for testing and piloting research Leverage University faculty’s research and teaching to propel HU/HBS Sustainability Plan goals, standards and commitments on the HBS campus Foster relationships with departments across the university to further shared sustainability initiatives, especially GBS (Green Building Services) Staff and advise any sustainability related governance groups such as ESPN Negotiate and problem solve with external vendors and other external constituent relationships Manage the activities/events of the Green Team, SSAs (Student Sustainability Associates)--formerly the Green Living Program, the Executive Education Sustainability Program, the joint Operations and Restaurant Associates team and the formalized partnership with the Business and Environment Initiative (BEI)  3. Drive change management to contribute to the implementation of policies and standards that align with HBS strategic priorities Research best practices in sustainable development and corporate responsibility Conduct benchmarking and analysis of peer institutions and organizations Provides others with advanced content and subject matter expertise in the sustainability arena Set up mechanisms for cross fertilization of ideas Create new tools, resources and campaigns Establish a system for providing regular feedback and reporting through data tracking and analysis. Assess, analyze and evaluate various programs, campaigns and resources   4. Perform management and administrative duties to fulfill responsibilities Support the “One Harvard” mission by partnering with and leveraging HPAC and HBS communications channels to produce website content and engage the community through marketing and outreach materials. Manage project budget including forecasting expenses Hire, train and manage student interns/fellows, if needed Advise senior management on key administrative issues  5. Perform other duties and work on special projects as needed Basic Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree Minimum 5-7 years of experience in successful project plan development, management & implementation and progressive University administration management Additional Qualifications Master’s Degree preferred Demonstrated working knowledge of sustainability industry trends Excellent relationship building, interpersonal, communication, writing, and presentation skills   Proven ability to think critically, solve problems and conduct research and analysis Proven ability to work independently and as part of a larger team Possess creativity, enthusiasm, high energy and adaptability to initiate new creative ideas and deliver results in constantly changing environment Demonstrated supervisory experience Knowledge of higher education/universities preferred Experience working in higher education/universities and with faculty and students preferred Requires some work outside of normal business hours (including but not limited to faculty and student meetings and events)  Technology Skills Required:   Proficiency in MS Office suite. An ability to learn Harvard systems and web software quickly is a requirement.  Proficiency in Photoshop or other design software is a plus. Additional Information             About the Harvard Office for Sustainability and Harvard Business School   Harvard University has a decades-long commitment to confronting the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development through its research, teaching, and institutional action.   The Office for Sustainability (OFS) plays a pivotal role in bringing together students, faculty, and staff to use the campus as a living laboratory for piloting and proving solutions that enhance intergenerational well-being and lead to a fossil fuel-free future.   Our efforts are driven by a University-wide Sustainability Plan   and ambitious climate goals to be fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026.    This is an exciting opportunity to join our team of passionate, dedicated, high-energy sustainability professionals working to change policies and behaviors at Harvard and beyond. The Office for Sustainability is a fast pasted, dynamic, quickly changing and growing organization and we look for talented, passionate individuals who thrive in this environment.   Visit the Sustainability at Harvard website,  http://www.green.harvard.edu  for more information.
Harvard University Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Apr 17, 2018
Full time
Duties & Responsibilities Position Summary: The Harvard Green Building Services program provides sustainable building consulting services to the Harvard community, including existing facility owners, capital project teams, and other units.  Consulting services encompass a range of offerings to ensure cost effective green buildings that provide improved indoor environments for occupants and reduce harmful effects on the natural environment.  These services include owner’s sustainability representation, sustainability peer review, project management of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process, commissioning, energy auditing, ECM implementation support, green building knowledge management, and green building education and training.  This position is responsible for facilitating green building design, construction and operations projects, such as LEED certification administration, building commissioning, energy auditing, energy conservation measure project management, and other general sustainable building consulting services.     Duties and Responsibilities: Report directly to the Associate Director, Green Building Services; Lead green building projects, including LEED certification management for capital projects and existing buildings, building commissioning, ASHRAE Level II energy audits, measurement and verification, and other general sustainable building consulting projects; Provide high-quality sustainable building consulting deliverables to Harvard schools and units, including life cycle cost calculations, technical review comments, energy conservation measures, energy audit reports, commissioning reports, energy calculations, etc.; Act as a primary client contact for select green building projects and ensure high-quality services are delivered in a timely and responsive manner; Attend school/unit meetings to ensure thoroughness and accountability in delivering sustainable design, construction, and operations projects; Review mechanical, electrical, and plumbing drawings and specifications, and coordinate with other Campus Services departments to recommend opportunities for increased efficiency and reduced environmental impact; Proactively communicate project status updates and progress to GBS management team and others; Assist in implementation the Harvard Green Building Standards by supporting schools/units and reviewing documents and deliverables to ensure projects are achieving compliance; Create, or support the creation of, green building educational materials and organize and deliver training and best practice sharing events; Research emerging technologies and standards as needed; Participate as an active member of the overall GBS team, generally contributing to the well-being of the organization, including supporting other Campus Services efforts; Proactively study sustainability and technical materials to assist in performing job; Lead special projects (short and long-range), initiatives, and tasks as assigned  Basic Qualifications A related undergraduate and/or graduate degree, such as mechanical or electrical engineering, architecture, and/or construction management or at least 5 years’ direct experience in one of the above fields.   Demonstrated professional experience with building mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, Ability to complete advanced energy savings calculations; Technology Skills Required:  Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Project, Visio, Access, and PowerPoint, and the ability to learn software such as Revit, eQUEST, Energy Plus, Photoshop, AutoCAD, and others.  Additional Qualifications   Advanced degree preferred; Be a proactive, self-starter with a passion for green building; Excellent team skills, able to understand and synthesize   the thoughts of others, able to work in   a fast-paced, continually adapting work environment,experience with computer   based work, and a very fast learner; Demonstrated attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple priorities; Demonstrated analytical experience; Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the capacity for developing and maintaining strong client relationships across a highly decentralized university management structure; Demonstrated willingness and ability to learn new technical skills quickly and efficiently Familiarity with the LEED rating systems, IPMVP, ANSI WSIP, ASHRAE Commercial Building Energy Audits, ASHRAE Guideline 0, ASHRAE 90.1, ASHRAE 62.1, ASHRAE 55, and related green building related standards and guidelines; Designation of AEE Certified Energy Auditor or Certified Energy Auditor in Training; Designation of LEED Accredited Professional; Professional   experience/working knowledge of construction administration, specification writing, and construction documents and drawings; Previous experience creating or reviewing building energy models; Previous experience managing the LEED certification administration process for a project; Previous experience acting as a sustainable design consultant for a range of building types; Familiarity with the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system Professional experience with high performance buildings and a broad range of sustainable technologies. 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Harvard University Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Apr 16, 2018
Duties & Responsibilities Engage with the student population Continually engage undergraduate population to understand their priorities & their baseline knowledge of sustainability.  Act as a resource for students. Oversee and mentor ~ 20 undergraduate student employees (REP)   by providing guidance and feedback to students with a focus on student leadership development including interviewing & hiring. Manage the work load and accountability for the student employees (REP) including self-directed experiential learning experiences designed to integrate sustainability into operational procedures and mitigate the impacts of climate change and enhance human health. Manage the undergraduate think tank, Green#, which consists of guiding volunteer students toward larger projects of their choosing, many of which have been scalable and impacted the entire campus. Design and run comprehensive orientation programming including coordinating and implementing program logistics to engage freshmen including but not limited to Proctor presentation, Move-In Day, Freshman Green Fair, Welcome Back event booth, Activities Fair, etc. Advise on broad university-wide efforts to engage students, i.e. Campus Sustainability Innovation Fund (CSIF), student grants and capital projects.   Design Student Engagement Campaigns Design projects, campaigns, competitions to measure and elucidate the resource consumption of our campus (for instance, measure heating flows in dorms, and the electricity consumption of the Houses.) Interpret and present the data in actionable ways using data theory. Support OPRP and FAS Green Program colleagues to help identify metrics/KPIs to measure progress as well technical innovations for a range of sustainability initiatives related to building operations.  Design, oversee and coordinate outreach and educational campaigns for the REP Program, specifically focused on the goals, standards and commitments articulated in the University-wide Sustainability Plan and aligned with institutional change related to sustainability, and with an eye towards implementation in the freshmen dormitories, upperclassmen Houses, and GSAS residence halls. Envision, develop or re-imagine new large “flagship” projects designed to engage, coalesce and magnify the undergraduates’ voice to senior FAS administration in order to advocate for institutional change (i.e. create an electricity reduction competition across the Houses and leverage the students’ competitive spirit to drive the administration to explore physical changes and programmatic changes to the buildings). Stakeholder Engagement Based upon students’ priorities, work with FAS senior leadership to identify opportunities for integration of sustainability into operational procedures in residences   to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Assist House Building Managers with implementing Energy Conservation Measures and meeting the expectations of Harvard’s sustainability goals, standards and commitments. Build strategic partnerships and collaborate with key groups   to implement sustainability programming through partnerships with offices across the campusto better understand undergraduates’ priorities and identify synergies among our work. Manage the REP Steering Committee comprised of senior facility leaders throughout the University, as well as any additional advisory committees.  Liaise between the building occupants in the FAS/GSAS residential dorms and the teams at FAS OPRP & the FAS Green Program. Advise OFS & GBS (Green Building Services) on student outreach for green building renovations, and major annual events related to sustainability. Solicit support from the Office for Sustainability (OFS) CORE team on initiatives with university-wide potential or for projects that involve academic/faculty engagement. Support staff engagement through FAS-wide events, e.g. bi-annual Freecycles, monthly TED Talk screenings. Basic qualifications: Undergraduate degree required 1-2 years of direct experience in campus sustainability, institutional change, and/or facility energy reduction strategies Technology Skills Required: Experience with all Microsoft Office applications is necessary; basic graphic design and data analysis skills are highly desirable Additional   qualifications: Graduate degree preferred Experience collecting, analyzing and presenting data to understand and drive decision making Experience working with and mentoring college age students preferred Demonstrated commitment to sustainability Excellent and proven communication, team work and relationship building skills Demonstrated ability to envision feasible new projects, inspire others, and effect behavioral change amongst a large, diverse population Must be able to initiate and implement projects with teams and often without immediate oversight Project management skills preferred Must be able to work effectively in a dynamic and rapidly changing organizational setting Requires flexibility to adjust schedule to work outside normal business hours including but not limited to early morning hours, evening hours and weekends to accommodate student meetings and events.  Additional Information Duties & Responsibilities continued... Communicate progress and success Integrate data into campaigns and messaging to inform decision making by administration. Write case studies, web stories and program updates monthly. Share information developed centrally by OFS around broader sustainability issues. Understand social media and integrate it into campaigns and programming to drive engagement. Oversee the creation of engagement materials such as handouts and signage for REP campaigns. Gather and maintain data and prepare and present bi-annual program reports.   Perform management and administrative duties necessary to manage the program Monitors the program budget and expenditures, which includes managing day-to-day expenses, projecting/forecasting future financial needs and processing weekly student payroll to stay within budget. Interview and hire ~ 25 undergraduates (REP Program). Work on other projects as assigned. About the Harvard Office for Sustainability and FAS (Faculty of Arts & Sciences) Green Program Harvard University has a decades-long commitment to confronting the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development through its research, teaching, and institutional action.   The Office for Sustainability (OFS) plays a pivotal role in bringing together students, faculty, and staff to use the campus as a living laboratory for piloting and proving solutions that enhance intergenerational well-being and lead to a fossil fuel-free future.   Our efforts are driven by a University-wide Sustainability Plan   and ambitious climate goals to be fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026.    This is an exciting opportunity to join our team of passionate, dedicated, high-energy sustainability professionals working to change policies and behaviors at Harvard and beyond. The Office for Sustainability is a fast pasted, dynamic, quickly changing and growing organization and we look for talented, passionate individuals who thrive in this environment.   Visit the Sustainability at Harvard website,  http://www.green.harvard.edu  for more information.