Director of Sustainability
Finger Lakes Institute
Division of the Provost and Dean of Faculty


The Director of Sustainability is a visionary leader and organizational strategist for sustainability activities at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. This individual works collaboratively with all campus stakeholders to plan, develop, and implement projects, encouraging the optimal use of all societal capitals - natural, built, financial, social, and human. The Director of Sustainability oversees a comprehensive, campus-wide sustainability initiative by coordinating planning, academia, operations, research, community development, and student activities to foster a culture of sustainability on campus. This position reports to the Director of the Finger Lakes Institute.


  • Direct planning and programming to improve the sustainability of campus operations across the spectrum of energy, waste, water, food, transportation, buildings, purchasing, grounds, etc.
  • Manage and facilitate a strategic planning process that establishes a clear plan, with short and long-term goals, for the administration and governance of all aspects of sustainability at HWS.
  • 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.
  • Represent HWS sustainability efforts through conferences, committees, and related networks outside the Colleges.
  • Strengthen HWS's organizational capacity to advance campus and community sustainability through relationship-building and structural advancements.
  • Manage all Office of Sustainability staff and interns, as needed.


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


This is a full-time, 12-month, benefits-eligible administrative salaried/exempt position. Typical hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with some occasional nights and weekends. The salary is competitive and is negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. The benefit package includes but is not limited to: 20 days of vacation each year; 10 paid holidays; medical, dental, and vision insurances; long-term disability coverage; life insurance; and retirement benefits. This position is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.

The preferred start date for this position is May 22, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 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 https://apply.interfolio.com/40698.

All position inquiries may be directed to Tarah Rowse at rowse@hws.edu or 315-781-4527.

If you have any questions about using Interfolio, please send to ferran@hws.edu.


Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment for all members of the HWS community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors. HWS prohibits discrimination and harassment in their programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct including stalking and intimate partner violence, and gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.



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