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Chief Sustainability Officer

Job Summary:

The Chief Sustainability Officer will work with managers, employees, customers, and shareholders to address the organizations approach to environmental responsibility with the goal to minimize the companys environmental impact.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the overall execution, mission, and efficacy of the sustainability program and department.
  • Collaborates with appropriate departmental managers to facilitate performance evaluations that are timely and constructive.


  • Assesses and analyzes company policies and processes to identify areas in and processes to which improvements can be made in accordance with the organizations commitment to sustainability.
  • Brainstorms and identifies creative ways in which the company can balance business obligations with the goal of respecting, supporting, and improving the local and global environments.
  • Proposes and implements strategies to address various environmental concerns including energy use, conservation, reduction of pollution, recycling, building and facility design, and general education on sustainability.
  • Drafts and implements sustainable organizational policies that address environmental concerns.
  • Evaluates efficacy of sustainability programs; recommends and implements improvements as necessary.
  • Conducts research to identify environmental and sustainability concerns, interests, and issues.
  • Considers sustainability proposals with attention to factors such as cost effectiveness, feasibility, and ease of integration with other programs.
  • Drafts and prepares reports, presentations, and proposals; presents proposals and recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer, board of directors, and other key stakeholders.
  • Develops and maintains appropriate documentation and records including budgets and other financials.
  • Prepares documentation required for project funding for various environmental initiatives including proposals and grant applications.
  • Maintains current working knowledge of, and ensures compliance with, all applicable local, state, federal, and internal environmental laws and regulations.
  • Identifies and facilitates training as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Superlative and creative problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Thorough and current knowledge of sustainability practices, and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Ability to analyze and understand research and to identify relevant and valuable information.
  • Extremely proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to create, interpret, and execute a budget.
  • Presentation skills required to deliver proposals to varying groups of individuals.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in related field required; Masters degree highly preferred.
  • Professional certification preferred.
  • Three to five years of corporate, business and management experience required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
  • Must be able to navigate a variety of settings as needed to identify environmental sustainability issues and solutions.


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