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Associate Director for Safety, Risk, & Sustainability

Apply now Job no: 540489
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Classification:   Administrator II
Hours:  Full-time / 40 hours per week 
FLSA:  Exempt

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:  $8,548 to $9,498* mo.
CSU Salary Schedule
*CSUMB provides pay scales representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for this position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, and CSU systemwide pay for comparable jobs.

Priority Screening Date:  Extended to July 18, 2024
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled


California State University, Monterey Bay is a mid-sized university in California’s Central Coast that grants undergraduate and graduate degrees. Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, CSUMB is part of the nation’s largest four-year public university system, California State University, which educates nearly 460,000 students every year. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,000 students, CSU Monterey Bay is both a Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our staff and faculty transform students’ lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning, and a strong emphasis on multicultural and global perspectives. CSUMB’s sustainability goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030. 

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in developing a diverse body of faculty, staff and administrators. Many appreciate living and working close to the shores of beautiful Monterey Bay, with easy access to recreational areas from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. Nearby opportunities for collaborative research include working in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley, and with colleagues at local research universities, including UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University. As one of the 23 campuses in the CSU system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate rental housing on East Campus, and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. With proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose, opportunities for faculty, staff and students are as endless as the shores of the nearby Pacific Ocean.


Under the general direction of the Senior Director for Safety, Risk & Sustainability (SRS) the Associate Director provides management support for enterprise-wide safety, risk and sustainability programs. The Associate Director formulates and administers sustainability policies and programs, and manages the activities and budget of the Sustainability Office. The Associate Director identifies, recognizes, coordinates and supports departments and individuals who have primary responsibility for implementing sustainability programs/projects; and facilitates alignment and strengthens synergies between technical staff, mid-level managers and upper-level institutional leaders to foster a dynamic culture of innovation and evolving improvement to instill sustainability deeply into the core business of the campus and broadly across campus operations and “campus life.”

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

Program Development and Assessment

The Associate Director promotes safety, risk and sustainability programs, projects and initiatives campus-wide; fosters dialogue that encourages increased safety and sustainable operations and behaviors; and supports academic efforts to increase research and learning related to safe and sustainable practices. Working closely with the Senior Director as well as campus planning energy managers, the Associate Director positions the campus to meet short, medium and long-term goals by facilitating and coordinating strategic planning. The Associate Director convenes stakeholders across campus departments to facilitate the coordination necessary to achieve operational efficiencies and evaluate policies, practices, and procedures, while meeting the goals and objectives of the campus’ sustainability plans and initiatives and complying with regulatory requirements.

The Associate Director manages and develops policies and procedures which:

  • Coordinates the campus-wide implementation, updates and maintenance of the Campus Climate Action Plan and sustainability aspects of the Master Plan, in conformance with the CSU Sustainable Practices Policies; annually tracks and reports on sustainability metrics; measures the campus performance against the Plan’s goals and objectives; and makes recommendations for supplemental studies and initiatives;
  • Coordinates and promotes implementation of other campus sustainability commitments, including the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment; and improves national ratings of the campus sustainability efforts through the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), Sierra Cool Schools and Princeton Review;
  • Coordinates and evaluates pilot projects as potential models to be incorporated into regular campus operations and supports on-going evaluation of implemented sustainability programs and projects;
  • Supports student sustainability internship programs and links interns and campus mentors on projects within other campus departments;
  • Oversees the coordination of enterprise-wide waste diversion methods and goals, data analysis and record retention, regulatory reporting, policy development, and implementation of procedures;
  • Supports departments seeking grants that fund sustainability efforts, collaborates with University Development and Sponsored Programs to develop potential donors and grant opportunities, and explores opportunities and mechanisms to allow the campus to re-invest cost savings achieved through sustainability projects.

Communication and Outreach

Promotes safety, risk and sustainability initiatives, projects, and programs on and off campus and communicates to all levels of the campus administration, faculty, staff and students the goals and objectives of the Campus Climate Action Plan and progress toward refining and implementing sustainability aspects identified in the campus Master Plan.  Organizes and leads the President’s Sustainability Committee. Facilitates internal and external communications related to safety, risk and sustainability. In collaboration with University Development, pursues gift-funding opportunities to gain broader support from alumni and donors for specific programs and projects. Represents CSUMB sustainability programs at the Chancellor’s Office or Board of Trustees, other CSU campuses, at conferences, and public events. Provides clear and consistent communications, manages oversight of the CSUMB sustainability website, email, and other media to disseminate information about campus sustainability initiatives. Facilitates communication and connections between campus operations, instruction, research, and co-curricular experiential learning; develops Projects Clearinghouse and oversees the Sustainability, with its database of sustainability projects. Collects and analyzes best practices in sustainability from campuses around the nation and world, and disseminates this information as appropriate. Fosters partnerships among academic, research and operational departments and collaborates with local governmental and non-governmental organizations to further campus safety and sustainability goals.

Coordination of Sustainability Programs

Facilitates and coordinates long range strategic planning for campus sustainability and climate protection initiatives overseen by this committee through the Campus Climate Action Plan and any revisions to the Campus Master Plan. Monitors and assesses the progress of sustainability programs, projects, and endeavors and convenes campus departments to meet the goals and objectives of the Campus Climate Action Plan. Works closely with campus departments to identify and suggest priorities for sustainability efforts and to evaluate departmental policies, practices, and procedures to encourage and develop organizational, operational, and behavioral change and sustainable solutions. Furthers the goals of the Campus Climate Action Plan and future sustainability plans by connecting students and relevant staff on sustainability projects and programs.


Manages the Sustainability operations and its projects within established budgets Supervises professional staff, student interns/employees, volunteers, and/or consultants on programs and projects. Has authority to hire, promote, assign, reward, or discipline direct report employees. In coordination with the Senior Director, provides leadership, defines priorities, establishes and maintains clear roles and responsibilities. Supports on-going staff development and celebrates successes.

Education and Training

Coordinates, supports, and expands opportunities for faculty, staff and students to learn about safety, risk & sustainability and to become more sophisticated in ways of incorporating sustainable practices into campus operations and their day-to-day lives. Fosters a campus-wide culture of sustainability among faculty, staff and students.

Curricular and Co-Curricular Liaison

Working closely with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, serves as a resource to students and student organizations in coordinating their curricular and co-curricular sustainability activities with campus-wide priorities and efforts; serves as a resource for faculty to incorporate sustainability into course content. Oversees student interns working on sustainability projects, and provides mentorship and advising to student organizations whose goals support the Campus Master Plan and Climate Action Plan.

Other Functions:

  1. Participates in university task forces and special projects as required.
  2. Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


Ability to: present and communicate in written, oral and graphic form to internal and external audiences; maintain a good working relationship at all levels of a diverse body of University constituents; facilitate, lead and optimize group meetings to ensure effective group participation; think creatively, and problem solve; foster collaborative coordination efforts between departments, and between on- and off-campus stakeholders; clarify overall goals, work independently, and think innovatively with minimal direction; prioritize, manage, and complete multiple assignments; develop, oversee and manage special projects/programs; and manage a constrained budget that involves numerous fund sources.

Demonstrated experience to: anticipate and plan strategically for immediate and long-term contingencies, particularly in a rapidly evolving setting, with the ability to analyze and define problems and objectives, recognize alternatives and formulate creative solutions to keep the campus moving forward in compliance with regulations and policies, and in support of the goals and objectives of the Campus Master Plan and the CSUMB Climate Action Plan; analyze and interpret written material and quantitative data related to sustainability and climate change, for annual reporting on sustainability metrics, and to draw conclusions, make recommendations and communicate complex sustainability issues in a clear, concise manner; manage projects and build teams, particularly related to supporting a core group of dedicated staff and student interns/employees through clear prioritization of tasks related to overall objectives. Effective interpersonal skills and supervisory skills to hire, train, assign work, motivate and manage performance.


Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or experience working in the field of sustainability with substantial experience in the field of sustainability including a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of sustainability theories and best practices.


Masters, and/or Ph.D. degree in a relevant field (such as, Public or Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Organizational Development, Environmental Engineering, etc.). Demonstrated record of “institutional change” management in higher education, including experience with implementing innovative ways to affect organizational, operational, and behavioral transformation at all levels of a large, complex institution, with patience and resilience. Experience with sustainability policies and practices within a university setting. Knowledge of California State University, local, state, and federal levels related to campus sustainability and climate protection. A self-starter with enthusiasm, courage and the boldness to help define a growing campus.

Technical fluency with Oracle/PeopleSoft, CSU Common Management System or equivalent student information system; Microsoft Office Professional Suite, and Google mail and calendaring programs.


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • The person holding this position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order EO 1095, EO 1096, and EO 1097 as a condition of employment.
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).  The position is required to participate in training at the direction of the Clery Director and must also promptly report allegations of reportable crimes according to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, its accompanying regulations; the California State Education Code, Chapter 15.5, of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, Section 67380; and the California State University system-wide policy, Code EO 1107.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with
    • responsibility for the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property
    • responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access
    • access to controlled or hazardous substances
    • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards
    • control over campus business processes, either through functional roles or system security access
    • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).  The position is required to participate in training at the direction of the Clery Director and must also promptly report allegations of reportable crimes according to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, its accompanying regulations; the California State Education Code, Chapter 15.5, of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, Section 67380; and the California State University system-wide policy, Code EO 1107.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks.  The position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time.  May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations. 

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  


This is a management-level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; an excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance; long-term disability coverage; life insurance; educational incentives; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. For further information, please visit Employee Benefits Summary. As a perk, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Careers at CSUMB. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or emailing All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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