Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  246084
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY
Date:  Jun 29, 2024

Duke University:


Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.



The Duke Climate Commitment is a university-wide, impact-oriented initiative to address the climate crisis by creating sustainable and equitable solutions that place society on the path toward a resilient, flourishing, carbon-neutral world. Through education, research, external engagement and campus operations, the Duke Climate Commitment seeks to imagine, design and implement a sustainable future for all.


Nature of Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Dean of Residential Student Services, the Associate Director of Sustainability will provide administrative and collaborative leadership for assigned student services and program areas related to sustainability practices and education. The Associate Director will collaborate with the HRL (Housing & Residence Life) Facilities Planning and Operations team including external relations, student services, and general program management. The Associate Director will establish and maintain key performance indicators that directly support Duke’s Climate Commitment and develop standard operating procedures with critical internal and external partners to ensure end-to-end operational excellence in residents’ experience.


Specific Duties                                                                    % of Effort

  1. Bring end-to-end operational excellence to the student residential experience through effective sustainability practices with intentional education and outreach. Establish consistent standards and protocols across campuses through coordination with key stakeholders. Develop and maintain tools, metrics and indicators for assessing progress towards department sustainability goals.


  1. Lead a multiyear residential effort to minimize energy and water use and improve ways to divert waste on all campuses. Develop a sustainability master plan in direct partnership with HRL Facilities Planning and Operations, FMD Sanitation and Recycling in alignment to Dukes commitment to sustainability.

Coordinate, identify, integrate and manage all aspects of sustainability programs. Continually assessing goals, targets, certifications, and practices to stay abreast of current trends that will benefit the satisfaction, safety, health and well-being of the Duke community to continually ensure Duke Housing is a national leader in high quality customer services and sustainability programs.


  1. Integrate and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with departments outside of formal authority that will routinely provide service to residents, including Student Affairs Facilities Planning & Operations, Facilities Management Department, Sustainable Duke, Landscape Services, Duke Dining and third-party service providers such as laundry and moving companies. Liaise regularly with DEI focus groups on campus, Residential Education staff, New Student & Family Programs, Quad Councils, and Duke Student Government to understand their needs. Establish and maintain effective communications strategy, including social media, website, news articles, and a range of other outlets with the objective of raising internal and external awareness of and support for Duke Housing’s sustainability efforts and related activities.


  1. Represent the department on divisional and University committees and duties, including key stakeholder meetings, summer operations committees, and business development/vendor interviews. Examples include the University Climate Commitment Advisory Council and the QuadEx ExO Project Earth program,


  1. Compile appropriate statistical data pertaining to the service experience and renewal needs, assessment of KPIs, and other data to inform department strategy, student outreach, and campus planning.


  1. Perform related duties as assigned or required to meeting departmental, division-wide and University goals and objectives.





Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience required; A degree in Environment Science or Sustainability and work experience with a complex organization such as Higher Education is strongly preferred.


Specific Skills and Competencies

  • Understanding of current sustainability issues and trends in higher education.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills: ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communications skills including report-writing and presentations.
  • Active listening skills and ability to facilitate problem-solving, decision making and goal setting in group situations.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborating across units and fields of expertise.
  • Advanced proficiency with knowledge, skills, and attitudes used in sustainability practices.



Job Level: 12


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender,gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh