1565-Director Center for Sustainable Society

Job #:  1565

The Director for the Center for a Sustainable Society (CSS) is responsible for coordinating sustainability activities across the University in support of the University’s mission. The CSS Director manages the day-to-day operations of the center, contributes to sustainability curriculum, oversees University sustainability initiatives and advances the presence of the CSS by connecting the university to the broader community. The CSS Director reports to the Provost.


A. Manage the Day-to-Day Operation of the CSS

  • manage budget and office resources
  • manage recruitment, hiring, supervision and paperwork for student work/study positions and internships
  • gather data on university/community activities and projects
  • respond to requests for information, assistance, and reports from university, community, and national surveys 
  • represent the Center at university and community meetings and contribute to projects as requested 
  • promote activities of the CSS utilizing social media and other means 
  • supervise the University B-Street farm staff and operations 
  • assist in the development of student, faculty and staff use of B Street facility

B. Manage the Curricular Functions of the CSS

  • assist faculty with the development of sustainability curriculum 
  • teach one course each semester in support of sustainability curriculum 
  • develop at least 4 different courses in support of sustainability curriculum 
  • collaborate with university departments that offer sustainability curricula
  • supervise independent sustainability projects and study, supervise capstones 
  • advise student groups and interns related to sustainability activities on campus 
  • assist residence halls, student clubs, and individual students with identification and development of sustainability programs and projects 
  • collaborate with the other campus centers to provide coordinated and efficient campus events 
  • provide opportunities for faculty development related to sustainability 
  • facilitate student and faculty participation in the scholarship of sustainability 
  • promote a learning environment for CSS student staff 
  • monitor developments in the field of sustainability and share best practices with campus and community

C. Oversee University Sustainability Initiatives

  • maintain and advance university sustainability initiatives including STARS rating, Presidents Climate Commitment, & carbon neutrality goals 
  • conduct audits and submit reports accurately and on-time 
  • develop new sustainability initiatives, e.g. improving recycling rates, composting, etc. 
  • meet with members of the Pacific community to form effective implementation strategies to sustainability initiatives 
  • keep current in the field of sustainability by attending national/regional conferences and meetings and support student, faculty and staff interest in attending as well.

D. Advance the Presence of CSS and Pacific University

  • work with faculty, administration, staff and students to create an advisory board to respond to university and community priorities regarding sustainability
  • facilitate connections between the community and university by developing new partnerships and initiatives, maintaining collaborative partnerships with community agencies, and assisting in on-going initiatives with community partners
  • foster understanding of sustainability and the Center through presentations, workshops, events and other means on campus and in the community
  • seek philanthropic funding to support the activities of the Center

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:  Perform other related duties as assigned.

JOB SCOPE:  Director performs duties independently with minimal supervision. Must exercise independent judgement within broad university policy guidelines. Responsible for budget management and making timely reports as required for university sustainability initiatives.

SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITY:  The CSS Director supervises one professional staff member at B Street as well as multiple student workers and interns. This includes employee evaluation, support, approving absences or overtime and making recommendations for hiring, termination, pay changes, job changes and training. Includes management of student time cards.


  • Appropriate doctoral degree preferred, master’s degree required
  • 3+ years professional experience
  • Evidence of successful college-level teaching
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse sectors of campus and community 


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Collaborative, works well with teams and diverse stakeholders across the campus and community
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Familiarity with sustainability coursework and curriculum development in the liberal arts and/or professional graduate programs.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality of faculty, students and staff
  • Experience with learning gardens/campus farms preferred

APPLICATION:  Please email cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references to employment@pacificu.edu.  Please name your documents as shown in the following example: (Example:  Adams_Amy letter, Adams_Amy resume, Adams_Amy references).  You may also mail your application materials to Human Resources/Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR  97116.

Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified.  The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and successful completion of a background check.  If the position is posted on our job board at http://www.pacificu.edu/hr/employment/positions/index.cfm it is an available position and you may apply.  No phone calls please.


Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center. 

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116, provost@pacificu.edu.