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Climate Action Manager

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff


Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

The Climate Action Associate Manager will report to the Director of Sustainability and under general supervision will lead climate protection activities across the institution and in partnership with other organizations. This includes leading the College’s award winning Carbon Charge program, managing updates to the College’s Climate Action Plan, leading projects to increase renewable energy and decrease carbon emissions associated with the College, and developing strategies to address emissions from Scopes 1, 2, and 3 including from the central plant, campus buildings, transportation, air travel, and purchasing. This position is a Pay Grade Exempt 06. 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Planning, Research and Analysis – this position will take the lead in research, analysis, and reporting and make strategic decisions and recommendations on a variety of topics relevant to implementation of the Carbon Charge and climate protection activities
  • Committee Leadership – this position provides leadership and strategic direction to the Carbon Charge Program
  • Project Management – Take a leadership role in collaborative projects that involve Facilities, ITS, and Finance and Administration to design strategies and oversee implementation of contracts with engineering, building efficiency, and greenhouse gas mitigation consultants, as appropriate
  • Committee Participation – this position participates in the Roadmap to Zero Core Team and Steering Committee, providing both key insights and recommendations and offering staff support to the committee including meeting coordination, documentation, agenda planning, etc. This position will regularly be invited to lead and/or join committees, task forces, and work groups related to climate protection
  • Communications, Documentation, and Publicity – The College aims for the Carbon Charge program to serve as a role model for other institutions
  • Community Engagement – An important goal of the Carbon Charge is to encourage behavioral change and informed decision making to help the College reduce its carbon emissions

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position will supervise the work of student interns and outside consultants

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of two to four years of professional work experience
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental and social sustainability and climate protection through previous work, volunteer experience, and/or academic experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, data compilation and analysis, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independent judgment and discretion under general supervision
  • Technical knowledge in at least three of the following areas: green building design and operation as evidenced by project experience and/or a LEED AP professional accreditation; civic, mechanical, and/or electrical engineering expertise; campus metering and measurement and verification of energy efficiency and conservation expertise; carbon pricing policy expertise; heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) technology expertise; renewable energy, greenhouse gas mitigation, resilience planning, and/or life cycle cost analysis expertise

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six + years of related professional experience
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field strongly preferred
  • Experience working in either an Office of Sustainability or a Facilities Management position
  • Familiarity with Swarthmore’s administrative structures and policies

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Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 



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