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Associate Provost and Academic Director, Office of Sustainability

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College / VP Area: Office of the Provost
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Full Time

The Office of the Provost invites nominations, inquiries, and applications for the position of Associate Provost and Academic Director for the Office of Sustainability.  Reporting to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and University Initiatives, the Academic Director will hold the title of Associate Provost and will lead the academic efforts of the Office of Sustainability. The Academic Director will lead the planning, assessment, coordination, fundraising and communication efforts related to the academic foundation of our sustainability efforts in coordination with associated University offices. The Academic Director will work closely with an Operations Director who will report to the Office of the Executive Vice President and lead the University’s sustainability efforts related to facilities, real estate and auxiliary services with a focus on operational efficiency and the coordination of sustainable and resilient infrastructure initiatives.  A critical advisory body to the Office of Sustainability is the internal Sustainability Council, which supports the academic and operations directors and serves as a vital bridge between faculty, staff, student and alumni communities, administration, and the city of Newark, the state of Delaware and nonprofit and corporate sectors. 

Working closely in partnership across the University, the Academic Director will be responsible for academic and research activities associated with the Office of Sustainability, such as facilitating the creation of interdisciplinary programs at all levels, and fostering interdisciplinary research, building student interest in sustainability and the environment through recruitment efforts, an internship program, and team-based projects, education and outreach. The Academic Director will lead the development and submission of extramural proposals and work with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations on philanthropic support of sustainability initiatives. The Academic Director also will be responsible for the operationalization and implementation of a long-range strategic plan, drawing from Sustainability Strategic Plan that was released by the Sustainability Council in January 2022. Such effort will include prioritizing the academic activities within the Environmental Core Objectives (ECO Wheel) that are related to student engagement and scholarship. Equally important is the implementation of a timeline that links priorities to financial resources and availability, so that priorities can be established relative to cost, impact, and deliverables. Yearly data collection and reporting for AASHE STARS and UNH SIMAP ranking will aid future planning. The Academic Director will be responsible for communications with internal and external constituents and work in close coordination with the Operations Director in support of their responsibilities.

This is a primary appointment at 55% time (scalable to 70% over time), with an initial 5-year term with the possibility of renewal.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Academic & Research
    • Work closely with academic partners to foster the development of interdisciplinary education programs in sustainability for undergraduate, graduate, and professional and continuing studies students.
    • In coordination with Admissions and the colleges, promote sustainability initiatives to support recruitment of sustainability dedicated students.
    • Build and oversee a team of undergraduate and graduate student Sustainability Interns and Fellows to enhance University team-based projects, education, and outreach.
    • Promote and grow interdisciplinary research, partnerships, and engagement in sustainability across the colleges, leading to increased external research support, from the city/state, industry and through federal and foundation grants.
    • Promote sustainability initiatives and outreach across the Region with emphasis on environmental justice.
    • Evaluate, assess, optimize and oversee existing Green Hen Awards, Green Grants, and the Blue Hen Sustainability Fund to promote internal advancement in sustainability initiatives.
  • Operationalization and Revenue Generation
    • Develop an implementation plan that integrates financial resources, availability, and timeline with the priorities articulated in the Sustainability Strategic plan to sequence efforts in such a manner that activities build on each other in a systematic fashion.
    • Set fundraising goals tied to specific academic initiatives articulated in the implementation plan and pursue funding from foundations and agencies to support sustainability research and scholarship.
    • Create realistic metrics and milestones to be approved by the Provost and Executive Vice President to measure goals and impact of the Office.
  • Communication
    • Meet regularly with the Sustainability Council, student RSOs (e.g. Student Sustainability Alliance), College Deans/Sustainability Committees, and Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments, who will act in an advisory capacity to the Academic Director.
    • Develop a communication strategy in coordination with OCM to better promote current student, faculty, staff, and local community engagement and scholarship in sustainability and the environment for internal and external audiences.
    • With the Operations Director, represent the Office of Sustainability at University and public events.
  • Coordination with the Operations Director
    • Support the operational, innovative, and energy efficiency efforts lead by the Operations Director.
    • Support the Operations Director’s efforts in developing a Climate Action Plan and Transportation Master Plan.
    • Oversee the academic components related to the AASHE STARS program and UNH SIMAP reporting and ranking programs, and coordinate with facilities to ensure total submission is accurate, and UD continues to improve in rankings.


  • Candidates must have a doctoral degree or appropriate advanced degree and a primary or secondary appointment as a UD faculty.
  • Well-regarded intellectual contributions in environmental and or sustainability fields
  • A distinguished record of scholarship and academics in their discipline as well as a demonstrated record of inter-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Preferred experience and success in shared governance and leadership across the administration, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Preferred record in promoting sustainability initiatives at the University and community level.


Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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