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Job No. 524740 Energy & Sustainability Manager

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Bakersfield
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Custodial/Facilities, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)



FT/PT: Full-time     

PAY PLAN: 12-month    

WORKPLACE TYPE:  On-site (work in-person at business location)


  • However, offer amount will be commensurate with candidate’s experience, education, skills, and training.


PAY BASIS:  Monthly    

BENEFITS: CSUB offers a best-in-class benefit package for eligible employees that includes an array of medical plans, choice of dental plans, vision coverage, retirement participation in CalPERS, CSU tuition waiver, up to 24 vacation days per year, sick leave with unlimited accrual, 14 paid holidays per year and more!  See our benefits website for additional information.

CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY: Open to all qualified applicants


FOR PRIORITY CONSIDERATION, applications must be received by February 29, 2024; however, the position will remain open until filled.

POSITION PURPOSE: Under the administrative direction of the Associate Vice President of Capital and Facilities Management Services, the Energy & Sustainability Manager works to plan, manage, and execute a wide range of energy and sustainability projects across the campus and establish CSU, Bakersfield as a leader in the field of energy and sustainability within the CSU system and at the state, regional, and national levels.

The incumbent is responsible for leadership, innovation, and management necessary to plan, coordinate, and implement the university’s comprehensive sustainability and energy programs, including but not limited to renewable energy expansion, design, tracking, and maintenance of the campus Climate Action Plan and data collection methods, utilities (water, electricity, waste, gas) metering and chargeback program, and Recycling/Organics Programs. The incumbent oversees the Office of Sustainability & Energy Management and acts as the campus’ primary point of contact in energy, waste, and water conservation and reduction of Scope 1, 2, and 3 carbon emissions in compliance with California regulation and policies.


Program Administration & Outreach

  • Develops existing and initiates new programs to establish and strengthen sustainability principles and practices across the campus and works to foster collaboration among the areas of teaching, research, campus operations, student life, and community service.
  • Collaborates and works with various administrators and departments including, but not limited to, the other departments within FMS, campus procurement, Academic Affairs and Students, to encourage and develop organizational, operational, and behavioral change and sustainable solutions.
  • Responsible for the creation, maintenance, updating, and implementation of the Campus Climate Action Plan and development of its data collection methods across the campus.
  • Promotes sustainability initiatives, projects, and programs on and off campus and communicates to all levels of the campus administration, faculty, staff and students, the goal and objectives of the Campus Climate Action Plan and progress toward refining and implementing sustainability aspects identified in the campus Master Plan.
  • Oversees the daily operation of the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management and provides support and subject- matter expertise to professional staff, student employees, volunteers, and/or consultants on programs and projects.
  • Supports sustainability programming initiated and developed by students, faculty, and staff members. Fosters new ideas and concepts for sustainability programming as feasible.
  • Manages various sustainability programs and events focused on energy conservation, alternative transportation, green office practices, student sustainability engagement and other sustainability focal areas including recruiting and managing funding and other resources, overseeing program implementation, and setting and evaluating achievement of program goals.
  • Assists in collaboration with FMS and other campus units to develop partnerships and other programming initiatives in the community beyond the campus and represents University’s sustainability programs to the public.
  • Directly develops, implements, and manages campus sustainability related projects and initiatives in the areas of energy and buildings, environmental quality, organics, purchasing, transportation, dining, waste and recycling, and water, while partnering with academic and administrative staff, auxiliary organizations, and Associates Students Inc.
  • Assists in the assembly of bid packages, writing requests for proposals (RFPs), and developing request for qualifications (RFQs) to execute projects on campus that support sustainability initiatives. Review bid packages and RFPs for projects on campus to ensure sustainability initiatives are considered in all projects and procurements.
  • Provides updates and presentations promoting CSU, Bakersfield’s sustainability programs to a variety of stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, legislative representatives, and community groups.
  • Manage and lead the campus Recycling Program. Coordinate with Procurement and recycling contractor to make necessary adjustments to the program with the goal to reduce downstream collection. Create robust recycle education program for the students, staff, and faculty.

Committees, Professional Activities & Other Duties

  • Collaborates and works with campus sustainability committees and working groups, its affiliate working groups, and University Administrators and stakeholders in recommending campus sustainability goals and performance metrics. Ensures success in meeting CSU Bakersfield’s sustainability commitments and priorities and advances the sustainability goals of the University.
  • Serves as lead of campus committees or working groups focused on sustainability and energy or in support of various campus committees with sustainability and energy impact to the campus, as appropriate.
  • Attends professional meetings and conferences as appropriate; interfaces with other universities and external organizations to develop and enhance cooperative efforts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or requested by the Associate Vice President of Facilities and Capital Projects.

Utility Consumption and Efficient Program Oversight

  • Provides oversight for the campus energy information system including collecting reports and coordinating database maintenance with database system.
  • Oversees and refines campus utilities chargeback process.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of utility efficiency initiatives to move the campus toward their aggressive sustainability goals.
  • Establishes and maintains campus data collection to complete and submit annual air quality, waste, and other natural resource reports as appropriate.

Supervision and Staff Development

  • Provides leadership direction to assigned staff and student employees following federal, state, CSU, and campus laws, policies, procedures, and collective bargaining unit agreements.
  • Initiates corrective action and progressive discipline as needed. Ensures that policies and directions are interpreted, communicated, and implemented into daily activities within the unit.
  • Ensures compliance of employees with university established standards or procedures, practices, and/or policies, relevant laws, specific certifications, and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Develops programs and experiences designed to build morale and create a sense of team. Develops short-term and long-term goals for the staff, and appropriate and timely improvement plans with staff and managers.
  • Provides input on and performs performance evaluations.
  • Reviews and approves requests for vacation, sick leave, and other excused periods away from work for assigned staff.
  • Promotes and encourages an attitude of exemplary customer service and high integrity.

Public Relations & Grant Development

  • Assists with coordinating and/or supporting public relations for and communication of university sustainability programs and initiatives including working with campus and local news offices, giving public presentations, leading campus sustainability tours, web content development, newsletters and other publications, social media, and video design, and responding to inquiries.
  • Pursues grant funding to support campus sustainability efforts, programs, and initiatives from a variety of sources.

Program Evaluation, Reporting & Sustainability Research

  • Monitors and assesses the progress and effectiveness of sustainability programs, projects, and endeavors against university goals and objects, and convenes campus department to meet the goals and objectives of the Climate Action Plan and Master Plan.
  • Establishes goals and metrics to measure program performance, documents performance trends, and recommends and/or implements modifications and supplemental studies or initiatives to improve program effectiveness. Annually tracks and reports sustainability metrics.
  • Manages the university’s compliance with CSU Sustainability Policy, including annual reporting, planning updates and related coordination responsibilities associated with role of campus sustainability officer and energy manager.
  • Manages the university’s AASHE STARS reporting responsibilities including working across campus divisions to update STARS credits with current information on an ongoing basis, submitting completed reports to AASHE every 3 years, and annually submitting summaries.
  • Researches and pursues new partnerships and memberships in support of campus sustainability goals.
  • Researches and maintains working knowledge of best practices at peer institutions across the state and nation with regards to sustainability, energy, climate action and resilience.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE – Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Sustainable Development, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Environmental/Energy Engineering, and Ecology or related field and five (5) or more years of experience working in the field of sustainability, carbon management or energy efficiency, which may include a combination of: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventorying, Const Benefit Analysis, Energy Audits and Analysis, Environmental Planning, Sustainability Program Development and Management, Alternative Transportation Initiatives, Etc.

LICENSES –Possession of a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain by date of hire.


  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.
  • Knowledge of methodologies, practices, and procedures associated with sustainability in higher education and general concepts of sustainability, awareness of the central issues and controversies in the discourse on sustainable development.
  • Knowledge of environmental and economic analysis, including the ability to perform cost benefit analysis.
  • Technical knowledge of sustainable practices in the areas of energy, water, waste streams, or operations.
  • Working knowledge of the principles of planning, management, and direction of a program.
  • Working knowledge of the principals of administrative, personnel, and fiscal management.
  • Fluency with the use of standard office equipment (computers, copiers, phones, fax) and computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, and database management, including institutional database systems.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to listen perceptively, convey awareness, interpret feedback, and synthesize information.
  • Ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated competence in understanding, interpreting, and communicating procedures, policies, information, ideas, and instructions.
  • Ability to set priorities to ensure project goals and objectives are obtained within timelines and budgets.
  • Ability to develop and manage an assigned budget.
  • Ability to apply and utilize various research methods and identify needed changes and improvements to program.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and consider new perspectives.
  • Ability to communicate, inform, and educate large or small audiences of diverse nature on issues related to area of expertise.
  • Ability to supervise and/or mentor professional staff and/or students.
  • Ability to interpret technical procedures or regulations, write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to define problems, collect, and analyze data with abstract and concrete variables, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form. Ability to project consequences of various alternative courses of action.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure.
  • Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
  • Must be able to work occasional holidays and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.


  • Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.
  • Certified Energy Management credential.
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Sustainable Development, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Environmental/Energy Engineering, and Ecology.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: LIGHT WORK – involves mainly sitting, up to 25% standing or walking; lifting medium weight objects limited to 25 pounds.  Work is performed in an office environment with standard office equipment.


  • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity
  • Is exposed to dust, fumes, gases, or radiation, microwave
  • Drives motorized equipment


SCREENING:  Only those applicants possessing experience most directly related to the immediate needs of the office will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal Board for the purpose of appraising training, experience, and interest in the position.

BACKGROUND CHECK:  Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SENSITIVE POSITION:  Sensitive positions are designated by the CSU as requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position, based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of the people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the CSU or individuals in the university community.

MANDATED REPORTER:  General: The person holding this position is considered a general mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST:   A “designated position” in the CSU’s Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.      

GENERAL INFORMATION:  It is the policy of California State University, Bakersfield to hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  All new employees will be required to present documentation verifying their right to accept employment.  You will also be requested to present a social security card at the time of initial appointment in compliance with state payroll regulations.  State regulations require that every state employee sign the Oath of Allegiance prior to commencing the duties of his/her State employment, except legally employed non-citizens.  These individuals are required to sign the Declaration of Permission to Work.

EEO STATEMENT:  California State University, Bakersfield is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity.  Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability or covered veteran status.

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