The HPA Sustainability Director is responsible for the implementation and management of the sustainability objectives set forth in the Hawai’i Preparatory Academy 2019 Sustainability Plan and Implementation Plan. This position will lead our commitment to integrate sustainable practices (knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors) into our physical place, educational programs, and organizational culture. The Sustainability Director will also execute our monitoring and reporting on progress in meeting our Sustainability Goals as well as coordinate sustainability councils and actively engage with students, employees, and community as we work to achieve regenerative sustainability.
Supervision and Leadership
Advise on sustainability projects and practices incorporated in curriculum and operations
Develop curriculum and co-teach sustainability management course [upper campus monitoring & reporting team taught course]
Direct sustainability behavior campaigns and competitions
Manage Sustainability Projects in Student Work Program and Campus Work Days
Take a leadership role in strategic planning and budget management for sustainability across HPA
Chair the HPA Sustainability Council
Coordinate Student Sustainability Council and Konohiki (community advisors) Council
Direct and serve as project manager for sustainability initiatives including planning, implementing, and reporting results
Identify and implement best practices for meeting Sustainability Goals as defined in 2019 Sustainability Plan
Participate in renovation and new construction planning and implementation to ensure projects align with sustainability goals
Partner with maintenance team to manage energy, water, and facility improvement projects, ensuring all renovation and new construction projects align with sustainability goals
Report achievements and outcomes in an annual sustainability report to HPA leadership team
Engagement and Campus Collaboration
Work jointly with faculty to establish, support, and manage living laboratories (i.e. composting program, bee hives, bike repair and education room, and farm-to-table initiatives).
Serve as a HPA representative in community initiatives
Collaborate with cafeteria vendor to implement sustainable dining practices including increasing the percentage of local /organic food purchased year by year, improving food waste diverted from the landfill, and increasing green dining products purchased (i.e. to go containers, packaging, etc.)
Collaborate with Business Office to coordinate and expand sustainable purchasing guidelines, materials recycling, and green cleaning, maintenance, and operation practices
Collaborate with the Advancement team to create sustainability reports, surveys, articles, and multimedia content to support and promote sustainability initiatives
Collaborate with Facilities Maintenance team to increase alternative modes of transportation and electric vehicle usage
Manage sustainability tours of HPA campus to academic classes, the campus community, community partners, and guests
Lead and implement department assessment efforts for greenhouse gas inventories, climate action plans, and student engagement initiatives
Willingness to continue to learn about sustainability and travel when required
KEY STRENGTHS AND SKILLS
Ability to lead the broad cultural and organizational change management required by a sustainability initiative
Strong systems thinker, able to identify leverage points, road blocks, and opportunities across a system
Driven charismatic leader, able to incite excitement of a vision and maintain buy-in over the evolution of a program
Culturally sensitive and a great listener, who is able to learn from the people, processes, and history of a place in order to define the best path forward
Strong verbal, written, and visual communication skills
Strong leadership and collaboration skills to chair meetings, train staff, engage students, problem-solve, and evaluate business needs for existing and new projects
Ability to work with diverse audiences and an understanding of the intersectionality of environment, economics, and social justice within sustainability
Bachelor’s degree in sustainability, environmental studies, environmental communications, education, engineering or equivalent work experience
Minimum five years professional experience in coordinating, organizing, and implementing sustainability programs and events within schools or for large organizations
Experience managing student engagement and leadership programs
Demonstrated project management experience and collaboration skills in working with different committees, organizations, and audiences
Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships and communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and families.
Perform each essential job function proficiently.
Master’s degree in environmental affairs, student affairs, environmental communications,green building, sustainability, or related field
Demonstrated ability to successfully create new projects within a K-12 setting, understanding of how to institutionalize ongoing and new sustainability efforts, and how to develop programs that advance HPA’s strategic objectives and mission
Demonstrated knowledge of sustainability policy, practices, processes, and assessment (annual reports, strategic planning, return on investment calculations, climate action plan, greenhouse gas inventories, etc.)
Experience with high-ranking and innovative sustainability programs
Familiarity with Hawaiian culture and experience working and living in Hawai‘i
Interested candidates should forward their cover letter, resumé, and a brief portfolio of work to Michelle Guppy at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2019.
Hawai`i Preparatory Academy, founded in 1949, is an independent coeducational school providing a full range of opportunities for students from kindergarten through grade 12. Our boarding program admits students in grades 9 through 12.
The school has two campuses in the town of Waimea (Kamuela) on the island of Hawai`i. The Lower and Middle Schools are located on nine acres in the heart of Hawai`i's ranching country, while the Upper School is located just two miles away on a 200-acre campus at the foot of the Kohala Mountains.