Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University/Tempe, AZ
Job ID: 28621
Location: Tempe campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Global Institute of Sustainability
Scope of Search
Open to Public
Grant Funded Position
This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.
Posted Rate of Pay
$200,000 – $250,000 annually; DOE
Duties and Responsibilities
The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), a non-profit organization established under the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, is seeking an experienced executive with knowledge of sustainability in retail and consumer goods manufacturing, and who understands how to work in multi-sector environments consisting of corporate, civil society, academic, and other organizations. The Executive Director will lead TSC through its current development and growth phase and will build the organization into an enduring institution. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directorsâ€”consisting of corporate, civil society, and academic membersâ€”on strategic and technical matters and to a Managing Boardâ€”consisting of representatives from the University of Arkansas and Arizona State University and one corporate memberâ€”to ensure compliance with the sponsoring universities policies and procedures.
The Executive Director will be responsible for strategy development and execution, financial management, and human resources planning and oversight. Primary responsibilities will include member relationship management, business development, and external representation.
-Strategy formulation, execution, and performance management. Working with the Board of Directors, Managing Board, and senior TSC staff, the Executive Director will lead strategy development and implementation with an initial focus on internationalization and the development of a diversified business model.
-Corporate and NGO member recruitment and relationship management. TSC is a membership based organization, with corporate, civil society, academic, and other organizational members. The Executive Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a recruitment strategy, and for managing relationships with TSC members. Primary responsibilities will include actively recruiting corporate members into TSC and other fundraising activities.
-Represent TSC to key stakeholder audiences, including to corporate and civil society sectors. TSC is a complex organization working with multiple international stakeholders across sectors. The Executive Director will represent TSC to these audiences and will oversee the development of collaborations and alliances with strategic partners.
-Participate in the development and implementation of TSC’s product strategy. Working with the Director of Research, scientific and technical staff, the Executive Director will actively participate in the development and implementation of TSC’s products and services, especially as it relates to meeting the needs of TSC’s complex set of stakeholders.
-Overall organizational and financial management. The Executive Director will oversee a full and part time staff located at sites throughout the world and will manage TSC’s budget and other fiduciary responsibilities. This will include compliance with the laws and regulations governing the University of Arkansas and Arizona State University.
DAYS AND SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM; evenings and weekends as needed.
Master’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and eight years of related administrative experience which includes five years of supervisory experience; OR any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
This role is for an experienced executive who brings knowledge of sustainability in the consumer goods supply chain and strong strategic acumen, proven team leadership skills, excellent collaboration skills. S/he must be adaptable and flexible, able to lead during the ambiguity of a start-up organization. International experience and fluency in additional languages beyond English will be well regarded.
Based on the above priorities, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following critical desired qualifications:
Relationship management, communication and business development skills: must be highly confident with an ability to recruit and work with the partners in the Consortium, both corporate and NGO, as well as other external stakeholder groups. This will include a track record of consensus building and commitment to a recommended direction through an international multi-stakeholder decision making process and a successful record in membership development.
Strategic Orientation: must demonstrate the ability to think long-term and synthesize a range of inputs in crafting strategies that can be translated into actionable tactics. Integrating numerous issues in the long-term planning process, s/he will have the ability to anticipate and stay ahead of trends as it relates to the organization, the mission and the consortium members.
Results Oriented: must have experience in implementing and delivering against metric-based strategies and scaling their impact across disparate stakeholders. S/he must be capable of leveraging results to drive the growth of the organization. A track record of building institutional momentum by setting and reaching aspirational goals.
Team leadership: must have a track record of leading and mentoring a team to achieve improved levels of performance. S/he must be able to establish credibility quickly and be an adept team player who is action-oriented and collaborative. Must be able to make decisions and act quickly. A motivational leader with excellent communication, organization and interpersonal skills and adept to assessing, hiring and developing staff while providing them with rewarding career paths.
Department Statement/Gen Info
The Global Institute of Sustainability conducts research, education, and problem-solving related to sustainability, with a special focus on urban environments. The Institute initiates and nurtures work on issues of sustainability across many departments on the four campuses of ASU, and collaborates with other academic institutions, governments, businesses and industries, and community groups locally, nationally, and globally.
The Sustainability Consortium is a non-profit organization created through a collaboration between leading academic institutions, retailers, consumer goods companies and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Established in 2008, the goal of the organization is to bring together diverse global participants to collaboratively build a scientific foundation promoting innovation to improve consumer product sustainability through all stages of a product’s life cycle. In short, TSC has the aspiration of becoming the leading global entity in scientific product measurement, enabling companies and consumers to make informed decisions about product sustainability.
Within the consortium today there are over 60 companies and an additional half dozen non-governmental organizations. Funded largely through membership fees, the organization currently has a budget of about $8 million with 30 full time employees, all of which are expected to grow in the coming years, and an additional 30-50 consultants and contractors.
Background Check Statement
ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. A Department of Motor Vehicle check will also be conducted. This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of all background including fingerprint check.
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 70,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.
Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Initial Close Date June 4, 2012. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
Instructions to Apply
Application deadline is 11:59pm Arizona time on the day indicated.
REQUESTED MATERIAL MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT.
Complete the required information and attach a single Word or PDF document, which includes:
1. Cover letter
3. Three professional references (names, addresses and phone numbers)
Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.
Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.
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ASU does not pay candidates for travel expenses associated with interviewing, unless otherwise indicated by the department at the time of call for interview.
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