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23 Jan 2020

Operations / Administration 38736 DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABILITY

Denver Public Schools

Job Description

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235 work days

FTE: 1.0

Salary Range: $82,605K – $103,257K


Essential Functions and Objectives:


Director of Sustainability will develop, maintain and lead the district’s Sustainability program.  Manage and coordinate all budgetary and operational aspects of the District’s Sustainability department, including execution of the DPS Sustainability Management Plan, oversight of all utilities including budget development, energy education and procurement, conservation and building optimization programs.  The Director will also seek creative approaches for partnering with outside third parties to implement economically justified sustainability projects with particular emphasis on energy and water efficiencies in all district properties.  Coordinates, develops and assists in management of energy efficiency projects with Facility Management, Planning and Construction Services departments.  Coordinates and assists with commissioning and retro-commissioning of mechanical and electrical systems for existing buildings.  Manages and acts as District liaison and spokesperson for partnerships with utility suppliers and other local, state and federal agencies.  Manages and negotiates all rate and billing items with utility and wholesale (transport) natural gas suppliers.  Manages and coordinates HVAC scheduling and optimization program of all District sites in support of HVAC department.


– Manages and directs sustainability department staff, including Integrated Building Automation Systems (IBAS) controls and optimization initiatives.  Responsible for setting and leading performance expectations, support meaningful feedback, inform professional growth planning, and guide professional learning.

– Draw upon the enthusiasm and expertise residing in the broad and diverse DPS community (Board of Education, District Leadership, students, teachers, staffs and community) to lead and adopt innovations and ideas that reflect best practices locally, nationally and globally and to build support and understanding of sustainability projects and issues.

– Inspects and assesses facilities for operational efficiency, comfort levels, utilization and compliance with the District’s and national energy policies and procedures.  Manages HVAC scheduling for all sites and is responsible for overseeing building HVAC schedules through the District’s automated HVAC controls systems.  Works with grant coordinators to develop grants for garden and farm programs, existing and new buildings, remodels and energy efficiency projects.  Researches, tracks and supports initiatives based on national, state and local trends and statistics related to energy and water efficiency savings potential.  Analyze data and trends to develop and prepare annual utility budget recommendations.  Prepare supplemental budgetary and financial reports as needed.  Recommend and assist in efforts to increase use of renewable energy, energy conservation measures and energy acquisition strategies including managing the District’s purchase of fuel on the open market.

– Supports student and staff involvement in all utility efficiency and reduction initiatives.  Provides meaningful utility and educational data in support of student achievement in all schools.  With the implementation of The Denver Plan, DPS established a strong commitment to finding, growing and keeping great leaders across the organization and in each role that are committed to helping us achieve our vision, Every Child Succeeds. The Leadership Investment Framework for Talent (LIFT) is a tool that will support employees in their own development as a leader while narrowing the scope of leadership to what is meaningful and achievable for DPS today. The program clarifies expectations and helps achieve goals through accountability by fostering ongoing performance discussions to highlight employee successes and define growth opportunities.  This Director position will actively lead our sustainability group within this LIFT framework.

– At DPS, we share a common vision that Every Child Succeeds.  In order for us to achieve this vision, each child must have the same opportunities to learn and grow, to know they are valued and to believe they can succeed.  The Director of Sustainability is part of the greater DPS team who support our vision as well as providing every opportunity to support learning in a productive, creative and efficient environment.

– Other Duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:


– 10+ years of related experience.

– Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Outlook.

– Demonstrated experience managing and completing multiple projects (full life-cycle project planning and implementation.

– Demonstrated experience performing as an effective leader and team player, and recognizing and resolving conflicts or potentially controversial situations through diplomacy.

– Outstanding facilitation and communication skills, including ability to inspire others.

– Ability to communicate diplomatically, persuasively, effective oral, written and presentation skills.

– Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to lead a high-performing team.

– Strong organizational and analytic skills and strong attention to detail.

– Superior leadership, coaching and mentoring skills.

– Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals, establish priorities, and organize resources.

– Strategic planning and organizational development knowledge and skills.

– Ability to work in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with district and school leaders, faculty, staff and students.

– CEM required.

– Additional AEE Certifications such as CEP and CLEP desirable.

– LEED Green Associate and/or LEED AP desirable.

Education Requirements: 

– Bachelor’s degree required.

– Master’s degree preferred.

Other information:

The COO Office has a dynamic team of highly experienced people working to maintain the integrity of Denver Public Schools and the accountability of what we do as a team.  We strive to meet all of the needs of our schools, Administrative buildings and constituents. The operations team encompasses Facilities, Enterprise Management, Transportation, Technology, School of Choice, Planning and Assessment, Safety and Security, Program Management, Operations Outreach and Engagement, Finance and Operations Support Services. We are the building blocks of the operations side of Denver Public Schools. We stand on our core values Integrity, Accountability, Equity, Collaboration, Fun and of course Students First. There are a lot of opportunities for anyone looking to work in an innovative, caring, and fast paced, growing entity. Come and check out Team DPS.

About Denver Public Schools:

Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.

Under the leadership of Superintendent Susana Cordova and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at 

Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.

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Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration.