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Project Manager, Sustainability

Project Manager, Sustainability

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PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023


Project Manager, Sustainability

Campus Services


Job Summary

The Sustainability Project Manager will focus on planning and project management for several priorities in the University-wide Sustainability Action Plan, including but not limited to energy systems, the built environment, governance, and procurement. The Project Manager will staff key stakeholder groups including the faculty-led Presidential Committee on Sustainability (PCS) and the Sustainability Management Council (SMC), which comprises senior operations/facilities leaders. They will also develop actionable guidance for Schools and business units. To accomplish this, they will develop and execute comprehensive project plans, propose innovative ideas, develop educational resources, and strengthen relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. 

Position Description

Manage stakeholder groups that include senior and junior staff from all of Harvard’s Schools and business units, facilitating and assisting them in effectively making progress toward Harvard’s voluntary and regulatory sustainability goals. 

  • Plan, prepare for, and manage senior-level Sustainability Management Council (SMC) meetings, agendas, and communications together with the OFS Senior Team. 
  • Convene and manage subgroups that bring together facilities and operations teams on specific topic areas and clearly articulate goals, progress, and outcomes to advance shared work and shared outcomes. 
  • Support the development of actionable tools and educational resources (e.g., case studies, best practice guides, and convenings) to share information quickly and efficiently across Harvard Schools and units, and with vendors and partners. 
  • Support the OFS team in engaging, informing, and partnering with Campus Services groups and facilities/operations teams across the University.  

Project-manage other governance groups, including the Presidential Committee on Sustainability (PCS) and related work products.  

  • Prepare clear workplans, timelines, agendas and materials. 
  • Prepare initial drafts of briefing materials and communications to support programmatic needs.  

Project-manage implementation efforts related to the Sustainability Action Plan, including driving updates to Operational Sustainability Standards (e.g., landscaping, cleaning) and creating clear guidance and educational materials for Schools/units to meet those Standards and priorities.  

Perform administrative duties necessary to fulfill above responsibilities.  

  • Manage project budgets, timelines, deliverables, and reporting.  
  • Contribute to OFS event planning and storytelling. 
  • Manage student interns, part-time employees, and/or consultants, as needed.  

Perform other duties and work on special projects, as needed. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required.  
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in project management, project plan development and implementation, and stakeholder engagement 

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Additional Qualifications:  

  • Demonstrated experience and familiarity with energy systems and/or sustainable building design and systems.  
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of sustainability industry trends 
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity, equity and contributing to an inclusive work and learning environment  
  • Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills; comfort and ability to engage and build coalitions with diverse audiences 
  • Excellent communication, writing, and presentation skills for a variety of audiences  
  • Proven ability to think critically and solve problems 
  • High degree of flexibility, adaptability, and general ability to work within in a constantly changing environment 
  • Proven ability to conduct research and analysis on various topics and produce reliable metrics and data 

Technology Skills Required:  

  • Extensive experience with MS PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. 
  • An ability to learn Harvard systems and web software quickly is a requirement.  
  • Proficiency in Photoshop or other design software is a plus. 

Working Conditions

Work Format: Hybrid 

Additional Information

Emergency Status Designation: non-critical 

About the Harvard Office for Sustainability:  

Harvard University has a long commitment to confronting the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development through its research, teaching, and institutional action. The University-wide Office for Sustainability (OFS), created in 2008, plays a pivotal role in bringing together students, faculty, and staff to use the campus as a living laboratory for piloting and proving solutions that address intergenerational wellbeing and lead to a sustainable future. Our efforts are driven by a University-wide Sustainability Action Plan, which includes goals to be fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026.¿ 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Office for Sustainability, an experienced and dedicated team working toward the achievement of the objectives in Harvard’s Sustainability Action Plan.  OFS is a fast-paced, dynamic, and evolving organization that looks for talented, experienced individuals who thrive in this environment.  Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.  

Visit the Harvard Office for Sustainability website for more information. 

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

General Administration

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

358057 Admin Pro/Indiv Contrib

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


Office for Sustainability

Salary Grade



Office for Sustainability


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Employment, Identity


Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Scheduled Days Off: Sunday & Saturday

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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