Sustainability Manager


University of Newcastle


Newcastle, NSW


Job Ref #4606

  • Develop and bring to life our Environmental Sustainability Plan
  • Lead the University’s sustainability function and make a difference to our community
  • Work with a dynamic team in a fast-paced office

A unique opportunity to develop, lead and implement the Environment Sustainability, driving resource efficiency and creating a vibrant green campus.

Look to the future

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe.

Our Looking Ahead Strategic Plan 2020-2025 outlines our commitment to providing exemplar leadership in sustainable resource management. As an aspiring leader in sustainability outcomes and practices in our regions and the higher education sector, we will deliver a clear action path for positive change that will improve the University's environmental sustainability performance, and result in lasting financial and social benefits. 

Be challenged and imagine with us

We seek a Sustainability Manager that has a passion for collaborating and driving resource efficiency whilst focusing on building green campuses for our connected and vibrant local communities. We are looking for an experienced people leader that can deliver business improvement and sustainability initiatives.

You will lead a small team as well as support colleagues across the Infrastructure and Facilities Services (IFS) teams in delivering improvements to renewable energy, carbon neutrality, water reduction, resource recovery, biodiversity improvements and staff/student engagement and are managed to best practice standards.

You will also be the subject matter expert, providing advice, reviewing and assisting key stakeholders on environmental sustainability matters. 

To be successful, you will possess:

  • Tertiary qualifications (ideally, post graduate) and demonstrated experience in corporate sustainability with related competencies and experience in business improvement and environmental sustainability;
  • High-level project management, leadership and organisational skills;
  • Accreditation or demonstrated skills in building assessments and standards (Green Star, Living Building or similar);
  • Experience in a large, complex environment (energy and carbon, water, waste, transport and biodiversity) to develop and implement appropriate efficiency strategies; and
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of environmental legislation at a Local, State and Federal level, standards and codes of practice that are applicable to a large and complex organisation.

This is a rare opportunity to work in a diverse organisation with a dedicated team where individual effort is part of something much bigger.

As part of the University’s commitment to increasing Indigenous employment within its workforce, we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

This role is offered as a full-time, permanent position and is based at Callaghan campus and is not a role that will be remotely located.

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