Director of the Institute for Sustainability - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences #24-46 Job at California State University, Northridge, CA

  • California State University
  • Northridge, CA

Job Description

Director of the Institute for Sustainability - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences #24-46

Job no: 533672

Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track

Location: Northridge

Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Behavioral Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Tenure-Track Faculty Position Announcement

Department: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Locus of tenure can be in a department outside of this college)

Faculty Hire Number: #24-46

Rank: Open - Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: July 2024 ( Subject to Budgetary Approval )

Salary Scale: $80,000 to $110,000 for Academic Year base pay ( Dependent upon qualifications ). This is a 12-month position; the noted base pay for the academic year will be supplemented by 15%.

CSUN's Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2022, CSUN enrolls ~38,000 students, where 57.3% are Latinx, 19.8% are White, 9.2% are Asian-American, 4.9% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.2% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

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About the College :

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Position: Director, Institute for Sustainability

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) seeks an engaged, innovative, visionary, and strategic leader to build on campus exemplary efforts and accomplishments in sustainability. The open rank position is the campus-wide Director of the Institute for Sustainability (IS). CSUN is a regional leader in sustainability and is aiming to increase national visibility. The Institute maintains community, municipal, and corporate partners.

We seek an individual who can maintain and enhance the innovative and collaborative spirit espoused by the Institute. We seek a candidate, with expertise in Sustainability or related fields who can work in an interdisciplinary environment, in one of the CSBS Departments (Geography and Environmental Studies, History, Anthropology, Urban Studies and Planning, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Africana Studies, Criminology and Justice Studies, Psychology) or in but not limited to Chicano/a Studies, Asian American Studies, Central American and Transborder Studies, American Indian Studies, Religious Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies, Geological Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, or Recreation and Tourism Management.

The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the College and Department in which they are housed for recommending tenure and promotion, if hired at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Working with the CSUN Director of Energy and Sustainability, and Associated Students, the Director will collaboratively establish and implement campus and IS priorities to move CSUN and its community forward towards a more sustainable future. Given the robust and broad goals of the IS, the Director must be a leader with broad and deep experience dealing with diverse stakeholders, including students, staff, faculty, administrators, other campuses, government officials and agencies, school districts, and peers at the national level. The Director shall foster widespread student and faculty engagement in, nurture broader community relationships with, and enhance the scholarly activities and funding of the Institute. All of this will be accomplished in collaboration with a talented and dedicated team of staff and faculty who are deeply engaged with many aspects of CSUN's sustainability plans.

The Director will teach up to two courses (one each semester) per academic year, including one in the Department of locus of tenure and one in the M.A. in Sustainability Program. In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, participation in assessment of student learning, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of tenure. Given CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in a diverse environment, the successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, scholarship, student mentorship, and service.

The Director's position is a 12-month appointment. An MOU will be established at the time of appointment as well as tenure and promotion criteria (if applicable). The position reports directly to the Dean of CSBS.

Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree from an accredited university in a discipline appropriate for one of the listed departments by the time of appointment.
  • Evidence of research in appropriate specialization (Geography and Environmental Studies, History, Anthropology, Urban Studies and Planning, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Africana Studies, Criminology and Justice Studies, Psychology or in, but not limited to, Chicano/a Studies, Asian American Studies, Central American and Transborder Studies, American Indian Studies, Religious Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies, Geological Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, or Recreation and Tourism Management).
  • Experience in sustainability-related practices and applications.
  • Excellent analytical and data analysis skills.
  • Track record of, or potential for, initiating collaborative engagement with and/or management of projects.
  • Demonstrated evidence of, or potential for, effective leadership and engagement across the various disciplines and divisions of the University.
  • Evidence of, or potential for, excellence in teaching within appropriate area of specialization.
  • Evidence of, or potential for, successful grant activity.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience supervising and mentoring staff.
  • Experience developing and managing program budgets.
  • Experience working with and mentoring diverse student populations.
  • Evidence of strong publication record.
  • Evidence of effective engagement OR potential to engage with a diverse student body.
  • Experience using culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for all students.
  • Experience creating a student-centered learning environment.
  • Research/Lab experience that includes working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience adopting inclusive approaches to mentoring.

  • Collaboratively implement CSUN's Sustainability Plan (Road Map to Sustainability).
  • Collaborate with the Director of Energy and Sustainability and other campus stakeholders.
  • Broaden the culture of sustainability that is evident in policy and practice across the entire university.
  • Facilitate the research, analysis, and reporting of university resource use - water use, energy use, greenhouse gas inventory, transportation, and other related resource use activities.
  • Incentivize and support sustainability research and projects, and lead efforts to secure extramural funding.
  • Serve as an advisor to university leadership on planning and policy in sustainability.
  • Act as liaison with on and off-campus partners and serve on relevant local, regional and national committees.
  • Participate in annual planning and priority setting with the Director of Energy and Sustainability. Manage and oversee various projects and programs in alignment with the university's Sustainability Plan.
  • Collaborate with the Program Director of the MA in Sustainability and serve as a committee member for students working on theses and graduate projects in the MA Program.
  • Collaborate with Program Director of Minor in Sustainability to provide 'Campus as a Living Lab' opportunities.
  • Oversee the operations of the organic food garden and composting facilities.
  • Engage with outside stakeholders, including various communities and community groups, in education, training, and research activities in sustainability.
  • Develop partners and initiatives for collaborative work on sustainability related activities across the region and to expand our efforts and funding for clean technology and sustainability.
  • Manage the Institute's budget and supervise office staff and employees.
  • Direct all IS outreach efforts.
  • Work with the Director of Energy and Sustainability to lead the campus reporting to various organizations including the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS), Second Nature, etc.
  • Improve CSUN's standing and reputation around Sustainability both regionally and nationally through conference presentations and memberships.
  • Oversee the operations of the Institute programs including: sustainable food, basic needs, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) as it relates to sustainability.
  • Develop programs that promote CSUN as a destination university for students and employees who value sustainability.
  • Utilize sustainability as a catalyst to drive internal and external partnerships to develop innovative equity-centered solutions to sustainability challenges.
  • Ensure all CSUN students graduate with general sustainability knowledge/literacy.
  • Integrate Sustainability into curriculum, research, and campus culture through communication, education, engagement and incentives.
  • Foster and support Interdisciplinary collaborations across CSUN and beyond.
Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin January 8, 2024 . Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To apply and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

Applicants must submit the following to the website in the section above:

  • Letter of application or cover letter briefly summarizing your qualifications and interest
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
In later stages of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide additional materials.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

General Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line here. Print copies are available by request from the Department of Police Services, the Office for Faculty Affairs, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Nondiscrimination Policy. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Martha Savelio-Johnson at 818.677.3317.

Advertised: Dec 20 2023 Pacific Standard Time

Applications close:

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