A sustainability manager is responsible for ensuring that the systems used by a company or organization can run indefinitely without loss of resources while maintaining economic viability and serving the needs of current and future generations. The manager will oversee resources to ensure that systems can support and sustain themselves with little or no interference. A good candidate for the job will be able to detect problems and set goals to resolve any issues or prevent potential issues. Creative thinking is a plus, and organizational skills are vital. A sustainability manager should have excellent communication skills, and should be able to share information with others as well as collaborate with other managers. Public speaking skills are favorable. The manager will oversee the development of environmentally friendly procedures in the company's operation and in dealings with outside vendors and partners. A bachelor's degree is required in an appropriate field of study such as conservation or education, and a good candidate for the job will have a few years of experience working in the sustainability field. The manager should be able to communicate at various levels, from conveying information to experts to using layman's terms to giving explanations to the general public. The position includes working independently at times, as well as working with a team or managing volunteers or interns. A sustainability manager should be comfortable working indoors and outdoors, and should be able to work some weekends and evenings as needed.
Sustainability Manager Tasks
- Supervise employees on sustainability endeavors.
- Evaluate and develop methodologies for sustainability initiatives.
- Enact and socialize policies on an organization's energy use, resource conservation, and waste management.