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The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country, educating approximately 165,000 students each year and employing 40,000 faculty and staff statewide.  With 13 universities across 26 campuses and a statewide extension network with offices in every county, the UW System is a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

The Office of Capital Planning and Budget provides support to the Board of Regents, the 13 institutions of UW System and, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Facilities Development, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission. The office offers institutional partners guidance and expertise in capital planning, budgeting, administration of the UW Managed design and construction program, architectural/engineering assistance as well as real estate services to support the institutions in developing and maintaining their biggest single physical investment – university facilities.

The office also develops the Board of Regents biennial capital budget request and submits it to the state’s Department of Administration for its recommendation as part of the governor’s biennial state building program

This is an advanced technical and policy orientated position which will coordinate, support and lead system wide efforts in Sustainability and Energy Management, and reports to the Director of Engineering. This position is an essential part of a team of professionals that work with a high degree of independence within the framework of state laws and university policies.

This position has responsibility for leadership in long-range and biennial facilities planning and assists in developing sustainability and energy related policies and standards for the University of Wisconsin System.  Included are activities in lead system wide initiatives, coordinating broad energy planning and working with all campuses to assist in meeting their energy and sustainability goals.

By providing strategic and technical planning direction to System executives and other individuals of authority, this position has significant influence in determining the quality and quantity of facilities supporting the academic mission of each institution.

This position will require up to 50% travel.

Responsibilities include the following key activities:

Energy Tracking and Planning

  • Gather energy data and provide reports
  • Study energy use for trends and opportunities for reductions in consumption
  • Develop framework for energy planning at a System level with a focus on energy reduction, and sustainable and renewable energy.
  • Work with Campuses to develop and define energy plans
  • Coordinate energy efficiency projects

Sustainability Resource for Campuses and System

  • Coordinate and Facilitate Monthly UW System Sustainability Group Meetings
  • Work with campuses to plan and facilitate annual meetings
  • Work with campuses to support sustainability efforts
  • Serve as liaison between UW System and other governmental agencies and external entities.
  • Provide reporting as needed to Board of Regents, System staff and other agencies.

Capital Planning

  • Review capital plan requests for sustainable elements
  • Participate in the Capital Budgeting process. Provide sustainability expertise to campuses and system staff in project development.
  • Work with existing and future Sustainability Guidelines at a State and System level.

Sustainable Initiatives

  • Incorporate Sustainability principles related to academics and research, Social and environment justice, and the circular economy ideals into future planning goals and details.
  • Work across departments and offices to facilitate and lead Sustainability Initiatives for System and campuses.

Professional Development and Other Duties


  • Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or related field.
  • Two – three years of documented experience in Sustainability and Energy


  • Master’s degree in related field.
  • Five plus years of experience as a Sustainability Professional, especially in Higher Education
  • CEM or LEED certification
  • Documented Leadership role in Sustainability and Energy Plan Development

The UW System is required to conduct a criminal background and sexual harassment check for final candidate(s) prior to employment.  Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

The office location is 780 Regent Street, Madison, WI 53715.  Telecommuting or hybrid work options (combination of remote work and in-office) may be available to Wisconsin residents only. Telecommuting agreements are subject to change at any time.

The Sustainability Coordinator is a full-time, salaried, exempt, academic fixed Term Terminal position and is anticipated to last for two years. The official title: Facilities Planning Manager. Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within a range of $60,000 – $85,000 commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefits package. To learn more about the benefits package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.

To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. Applicant screening will begin immediately and be ongoing through Sunday, August 14, 2022. However, applications may be accepted until the position has been filled.

  1. Go to the UWSA Applicant Portal to submit your materials online and select the appropriate applicant portal, either External Applicants or Internal Applicants  and click on the position title that you want to apply for.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions and be sure to include your salary expectations when asked in our applicant tracking In addition, please be sure to upload ALL THREE of the required documents: resume, cover letter, and references as PDF files. Failing to include any of these documents may disqualify your application.
    1. Your cover letter MUST specifically address how your education and experience relate to the and qualifications. Be sure to emphasize the areas outlined under “Minimum and Preferred Qualifications”
    2. Your reference page should include the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers for three professional references with at least one being from a current or previous supervisor.
  3. Include a statement of whether you wish to have your application held in confidence or made available to the public upon request. Please note that in the absence of any statement regarding confidentiality, we will assume you do not wish to have your application held in confidence. The UW System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
  4. Submit your application.


The University of Wisconsin System Administration is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, and person with disabilities.


Questions may be addressed to: Angie Koppen, Human Resources, at