Website NYC Department of Education

Location: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, NY


The Department of Education’s Division for School Facilities (DSF) provides a safe, clean, and comfortable environment conducive to educating and nurturing our children as economically and efficiently as possible. DSF oversees approximately 130 million square feet of floor space in over 1,300 separate sites throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. The Division employs approximately 400 mechanics, 800 custodian engineers, 100 building managers, and approximately 300 other employees with administrative or technical expertise in facilities management, engineering, environmental health, administration, accounting, construction, planning, and project management.

Integrated into the Division of School Facilities, the Office of Sustainability provides NYC public schools with resources and programs that improve building efficiency, addressing environmental issues and social inequities to support lasting change. The collaborative team manages numerous programs across approximately 1,850 schools and 1,300 buildings that foster stakeholder engagement, climate resiliency, and student empowerment.  The Office supports various Mayoral Initiatives and City-aligned sustainability goals outlined in OneNYC 2050 and NYC’s Local Law 97: Climate Mobilization Act.

The Sustainability Specialist Team, formed in 2015, works with school stakeholders, central DOE Offices and non-profit partners to improve school building environments by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, maximizing waste diversion, and supporting green spaces. They work to empower school communities through inclusive and equitable engagement and create meaningful learning experiences for all stakeholders.

Sustainability Specialists advise on operational and educational components of several Office programs with a focus on site-specific solutions, capacity building, and stakeholder awareness and training. They collect, track, and synthesize data to develop and implement operational and educational engagement. Incumbents also fulfill general office duties, collaborate on team projects, and participate in trainings/events in addition to field-based outreach and support. Performs related work.


  • Conducts outreach/engagement for sustainability programs across all DOE schools and serves as a resource to schools for sustainability programs, policies, and education; tracks and report on programmatic implementation, outreach, and impacts and conducts site visits to coordinate school sustainability efforts and troubleshoot issues.
  • Liaises with relevant stakeholders on staff development, student education/engagement and building wide integration of sustainability practices and programs; maintains in-depth knowledge of DOE sustainability policies and procedures, including Chancellor’s Regulation A-850, as well as relevant local laws.


  • Outreach and Engagement: engages with school stakeholders to support school/site specific sustainability initiatives; conducts training and engagement sessions; provides technical support to Facilities staff; and provide educational support to pedagogical staff.
  • Waste Operations: aids in the integration of recycling/waste management systems and compliance throughout DOE; provides customer service to schools on waste management systems and procedures; liaises with DSNY on collection issues, conducts site visits as needed.
  • Training Coordination: develops and leads trainings and workshops in alignment with DOE Sustainability core programs; develops materials, presentations, collateral, and partnerships.

 Minimum Qualifications

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two (2) years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
  • High school graduation or equivalent and six (6) years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
  • Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above.  However, all candidates must have at least one (1) year of experience as described in “1” above.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest and experience in sustainability
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal); public speaking experience
  • Ability to analyze and present complex data sets using Microsoft Excel and Power Point
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and analytical skills
  • Comfortable working as part of a collaborative team; flexible and adaptable

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