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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3317743
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : July 10, 2020

Job Description


DIVISION: Operations

OFFICE: Central Office - Facilities Management

TEAM: Facilities Management

REPORTS TO: Sustainability & Environmental Resources Manager




The Water & Sustainability Project Manager resides in the Facilities Management Department within the Operations Division of the Boston Public Schools, reporting to the Sustainability and Environmental Resources Manager.  The Water & Sustainability Project Manager is responsible for all components of the BPS Drinking Water Program, and will support the BPS Sustainability and Environmental Resources team in other areas of environmental resource conservation and sustainability programming for Boston Public Schools.


The position will have a particular emphasis on developing and implementing the 3-5 year drinking water infrastructure implementation plan, which will install, test, and maintain new drinking water fountains across BPS schools.  The Water & Sustainability Project Manager will serve in a Midlevel role within Facilities Management. The Water & Sustainability Project Manager will also be responsible for upholding all components of the BPS Drinking Water Access Policy and Circular, and for having knowledge and experience with regard to issues of sustainability and environmental resource conservation.




  • Foster a culture of sustainability across BPS through ongoing implementation of projects, initiatives, communications, and education.
  • Using current technology and communications tools, prepare and maintain a variety of narrative and statistical reports, presentations, records, correspondences, and files related to assigned projects.
  • Perform hiring, supervision, and performance evaluation activities of staff as assigned.
  • Manage any budgets and contracts affiliated with assigned initiatives and projects.
  • Write budgets, grant applications, rebate applications, or project proposals to secure funding for assigned initiatives and projects.
  • Participate in staff, school, and community meetings as required.
  • Visit BPS schools as required by the functions of the position.
  • Understand and comply with state and federal laws, regulations, ordinances related to water, environment, health and safety, sustainability, energy, etc.

Drinking Water

  • Uphold and implement the requirements and deliverables of the BPS Drinking Water Access Policy, which includes all components of tap water, bottled water, and cups for Boston Public Schools.
  • Collaborate with internal and external BPS stakeholders, Facilities staff, and contractors to improve, operate, and maintain the BPS Drinking Water Program.
  • Develop and implement the 3-5 year drinking water infrastructure implementation plan, which will install, test, and maintain new drinking water fountains across BPS schools.
  • Perform field inspections and required testing of drinking water components in collaboration with Environmental and Plumbing Divisions.
  • Lead drinking water analysis and reporting.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for any and all inquiries on the subject of BPS drinking water.


  • Manage the operation and maintenance of stormwater features on BPS properties.
  • Collaborate with BPS Science to promote school-based educational programming using the stormwater features.
  • Represent BPS in the City of Boston Green Stormwater Infrastructure group and participate in group meetings and activities.

Environmental Resource Conservation

  • Lead district behavior change and educational campaigns for energy and water conservation, in collaboration with the Sustainability Manager and the Energy, HVAC, and Plumbing Divisions, City of Boston Environment Department, Utility providers, and selected sustainability education partners.


Education and Related Work Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Planning/Policy, Sustainability, Facilities Management, Engineering with a focus on Sustainability and Resource Conservation, or related field
  • Experience with budget and financial management.
  • Experience using computers, Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive suite, and electronic communications tools.
  • Experience with management of small and large projects, including fundraising, managing budgets and timelines, coordinating with stakeholders, and reporting on project results.
  • Extensive experience initiating and managing relationships with various partners in the private and public sectors.
  • Experience with hiring/firing, supervising interns, volunteers, or staff, conducting performance reviews of staff.
  • Current authorization to work in the United States
  • An understanding of and commitment to gain greater understanding of what is necessary for an urban school system to enjoy continuous improvement in an increasingly complex and competitive environment. 
  • A deeply held and unyielding belief in the overarching mission of public education.

Technical Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of sustainability and climate issues, especially in building design, construction, and operations, water quality, water management, and energy management.
  • Understanding of behavior change strategies, social marketing approaches, and systems thinking applications.
  • Ability to prepare written and oral reports and public presentations.
  • Ability to initiate, manage, and complete small and large facilities and sustainability projects.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have daily availability of an automobile for travel to assigned schools. 

Materials and Equipment Operating Knowledge

  • Operating knowledge of and experience with water systems and drinking water infrastructure and equipment.
  • Operating knowledge of and experience with personal computers and peripherals.
  • Operating knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel and Google Drive apps.


  • Any of the following Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications:
    • Project Management
    • LEED GA or LEED AP O+M
    • Building Operator Certification
    • Water auditor
    • Certified Energy Manager
    • District asbestos training certification (required within 30 days)
  • Familiarity with Boston and Boston Public Schools





The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, employment, or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
    Administrator > Facilities
  • Employer Description

    Academic Excellence for Every Child
    As the birthplace of public education in this nation, the Boston Public Schools is committed to transforming the lives of all children through exemplary teaching in a world-class system of innovative, welcoming schools. We partner with the community, families, and students to develop in every learner the knowledge, skill, and character to excel in college, career, and life.

    Our responsibility is to ensure every child has great teachers and great school leaders. In the Boston Public Schools we tailor instruction to meet the individual needs of every student. Together, we are:

    Strengthening teaching and school leadership
    Replicating success and turning around low- performing schools?
    Deepening partnerships with parents, students, and the community?
    Redesigning district services for effectiveness, efficiency, and equity
    By securing new flexibilities and resources, we have intervened in our lowest-performing schools, many of which are showing greater growth than the district average. By partnering with community organizations and expanding grant opportunities, we have expanded science, arts, athletics and doubled summer learning opportunities to end the cycle of summer learning loss.

    Federal stimulus dollars allowed us to create Parent University, one of the first in the nation, to deepen the home-school connection. We have increased the number of schools serving students with disabilities with inclusive settings from four to 26 and are moving toward inclusive settings in every school. Investments in teacher training and stronger assessments have enhanced our ability to serve English Language Learners, who in 2013 saw a graduation rate increase of over seven percent.

    Today we remain focused on ensuring every school is one that any parent would be happy to choose. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Boston Public Schools, Office of Human Capital
    • 2300 Washington Street
    • Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119

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