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Jennifer deHart

Chief Sustainability Officer

Jennifer deHartExecutive Biography

DeHart provides leadership in advancing the college’s nationally recognized commitment to sustainability by optimizing key financial, technological, and physical resources of the College.

DeHart has led sustainability efforts on college campuses throughout the country, including Harvard University and her most recent post as sustainability coordinator for Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., where she engaged diverse audiences in sustainability initiatives and collaborative projects.


At VMI, deHart selected, trained, and supervised summer sustainability inters; created and led a community advisory committee overseeing VMI’s public rail trail; reviewed capital construction documents and specifications for energy and resource efficiency projects; executed more than $300,000 in non-capital projects relating to energy or resource conservation; developed and managed a campus recycling program, including supervision of student employees; contracted managers for selected waste disposal, storm water, and hazardous waste services; and more.

As program manager in the Harvard University Office for Sustainability’s Real Estate Services Division from 2007 to 2011, deHart managed drafts, revisions, and progress reports for greenhouse gas plan and supporting documents; described energy conservation projects to multiple audiences through live presentations and written articles; trained building managers to use utility data in operational and financial decision-making; consulted on portfolio-wide sustainability initiatives including occupant education, building standards, and service level agreements; participated in award-winning office green team; and managed energy and waste reduction campaign among nine dining halls.

DeHart also has served as an industrial program associate for the Consortium for Energy Efficiency in Boston, as a teacher in the Baltimore (Md.) city and county public school systems; and is certified in the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program; accredited by the Green Building Council; an energy manager in the association of Energy Engineers; and a member of other recognized environmental and sustainability organizations.

She holds a Master of Science in Facilities Management from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy; a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Swarthmore College.


Position Summary

The Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) is responsible for operational excellence across the functional areas of Business, Facilities Management, Information Technology, and Sustainability, as well as providing strategic leadership in support of Unity College’s mission. The CSO works with senior leadership to establish strategic direction and leads execution of strategy, planning, and achievement of KPIs. The CSO works with the President and senior leadership to continue to transform Unity College from a college with a strong regional presence to a leading national institution of higher education. The successful CSO will provide the college with grounded creativity through proven strategy, data based decision-making, and innovative thinking. Within the framework of functional leadership, the CSO supports and is supported by other senior level leaders and works with all constituencies to realize the Unity College Mission and Strategic Plan. The CSO reports to the President.


Essential Functions

1. Coordinates the efforts of all infrastructure functions under CSO purview to deliver flexible, responsive, integrated services in support of enterprise goals.
2. Ensures that the shared services KPI is tracked and maintained within adopted range.
3. Determines KPIs that effectively communicate and support the Institution’s mission and strategic vision in areas of business, facilities management, information technology, sustainability, and public safety.
4. Provides overall leadership and guidance to the functions supervised and monitors performance in an integrated and strategic manner.
5. Continually assesses and strengthens all phases of each functional area to improve processes and efficiencies.
6. Ensures timely and accurate provision of information in order to assist the President and other senior leaders in performing their responsibilities.
7. Works with the President to steward the Unity College Mission and establish enterprise-wide vision and strategic direction.
8. Ensures implementation of the strategic plan and directly manages strategic plan initiatives and goals as assigned.
9. Establishes appropriate measures of success for individual SEBUs.
10. Provides centralized planning and policies for enterprise-wide functions.
11. Manages internal/external controls over decentralized units.
12. Provides coordination and ensures strategic alignment for decentralized units.
13. Develops comprehensive plans that institutionalize sustainability in core business, policy, process, and decision making.
14. Works with senior leadership to establish a culture of and strategic direction for sustainability and leads execution of select enterprise-wide sustainability efforts.
15. Develops financial and risk management plans that advance the institution’s strategic plan and mission, ensures attainment of revenue goals, protects and differentiates Unity College, and increases its national exposure.
16. Evaluates and advises on the financial and risk management impacts of long-range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action.
17. Provides strategic financial and risk management input for issues affecting the organization, i.e., evaluation of potential alliances, acquisitions and/or mergers, investments, etc.
18. Enhances and/or develops, implements and enforces policies and procedures of the enterprise by way of systems that will improve the overall accountability and transparency allowing managers the ability to maximize use of their resources.
19. Provides informed, effective, and collaborative leadership within a model of functional leadership and shared governance.
20. Represents the college in formal and informal presentations and through networking as needed in related functions.