The ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest multi-disciplinary universities of applied sciences in Switzerland with over 13’000 students and around 3’000 employees.

The President’s office is responsible for providing management information, communication, various advisory services and the quality and strategy development of the university. The organizational unit includes the general secretariat and the communications department, university development and legal services. The offices of strategic affairs Research & Development, Academic Affairs, International Affairs and Continuing Education are also part of the President’s office.

The Delegate for Sustainable Development of the ZHAW Executive Board is looking for an experienced, proven team player and highly skilled relations practitioner with the ability to step up to leadership roles for the new position as the Head of Sustainability Programs.
Head of Sustainability Programs (100 %)
In this position, you are responsible on behalf of the ZHAW Delegate for Sustainable Development for the following main tasks:

  • Establish and profile “ZHAW Sustainable”
  • Operationalize and implement the ZHAW Sustainability Strategy and its Green Impact Book
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Green impact book, especially with the Managing Director of Finance & Services
  • Connect the 8 schools at ZHAW as well as Finance & Services and the President’s office
  • Explore the topic on an international basis – identify, consult and report on trends and developments in sustainable development
  • Support the connection of ZHAW nationally and internationally
  • Mediate conflicts of interest and contribute to common solutions
  • Organize the functioning of the committee “ZHAW Sustainable”
For this position, you have a university degree (MSc or PhD) in Communication Sciences and International Relations or Public Relations and Sustainable Development as well as several years of professional experience in a position demanding for the ability to establish a strong network of thought leaders and future makers.

You are a proven team player and a highly skilled relations practitioner with the ability to step up to leadership roles. You have the ability to establish a strong network of thought leaders and future makers in Zurich, Switzerland and international. Excellent social and networking skills incl. writing, reporting, public speaking skills make you an excellent, effective in-house, national and international connector and communicator. Your strengths are excellent skills in developing and leading programs aimed at building open dialogues on sustainable development in a dynamic, academic work environment in order to foster extensive contact networks and to establish/support institutional collaborations across ZHAW schools and universities. You have a wide-ranging experience in program coordination and project management as well as the ability to co-create and co-organize interdisciplinary boundary-pushing activities in the field of sustainable development, connecting the schools of ZHAW, universities of the Canton of Zurich, Swiss universities and international universities, and other stakeholders. Designing and conducting successful communication campaigns for single projects and larger interdisciplinary initiatives/programs concerning sustainable development give you pleasure. You have an international network in the academic field, knowledge of the Swiss academic system in the German, French and Italian speaking regions of Switzerland as well as an excellent network with the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI and other federal offices. In this case, we hope you are interested in the challenging position we have to offer.

With a sense of context and your broad interest in sustainable development, you promote the exchange of experience and knowledge within the ZHAW and beyond as well as networking in the ZHAW schools and beyond. Furthermore, strategic and conceptual skills coupled with implementation strength are essential for this job. With a diplomatic flair, a sense of coherence and a high level of service orientation, you can move successfully in our expert organization. We want a creative personality with fresh ideas and a hands-on mentality, who likes to take on coordinative and organizational tasks. If you are also characterized by a strong team spirit and you want to further profile the ZHAW, we would like to get to know you.

You can expect a friendly team, varied areas of responsibility and versatile contacts in a lively university. The ZHAW promotes personnel development, offers its employees a flexible annual working time model and supports the compatibility of family and work.
Can we answer any further questions?

Prof. Dr. Urs Hilber, ZHAW Delegate for Sustainable Development and Dean of the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management, will be pleased to provide you with further information by e-mail or by phone on +41 (0) 58 934 59 52.

Have we met your interest?

Then we look forward to your complete application via the online platform to Verena Suter, HR Consultant, at the Wädenswil location. Please note that we only consider applications via the online platform and therefore, do not process applications by post or email.
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