The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Job Posting: Senior Director, Sustainability



This position is responsible for leading, developing, and executing all facets of the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) sustainability programs. The Senior Director, Sustainability drives the development of ACI’s sustainability strategy in a manner that is relevant for our industry and maintains the Institute’s leadership in this space.

This position serves as the lead for ACI’s sustainability programs, manages and develops internal programs and contract execution, expanding scientific understanding of sustainability tools and measurement approaches. The Senior Director, Sustainability manages/directs external outreach for sustainability issues, and has oversight of relevant committee(s) and corresponding budget(s). This position facilitates development of proactive industry programs; manages assigned committees and programs; as well as works collaboratively with all ACI functions to insure alignment with our sustainability commitments and advance ACI’s sustainability initiatives.


Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a technical, scientific or related field with a minimum of 15 years’ experience required.

The Senior Director Sustainability must have a strong knowledge of ACI policy issues and strong familiarity with sustainability processes and procedures. The individual must possess strong written and verbal communications skills; and must possess strong analytical, strategic, relationship building and interpersonal skills.


This position is responsible for leading and executing all facets of sustainability within ACI, including:

  • Leading comprehensive sustainability efforts and outreach activities throughout ACI to consist of developing ACI’s strategic and tactical sustainability efforts, including:
    • Develop methodologies to assess the success of ACI sustainability initiatives.
    • Developing and implementing ACI’s long-term sustainability strategy to execute the priorities established by the Board of Directors and to advance the overall industry impact with demonstrated results.
    • Managing and updating ACI’s sustainability framework and goals.
    • Engagement of relevant ACI groups in sustainability programs, including the Board of Directors.
  • Managing ACI’s Sustainability Committee and related work groups and task forces, including:
    • Planning, managing and overseeing relevant budgets, as they pertain to assigned work programs, including contracts with vendors.
    • Managing specific expert groups, as assigned.
  • Identifying, building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders to help advance ACI’s sustainability strategies and programs. Establishing and leading multi-stakeholder coalitions as needed.
  • Understanding the broader industry landscape to actively contribute to shaping the industry’s strategy.
  • Developing and overseeing programs that showcase the industry’s progress in sustainability.
  • Developing and administering communication plans aimed at expanding visibility of ACI’s sustainability programs both internally and externally utilizing relevant ACI functions and resources.
  • Developing and maintaining programs that aid the industry in implementing sustainability practices.
  • Expanding understanding of sustainability tools and measurement approaches through technical and research projects that influence life cycle models; environmental, social and economic hotspot assessments; and relevant standards.
  • Integrating sustainable values and practices into the Institute’s strategic planning processes, programs, advocacy positions, meetings and events.
  • Communicating across all levels of the organization on ACI sustainability programs and progress.
  • Providing scientific sustainability support across ACI programs, as needed
  • Representing ACI at industry, academic, government, and NGO-sponsored meetings and conferences on sustainability.
  • Identifying, building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders to help advance ACI’s sustainability strategies and programs. Establishing and leading multi-stakeholder coalitions as needed.
  • Supervising the work of ACI staff and student interns related to sustainability.


With Institute Staff:

Interacts with all ACI staff.

With Institute Staff:

Interacts with ACI members. Works with Sustainability liaisons from the Board of Directors to ensure that ACI’s sustainability program aligns with strategic goals of the industry. Provides management for the Sustainability Committee, as well as other advisory committees, when needed.

Outside Institute:

Extensive interaction with industry groups, including The Sustainability Consortium, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), retailers and vendors.


Administrative 7.5 hour workday; domestic and international travel required.

Salary competitive with similarly sized organizations.

This job description is not intended to cover a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Interested applicants may submit a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: