Sustainability Coordinator

Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO (30+ days ago)4.2

Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 201800506AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range 48000
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 07/01/2018
Description of Work Unit
Housing & Dining Services (HDS) is a multifaceted auxiliary organization responsible for management of on-campus housing facilities, residential dining, conferences, and the CSU Mountain Campus. Other areas within HDS include the RamCard, communications, sustainability, facilities, human resources, technology services, workplace education, and business services. Approximately 450 full-time staff and 1,700 hourly and student staff serve the nearly 8,000 students who live on campus, in addition to other campus and community guests. Our priority is providing our residents and guests with safe living environments, quality dining, and exceptional out-of-classroom experiences. We accomplish this through sound fiscal and operational management strategies, and an emphasis on the development of programs and services that are designed to enhance personal growth and global engagement. Staff are expected to uphold our values of customer first service, commitment to students and staff, integrity, respect and teamwork, inclusiveness and diversity, innovation, stewardship, and to support the CSU Principles of Community.

The integrated Communications and Sustainability offices within HDS are an award-winning team that works to support the mission of the department. Communications professionals on the team specialize in a wide range of practices from brand strategy, marketing, art design, multimedia, and web development to public relations and crisis management. Sustainability professionals on the team create and implement innovative sustainability programs and campaigns rooted in outreach and education. The team as a whole commits to operating through a socially just, inclusive, and sustainable lens.

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all of the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational and outdoor opportunities.

Position Summary
The Sustainability Coordinator takes the lead on a variety of programs and initiatives for Housing & Dining Services Sustainability. This includes coordination of a student peer education program, composting and waste reduction programs, sustainable dining programs, student sustainability gardens, the on-campus grown greens partnership, staff training, and sustainability reporting and assessment. A key component of this position is project management and engagement. This position will require innovative thinking and the ability to work independently as well as within cross-functional teams. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Sustainability for Housing & Dining Services.

Required Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability, Environmental Science or Studies, Natural Resources OR a closely related field with a minimum of two years of experience in sustainability OR a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field with four years of experience in sustainability
  • Demonstrated experience working with people from different backgrounds (e.g. race, culture, gender, etc.)
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Experience with project management software or systems
  • Experience in higher education
  • Experience managing student staff or interns
  • Master’s degree in sustainability-related field
  • Experience with content management software
  • Experience with public speaking and engagement
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Diversity Statement
Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Project Management and Execution
  • Manage the Aggie Eco Leaders peer education program including move-in and welcome initiatives, engagement campaigns throughout the year, and passive education programs created in close collaboration with Aggie Village staff
  • Coordinate the Take It or Leave It move-out donation program including logistics for material diversion and donation, set-up and maintenance of 10 donation stations, recruiting for more than 750 volunteer shifts, and managing $15,000 budget
  • Manage the On-Campus Grown Greens Living Lab including serving as the primary representative to the Horticulture Center, chairing the On-Campus Grown Greens committee, and managing financials including invoices and student intern salary
  • Take the lead on multiple other small projects at one time including engagement campaigns, events, and programs
  • Coordinate sustainability project calendar in software management system
  • Contribute to green building certification processes including providing data for LEED and ENERGY STAR projects, conducting research, drafting related policies, and reviewing submission materials
  • Provide weekly updates on project status and keep projects on time
  • Conduct project assessment and make recommendations for improvement based on participation numbers, metrics for diversion and weight, analytics for website and social media campaigns, and quantitative and qualitative feedback.
Percentage Of Time 50
Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Outreach and Engagement
  • Coordinate Earth Week festival and other programs including registration, booth recruitment, liaison to communications for promotion materials, and event logistics
  • Represent the office at events and fairs throughout the year on campus and off campus (this will involve some evening and weekend work)
  • Lead tours, give presentations, and guest lecture at classes as needed
  • Create and deliver training sessions for students, Housing & Dining Services staff, and campus partners
  • Update and provide content for all HDS sustainability related websites, brochures, and publications including the annual sustainability report
Percentage Of Time 25
Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Student Supervision and Coaching
  • Hire, supervise, and coach the four Aggie Eco Leaders including leading their weekly meetings and providing ongoing mentoring throughout the year
  • Hire, supervise, and coach the Horticulture Intern. This includes working with the faculty advisor to identify qualified candidates, managing the planting and harvesting schedule, and liasoning between the Horticulture Center and Dining Services to determine crops and expansion opportunities.
  • Provide oversight for the Piñon student garden over the summer session and work with the Sustainability Floor RA within the Natural Sciences Living Learning Community to ensure operation runs smoothly during the academic year.
  • Manage and oversee the Environmental Eats program within Dining Services including scheduling volunteers and dates, coordinating educational outreach, engaging student groups, and partnering with Communications to produce marketing materials.
Percentage Of Time 25
Application Details
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, please apply by 7/1/2018, 11:59 pm (MT). Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a resume, and contact information for 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Applicants needing assistance or accommodations may contact Emily Jansen at or (970) 491-4703. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Jansen.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
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EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.