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Sustainable Campus Strategist at Pennsylvania State University - 13972

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Sustainable Campus Strategist
Pennsylvania State University
16801 University Park , PA ,
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Penn State is actively working to Ensure a Sustainable Future for all, and has made it a strategic goal to “integrate sustainability into our research, teaching, outreach, and operations.” Sustainability at Penn State is the simultaneous pursuit of human health and happiness, environmental quality, and economic well-being for current and future generations, and is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Come join the small but mighty team at the Sustainability Institute to help us fulfill that goal! The Sustainability Institute is seeking an engaged and passionate teammate to help us continue our strong performance in national and international sustainability rankings, such as AASHE STARS and the THE Impact Rankings, and coordinate projects that support sustainable operations while being an integrated part of the educational and research functions of the University.  

The Sustainability Institute's mission is to "expand commitment to sustainable practices, addresses systemic challenges, and build capacity for leadership toward a sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous future through Penn State’s teaching, research, outreach, and operations." Our values highlight our desire to "walk hand in hand with all people—but particularly the marginalized—to confront injustice and to achieve social, economic, and environmental justice." As an incoming community member of the Sustainability Institute, it will be expected that all employees embody and model Penn State’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as the commitment expressed by the division of Finance and Business.

This position has the potential for a flexible work arrangement with a mix of on-campus and remote activities. Occasional travel will be required, mostly inside Pennsylvania.

The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include the following:

Benchmark programs at other institutions that engage faculty and students in project-based learning that improves operational sustainability and determines best practices
Build on existing programs that engage students and faculty in sustainability projects and develop new sustainability-focused engaged scholarship opportunities using campus facilities and resources as a ‘living laboratory’ (existing programs include Sustainable Communities Collaborative, Sustainable Operations Council, College and Campus Sustainability Councils, Student Engagement Network, etc)
Work with student groups interested in improving the sustainability of campus operations to integrate their work into the program (Student Sustainability Advisory Council, University Park Undergraduate Association, Commonwealth Campus Student Government, etc) and advise the SSAC
Build a network of faculty at all Penn State campuses, track and improve the effectiveness of the living lab opportunities and report successes
Build working relationships with other units and groups at Penn State who contribute to assessment and reporting activities (Office of Planning Assessment & Institutional Research, Global Programs, etc)
Coordinate the Sustainability Institute’s existing Penn State assessment activities by collecting responses for AASHE STARS from the appropriate internal stakeholders, working with the internal THE Impact Ranking response team, and working on any other assessments deemed appropriate
Communicate the results of sustainability tracking and rankings to a broad audience including faculty, staff, administrators, and external stakeholders, in order to recognize and encourage continual improvement
Work with the Marketing Strategist and others to communicate operational sustainability stories to various audiences
Additional activities as assigned.
This position will be filled at a Level 2, which typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher and 2+ years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

The successful candidate will also have experience in sustainability or other performance assessments; excellent analytical skills and experience with data analysis software (MS Excel or others); and outstanding organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Excellent written and verbal communications skills will be required. Experience working with students and mentoring interns a plus. Knowledge of sustainability concepts, and the ability to work collaboratively will be valuable. We are seeking a person who can build and work with diverse communities.

This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

To apply, submit a resume,  a cover letter that describes your interest in sustainability and this position, and a list of three references.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

University Park, PA