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Director of Sustainability

Collegeville, PA - Posted on: Monday 07/11/16


Applications are now being accepted for a full-time Director of Sustainability (DoS) to lead the Ursinus College Office of Sustainability (OS).  The DoS will work to maintain, create, and drive productive and collaborative sustainability programming across all levels of the College, involving students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and foster a culture of sustainability across the campus.


Office of Sustainability


The responsibilities of the DoS will include:

  • Directing the college’s Office of Sustainability, including general oversight of programs and budgeting;

  • Coordinating the Ursinus Sustainability Fellows Program, including mentoring student fellows and teaching the Fellows class;

  • Facilitating broad student involvement in sustainability initiatives including volunteers, classes, and student groups;

  • Developing new sustainability initiatives and facilitating growth of ongoing projects in conjunction with faculty, students, staff, and administrators;

  • Overseeing administrative and logistical details of ongoing programs and projects including the College farm, the ACUPCC/Second Nature Carbon Commitment, and others;

  • Providing advice and support to students, student groups, and the campus community on sustainability issues.

  • Promoting OS programming internally and externally including, but not limited to, the development of written material, including reports and grants, and attendance at meetings and conferences;

  • Chairing the college’s campus-wide sustainability committee; and

  • Representing the college to outside networks and organizations as chief sustainability officer.


Qualified applicants should have the following:

  • A master’s degree or higher in sustainability, environmental studies, or related interdisciplinary field;

  • A minimum of three years’ professional experience managing sustainability initiatives, preferably in a higher education setting;

  • A record of organizational leadership and professional experience overseeing undergraduate or graduate students;

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including effective interpersonal skills and experience with social media;

  • Strong project management and organizational skills, including managing budgets, record-keeping, timetables, and paperwork; ability to make appropriate, timely, and effective decisions in order to support the work of the OS;

  • A demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively without daily supervision, and to coordinate and lead multiple complex sustainability programs simultaneously involving a large number of diverse participants;

  • A willingness to work outside of regular office hours as necessary to support sustainability initiatives; and

  • Grant writing experience (highly desirable).

To Apply:

Interested candidates should apply online here.  Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.  Cover letter should be specific in describing relevant experience and abilities.  For information about the Office of Sustainability at Ursinus College, please see www.ursinus.edu/offices/sustainability/. Review of applications will begin on July 22nd 2016, and continue until the position is filled. 

Ursinus is an AA/EO employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.