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Sustainability Program Manager

Stanford, CT - Posted on: Thursday 05/12/16





Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), the largest auxiliary organization at Stanford University, supports the academic mission of the University by providing the highest quality services to students and other members of the university community in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner. The Department is the steward for one-third of Stanford’s physical plant and has a $234 million annual operating budget. R&DE comprises 800+ staff in the following divisions: the Office of the Senior Associate Vice Provost (SAVP Office), Student Housing, Stanford Dining, Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries, Stanford Conferences, and a team of four R&DE strategic business partners: Finance & Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Communications. R&DE houses 13,000+ students and their dependents while serving over 6.5 million meals annually to students, conference, catering, retail, and concession guests.


This position is within Stanford's Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) Student Housing Division. The R&DE Sustainable Living Program collaborates with students and staff to foster behavior change, reduce energy and water consumption and waste production in our residences, and to integrate long-term sustainable thinking into how we operate. 


Under direction, advance sustainability program activities and initiative through program design, support and execution.

  • Serve as the student contact on sustainability programs and services participation, project idea consideration and refinement, and sourcing suitable faculty and staff supporters.
  • Compile data, metrics, evaluations, assessments, and content for program reports.
  • Deliver outreach, campus education and training components of sustainability programs and services.
  • Lead assigned programs to raise campus awareness of sustainability goals and practices.
  • Implement assigned education outreach programs for staff, faculty, and students.
  • Mentor student ideas and projects to completion.
  • Coordinate meetings and student events to increase and enhance program adoption and greater outreach.
  • Contribute to the design of new innovative behavior campaigns.
  • May manage small student specific program budget.
  • May represent Stanford in on-campus events.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and relevant experience.

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is strongly desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Interest in and academic background in sustainability field.
  • Ability to manage and complete tasks on time and with moderate or little supervision.
  • Strong communications skills, both written and oral (including proofreading).
  • Ability to use judgment following policies and procedures and using creativity to solve problems.
  • Demonstrated skill in the use of spreadsheets, database programs, and word processing programs.
  • Demonstrated background working with university students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated experience managing large and small scale projects, programs, and initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience gathering, assembling, and presenting data, metrics, benchmarks
Certifications and Licenses:
  • Frequently sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Work on weekends and evenings.
  • Work involves long hours of standing and sustained communications/dialogue.
  • May work in mechanical equipment rooms, kitchens, waste management areas, construction sites.
  • Travel, local and non-local.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

To Apply:

Please visit https://stanford.taleo.net/careersection/mobile_stanford_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=70921&lang=en