Sustainability Coordinator

Sustainability Coordinator - Reposted
Department:  Office of Sustainability
Date:  11/12/2012

POSITION VACANCY – REPOSTED                                                                                NOVEMBER 12, 2012

Founded in 1813, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is one of the nation's oldest and best independent liberal arts colleges, enrolling approximately 1,825 students. Colby is a national leader in research and project-based undergraduate learning, and the depth of student-faculty interaction and collaboration is unparalleled. Colby embraces and honors a 200 year tradition of fostering intellectual and personal growth with graduates emerging as conscientious, committed, courageous and inspired leaders ready to make a profound impact on their world. Colby is a national leader in environmental sustainability and education with award-winning campus greening initiatives and academic program. Colby invites applications for the position of:


The Sustainability Coordinator will direct the Office of Sustainability and help integrate College operations with academic programs, student and faculty research, civic engagement initiatives, and community outreach. Sustainability and resource conservation are core values and strategic priorities at Colby, and the coordinator will work closely with administrators, faculty, students, and staff to identify, develop, implement, and promote collaborative strategies that advance these core values and strategic priorities.

Primary responsibilities include fostering a culture of sustainability among students, faculty, and staff; identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability initiatives; planning and developing long- and short-range sustainability programs; engaging with institutional leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus departments and offices; networking with peer institutions to maintain current working knowledge of sustainability best practices on college campuses; and, representing Colby at regional and national sustainability meetings.

The Coordinator serves as an important member of the College’s administrative staff, reporting to the Vice President for Administration and Treasurer. The Coordinator will assist the Vice President in defining sustainability goals, developing performance metrics, and helping to refine long-range plans for sustainability at Colby. The Coordinator will also monitor and evaluate program effectiveness, document performance and trends, and recommend modifications to improve institutional effectiveness.

• Collaborate with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and campus committees to advance Colby’s leadership in campus sustainability and environmental education.
• Coordinate and facilitate sustainability initiatives in College operations by providing information and assistance to the College administration, Physical Plant, Dining Services, Information Technology Services, and other departments and programs. Provide information about these efforts to the community.
• Work with the Director of Institutional Research to prepare annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory and carbon footprint reports. Disseminate results and analysis of progress toward carbon neutrality.
• Coordinate, facilitate, and participate in academic teaching and research projects that investigate aspects of campus sustainability undertaken by students and faculty associated with the Environmental Studies Program and other academic units.
• Serve on and work with the Environmental Advisory Group (EAG), consisting of faculty, staff, students, administrators, and work with other campus constituencies to develop and implement strategies for achieving carbon neutrality by 2015 including conservation, seizing energy efficiency and reduction opportunities, use of renewable energy sources, fostering a stronger culture of resource conservation, and evaluating and purchasing carbon credits.
• Coordinate implementation and reporting of Colby’s Climate Action Plan through the Sustainability Tracking Rating and Assessment System (STARS) and other sustainability reports and action plans as needed.
• Support Campus Life engagement in sustainability programs, including orientation, EcoReps, Community Advisers, and Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips (COOT). Promote sustainability and educational collaborations with Student Affairs division.
• Build on existing strengths of the College to further Colby’s sustainability objectives.
• Support student engagement in sustainability programs, including student organizations and individuals.
• Coordinate institutional sustainability activities, including Green Graduation and Earthweek.
• Enhance Green Colby communication and outreach, including managing content for website, social media, public presentations, newsletters, and other publications as appropriate.
• Promote environmental responsibility through various communication methods, including social media, presentations, and newsletters. Manage content of Green Colby website.
• Disseminate information about the College's sustainability advancements and activities, in our community and nationally. Represent Colby at regional and national campus sustainability meetings; facilitate dialogue and networking with peer institutions.
• Analyze data surrounding Colby’s and peer sustainability efforts and develop recommendations.
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the vice president.

• Bachelor’s degree required; Master's or other advanced degree strongly preferred.
• Five years experience in management, sustainability or related programs or equivalent education background required. Experience in academic setting desired.
• Knowledge of sustainability theories and practices and local, national, and global sustainability and environmental initiatives. Has a familiarity with the networks of organizations (governmental, non-governmental, and academic) involved in advancing sustainability policy and action.
• Excellent communication skills including writing, public speaking, and computing skills. Demonstrated experience publishing in academic peer-reviewed journals, books, or other professional publications preferred.
• Ability to creatively overcome obstacles. Skilled in working with diverse academic community.
• Able to work independently, but is an excellent collaborator and team player.
• Demonstrated record of personal accomplishments executing sustainability initiatives.
• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Excel.

Interested candidates may apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button below or please submit your letter of application, resume, salary expectations and the names and telephone numbers of three references to:

 Sustainability Coordinator - Search Committee
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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