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Sustainability Program Coordinator

Apply now Job no: 529899
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Operations/Infrastructure, Planning/Project Management

Department: Campus Planning and Facilities Mgmt
Classification: Program Representative 2
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $24.83 - $38.00 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins

Position closes on August 29, 2022

Special Instructions to Applicants

1) Online Form
2) Cover Letter - Indicating how you meet the minimum and, if applicable, any preferred qualifications for the position. Please describe how you have added value in previous roles and how you would add value in this role.
3) Three professional references

The Office of Sustainability is interested in finding the best candidate for the job and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t think you meet every one of our preferred qualifications--use your application to let us know what excites you about the role and what transferable skills or other qualities you would bring.

Any application missing the above documents/information may be considered incomplete. In order to ensure consideration, please submit your application materials prior to or on the listed review date.

Department Summary

Campus Planning and Facilities Management (CPFM) is a vibrant department, which comprises five units, and approximately 270 employees: Facilities Services, Utilities & Energy, Campus Planning, Office of Sustainability, and Design & Construction. We plan, build, maintain, and operate the infrastructure that supports the University of Oregon's mission of exceptional teaching, discovery, and public service. As stewards of a physical legacy, we enable the university community to achieve its potential by providing a campus that is safe, clean, beautiful, inspiring, and environmentally responsible.

The Office of Sustainability is a unit within Campus Planning and Facilities Management in the Finance and Administration portfolio. Finance and Administration is a vibrant and varied portfolio serving all aspects of campus life. Our employees perform a wide range of functions including offering essential financial tools and support to the university’s many departments, providing key resources to employees, and keeping campus safe, clean, accessible and beautiful.

The Office of Sustainability supports the integration of sustainability into the University of Oregon’s operations, curriculum, co-curriculum, research and engagement with the broader community. We accomplish this through a number of policy initiatives and programs, largely in partnership with a wide range of units. We are responsible for the management of: Comprehensive Environmental Policy, Climate Action Plan, Greenhouse gas inventory, STARS data collection, Green Office Certification program, Sustainability Ambassadors Program, Sustainability Faculty Fellows program, Environmental Leaders Academic Residential Community, UO Sustainability Awards, SCORE, rEVUP Eugene. Details about these and other initiatives are available on our website.

Position Summary

The Sustainability Program Coordinator is responsible for programs overseeing education, outreach, data tracking, and analysis that further UO’s operational sustainability goals in waste reduction, recycling, and other materials management; transportation; energy; purchasing; and grounds.

Responsibilities include:

  • Project management support for STARS data collection and continuous improvement planning,
  • Coordinating the Home Energy Score program,
  • Coordinating sustainability-focused Move-in and Move-out activities in partnership with UO Housing,
  • Supporting the institution’s electronics and furniture surplus program.
  • Establishing a Green Labs program for the university, and other new and existing duties as assigned and/or developed in collaboration with the supervisor.

These initiatives will support the Office of Sustainability’s broad-based goal of expanding and sustaining a culture on campus to increase the UO’s operational sustainability performance and support the university’s academic and educational mission.

This position will also develop appropriate strategies and communication plans; create reports and informational and promotional marketing and communications materials for projects, programs, and other initiatives; copy edit for co-workers; and maintain project/program-related content on the Sustainability website.

The Program Coordinator reports to the Sustainability Assistant Director and also works closely and collaboratively with staff in units within the VPFA, Housing, and Student Life. The Program Coordinator will be required to regularly exercise sound independent judgment in safeguarding the physical safety and data privacy of students and customers that work for and utilize the programs. This position needs to develop and maintain project and program management methodologies, processes, and tools in order to monitor objectives, scope, and progress against goals, deadlines, and tracking expenditures. This position oversees student staff and some weekend work is required.

Studies have shown that women and People of Color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they have every one of the qualifications as described in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t think you meet every one of our preferred qualifications--use your application, including the cover letter, to let us know what excites you about the role and what transferable skills or other qualities you would bring.

Minimum Requirements

  • Four years of experience as an executive assistant, administrative analyst, researcher or administrative officer which included administrative duties, provision of technical assistance, or operations review. Two of the required years must have included administration or oversight of an on-going project or program.
  • A Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management, Public Administration or a closely-related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience. There is no substitution for the two years of administrative experience.
  • Preference may be given to individuals with experience in a specialty area specific to the position opening.

Professional Competencies

  • Perform duties in a way that advances and supports the mission of the department and university.
  • Excellent verbal and writing communication skills; able to communicate effectively with individuals and with groups, in-person, via phone, in written correspondence, and through communications and marketing.
  • Take initiative, looking for what needs to be done and doing it.
  • Pay close attention to detail.
  • Maintain a safe and safety-conscious workplace.
  • Maintain a respectful workplace and model a positive and proactive attitude.
  • Model the highest ethical standards.
  • Provide superior customer service.
  • Ability to vary writing and speaking style to fit the purpose of the communication and adapt to audience and circumstances.
  • Operate with tact, diplomacy, and political sensitivity.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong computer proficiency, particularly with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and demonstrated effort toward the promotion of an inclusive and welcoming environment.
  • Adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a field related to Sustainability, such as Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Planning, Public Policy, or Geography. Other fields may apply depending on coursework.
  • Two (2) years of professional work experience specifically with program or project management.
  • Prior STARS program experience.
  • Experience teaching and/or supervising undergraduate students.
  • One (1) year managing both new and on-going projects in a university setting.
  • Previous university work experience.
  • Experience serving as a contributor to communications and/or publicity materials.
  • Experience managing website content.

FLSA Exempt: No


All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see: https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/vaccine.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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