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Sustainability Associate

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123459
Title: Coordinator
Functional Title: Sustainability Associate
Category Status: 35-Exempt Contingent Category 2
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1
Unit: VPAF-Environmental Safety
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The University of Maryland is looking for a dynamic individual to work in the department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk.

The Sustainability Associate will develop and manage programs that engage students, faculty, and staff in sustainable behaviors and create a culture of sustainability among all sectors of the diverse campus community.

The Sustainability Associate will primarily support the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Engineering and Energy on energy and water-related initiatives including the management of existing programs, conduct of research into new program areas, development of program proposals, and implementation of new initiatives.

The Associate will also work with the professional staff to support the energy/greenhouse gas reduction and water management programs of other campus departments as well as collaborative projects involving multiple campus units.

This is a one-year position designed to help launch recent college graduates into the sustainability profession.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Education, Communications, Business, Engineering, Journalism, Life Sciences, or related field required.

At least one (1) year of experience as a full-time student in a higher education institution involved in one or more aspects of campus sustainability. This is an entry-level professional development position. No professional experience is required.

Strong communication skills including excellent writing skills and the ability to speak and present to small groups of people.

Demonstrated understanding of, and experience with, methods, practices and procedures associated with campus sustainability.

Proficient in the use of computer software programs and basic Microsoft Office products including Excel and PowerPoint.

Strong interpersonal skills, working with diverse groups of individuals and building partnerships.

Ability to work independently, to be a team leader and to be a team member.

Ability to supervise and direct student interns.

Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and to work with shifting priorities and schedules.


Academic experience specific to sustainability preferred.

Development and/or implementation of environmental and/or sustainability programs, behavior-change programs, environmental planning or policy, or related area.

Experience in student or university-sponsored organizations involved in one or more aspects of sustainability environmental initiatives, resource management, and teaching/presenting complex information is desirable.

Experience in teaching and/or research laboratories and associated energy-consuming equipment.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 10/27/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 11/10/2017
Physical Demands

This is a primarily a sedentary position with the physical demands found in an office environment involving extensive use of desktop computers.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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