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Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Salary/Rate: $53,920 @ 1.0FTE
This position oversees campus sustainability and recycling programs and goals. Monitors and reports on all campus activities related to sustainability, reducing carbon footprint, and waste management. Works with other departments to develop programs to encourage conservation of resources and proper waste disposal. Serves as an advocate for the University in the community and state.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree in environmental studies or related field
At least 2 years experience coordination campus sustainability and/or recycling
5 or more years experience working as a sustainability coordinator or in related position.
Experience with greenhouse gas accounting and STARS reporting
All Listed Duties:
Assessment and Reporting: Gather and process data into published sustainability reports for internal and external audiences, to include required and voluntary reporting opportunities such as, but not limited to: Second Nature Climate Commitment reports, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Reporting System (STARS), etc. Analyze utility and operating reports to assess campus sustainability performance, identify opportunities for improvement and coordinate new initiatives. Develop summaries and highlights of submitted reports for campus audiences to improve transparency and campus knowledge of sustainability goals, indicators, and successes.
Climate Action Plan Implementation, Planning and Policies: Manage implementation of SOU's Climate Action Plan. Develop sustainability indicators and metrics. Collaborate with campus departments to establish monitoring and tracking systems to measure progress. Coordinate with various departments (FMP, Campus Farm, Parking, Business Services, Housing, etc.) to identify projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or conserve resources and help acquire financial incentives (local, state, federal grants, rebates, etc) and tools for implementing projects. Provide consultation for campus plans, policies and procedures to ensure they align with sustainability goals and values.
Engagement, Training and Communication: Provide training and guidance to the University community and serve as a central information source about campus sustainability and recycling issues. Oversee and develop programs to educate students, faculty and staff about sustainability and recycling efforts and the benefits of sustainable practices. Lead and coordinate the Sustainability Council to address institutional sustainability issues and advise the President and Executive Council on best practices. Create and distribute regular communication on sustainability programs, tips, and engagement opportunities. Serve as the campus liaison for sustainability-related partnerships with the City and other community groups/organizations. Advise and provide administrative support for the Environmental Affairs Committee and allocation of the student Green Fund. Provide support and project management for sustainability projects, including university and student-led efforts. Oversee student staff/interns to assist with sustainability coordination and zero waste initiatives.
Manage Campus Recycling Programming: Continue to develop and encourage waste and waste stream reduction on campus. Manage campus recycling center and coordinate waste diversion efforts. Hire, train and supervise student employees at recycling center to ensure clean recycling stream. Recruit and coordinate volunteers to assist at the recycling center. Manage and maximize all waste management contracts and services with local vendors, city and county entities. Pursue opportunities to expand waste diversion channels. Maintain campus waste infrastructure, including bins and signage. Provide expertise and support to campus on all waste-related issues.
Other Duties as Assigned: Serve on University and community committees. Perform other assigned duties in support of the University, and Facilities, Management and Planning Dept.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime -Position classifications defined as “non exempt” are subject to overtime
The person holding this position is considered a
Internal Number: 7823
About Southern Oregon University
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.