Assistant Director of the Center For Urban Ecology and Sustainability
Job no: 494613
Work type: Staff Full-time
Categories: Academic & Student Services
Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability – Assistant Director Job Announcement
The Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) at Butler University invites applications for an Assistant Director with a focus on sustainability at Butler. Founded in 1855 by abolitionists on the principles of diversity, equality, and inclusion, Butler University admitted women and people of color on an equal basis with white males, a radical stance for the time. The Assistant Director will continue this strong legacy of inclusion and provide vision, leadership, and comprehensive management of our sustainability efforts.
Successful candidates will have a keen desire to energetically support and enhance the work of the University as related to sustainability and social justice and have experience supporting students from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds with a professional understanding of the intersectionality of identities.
This position will spend roughly 60% of their time on university-wide coordination of sustainability initiatives, 30% on CUES student internship coordination and teaching, and 10% working with the CUES Director on strategic development of CUES programs. We seek applicants who share our passion for creative solutions to issues related to campus sustainability, urban ecology, sustainable cities, and social justice. Butler University is a signatory of the Second Nature Carbon Commitment and has a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS).
Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience managing high-level campus sustainability initiatives, providing sustainability reporting, teaching, developing programs, mentoring students, and engaging community.
Salary is commensurate with experience and the successful applicant will also be provided with full benefits including health insurance and employer-matched retirement contributions. Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition, hiring and other employment-related decisions are made on the basis of an individual’s qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. It is the policy of the University to provide equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally-protected category.
- Campus Sustainability Initiatives
- Support the President’s Sustainability Strategy Group by serving as the content expert for campus sustainability, energy efficiency, and strategic sustainability planning and advocating for and supporting initiatives from the strategy group
- Coordinate with relevant campus departments to develop a new iteration of Butler’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan to strategically align campus sustainability efforts with University Strategic Priorities and achieve sustainability and carbon neutrality goals
- In cooperation with Facilities and other campus divisions, measure and assess sustainability progress, using Second Nature’s Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Platform (SIMAP) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) as primary reporting platforms
- Partner with divisions across campus to develop sustainability programming and projects that support the University’s sustainability and carbon neutrality goals
- Manage sustainability-focused projects and associated budgets as needed
- Coordinate the Green Grad and Green Office programs
- Serve as a campus educational resource and spokesperson for sustainability information and best practices
- Establish and maintain an effective communication strategy to the campus community including social media and maintaining website, in collaboration with the Director
- Establish and maintain external relationships with sustainability-related professional organizations and network
- Attend and present at the annual AASHE conference
- Support campus sustainability initiatives undertaken independently by Butler faculty, staff, and students
- CUES Internship Coordination, Teaching, and Student Group Advising
- Lead the recruitment and interviewing of CUES interns
- Mentor CUES interns through the Sustainability Leadership Cohort, approximately 8-15 a semester
- Regularly evaluate internship learning outcomes and program components with CUES Director
- Advise sustainability-focused student groups
- Teach 1-2 sustainability-related classes a year, with at least one course taught as a community-engaged and/or service-learning course. Course loads will depend upon internship loads and other factors.
- Visioning/CUES Strategic Development
- In cooperation with the CUES Director, co-develop keystone programs and coordinate with the academic community to integrate sustainability and urban ecology into the curriculum
- Co-lead strategic planning for the CUES every three to five years with annual reporting of progress
- Assist the Director in fundraising efforts to support CUES programs
Other Duties as Assigned:
- Provide support for CUES programs, as needed, such as campus farm tours, field research support, and outreach events. These are typically only needed a few times a year.
- Master’s degree in sustainability, environmental studies, ecological sciences, public affairs, or related field
- Minimum three years implementing sustainability programs, with preference given to applicants with experience implementing programs at an academic institution
- Interest in and knowledge about sustainability and urban ecology
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Ability to work independently and as a team leader and member
- Ability to handle multiple priorities in a time sensitive environment
- A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form
- Ability to work effectively with cross-functional internal and external teams across rank, identity, backgrounds, and experience
- Project management skills
- Technical skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
- Experience compiling institutional greenhouse gas audits and reports
- Curriculum development and teaching experience
- An interest or experience in learning and employing fundraising strategies
- Understanding of how to institutionalize sustainability efforts (preferably within an academic setting)
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