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Project Specialist

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To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

The Sustainability Institute is seeking candidates for a Research and Project Specialist role.

The Research and Project Specialist will work with a team to research and develop new sustainability programs and policies that can be implemented by local government. The position will work on a diverse portfolio of issues with a particular focus in the area of energy; energy efficiency in buildings, alternative fuel vehicles and transportation, renewable energy, and GHG emissions tracking. Other issue areas may include land use, water, waste management, public health, economic development, or any critical sustainability issue.

Working with a team that includes the Executive Director and Senior Energy Program Manager, the position will conduct applied research to identify opportunities to make positive change at the local level that are impactful and achievable, and assess the impact of previous local actions. The team produces case studies, guidance documents, toolkits, and research reports that are shared with participating local governments. The team also provides direct technical assistance and grants to support local action.

A significant element of the work will be building, analyzing, and presenting data sets to support research into new best practices and assess the effectiveness of existing programs.

Main Responsibilities:
  • Research on projects related to policy and programs for sustainability, with particular emphasis on energy-related issues;
  • Data gathering, data cleaning, and data analysis on a portfolio of sustainability and energy issues;
  • Serve as a point of contact for internal and external clients interfacing with the team;
  • Research and write guidance for best practices and/or case studies for sustainable municipal operations and sustainable community programs;
  • Present data for expert and non-expert audiences including visual presentation of data via charts, graphs, and other visualization methods.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree. Focus in environmental studies, planning, public policy, business, public administration, statistics and data, or engineering is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to communicate in presentations, reports, and data visualization.
  • Proficiency in utilizing data management and analysis software such as Microsoft Excel and Access.
  • Ability to perform basic statistical analysis such as correlation.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to organize meetings, manage contact networks, and work independently.
  • Ability to learn quickly and work well in a fast-paced team environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with the subject matter including sustainability, government, and public policy.
  • Ability to conduct public policy research.
  • Basic competency with GIS software is preferred. Competency with basic statistics, and familiarity with SPSS, STATA, or SAS or other data analytics, is a plus but not required.
  • Project management experience.
  • Ability to work on schedule within deadline, and to provide necessary support for program reporting and deliverables.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Two years of experience in public policy research, project management, public administration, business development, non-profit program work, or other relevant work preferred.

Employer Qualifications:
  • Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of background check and reference checks.
  • COVID-19 Testing and Compliance - The College has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement. To learn more, please read the policy here: COVID-19 Requirements and Protocols.

About TCNJ

TCNJ is a highly selective institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. Founded in 1855, TCNJ has become an exemplar of the best in public higher education and is consistently acknowledged as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the nation. TCNJ currently is ranked as one of the 75 "Most Competitive" schools in the nation by Barron's Profiles of American Colleges and is rated the No. 1 public institution in the northern region of the country by U.S. News & World Report. TCNJ was named the #10 value in public higher education by the Princeton review in 2009 and, in 2006, was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter - an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ's seven schools - Arts & Communication; Business; Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; Science; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Engineering. TCNJ faculty members are teacher-scholars who share a commitment to liberal learning. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia. The College's campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty and has 39 major buildings.

Contact Information

Qualified candidates should apply online and submit a letter of interest, resume (CV), as well as the names and contact information for three professional references. Applications will be considered until a viable finalist has been found.

In accordance with the New Jersey First Act P.L. 2011 c.70, effective September 1, 2011, new public employees in certain positions (faculty exempt) are required to obtain New Jersey residency within one (1) year of employment. Applicants must meet the requirements listed.

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