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
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
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.
- Research on projects related to policy and programs for
sustainability, with particular emphasis on energy-related
- 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
- Present data for expert and non-expert audiences including
visual presentation of data via charts, graphs, and other
- 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
- Proficiency in utilizing data management and analysis software
such as Microsoft Excel and Access.
- Ability to perform basic statistical analysis such as
- Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to
organize meetings, manage contact networks, and work
- Ability to learn quickly and work well in a fast-paced team
- 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.
- 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. https://hr.tcnj.edu/covid-19-employee-info/
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.
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.