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Conservation Programs Coordinator, Senior

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 31, 2023

Conservation Programs Coordinator, Senior

Location: Facility Srv: Sustainability
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606987
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

This position is posted as Conservation Programs Coordinator, Senior, which is a working title. The NAU system title for this position is Sustainability Programs Coordinator, Senior.

Job Description

Operating out of the Office of Sustainability, and reporting to the Manager of Sustainability, the Conservation Programs Coordinator, Senior is responsible for evaluating, developing, and implementing comprehensive behavior-based conservation programs aimed at reducing emissions, improving water conversation, and minimizing waste generated on campus. This position will also coordinate the deployment of the new recycling system, and work on strategies for reducing scope 3 emissions that can be targeted through behavior change.

This position also supports sustainability operations and assists in developing and implementing complex comprehensive behavior-based conservation programs related to reducing energy waste, improving water conservation, and minimizing waste generation. The Conservation Program coordinator will monitor and evaluate new and existing processes/programs to make recommendations for improvements as well as maintaining records of university conservation data and compiles to be used for recommendations.

Job Functions and Duties

Conservation Program Management - 40%
  • Management and oversight of Office of Sustainability behavior-based conservation programs which include developing, implementing, and evaluating programs or projects that will promote conservation, energy efficiency, water, waste minimization and recycling, and transportation.
  • In collaboration with the Manager of Sustainability, evaluate the effectiveness of the Energy Mentor, Green Office Certification, Sustainable Ambassadors, and Green Labs programs. Propose and implement reforms and coordinate the management and implementation of these programs in a continuous and consistent manner. This includes Energy Mentor training, giving departmental presentations, recruitment for the different programs, and other programmatic tasks.
  • Lead and coordinate the planning and implementation of events and outreach opportunities such as orientation, Energy Mentor events, Earth month, film series, and speaker series.
  • Aid in coordinating the deployment of the recycling containers across campus.
  • Develop briefings for senior administration including reports and updates that will help keep leadership informed both about sustainability issues in general as well as sustainability issues at the institution.
  • Organizes appropriate documentation to ensure compliance with university policies.

University and Community Partnerships - 20%
  • Participate in the Waste Minimization Action Team, and function as the waste minimization point person for the Office of Sustainability. Develop strategies for reducing waste generation on campus.
  • Act as a University representative on campus sustainability committees as needed.
  • Create partnerships with outside agencies who share a common goal of state/regional-wide sustainability. Collaborate with other campus sustainability coordinators such as those in Campus Living and Dining Services
  • Answers questions from members of the campus community and resolves issues in a timely manner.

Conservation Research - 15%
  • Conduct research related to sustainability projects and goals. Specifically, research peer institutions, other state institutions, and competitive institutions to identify best practices and areas for potential improvement
  • Create partnerships with university departments that will lead to the effective implementation of sustainability project goals and objectives. This includes acting as a close liaison to the academic programs that are involving students in sustainability research
  • Publishes results and progress towards sustainability objectives.

Student Supervision - 10%
  • Develop and foster student sustainability learning through internships and class projects.
  • Coordinate, hire, supervise and mentor student interns. This includes preparing hiring paperwork, maintaining payroll, guiding student projects, and supervising student efforts.

Marketing - 10%
  • Publicize efforts of the campus through press release materials, website updates, maintenance of listservs, and other publications or communications as needed.
  • Work closely with Marketing and Public Affairs in these efforts.
  • Help manage and maintain the Green NAU website and digital resources.

Other duties as assigned - 5%

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies Social/Behavioral Science, or related field.
  • 3-5 years of related work experience.
  • Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Excellent and proven leadership and management skills.
  • Experience and knowledge in program coordination and management
  • Excellent skills in engagement, public speaking, and verbal communication.
  • Passion for environmental issues, sustainability, education, and communication.
  • Excellent independent and team work skill

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Salary range begins at $54,779. Annual salary commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Application Deadline

February 21, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Know Your Rights Poster

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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