Project Specialist-Sustainability Institute-50001104

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Job Title: Project Specialist-Sustainability Institute
Job Category: Grant
Post Date: April 25, 2023
Close Date: N/A
Salary: $45,000 - $65,000
For non-unit positions, salary commensurate with experience and is accompanied by a competitive benefits package.

Position Summary:

The Office Sustainability Institute is seeking candidates for Research and Project Specialist role.The Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey seeks a creative and motivated person to join our team working on a portfolio of emerging energy and sustainable development issues. Candidates should be able to work effectively in a fast-paced and creative team environment and also complete policy research projects with minimal supervision.

Main Responsibilities:
  • Respond to inquiries from program participants such as municipal and school staff and green team members; work with stakeholder groups to identify issues and case studies.
  • Conduct research on policies and best practices; write reports with analysis and recommendations.
  • Assess projects and documentation of municipal and school program participants.
  • Provide technical assistance to municipalities and schools to assist them in completing Sustainable Jersey actions.
  • Assist with outreach activity, workshops, and presentations.
  • Assist Program Manager with gathering internal data for periodic grant reporting and other data needs.
Required Qualifications:

  • Two to five years of experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field such as public policy, urban planning, engineering, public or business administration.
  • Associate’s degree in a related field plus a minimum of three to five years of full-time work experience in a relevant field.
  • Master’s degree in policy-related field preferred.
  • Experience working with local governments or community organizations on sustainability issues preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and work well in a fast-paced team environment.
Persons with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations in order to perform the essential functions of the position. If the requested accommodation(s) cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, the applicant may not be eligible for the position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to communicate complex policy issues for non-specialist audiences in presentations and reports.
  • Ability to conduct public policy research and synthesize findings for non-specialist audiences in presentations and written reports.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to organize meetings, maintain diverse contact networks, and manage multiple priorities on schedule within deadline.
Employer Qualifications:

Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and reference checks.

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.

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should apply online at: 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 candidate is selected.

SAME Applicants

If you are applying under the New Jersey "SAME" program, your supporting documents (Schedule A or B letter), resume (CV), as well as the names and contact information for three professional references by the closing date listed above to: . For more information on the SAME program visit their website at: , email:, or call CSC at: 833-691-0404.

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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