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SME - Sustainable Product Stewardship

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About Unity:

At Unity Environmental University we are on a mission to make environmental education accessible and affordable to all. Our unique model combines a functional hierarchy and project-based structure through our four Sustainable Education Business Units (SEBUs) to promote collaboration and innovation (Distance Education, Sustainable Ventures, Hybrid Learning and the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions). We prioritize our students' needs above all else, offering a variety of modalities, including hybrid, in-person, hyflex, and online. Our innovative and inclusive culture prepares students to tackle real-world challenges and cultivate the next generation of environmental professionals and leaders who can make a positive impact on our world.

Our Mission:

We are dedicated to delivering quality education and experiences that produce outstanding environmentally competent professionals and inspire individuals from all walks of life to steward sustainable ecosystems.

About Distance Education:

Distance Education provides an entirely asynchronous, online learning experience that adapts to the unique circumstances of each student. Our fully accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as non-degree credits, empower learners to shape their own educational journey. With 8 five-week terms for undergraduates and 5 eight-week terms for graduate students, our model offers unparalleled flexibility. You can learn at your own pace, and take breaks as needed. By using your everyday environment as your laboratory, you'll integrate your studies into your daily life. This makes our education ideal for busy professionals who seek to advance their careers while still honoring their commitments. We are committed to empowering our students to become the changemakers our world needs, wherever they are.

The Opportunity:

Unity Environmental University Distance Education seeks enthusiastic individuals to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to develop an upper-level Baccalaureate course in Sustainable Product Stewardship. This course will provide opportunities for students to analyze the environmental impact of products across their life cycle (from material extraction through disposal), learn about strategies for sustainable product design and stewardship, and develop awareness of regulatory and voluntary frameworks that guide sustainable product development. SMEs collaborate closely with a Learning Experience Designer to create engaging learning materials using a backward design approach.


Do you have the skills? :

Graduate degree (Master's minimum, Doctorate preferred) in a field directly related to product development (e.g., industrial engineering, chemistry) or management (e.g., waste management, environmental engineering) or in business with considerable experience related to sustainable product stewardship

Knowledge of and experience related to sustainable product management at all stages, from raw material extraction to production, transport, use, and disposal

Knowledge of regulatory (domestic and international) and voluntary frameworks that guide sustainable product development and management

Knowledge of economic, social, and environmental impacts of manufactured goods at all stages of the life cycle

Experience with collaborative teaching, evidence-based pedagogy, and/or course design preferred.

Ability to efficiently operate a personal computer and associated software (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.).

Strong organizational and time management skills.

Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately.

Experience with online teaching and/or distance learners is desirable.

Personal commitment to the environmental focus and mission of the University.

Are you contemplating the job but uncertain if you should apply? We encourage you to reach out to us regardless. At our company, we acknowledge that not everyone begins their professional journey with equal advantages, opportunities, or privileges. Therefore, we value your unique skills and experiences. Take a chance and submit your application; you may be precisely the individual we're searching for!

The Location:

Unity Environmental University Distance Education is 100% online. Our Distance Education SMEs work remotely.


This position does not qualify for benefits.


Unity Environmental University.

At Unity, a private university in Maine, sustainability isn’t a buzzword. It’s the foundation of our entire approach, and has been for more than 50 years.

We apply sustainability principles to everything we do, from our properties around the State of Maine, to our online degrees offered to students everywhere, to our enrichment experiences and entrepreneurial endeavors at locations from northern Maine to Arizona to Brazil.

Engage with Unity Environmental University and you’ll start to ask tough questions, challenge the status quo, and envision new possibilities. If taking the lead in creating a more sustainable future sounds like the future you want, we can make it happen.

Unity Environmental University

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