Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, ASUM

University of Montana
Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 25, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Staff Vacancy Announcement

The University of Montana invites applications for a Sustainability Engagement Coordinator to join their team. The Sustainability Engagement Coordinator reports to the ASUM Transportation Director and the UM Sustainability Director. This position is responsible for managing the design, implementation, and evaluation of campus wide education, outreach, and engagement strategies to increase the practice of sustainable behaviors, increase awareness of UM’s sustainability initiatives, and foster a culture of sustainability at UM. This position oversees the engagement, communication, and education efforts for both the ASUM Office of Transportation and the Office of Sustainability.

The Engagement Coordinator develops and oversees student and employee education and behavior change programs such as the Eco Rep program, the Sustainable Transportation Ambassador program, and the Green Office Program. They develop and implement creative and effective trainings, resources, campaigns, and events to foster a campus wide culture of sustainability. This individual also collaborates with diverse campus groups to educate and train their members, provide strategic guidance on the development and implementation of sustainability initiatives and programs, and advance university-wide projects and goals. Finally, this position is responsible for the oversight of the Kless Sustainability Fund, the student fee-funded revolving loan and grant program that supports campus sustainability projects.

Specific duties also include:
  • Support the maintenance and content development for the sustainability and ASUMT websites
  • Manage social media for ASUMT and the Office of Sustainability
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of campus transportation and sustainability events such as the Commuter Challenge, Earth Week activities, Sustainability Month, and Campus Thrift
  • Possible supervision of student interns and employees
  • This position will occasionally be expected to work on weekends and/or during evening hours
This position provides the opportunity to develop leadership skills and relationships within a diverse and passionate campus community. Incumbent will also deepen their knowledge of sustainability issues and higher education sustainability work specifically. Given the role’s work with the revolving energy loan fund, the incumbent will also learn accounting and financial management skills, including best practices in revolving fund management. Supervisory skills are also a potential growth opportunity, along with improved public speaking skills, communications with diverse stakeholders, and a greater understanding of UM and MUS policies, practices, and culture

Required Skills
  • Fluent knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Zoom, and social media platforms
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and experience leading in-person training programs. Meeting facilitation skills and experience.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects with competing deadlines while maintaining attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of environmental sustainability issues, energy conservation, zero waste strategies, climate change, behavior change strategies, etc.
  • Resilient personality with a high degree of flexibility, adaptability, and ability to respond to emerging opportunities in a higher education environment
  • Well organized and detail-oriented
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Creative, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial with a high level of energy and initiative
  • Experience coordinating and engaging with diverse stakeholder groups
  • A commitment to supporting UM’s work to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion
Minimum Required Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One to three (1-3) years of experience in community engagement campaigns, communications strategies, and/or campus sustainability
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience designing an engagement program with clearly identified outcomes and strategies, key performance indicators, and assessment tools
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or science, communications, journalism/English, marketing or related field
  • Ability to gauge program effectiveness from community feedback and implement improvements to processes or curricula as needed
  • Experience with education and/or behavior change campaigns, particularly those centered around sustainability, environmental, and social justice topics
  • Experience with web content management tools (like Cascade), blogs, newsletter engines, web-based collaboration tools (like Box), and online training platforms
  • Experience supervising student employees and interns and a desire to further develop supervisory skills
  • Event coordination experience
  • Graphic design experience (including experience with Canva)
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
About ASUM and UM

The Sustainability Engagement Coordinator reports to both the ASUM Transportation Director and the UM Sustainability Director. This is meant to connect the role to both the UM administration and to student government.

The Office of Sustainability at the University of Montana champions and advances our institutional goals of social equity, environmental health, and economic prosperity. Working with partners across campus, we aim to improve our students’ literacy of sustainability issues and proactively develop policies and initiatives that bring us closer to our sustainability goals.

The mission of the ASUM Office of Transportation is to promote and provide sustainable transportation options to the University community.

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana, please visit the links below.

Position Details

Position Title: Sustainability Coordinator

Position Number: 479680

Department: ASUM

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Position will occasionally need to work outside of the normal 8am-5pm window, 12 months/year

Salary: $20.363/hrCurrent employee’s rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan and will minimally be this posted salary. For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department .

Union Affiliation: FOCUS-MFPE

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include : Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the ‘Priority Application Date’ will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below

*Please note, only five (5) attachments allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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