Oberlin College is searching for a new Sustainability Manager. The Sustainability Manager will play a key leadership role in setting and implementing campus and community sustainability policy, practices, and initiatives. They will work to enhance the educational value of campus and community sustainability initiatives and may develop, communicate, and assess the feasibility of new sustainability initiatives. This position reports directly to the Assistant Vice President for Campus Energy & Sustainability
The Sustainability Manager will oversee many Office programs, such as campus sustainability reporting, the nationally recognized internship program, scope GHG mitigation efforts, media accounts, and behavioral change campaigns. They will serve as the administrator for Oberlin College’s Committee on Environmental Sustainability (CES). The Manager will engage with the administration, faculty, staff, students and community members on ways to maximize the sustainability, resilience and environmental performance of Oberlin College and the larger community. They may also function as a liaison between the College and wider community, enhancing Oberlin’s connection to and engagement with local, regional and national sustainability initiatives.
Essential Job Functions
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following
● Engage with and serve as a liaison between the Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) and student-led groups that focus on sustainability issues. Identify and pursue opportunities to support student initiatives that align with the college’s environmental policies and the priorities of OES.
● Manage the Office of Environmental Sustainability internship program, catalyzing unique, meaningful projects for students and spurring their professional development.
● Collaborate, develop, and lead Scope 3 GHG mitigation efforts, including waste mitigation and travel.
● Measure and monitor program effectiveness related to the College’s environmental policy including its climate commitments.
● Research and present relevant and timely information to the administration and campus community regarding opportunities to improve environmental performance of the institution and its sustainability-oriented programming.
● Research and develop opportunities to enhance the educational value of sustainability initiatives at Oberlin in both academic and residential contexts. Seek collaborations with departments and faculty to accomplish this goal. Seek opportunities to contribute to and participate in academic classes that integrate campus sustainability initiatives into the curriculum. Assist in efforts to integrate the study of resource flows through campus into the curriculum.
● Create and implement educational campaigns and activities that promote sustainability among all members of the college community. This may include orchestrating the annual Oberlin Ecolympics conservation competition and community event series and advising the Community-Based Social Marketing Research team.
● In collaboration with others, develop and promote initiatives that promote sustainability-related behavior changes, such as resource conservation and recycling among students, faculty and staff.
● Develop and cultivate relationships with outside parties including the City of Oberlin, local community organizations, and other educational institutions with which the College can collaborate. Provide ongoing connection to national sustainability initiatives.
● Track trends in higher education and related organizations and industries.
● Serve as the administrator for Oberlin’s Committee on Environmental Sustainability (CES): Assist the Chair in scheduling, planning and managing meetings; manage and share meeting agendas and minutes; send assignments to committee members; oversee activities of CES subcommittees; engage in other duties as assigned by the Chair. Assist in all aspects of implementing, promoting and communicating the College’s comprehensive environmental policy as it continues to develop.
● Collect and collate data, and lead the reporting for various environmental ranking systems, such as those required by the Climate Commitment, STARS and other sustainability commitments.
● Share and promote Oberlin’s sustainability achievements and leadership. Actively research and apply for awards that recognize and promote the College’s leadership in sustainability initiatives.
● Lead outreach and engagement marketing efforts: oversee the OES website, newsletters, and social media presence, plan and execute campus events, and write articles.
● Present at local and national conferences and events to highlight Oberlin’s sustainability leadership.
● Participate and support cross departmental functions, including Human Resources onboard process for new staff and faculty.
● Develop, manage and collaborate with others departments, the City and community organizations on initiatives to promote and optimize sustainable forms of transportation. Such initiatives include: bicycle sharing programs, car sharing programs, carpooling, shuttle services to popular destinations, and electric vehicle adoption.
● Maintain and improve operation of GHG Scope 3 categories, most notably waste diversion programs.
● Manage the student-lead Resource Conservation Team and associated program, such as the Free Store, food rescue, and Johnson House Garden.
Marginal Job Functions
Experience: 5 or more years of experience in the field of sustainability, working on topics such as recycling, waste minimization, carbon management, green buildings, climate change mitigation and resilience, energy efficiency, communications, and related initiatives.
Education/licensing: Bachelor’s degree in economics, environmental studies, organizational change, city planning, phycology, ethics, sustainability or a related field .
- Knowledge of GHG Scope levels and reporting;
- Ability to work effectively in teams to build consensus toward common goals;
- Ability to relate well with diverse individuals and to motivate them to participate in initiatives such as resource conservation and management efforts;
- Excellent interpersonal and strong oral and written communications skills; comfort with public speaking; professional presentation;
- Excellent organizational skills; detail-oriented with emphasis on accuracy and quality;
- Ability to work under general direction with minimal supervision; dependable in follow-through; excellent problem-solving skills;
- Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks; ability to work with shifting priorities and schedules; demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
- Deep knowledge of sustainability including understanding: energy systems and units; travel and transportation systems; waste management and diversion options; best practices for sustainability in higher education.
- Ability to support student schedules.
- Energy management and computer skills.
Supervisory role: Supervise student employees, fellows, and interns as well as advising relevant undergraduate organizations.
Previous experience working with college and university students
Occasional travel as necessary. Must be able to travel indoors and outdoors throughout the campus. Will occasionally be in dirty or noisy areas such as mechanical rooms. Convene and attend evening and weekend meetings.
Light work-Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally.
Oberlin College is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community including those that experience discrimination or under representation. This is a core value of the organization as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of the nation and our world and bring unique strengths and abilities, which contribute, to our institution.
Quick Link for Postinghttps://jobs.oberlin.edu/postings/10868
Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.
Special Instructions to Applicants
A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter ; 2) a Resume; and 3) List of References from three sources indicating name, title, contact information (specifically, email, phone number, address), and relationship to applicant. *By providing three (3) Professional References you agree that we may contact them throughout our interview process. Review of applications will continue until filled. Questions about the position may be addressed to: Meghan Riesterer, Assistant Vice President Campus Energy and Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org with position title in subject line.
Oberlin College is committed to the creation and nurturing of a diverse community of individuals through inclusive excellence. Diversity involves recognizing the value of differences and the inclusion of all members of the community including those that experience discrimination or under representation. This is a core value of the organization as we strive for a culturally diverse student body, faculty and staff that reflect the multicultural nature of the nation and our world and bring unique strengths and abilities, which contribute, to our institution. Oberlin College and Conservatory is an equal opportunity employer.
Documents Needed to Apply
- Cover Letter
- List of References
- Curriculum Vitae