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Sustainability Coordinator

Texas A&M University

Last Updated: 1/05/22

Job Description

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Who we are

The Department of Residence Life is housed within the Division of Student Affairs. It is comprised of 60+ full-time staff and 180+ graduate and undergraduate student staff. We offer a fun, academic-centered environment where each staff member has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students. To learn more, please visit our website https://reslife.tamu.edu/.

What we want

We are pleased to announce, we are searching for a Sustainability Coordinator who will be responsible for sustainability programs and initiatives that engage and serve on-campus residents. You will also serve as the primary advisor to the Aggie Eco Representatives while serving as a champion for the perspective of and value in sustainability, as well as policy advisor. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. This opportunity will be rewarding, allowing you to use the full scope of your knowledge and skills to make a meaningful impact. If you have an interest in, or passion for sustainability, and you have the desired experience then we encourage you to apply and be considered for this great opportunity.

What you need to know

Please note: A cover letter and resume are strongly recommended.

COVID-19 information: Texas A&M University monitors local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep students, employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible. For the latest information regarding Texas A&M’s COVID-19 response, please visit the University’s COVID-19 website. For COVID-19 employment-related information, please visit the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness’ COVID-19 website.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Four years’ experience in student affairs work or related specialty area with a bachelor’s degree
  • (Two years’ experience in student affairs work or related specialty area with a master's degree)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Degree or certification in a sustainability or higher education-related field
  • Background with working with student organizations. Previous residence hall experience or related student affairs, leadership experience
  • Experience in grant writing and managing grant projects

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills: presentation, public speaking, etc.
  • Working knowledge of sustainability

Responsibilities:

  • Engagement - Provides students with the education and opportunity to promote and continue sustainability. Oversees the Sustainability Living Learning Program (Sustainable Aggies) by coordinating experiential learning opportunities, connecting to academic coursework and associated faculty, administering the recruitment and retention processes for the community, and serving as the primary liaison both internally and externally. Coordinates and expands the annual Utilities Challenge (UChallenge) by securing sponsorships. Coordinates with campus partners for data, information, and competition judging. Consults with individuals, teams, sponsors, and judges. Creates and maintains rubrics and information databases for use by teams and judges. Administers the recruitment and retention process, including recognition process. Serves as the primary advisor to the Aggie Eco Representatives by attending general and executive leadership meetings. Travels with members to national and regional conferences, such as AASHE and TRACS. Oversees budget and paperwork. Ensures Eco Rep outreach in the halls/apartments through presentations and educational bulletin boards, and strategically planning for future opportunities and involvement. Coordinates sustainability initiatives for Move-In/Out (Donate, Don’t Dump and Grocery Give & Grab) by establishing the infrastructure for durable goods and nonperishable food collections/donations. Implements an electronic waste (e-waste) diversion channel (in compliance with the university Sustainability Master Plan). Strategically builds upon the department Sustainability Master Plan to achieve the mission of engaging residents by exploring new opportunities, methods, and partnerships, and responding to student expectancies. Coordinates challenge activities, such as the Trex Challenge (fall) including tracking metrics of recycled film. Educates students about current opportunities for sustainability on campus: publications, online orientation, department resources, social media, etc. Assists in managing communication and gathering resources relating to sustainability for on-campus students: On-Campus Living Sustainability Guide. Designs and implements outreach-internal and external (education about initiatives, commitments, values) including media: stories; graphics; photos; website/social media; and New Student Conference presentation slide(s); passive education: stickers and art; and Campus Resource Tables (Campus Sustainability Day, Texas Recycles Day, Earth Day). Hosts an annual Sustainability Dinner as part of ASI’s Dinner with a Prof series by coordinating a locally-sourced meal with compostable dinnerware (zero-waste), recruiting a comprehensive cadre of faculty broadly representing sustainability research interests, facilitating introductions and broadening the awareness of residents to global initiatives, and selecting student representation to be engaged with invited faculty. Hosts the Sustainability Awards by advertising the awards and nomination process to campus-wide audience, reviewing nominee applications with committee, and announcing award recipients at the fall Sustainability Dinner. Publishes a monthly sustainability newsletter to an established circulation list (STARS outreach).
  • Administrative - Manages and communicates logistics and outcomes of initiatives. Exercises good time management skills in order to balance administrative duties and responsibilities. Assists individuals/groups with sustainability activity management and planning of upcoming programs and events. Markets the sustainability efforts of the department locally and in professional association press, including online form. Documents the accomplishments of departmental initiatives and programming. Meets all administrative deadlines, as directed by your Supervisor. Submits necessary reports to your Supervisor in a timely manner. Maintains accurate records as directed by your Supervisor. Immediately communicates changes to your Supervisor. Creates meaningful assessment of departmental sustainability efforts for future growth. Tracks progress of the department Sustainability Master Plan metrics. Facilitates the review and adoption of U-Challenge team recommendations for infrastructure and engagement improvements. Guides department and student organizations on compliance with university policies and procedures. Encourages programming efforts that promote “community” within the facilities, especially regarding facility care. Presents at regional and national conferences on the department’s work.
  • Development - Finds support for initiatives, infrastructure, and programming in keeping with the sustainability goals for Aggie Green Fund and Other Grants. Leads the submission of grants. Gathers ideas, writes the grant, and meets the deadlines. Researches grant opportunities and develop a grant information file. Compiles list of potential grant opportunities for AGF and prepare both Aggie Eco Rep members and past U-Challenge participants to submit their own grants. Reports on grants: performance scorecards; program summaries; and maintenance of the accounting on grants. Maintains a database of donors, sponsors, and campus partners. Obtains support from corporate sponsors, campus partners, and other sources for engagement opportunities. Establishes/maintains community partnerships; gain sponsorships from local businesses. Collaborates with other entities to enhance best practices and outreach. Serves on committees as delegated. Performs other duties as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

In accordance with the federal contractor vaccination mandate, specific facilities at The Texas A&M System may be considered a covered contractor workplace with covered contractor employees. Therefore, successful applicants for this position may be subject to the federal mandate and will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless an approved medical or religious accommodation is in place.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.



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College Station, Texas, United States