Environmental Sustainability Coordinator - Goucher College
Location: Towson, Maryland
Internal Number: 149568
Location: Towson, MD Category: Staff Posted On: Mon Jun 27 2022 Job Description:
To develop, implement, and maintain a new Goucher College sustainability program and operating strategy able to support existing and aspirational strategic and sustainability goals. Environmental Sustainability Coordinator (ESC) will employ an aggressive, entrepreneurial approach to reduce the College's existing carbon footprint, identify new funding sources and grant opportunities, while managing planned sustainability projects that have outcomes consistent with internal, market based, and regional stakeholder objectives. The ESC will lead all administrative, research, development, outreach, planning, and execution of the College's environmental sustainability and climate action plan initiatives.
Required: Bachelor's degree in sustainability, environmental studies, or a related field.
Preferred: An additional degree (Bachelor's or Master's) or completed coursework in urban sustainability, environmental sciences, or related fields. Professional
3 years of experience working in a directly related sustainability-focused position. In addition, a minimum of 1 year working in a management or leadership role. Experience must include a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively without daily supervision. Willingness to work outside of regular office hours as necessary to support program initiatives.
The preferred candidate will have 5 years of progressively increasing responsibilities and experience working in a results-driven managerial position responsible for measurable outcomes (e.g., budget reduction, lowered carbon footprint measurements, reduced utility consumption, grant awards). Past experience in a supervisory role, within higher education, or as part of sustainable practices or sustainable consulting firm will also be favorably considered.
Experience with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel (preferably including the use of formulas, creating charts, and sorting data), and PowerPoint. Other Skills, Abilities, Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience with data gathering and report writing. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to prioritize - including the ability to work under time pressure and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Diplomacy and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information. Basic understanding of arithmetic and ability to compute.
Provide leadership and daily management for specific sustainability projects/initiatives in collaboration with appropriate College offices. Projects/initiatives may include, but are not limited to:
Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation: Collect and distribute relevant sustainability/energy data to the campus community. Lead the College's efforts to pursue energy-saving projects/retrofits.
Recycling, composting, and other waste management efforts: Collaborate with Facilities Management Services (FMS) staff, student leaders, and other appropriate community members to examine current waste, recycling, and composting efforts and implement improvement strategy. Work with campus dining services provider to assess current efforts and identify ways to further reduce food waste reduction on campus.
Eco-systems initiatives: In collaboration with FMS Grounds Manager, investigate and support more environmentally sustainable practices for managing campus grounds (e.g., low/no-mow areas, pollinator-friendly/native plantings, integrated pest management, low/no herbicide/pesticide use, forestry management plans, foraging, master naturalist program).
Collect data and establish baseline measurements for existing utility consumption. The ESC will then be responsible for using the collected data to identify and prioritize a list of operational changes able to result in measurable utility consumption reduction and develop both five- and 10-year utility consumption reduction plans. The plans must regularly (i.e., monthly, quarterly, annually) report on milestones achieved towards the recommended reduction goal.
Collect and categorize information by reference point such as building type, academic program, seasonal usage, etc. Reference points should be able to support the College's ability to identify and adjust excessive usage patterns as part of the utility consumption reduction plans.
Complete annual reports including, but not limited to greenhouse gas inventory, STARS report, and climate commitment progress reports.
Recommend renovations, capital projects, and sustainability partnerships to assist the College with achieving sustainability initiatives.
Research, identify, and secure new external funding (e.g., grants) and incentive programs (e.g., BGE incentives/rebates) to support sustainability efforts. Investigate additional energy savings and renewable energy projects (e.g., LEED lighting retrofits, heating/cooling setbacks, solar/wind renewable energy credits (RECs), solar power purchase agreements (PPAs)).
Facilitate volunteer involvement in sustainability initiatives on-campus and off-campus including serving as a resource to student clubs and organizations (e.g., SGA, Ag Coop, Free Store, Eco-Team). Serve as a resource to academic programs by supporting students who are interested in learning more about and finding jobs in the sustainability industry.
Collaborate with Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Marketing & Communications to develop intentional methods to educate the Goucher community about better sustainability practices on-campus, including but not limited to changes to daily actions (e.g., elevator usage, group transportation methods, use of natural light, HVAC temperatures and system settings).
Serve as the chairperson for the Goucher Sustainability Committee. Build the organizational/decision-making structure, facilitate meetings, and coordinate educational programs and group discussions. Follow-up with stakeholders between meetings. Provide the Vice President for Campus Operations with regular updates.
Transportation initiatives: Encourage and support the use of less carbon-intensive modes of travel (e.g., biking, public transit, EV cars, carpooling). Manage ride-share partnerships and ensure the campus community is kept aware of available sustainable transportation options.
Use knowledge of sustainability practices to influence management decisions in other campus departments (e.g., waste management, facilities, construction).
Remain knowledgeable on sustainable practices in higher education and grow Goucher's presence in the industry by attending and speaking at workshops, conferences, and programs both on- and off-campus. Supervisory and Budgetary Responsibilities: determining work methods (how to perform a task/what tasks to perform); interviewing and selecting employees; setting performance goals; evaluating and managing performance; providing training and support; addressing conflict; etc. Has responsibility for reviewing and managing the department's budget.
Goucher College is always on the lookout for top talent, resourceful, innovative, and dedicated individuals who will keep the College at the forefront of extraordinary education. As one of the nation's most progressive, innovative institutions of higher learning, we offer outstanding professional advantages, generous benefits, excellent perks, and a great work location!
Among the 40 Colleges That Change Lives, and ranked first in the nation for study abroad programs by U.S. News & World Report, Goucher is a selective, liberal arts college located 20 minutes north of Baltimore, MD. Goucher enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduates, 84% of whom live on campus, and 1,200 graduate students. At Goucher, we’re redefining the meaning of a liberal arts education in order to help our students prepare for the jobs of the future. Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants dedicated to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas of the campus community.