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Position Summary
Lead the development of the sustainability program for Dining Services. Program development will encompass evaluating any current practices having an environmental impact; researching and evaluating options to reduce that impact including feasibility; cost and overall campus impact; and leading the implementation of new programs and practices. Provide guidance and support for staff on sustainability program while taking into account the needs of a foodservice operation. Components of the program to include (but not limited to):

-Oversee and expand The Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm.

-Increase sourcing of local and sustainable foods campus-wide and at The Farms & Fields Project.

-Manage and expand composting and waste tracking, reduction, and diversion programs.

Represent Dining Services on campus and within the community to facilitate strong partnerships which further sustainability program goals.

Required Qualifications
-Knowledge of environmental management policies, issues, initiatives, and sustainability practices, particularly with regard to sustainable foods and related waste management.

-B.S. and/or equivalent experience in related field

-Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.

-Ability to work with diverse groups and build partnerships.

-Strong analytical, technical, and planning skills.

-Ability to work independently and as a team leader and member. Teamwork and diplomacy skills a must.

-Ability to develop new projects and institutionalize new sustainability efforts within an academic setting.

Preferred Qualifications
-Knowledge of higher education dining services issues and operations.

-Experience with sustainable food systems in higher education.

-Comprehensive knowledge of Windows 2000/NT, Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, Excel, Project Management, and Outlook.

-Ability to manage social media for outreach purposes.

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