Coordinator of Sustainability Projects – Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI)

In the 2010 Sustainable Endowments Institute’s Green Report Card, WMU was identified as one of 80 National “Campus Sustainability Leaders.” We have subsequently been recognized as a Michigan Green leader (Detroit Free Press, 2013) and a Founding Circle Member of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. Sustainability is built into the mission and strategic plan of Western Michigan University.

In order to continue this tradition of excellence, we are seeking a Coordinator of Sustainability Projects with vision, talent, and drive to serve as a leadership team member who will assist our Executive Director for Campus Sustainability to elevate our programs to the next level. We are seeking an experienced writer with high-level quantitative, design, management, and leadership skills. We are also seeking a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to diversity in their work and skills.

The Coordinator of Sustainability Projects manages the Wesustain Internship Program and Sustainability Studio, leads internal campus sustainability projects, runs our residential living, learning laboratory – the Gibbs House – and manages our Student Sustainability Grant Program (which offered $75,000 this year for student-led sustainability projects). The successful candidate will have entrepreneurial spirit, a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, and a collaborative approach.

WMU’s vibrant Office for Sustainability (OfS) was launched in 2013 and is led by an Executive Director for Campus Sustainability who is a full professor and reports directly to WMU’s president. The OfS also has a full-time Sustainability Coordinator who leads grant development, reporting, event management, special projects, and supports our Sustainability Across Research and Teaching Initiative. In addition, the OfS staff includes a Manager of Waste Reduction Services, a full-time Administrative Assistant, a growing cadre of highly motivated graduate students from several colleges, and a diverse group of more than 25 undergraduate interns and student workers from across the university.

Western Michigan University, located in the city of Kalamazoo, in southwest Michigan, is a dynamic, learner, centered, discovery driven, globally engaged research university with an enrollment of 25,000. Focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its expanding graduate division and fostering significant research activities, it is one of Kalamazoo’s largest employers. WMU offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, a beautiful campus setting, and many outstanding cultural opportunities.

The University supports the Office for Sustainability’s mission – and our President’s goal of “creating a culture of sustainability” – through an operating budget and broad collaboration among faculty, staff, operations, and the community. The OfS also receives support from a student initiated fee- the only one of its kind in Michigan.

WMU is a signatory of the Tailloires Declaration and the ACUPCC and is currently undergoing an AASHE STARS self-study. For more information about WMU, please visit our website.

The application deadline is June 9. 2013.

To access position information and to apply for this exciting career opportunitiy, proceed as follows:

  • Go to WMU’s career page
  • Under “Faculty and Staff positions”, select “Search job postings.”
  • On the left-side navigation bar (near the top), select “Search Postings.”
  • For posting number, type 0602270, or
  • For Department, choose “Office for Sustainability”, or
  • For job title, select “Sustainability Project Coordinator”
  • Select “Search
  • Under “Sustainability Project Coordinator”, select “View” for details on the position – including Major Duties and Minimum Qualifications
  • At the top of the posting, select “Apply For This Posting,” and follow the instructions provided.

We look forward to hearing from you!

WMU is an AA/EO Employer.

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