Sustainability Coordinator - #7541703

Utah State University

Date: 09/26/2022
City: Logan, UT
Salary: $30,000 - $60,000 per year
Contract type: Full time
Utah State University

The Sustainability Coordinator (Program Coordinator III) will exhibit leadership in all aspects of sustainability at USU. These responsibilities largely fall in three categories: * The Sustainability Coordinator will promote a superior culture of environmental sustainability throughout the University Community and will act to facilitate advancement of the sustainability goals of the institution.
  • The Sustainability Coordinator is an ambassador for the University\'s Sustainability program and will represent USU efforts and interests nationally, collegiately, and locally.
  • The Sustainability Coordinator also leads data collection and reports on the university’s sustainability efforts.
  • Promoting a superior culture of environmental sustainability throughout the University Community—
  • Work with partners within the university, city personnel, and broader community to achieve the university’s sustainability goals, such as reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • For all new building projects, serve as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) representative for Facilities. LEED Silver certification or higher is a requirement for all new university buildings. LEED is a nationally recognized 3rd party verification system for the design, construction, and operation of new buildings. As representative, attend all LEED charrettes with the design team and review LEED documentation of the project from beginning to end. A LEED Green Associate credential is preferred for this position.
  • Work with all Facilities operations\' groups to assess and recommend improvements to environmentally sustainable practices for the Facilities organization.
  • Work with USU faculty to include sustainability within student education.
  • Optional: Seek out grant and other in-kind opportunities available to colleges and universities to advance energy efficiency, recycling, and other sustainability initiatives. Work with appropriate Facilities professional personnel on grant opportunities located in their areas of Facilities.
  • Acting as an ambassador for the University\'s Sustainability programs—
  • Act as the Campus Sustainability Council Chair, Co-Chair or Vice Chair, leading, supporting and helping to develop Council goals in all facets of campus Environmental Sustainability. Serve as chair on one or more sub-committees to the Sustainability Council. Supports the three over-arching objectives of Sustainability; Economy - Environment - Equity.
  • Chair quarterly group meetings with Facilities representatives to exchange information and to coordinate continuing sustainability initiatives, identify new opportunities that need more specific attention, and ensure that all Facilities sustainability initiatives are being reported in annual reports.
  • Campus outreach: to include creating and/or facilitating student environmental sustainability projects, prepare annual reports and presentations to faculty, staff and administrative university organizations (such as Faculty Senate, SEA, USUSA, and Executive Council (as requested), and develop other programs that advance campus sustainability awareness and participation. Facilitate outreach to USU Regional campuses to promote system-wide sustainability, coordinating and sharing resources with local sustainability advocates.
  • Oversee the sustainability website and social media accounts for the Sustainability Program.
  • Attend annual AASHE, State, and local conferences, seminars, meetings, etc. as an USU representative.
  • Perform speaking engagements at new student orientation and as a guest in USU classrooms to emphasize University Sustainability programs and resources, and encourage student participation.
  • Optional: Seek out presentation and publication opportunities with AASHE and other associations, and at conferences where Sustainability is a theme or a primary focus area.
  • Optional: Teaching assignment for sustainability related subjects. Opportunities may include guest lecturing in courses or pursuing a 1 or 2 credit academic teaching assignment.
  • Leading data collection and reporting on the university’s sustainability efforts—
  • Work jointly with Council representatives and appropriate Facilities personnel to facilitate and report on University Sustainability initiatives, goals, and objectives. Execute or assist on reporting requirements of AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education), to include the university’s Carbon Commitment (previously called the American College and University President\'s Climate Commitment), STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System), the USU Sustainability Plan, and the USU CAP (Climate Action Plan). Prepare an annual USU Environmental Sustainability Report.
  • Assist with the annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions reporting, in collaboration with other Facilities representatives.
  • Benchmark with other university sustainability programs to share information, supplement professional knowledge, and to add or improve on USU sustainability programs.
  • Additionally:
  • Supervising 2-4 interns as funding allows to assist in current initiatives for sustainability. Provide professional mentorship for student interns. Manage the intern payroll.
  • Managing the sustainability budget, ranging from $30,000-60,000 per year.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree - multiple fields accepted. Public Administration, Architecture or Environmental Planning and Design, Business, Marketing, Natural Resources, Sustainability, Engineering are preferable and 2 years of experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of LEED and STARS programs.
  • Requires advanced written and oral communication skills and project/process management skills. Intermediate analytical, computer/technical skills are required
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters degree - multiple fields accepted. Public Administration, Architecture or Environmental Design, Business, Marketing, Natural Resources, Engineering or Architecture are preferable.
  • LEED Credential – LEED Green Associate or higher.
  • 5 or more years work-related experience.
  • Graphic design and public speaking experience abilities are valued skills for this position.
Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach: * Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  • Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Minimum $55,000 commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work in an office environment and are protected from weather conditions or contaminants, but not necessarily occasional temperature changes. However, in certain instances employees may work outdoors and may not be protected from weather conditions. Employees could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Employees nearly continuously sit and often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing). Bending and stooping is occasionally required. Employees nearly continuously listen, hear, and talk.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.

USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. about USU.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful , a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at [email protected]

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Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

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