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Sustainability Program Manager

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Posting Details

Requisition Information

Open Date 02/28/2017
Close Date

Classification Information

Classification Title Sustainability Program Manager
Division Provost's Office
Department Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
FLSA Status Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)
Career/Pay Band 2C
Work Schedule Full Year
If Other, specify months
Full Time vs Part Time Full Time
Appointment Regular
If Term, specify number of years
Primary Function

To foster and support Sewanee’s sustainability initiatives through collaboration, leadership, and partnering throughout the campus community.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

1. Provide leadership and vision to create, foster, lead and implement campus-wide initiatives that will promote and assist student led sustainability movements on campus, priorities of the University, and the OESS office.
2. Support and communicate with various operational staff members to create and prioritize institutional goals, create student opportunities, and further develop sustainability reporting.
3. Provide oversight and direction for the Sustainability Fellows program and encourage growth by seeking new and innovative projects that foster relationships and involvement among all educational majors.
4. Serve as the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability point of contact for marketing and communication. These efforts include overseeing the content, design, and maintenance of the Sustain Sewanee web portal, the OESS website, and social media sites.
5. Supervise the Student Sustainability Coordinator and provide direction and oversight.
6. Develop specific programs to meet the needs of the larger sustainability program that allow it grow with the needs of the student body.
7. Manage the University’s Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System (STARS) status; update the submission at least every three years to keep its information current; disseminate and communicate its results; and, identify means and methods for continuous improvement.
8. Provide leadership and direction for updating the Sustainability Master Plan.
9. Facilitate the participation of students and staff in national sustainability organizations and meetings, specifically, but not exclusively, Planet Forward, and Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Judgment Required Performance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.
Budgetary Responsibility None
Machines & Equipment Used

Equipment used includes automobiles, vans

Job Specifications/Position Qualifications (minimum)


Bachelor’s degree. Masters preferred in appropriate specialization.


A minimum of three to five years’ experience with environmental/sustainability projects or equivalent with campus sustainability experience. Experience with sustainability programming for students and community members. Experience in educational programing, demonstrated leadership experience in higher education, and previous facilitation of group work. Previous experience with college-aged students is essential. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, organizational abilities, flexibility, and must exercise good judgement and independent problem-solving ability.

Job Related Skills

Knowledge of MS operating system (Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and PowerPoint), Sharepoint, and website content management system and social medial skills. Ability to contribute to the creation of a sustainable work environment.


Personal Interaction/Communications

Student Contact

This position will require extensive student contact from multiple backgrounds and interests.


This position will require developing relationships with faculty members, operational and administrative staff.


This position will likely require interaction with visitors, outside entities, non-governmental organizations, and other interested groups that interact with student projects.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervision Received This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.
Positions Directly Supervised

Student Sustainability Coordinator, work- study students

Positions Indirectly Supervised

Confidential Information

Confidential Information

Budgets, student information

Work Environment

Working Environment

Office, Domain, Farm

University Employment Information

University Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

EEO Statement

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents