Program Coordinator - David E. Shi Center for Sustainability

Apr 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description Summary: The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability ( at Furman University, a private liberal arts undergraduate institution, invites applications for a Sustainability Program Coordinator beginning July 2017. The Sustainability Program Coordinator will coordinate and manage the award winning Community Conservation Corps (Furman's home weatherization program for low income homeowners in the greater Greenville community) and a range of curricular and co-curricular sustainability programs through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability including the Greenbelt Living Learning Community (an engaged living community of 22 sophomore, junior and senior students aspiring to live more sustainable lifestyles), University Innovation Fellows Program, Campus Living Learning Laboratories, and Sustainability Student Camps and Conferences as well as help found an "Eco-Reps" style program in the residence halls. The Program Coordinator will report to the Associate Director of Sustainability Programs and will work closely with the Center staff to develop and implement a mission, vision, and strategic plan for the Center that aligns institutional priorities with the needs and interests of campus and community stakeholders. The Shi Center: Over the past few decades Furman University has established itself as a higher education sustainability leader. Sustainability has been infused across the university curriculum and campus operations and has served as a strategic pillar in our identity and mission. We aspire to have faculty and students engage in interdisciplinary teaching and research in conjunction with community organizations and leaders that aim at solving the regional sustainability challenges we face. Today's sustainability problems and challenges can no longer be addressed by individual disciplines, but require more holistic, systems based approaches that draw from expertise and experience across all disciplines and stakeholders. The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, named after Furman's 10th president, is an interdisciplinary academic center on campus that promotes the study and practice of sustainability on campus and in the greater community. A former Southern Living Showcase home, the Center was established in 2008 to foster collaboration among educators, students, and community leaders around real world and regional challenges that sit at the nexus of social, economic, and environmental systems. Furman University is committed to educating the whole student, encouraging academic and emotional growth while also providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. At the core of the University is a dynamic engaged learning philosophy that's grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. Students are taught by top-notch professors whose chief priorities are teaching and guiding undergraduate students;all within a close-knit campus community where ideas and perspectives are valued and encouraged. The Furman Advantage promises all students an education that delivers value by preparing them for successful, meaningful lives. Guided by a community of mentors and supported by institutes and centers, students chart personalized four-year pathways that are made meaningful through guaranteed engaged learning experiences. Our institutes and centers ensure there is a connection between the resources of Furman and the communities that we serve and strengthen. The Richard Riley Institute is a nonpartisan public policy think tank that promotes discussion and analysis of issues critical to South Carolina's future. The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability acts as a research hub and action center where students, educators and community leaders work together to explore sustainability challenges and generate scalable solutions. The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health serves as a convener of programs, educational initiatives, ideas and resources working collectively to bridge the population health gap of the Greenville community and beyond. The student experience at Furman includes NCAA Division I Athletics, a vibrant student life culture encouraged by a 100 percent residential community, and a campus that is internationally recognized for its beauty. Founded in 1826, the private university is located in the award-winning city of Greenville, South Carolina. Modern, sophisticated academic buildings are complemented by comprehensive athletics, recreational, and social facilities. Student housing ranges from traditional residence halls to apartments. The 750-acre campus features an Asian garden, a replica of Henry David Thoreau's cabin, a Florentine bell tower, a spring-fed lake, 13 miles of paved trails through the woodlands for hiking and biking, and an 18-hole golf course. Furman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. More information about Furman University More information about Greenville, SC

Minimum Qualifications: Experience with campus and community outreach (e.g., programming, events, communications). Experience writing, editing and copywriting. Excellent organizational and managerial skills. Ability to communicate effectively with others representing a variety of backgrounds/perspectives. Ability to manage and flourish in a team environment. Ability to take initiative and work independently. Ability to create high quality written and verbal communications. Experience in the use of office software, including website development, word processing and spreadsheets. Keen interest in sustainability and how weatherization affects both energy usage and the environment.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in related sustainability field. Two-three years of experience in sustainability field. Experience in building science and contracting work.

Salary Grade: Level 5 $34,600.00 - $53,600.00

Special Instructions: Full Time

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