Sustainability Coordinator

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About Mills College:

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top masters universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Campus Architect, this position manages the Colleges sustainability programs, with the Sustainability Center as the home base. The Sustainability Coordinator manages a variety of data collection and evaluation programs to measure the Colleges progress within the context of higher education. With this information, the position establishes collaborations with different departments in order to develop and implement innovative sustainable practices, standards, infrastructure and systems that support the progress of strengthening the institutional commitment to sustainability. The position supports a culture of inclusivity by creating many different entry points in order to engage in sustainability education. It Co-chairs the Sustainability Committee. This position supports the Mission statement of Mills College by preparing students for leadership roles in sustainability and advances the initiatives of the strategic plan by making Mills a learning laboratory of sustainability.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Sustainability Center including: recycling and waste management programs, energy efficiency and climate change initiatives, creek restoration programs, carbon footprint analysis, green dining and catering programs, support for the campus farm and alternative transportation programs
  • Manages the sustainability budget to support paid student worker opportunities, successful on-campus sustainability programming, off-campus learning opportunities and trainings, the End-of-the-Year Reusables Drive, and the day to day operation of the Sustainability Center; provides forecasts and year-over-year adjustments as needed
  • Recruits trains, advises and supervises a variety of paid and volunteer student workers and student projects, with a focus on leadership development
  • Provides opportunities to use the campus as a "living laboratory" where students can engage with the curriculum to address real challenges through projects outside of the classroom
  • Co-chairs the Sustainability Committee and provides leadership in progressing the goals of the sub-committees
  • Data collection, analysis and reporting to internal and external sources, including to the ACUPCC, STARS, the Green Princeton Review, and the Sierra Club Cool Schools. This includes annual greenhouse gas inventories, the Mills College diversion rate and information from a variety of departments on an as-needed basis
  • Develops and implements educational programs to engage wider themes of sustainability for the campus community such as Earth Week and RecycleMania
  • Creates educational campaigns to support behavior change in students, staff and faculty to conserve energy and water and reduce waste within residence halls, dining facilities and offices; determine the strategies and campaigns that are the most effective use of time and resources
  • Oversees marketing and communication associated with Sustainability Center activities
  • Develops mutually beneficial external partnerships to support broader goals for sustainable systems, such as recycling, transportation, food, restoration and energy
  • Provides presentations and training to different groups and departments on campus
  • Oversees the implementation of the Green Department Certification Program

Knowledge of:
  • Sustainability concepts and practices
  • Common practices and standards related to sustainability in higher education
  • Budget management
  • Student advising and supervision
  • Volunteer management
  • Systems thinking
  • Carbon footprint analysis
  • Recycling systems and programs
  • Native habitat restoration
  • Plan, direct and supervise the work of others effectively
  • Proven track record of working with diverse stakeholders and an ability to form partnerships
  • Strong Leadership skills, ability to work independently and as a team leader; teamwork and diplomacy skills
  • Develop new projects and institutionalize new sustainability efforts within an academic setting
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Work with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of college students, faculty and staff
  • Coordinate activities with other internal departments, the community, and/or external agencies
  • Ability to develop and implement a variety of ways to collect, analyze, and track data
  • Ability to learn about and evaluate current systems and make recommendations so that Mills College reflects the current standards for sustainability in higher education including policies and operations
Education and Training:
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in an area of study related to one or all aspects of sustainability
  • Three to five years professional experience working on sustainability initiatives, preferably in a higher education setting
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:
  • Indoor office work and attending various events and activities for students in conference rooms or social gathering places
  • Several times a month physically demanding work outside supporting creek care days and campus farm efforts
  • Position includes trash audits and weighing so knowledge of safe handling and lifting
  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs, hills and off road areas such as the creek sites and farm location
  • Needs to reach overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally
  • Managing the Sustainability Center requires lifting, bending and kneeling
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs
  • Position requires work outside of regular office hours as necessary to support student programming
Additional Information:

Compensation commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance/403(b) retirement plan, 10 days of vacation the first year plus 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills non-discrimination policy, please go to:

Application Instructions:

Please submit:
  • Resume with salary requirements
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for three references and
  • Mills College Application Form.
Review of candidates will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Posted: 1/12/2018
Application Due: 4/13/2018
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