Assistant Director of the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability

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Position Overview

The Assistant Director’s first task will be to draft an supplement to Butler’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan that outlines specific tasks, objectives, outcomes, and responsible parties to more strategically align campus sustainability efforts with STARS. Beyond that important task, the Assistant Director will develop and/or maintain sustainability projects and curricula and co-curricular programming that supports the University’s sustainability and carbon neutrality goals. The Assistant Director will also lead communication and strategic alignment regarding sustainability initiatives in other campus divisions, and oversee institutional reporting on these combined efforts. The Assistant Director will mentor, coordinate, and supervise CUES interns as well as sustainability-focused student groups on campus. The Assistant Director will teach one sustainability-focused course per semester. A teaching release will be granted in Spring 2019 to focus on drafting the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan supplement. Lastly, the Assistant Director will work closely with the Director to develop and implement CUES programs around themes that are central to sustainability and urban ecology.

Preference is given to applicants with prior experience managing campus sustainability initiatives, teaching, developing programs, mentoring students, and engaging community.

Salary is commensurate with experience and will also be provided with full benefits including health insurance. Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff.

Applications will be accepted through December 15, 2018.

We anticipate a start date of January 7, 2019. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references with their online application.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • 50% Campus Sustainability Initiatives
    • Coordinate with Facilities and other relevant campus departments to rewrite Sustainability and Climate Action Plan to achieve sustainability and carbon neutrality goals
    • Partner with divisions across campus to develop sustainability programming
    • Mentor and advise sustainability-focused student groups
    • In cooperation with Facilities, measure and assess sustainability progress
    • Manage sustainability-focused projects and associated budgets as needed
    • Serve as a campus educational resource and spokesperson for sustainability information and best practices
    • Establish and maintain an effective communication strategy including social media and maintaining website
    • Establish and maintain external relationships with sustainability-related professional organizations and network
    • Attend and present at annual AASHE conference
    • Support campus sustainability initiatives undertaken independently by Butler faculty, staff, and students
  • 20% CUES Internship Coordination
    • Lead the recruitment and interviewing of CUES interns
    • Mentor and advise CUES Farm and Sustainability interns
    • Ensure interns are meeting internship requirements for academic credit
    • Coordinate meet-ups for all CUES interns
    • Regularly evaluate learning outcomes and program components with CUES Director
  • 20% Teaching
    • Teach one class per semester beginning Fall 2019, with at least one course taught as a service learning course
      • Teach one course annually on social, environmental, and economic impacts food waste or food systems
      • Teach a second course annually on a topic area aligned with programmatic needs and applicant expertise/interest
  • 10% Visioning/CUES Strategic Development
    • In cooperation with the CUES Director, co-develop keystone programs and coordinate with the academic community to integrate sustainability and urban ecology into the curriculum
    • Co-lead strategic planning for the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability every three-five years with annual reporting of progress
    • Assist the Director in fundraising efforts to support Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability programs

Additional responsibilities:

  • Provide support for CUES programs, as needed, such as CUES Farm labor and tours, field research support, and outreach events

Requirements include:

  • Masters degree in sustainability, environmental studies, ecological sciences, education, policy, public affairs, or related field
  • Minimum three years implementing sustainability programs, with preference given to applicants with experience implementing programs at an academic institution
  • Interest in and knowledge about sustainability and urban ecology
  • Ability to work independently and as a team leader and member
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a time sensitive environment
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams and people at all levels of the organization and with external organizations
  • Project management skills
  • Technical skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Curriculum development and teaching experience
  • Experience with content management systems
  • An interest in learning fundraising strategies
  • Understanding of how to institutionalize sustainability efforts (preferably within an academic setting)


Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. Butler University provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender identity, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.




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Posted: 11/14/2018
Application Due: 12/15/2018
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