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Sustainability Coordinator

University of San Diego
San Diego

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Posting #: 4163
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Staff, Facilities

Position Title & Department:

Sustainability Coordinator; Sustainability OfficePosting #


Department Description:

Our world faces increasingly complex and urgent challenges that affect our collective environmental, social and economic well-being. Responding to these challenges in a holistic manner is the essence of sustainability, and the University of San Diego recognizes its responsibility to be a part of the response. We seek to create a university culture that embraces environmentally and socially responsible practices and processes through student action, faculty research, curricula, and daily operations, resulting in lasting change for both USD and society.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

This recruitment is open to current University of San Diego employees only. Only current USD employees are eligible to apply and be considered for this position.

Reporting to the Director of Sustainability, this role serves in the capacity of office development for the Office of Sustainability. This includes budget and financial management, leading the creation and development of sustainability-related programs, student supervision and guidance, and various campus responsibilities as it pertains to sustainability issues. This role will also be responsible for on-campus partnership development and various committee meetings to ensure a strong sustainability presence throughout the facets of the campus. Works proactively to resolve potential sustainability issues presented by students, faculty, and staff. Researches and applies for applicable grant opportunities. Authorized to plan special events on campus and in the community, create educational programming, and oversee development of marketing materials. This position will attend various professional development and sustainability related conferences. Strong presentation skills for trainings and workshops. Coordinator will be encouraged to acquire professional certifications, and attend and present at sustainability conferences.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Sustainability Responsibilities

    Assist in the Climate Action Plan development and implementation process.Responsible for researching various grant opportunities to support programs and projects at USD and in the community
      Manage grant writing and submission.
  • Oversee correspondence with community about various sustainability issues.
      Respond to feedback, questions, and suggestions appropriately.
  • Oversee the Green Office and Green Events Certification Program.Track and coordinate training for USD Staff.Present to various audiences, both on and off-campus.
  • Oversee website maintenance and monthly newsletter creation and distribution

Student Management

    Responsible for recruiting student interns for Fall and Spring semesters as well as over Summer and Intersession breaks.
  • Oversee all student interns.
      Responsible for developing duties and responsibilities for interns.
  • Responsible for staff supervisor for Be Blue Go Green student club.

Program and Implementation

Administers waste disposal on campus, including oversight of all waste contracts (excluding hazardous waste), creation and deployment of strategies to achieve Zero Waste by 2035 (or sooner), and collaboration with University Procurement to improve campus purchasing practices to reduce waste at its source. Partners with Parking Services and Public Safety to expand and promote alternative transportation options and EV adoption.

A key goal will be to work with other departments and organizations on campus to implement programs for further outreach to the USD community in addition to developing community partners to create events to promote USD sustainability in San Diego and advance sustainable practices to the local community. Other responsibilities include:

    Oversee events and advise on projects set forth from Be Blue Go Green students.
      Promote accomplishments and upgrades USD has achieved to create a more sustainable campus.
    Create events in conjunction with national and global sustainability celebrations.
      Examples include Food Day, Earth Day, and Bike to School Day, Move-in-out programs, organic waste, events waste.
    Responsible for growth of alternative transportation program.
      Work with SANDAG to promote iCommute program and get USD community to utilize iCommute services.Work with Human Resources to increase commuter benefit program participation.Develop and implement bike share program to students.Work with Parking Services to develop and implement alternative transportation options.
    Increase zero waste events and awareness.
      Increase waste diversion percentage for campus through strategic waste and recycling plans, increasing zero waste events, and expand outreach around diversion. Create resources for the USD community to access and implement zero waste programming and eventsWork with Dining Services and Residential Life to expand composting diversion program.Work with Procurement to create and implement purchasing guidelines.
Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

    BA/BS degree (in Sustainability or related area preferred).One to two years of related experience.Demonstrated skills in budget management, leadership and planning. Proven ability to effectively interface with a wide range of constituencies. Ability to supervise student workers.Familiarity with mission-driven organizations.

Preferred Qualifications:

    Experience in various sustainability issues regarding programming, education, and supervision of projects and events.Minimum three years’ administrative experience, including university administration, project management, supervision or related.Demonstrated experience with website updating and online marketing.Ability to manage multiple tasks at once.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

    Excellent communication skills. Strong oral and written command of the English language including grammar, spelling, punctuation, formats, proofreading and syntax.Strong computer skills, with proven ability to work with MS Office Suite (Word, Access, Excel).Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the initiative and ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks.Excellent conflict resolution, decision-making, and implementation skills.Strong interpersonal skills and professional personal presentation ability.Maintains strict confidentiality of sensitive information.Ability to work some evenings and weekends, as needed.Ability to initiate, coordinate, oversee, and complete various projects with minimal supervision.Ability to assume responsibility, problem-solve, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.Excellent human relations skills and the ability to work with various university constituents; communicate with clarity; and maintain an attitude that conveys respect, cooperation, honesty, and resourcefulness.Ability to supervise, train and motivate others.Excellent skills in the use of specific equipment and tools as identified below.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:

$24.47 - $28.11; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:This recruitment is open to current University of San Diego employees only. Only current USD employees are eligible to apply and be considered for this position. Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload a resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected] Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: May 17, 2022

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

Advertised: May 11, 2022 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: May 16, 2022 Pacific Daylight Time


The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

Small class size means the instructors know their students and can stimulate curious minds with anything from participation in a research project to an after-class discussion on topic. Instructors welcome the free exchange of complex ideas in an environment of tolerance and civility. In this environment, students begin a lifelong habit of appreciating and cultivating their individual gifts.

To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

While intellectual growth is key, USD adds depth to the education experience by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. An active faith community invites widespread student participation. In the classroom, study is accompanied by an examination of ethics and values University of San Diego students inquire freely and challenge ideas, exercise moral, spiritual and social judgment, serve others, and contemplate social justice in their lives and in their chosen fields. These students are truly educated. These students achieve excellence.

Students, faculty and staff are active members of the community, volunteering time and expertise, fostering friendships, and working to preserve the region’s unique character. With a population of more than 7,500 students and approximately 2,000 employees, the university impacts the life of the area economically, politically and socially. In turn, the university welcomes the community to participate in campus life, through classes, special events, sports, forums and tours.

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