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Sustainability Business Operations Coordinator

Stanford University
Land, Buildings and Real Estate, Redwood City, California, United States

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Four-Year Institution

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Sustainability Business Operations Coordinator🔍Land, Buildings and Real Estate, Redwood City, California, United States📁Facilities📅Apr 05, 2024 Post Date📅102810 Requisition #

Welcome to Land, Buildings & Real Estate:

Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university’s academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford’s 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a LEGACY."

Department Introduction:

The Department of Sustainability, Utilities and Infrastructure (SUI) brings an integrated and deliberate focus to campus sustainability. The department works to advance sustainability in campus operations for energy, water, waste, resiliency, and safety, optimizing and prioritizing efficiency in all aspects of campus life–from resource and utility management to transportation and community behavior. SUI develops strategic, long-term goals that help reduce Stanford's environmental impact, supporting the university’s commitment to be an environmental steward. This role sits with the Office of Sustainability, a group within SUI.

Job Purpose:

The Office of Sustainability (OOS) seeks a full-time, continuous Sustainability Operations Coordinator to join a diverse team of dedicated professional and technical staff working to advance Stanford’s sustainability goals. The ideal candidate will have excellent collaboration and organizational skills, and proactively work to support the success of staff events, projects, and programs. Primary responsibilities include managing team and campus sustainability events and overseeing the team’s financial compliance.

Core Duties*:

(30%) Sustainability Meeting and Event Management:

  • Manage all event logistics for Sustainable Stanford hosted events including virtual and in-person, exemplifying sustainable event planning best practices.

  • Coordinate both on-campus and off-campus tours, and manage partner visits to campus.

  • Coordinate Sustainable Stanford presence at partner events, such as tabling, and actively serve as an ambassador for Sustainable Stanford programs and success at the events.

  • Manage team and partner meetings including coordination of calendars, event spaces, catering, AV needs, assisting with taking and disseminating notes and action items. Support agenda setting and coordinating speakers and guests.

  • Support campus-wide event planners in sustainable event planning including education and gathering and reporting sustainable event planning metrics.

(30%) Financial Management:

  • Oversee compliance with university financial procedures and policies.

  • Prepare online purchase requisitions and check requests using the Oracle Financials system; track and process invoices and recurring bills in a timely manner and ensure payment on time; input purchase transactions.

  • Manage all team university credit card transactions.

  • Purchase and process awards, prizes, and supplies.

  • Oversee team IT renewals (hardware and software), and their associated budget.

  • Submit work orders and assist with purchase inventory for the zero-waste operations team.

  • Oversee sustainability professional development calendar and assist with coordinating staff travel and associated reimbursements.

  • Serve as the team’s expert on Stanford travel policies, and oversee compliance.

  • Advise and report on sustainable procurement best practices for office purchases.

(15%) Staff Recruitment and Onboarding & Historical Record Management

  • Serve as the point of contact on student hiring with the Human Resources and Office of Sustainability hiring managers. Ensure student staff records are up-to-date and hiring occurs in line with Stanford policies for student labor.

  • Coordinate interviews for new staff and students. Assist with recruitment.

  • Establish and manage onboarding tasks with new staff employees.

  • Assist with maintaining staff and student organization charts, list serves and customer / partner contact lists as changes occur.

  • Oversee and improve team Google Drive record management.

(20%) Sustainability Program Support:Provide general support to program managers.

Example duties include:

  • Assist with sustainability data collection and entry.

  • Assist with outreach and education initiatives.

  • Assist with behavior /social science research.

  • Support student living laboratory projects.

  • Manage and field inquiries in shared email inboxes; check inquiries in inboxes and Slack channels; maintain other accounts or sponsorships as needed.

(5%) LBRE Sustainability Operations

  • Support LBRE facilities in modeling sustainable operations.

  • Identify indicators and report on LBRE sustainability building operations.

  • Work closely with LBRE facility managers and occupants on tracking and improving sustainability performance across procurement, events, waste, and optimizing building daily operations in energy and water.

*Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and relevant experience. Three-five years of experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in providing a full range of high-level independent administrative support combined with proven skill to coordinate complex activities and use independent judgment to organize and prioritize functions.

  • Experience and interest in processing financial transactions in the areas of purchasing, expense reimbursements, invoice payments, and travel.

  • Experience participating in, contributing to, and following through on completion of projects.

  • Possesses strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, Adobe Acrobat, calendaring with Outlook and Zoom, and web-based applications.

  • Demonstrated typing/word processing skills to prepare correspondence, reports, and spreadsheets.

  • Requires good verbal and written communication skills, active listening, critical thinking, multi-tasking and time management skills.

  • Works with and communicates with diverse populations at all levels of the organization using diplomacy, flexibility, and a high degree of professionalism.

  • Position requires strict confidentiality and sensitivity, a high level of organizational skills, attention to detail, flexibility, tact and independent judgment.

  • Familiarity with Stanford specific programs (Oracle Financials, OBIEE and eAM) is a plus.

  • Familiarity with general business practices (e.g. budgets, procurement, invoice process flow)

  • Familiarity with higher education facilities management, business processes, and organizational structures is a plus.

Physical Requirements*:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.

  • Frequently sitting.

  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork or parts, push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, and lift/carry objects up to 25 lbs.

  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl.

  • Ascend and descend staircases.

Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

The expected pay range for this position is $39.90 to $45.79 per hour.
Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

·Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or course auditing. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.

·A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.

·A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.

·Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.

·Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact Stanford University Human Resources at For all other inquiries, please submit a contact form.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4435
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: F
  • Requisition ID: 102810
  • Work Arrangement : Hybrid Eligible


Change the world. And yourself.

Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again.

We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career. 

At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment.

Stanford Facts at a Glance

Opened 1891

Student Enrollment

  • Undergraduates: 6,980
  • Graduates: 8,897


  • 8,180 contiguous acres in six governmental jurisdictions
  • Nearly 700 major buildings
  • 97% of undergraduates live on campus


  • 5,300 externally sponsored projects
  • $1.33 billion total budget


  • 2,043 faculty members
  • 21 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio

Stanford University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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