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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 96-24954
School Name Facilities and Real Estate Services
Org Office of the University Architect
Posted to the Web 02/15/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 025
Employment Type Non-Exempt
Hours 40.00
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule varies
Months 12
Position Length End Date Established
Position End Date 06/30/2019
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.


The Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for managing programs and outreach initiatives in support of the University’s Climate Action Plan 2.0. Outreach initiatives are split between student and staff / faculty engagement programs. The Sustainability Coordinator reports to the Environmental Sustainability Director and helps support other strategic initiatives as needed.
The Sustainability Coordinator position is a key member of Penn’s Sustainability Office, and while the formal reporting line is to the Sustainability Director, this staff member will work closely with all three members of the Sustainability Office. The primary roles are assisting in management of a number of outreach programs, in addition to several programs in which the work will be largely independent. Key duties will include:
* Assist with coordination of Student Eco-Reps program supporting student sustainability education and behavior change projects across campus with key stakeholder groups.
* Assist with coordination of Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps program supporting sustainability education and leadership/change management workshops with representatives across various schools and centers.
* Manage the PennGreen Pre-Orientation program, a three-day immersive sustainability program prior to New Student Orientation with 40 University freshmen.
* Support Penn’s annual Power Down Challenge energy conservation and awareness campaign through outreach and marketing materials, planning and facilitating events, and coordinating with University partners.
* Manage the annual ReThink your Footprint waste minimization and awareness campaign. Develop partnerships with university stakeholders to provide educational opportunities about waste minimization, develop outreach and marketing materials to engage campus.
* Support physical environmental initiatives of Penn’s Climate Action Plan, such as Green Guidelines for Renovation outreach and managing the LEED Credit Bank.

**This position is for a term of two years with the potential for extension as the workload requires.


Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences, Management, Earth Science or Planning and at least 2 years of experience strongly preferred. HS diploma and 5 to 7 years of experience in planning, environmental studies, engineering, design, or humanities or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

* Experience managing outreach programs and facilitating complex event logistics.
* Comfortable developing marketing materials and educational content for diverse audiences.
* Knowledge of sustainability issues and best practices.
* Commitment to institutional and societal sustainability.
* Excellent interpersonal skills, and written and verbal communication skills.
* Ability to work both as a team leader and member, and complete projects with minimal supervision.
* Commitment to diversity; ability to work effectively with all constituencies in a diverse institution.

* Two to three years of experience with successful management of sustainability programs.
* Higher education experience.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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Posting Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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    • Contacted by a Penn Recruiter
    • Referred by a Penn Employee
    • Referred by a friend or family member
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Other Internet Advertisement
    • Linkedin
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    • Professional Affiliation/Trade Website
    • Diversity Association/Publication Website
    • Heard about it at a conference or career fair
    • Apple One
    • Recruitment and/or staffing agency
  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years
  4. * Do you have a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences, Management, Earth Science or Planning?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have knowledge of sustainability issues and best practices?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills?
    • YES
    • NO
  7. * Do you have experience managing outreach programs and facilitating complex event logistics?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Are you comfortable developing marketing materials and educational content for diverse audiences?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter