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Sustainability Institute Director – Salem, OR

Organization: Willamette University

Position Title: Sustainability Institute Director

Location: Salem, OR

Hours & Compensation: Full-time, year-round. Salary commensurate with experience and education.

Position Dates: Desired start date is June 3, 2013.

Application Deadline: Open until finalists are selected, initial screening will begin May 6, 2013.

Posted On: April 17, 2013.

Organization Overview:

Willamette University provides rigorous education in the liberal arts and selected professional fields. Teaching and learning, strengthened by scholarship and service, flourish in a vibrant campus community. A Willamette education prepares graduates to transform knowledge into action and lead lives of achievement, contribution and meaning.


Willamette University is pleased to announce an open position for a Sustainability Institute Director. under the supervision of the Sustainability Executive Committee (SEC), chaired by the dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the Sustainability Institute Director will have primary responsibility for coordinating administrative, academic, and communications efforts related to the Zena Forest and Farm and the university’s other ongoing programmatic commitments to sustainability. The position requires a high degree of interpersonal and communication skills to exchange information with others both inside and outside the University. Perfromance of responsibilities has a distinct impact upon the operations of the University and the Institute. Requires a high degree of interpeseronal interaction with students and other internal affiliates as well as interaction with persons outside the organization.


  • Scheduling the Zena Forest and Farm site
  • Risk management oversight/training
  • Coordination of all activities to engage faculty and students with Zena Forest and Farm and maximize benefits  of the resource
  • Developing a business plan, including a communications plan, for Zena Forest and Farm within the first 12 months of hire, in consultation with the SEC and others as necessary
  • Assisting with the development of the Sustainability Advisory Board’s regular progress reports regarding established accountability metrics, including collecting and analyzing necessary data
  • Serving as liaison to all academic deans, the dean of Campus Life, individual academic departments and faculty members, and Facilities and Grounds staff to help develop and implement curricular and co-curricular sustainability programming and research
  • Managing all grants and events
  • Managing publicity and promotion of events, activities and achievements in sustainability, in coordination with Marketing Communications
  • Maintaining, managing, and coordinating content on various sustainability-related pages of the university’s website
  • Supervising support staff and volunteers
  • Working with Advancement and Alumni Relations on sustainability-related fundraising and grant writing
  • Assisting faculty members with grant proposals with the assistance of the Office for Faculty Research and Resources (OFFRR)
  • Serving on the university’s Built Environment/Campus Greening Committee
  • Being responsible for other duties as assigned by the president or the SEC


  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university required
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in coordinating efforts around issues of sustainability, with preference for experience in a college and University setting
  • Proficiency using standard desktop computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, web-design and presentation software
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in risk management
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral, and presentation skills
  • Strong coordination and organizational skills necessary for successful program management
  • Experience in program/event planning, publicizing, and coordination is required
  • Strong interpersonal and supervisory skills
  • Analytical and data analysis ability
  • Ability to work independently and with good professional judgment, as well as establish and maintain harmonious relations with other staff, faculty and students
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the University’s automobile insurance carrier.
  • Master’s level degree preferred
  • Business plan development experience a plus
  • Strong publication design and/or desktop publishing skills
  • Experience working in higher education is desirable; knowledge of higher education development, fundraising, and grant writing preferred.

How to Apply:

Create a profile and submit an application online.  You will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characterisitics which deserve emphasis
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial transcripts, as one file
  • A list of at least three references (name, title, preferred contact information, and brief description of working relatipnship to reference)

Contact Information:

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