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Sustainability and Special Projects Coordinator

Randolph College has an immediate opening for a full-time Sustainability and Special Projects Coordinator. The Sustainability and Special Projects Coordinator works collaboratively with the College’s administration, faculty, staff, and students to plan, develop, and implement strategies for advancing the College’s commitment to campus and community sustainability. This position will also be responsible for assisting the Director of Building and Grounds with operations including monitoring of assigned operating budgets, overseeing campus utilities, and assigned administrative work as determined by the Director.

The Sustainability and Special Projects Coordinator helps guide the Campus Sustainability Council, and is responsible for keeping administration advised of significant changes in environmental laws and regulations that may affect College policies, require the implementation of new policies, or affect operating budgets. The Coordinator also supervises student interns and work-study and manages the Randolph College Organic Garden. The Coordinator is expected to seek opportunities for networking and professional development through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and other professional organizations, and pursue external funding opportunities as appropriate. The Coordinator also completes on time all assignments from the Director of Building and Grounds.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Implement and assess the progress and effectiveness of the Randolph College Sustainability Plan.
  • Serve as an ex officio co-Chair of the Sustainability Council. Coordinate with co-Chair to facilitate Council meetings and activities. Report any changes in sustainability programs and resources and relevant Buildings and Grounds projects.
  • Compile an annual greenhouse gas inventory and update the College’s progress on the President’s Climate Resilience and Carbon Commitments publicly on the reporting website.
  • Prepare stormwater management reporting in compliance with City requirements.
  • Manage campus sustainability commitments and maintain certifications through reporting and renewal applications, including Bee Campus USA and Tree Campus USA.
  • Support Institutional Advancement and Admissions activities through outreach opportunities, events, creating materials to share the College’s sustainability initiatives with prospective students, alumni, and potential donors.
  • Develop and manage orientation and student engagement activities related to campus sustainability.
  • Pursue external funding opportunities, including grant writing and grant reporting, for sustainability initiatives, in coordination with Development staff and the Grants Coordinator.
  • Work with Human Resources to hire and supervise work study student position(s) to assist with tasks including Organic Garden Care and Bike Share bike maintenance.
  • Develop annual utility budgets and provide regular updates on utility consumption. Assist with obtaining bids and contracting energy supply.
  • Manage maintenance operations and projects related to energy savings such as U.S. Green Building Council and LEED certification, the College’s green revolving loan fund, and infrastructure improvements.
  • Maintain and update content for the sustainability webpage and social media.
  • Supervise the College’s bike share program, including bike maintenance and working with the reception desk to organize student usage.
  • Oversee the Rummage Room activities by securing interns, supporting student involvement, and organizing donations.
  • Manage the Organic Garden, coordinate the daily care of garden livestock, and teach an organic gardening physical education course in sessions 1 and 4.
  • Manage the Front Campus Pollinator Garden, including Earth Day outreach activities, annual care, and plantings.
  • Work with the Director of Buildings & Grounds to investigate all possible means for sustainable options in new construction and renovation projects on campus.

JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Sustainability, or another relevant discipline.
  • Relevant experience with campus sustainability projects and administrative assistance.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including comfort with bridging different perspectives.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and social media platforms.
  • Strong technical, quantitative, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently while managing multiple assignments.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The person typically works in a combination of an office environment as well as targeted campus locations associated with sustainability resources and outdoors in a garden environment. Additionally, this position may travel infrequently on college business. The coordinator is responsible for the care of garden animals including chickens and honeybees. May occasionally lift 50 pounds, walk, bend, and use electric and non-electric tools such as lawnmowers and shovels.

The College offers paid vacation, sick, and holiday pay, along with an excellent benefit package. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to: Director of Human Resources, Randolph College, 2500 Rivermont Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24503 or via email to: employment@randolphcollege.edu (preferred method). Review of resumes will begin immediately. The Randolph community values and supports diversity and an inclusive environment. We are particularly interested in hiring candidates who will enrich the diversity of our campus. Randolph is an EOE employer.

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