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DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: Administrative, Mission and Ministry

REPORTS TO: VP for Mission and Ministry

FLSA STATUS: Full-time Regular, Exempt

DOES POSITON SUPERVISE OTHERS: Yes

MOST RECENT REVISION: September 2017

WORK SCHEDULE: Employed for a 12-month basis.  Some evening and weekend hours will be required.  


PRIMARY PURPOSE:       

•     To inspire and motive the university community to engage in sustainability and stewardship initiatives, practices, and educational opportunities.

•     To lead the development and operationalization of campus sustainability and stewardship initiatives, practices, policies, procedures, and educational opportunities.

•     To serve as a resource, collaborator, and support person for the university community on sustainability and stewardship issues and concerns.

•     To manage the Office of Sustainability and Stewardship

•     To position the newly established Office of Sustainability and Stewardship to re-orient the campus culture within the Care of the Earth, a Critical Concern of the Sisters of Mercy, and align its vision, policies and practices within this framework.

•     To liaise with community stakeholders to develop, implement, and maintain a campus-wide sustainability plan consistent with the Mount Mercy University strategic plan and the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy including strategies, policies, practices, goals, and programs which will assist in the plan’s implementation (e.g., food service providers, energy efficiency, waste reduction, infrastructure).

•     To coordinate with community stakeholders to develop and deliver educational and service opportunities to assist participants to make connections between their learning and their action with particular emphasis on students and student organizations.


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:     

The Director has

•     a passion for sustainability;

•     the grit to lead a campus-wide culture change;  

•     the creativity to innovate; and

•     the skills to adapt best practices in sustainability to the Mount Mercy University environment.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Director is responsible for the following functions, whether performing them or ensuring they are performed. Functions are categorized as either essential and marginal so that full consideration can be given to individuals who experience physical disabilities that require accommodations including reassignment of one or more marginal functions, if it is practical for such function(s) to be performed by another employee(s).


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

•     Engage the campus community in support and cooperation to accomplish sustainability goals including development and oversight of strategic communication.

•     Lead the Sustainability Scholars program ensuring a high-quality academic and co-curricular experience for all program participants beginning with the very top of the recruitment funnel through program completion.

•     Provide input, information, collaboration, and guidance to campus, peer campus, partners, and community leaders on sustainability and stewardship issues related to long-term planning and alliance building.

•     Measure, evaluate and report the effectiveness and efficiency of initiatives and key accountabilities of the Office of Sustainability and Stewardship (i.e., policies, practices, goals, and programs). Make recommendations for change, innovation, improved effectiveness and efficiency.

•     Collaborate with faculty to establish and oversee chapter of Kappa Alpha Omicron, the International Honor Society of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and induct the first class of students by April, 2019.

•     Manage initiatives such as curricular integration especially in the area of Sustainability Studies, classroom teaching, best practice in Sustainability pedagogy, faculty collaboration including research support, public presentations, internship coordination, environmental stewardship micro-credentialing.

•     Organize, schedule, and publicize sustainability events.

•     Represent Mount Mercy University at regional and national campus sustainability meetings.

•     Collaborate with faculty to establish and oversee chapter of Kappa Alpha Omicron, the International Honor Society of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and induct the first class of students by April, 2019.

•     Manage initiatives such as curricular integration especially in the area of Sustainability Studies, classroom teaching, best practice in Sustainability pedagogy, faculty collaboration including research support, public presentations, internship coordination, environmental stewardship micro-credentialing.

•     Organize, schedule, and publicize sustainability events.

•     Represent Mount Mercy University at regional and national campus sustainability meetings.

•     Gather and disseminate information about sustainability advancements and activities, locally and nationally (e.g., sustainability jobs, internships, graduate study opportunities, networks, organizations, advancements, legislation).

•     Form partnerships and facilitate dialogue and networking with peer institutions and community stakeholders including the Conference for Mercy Higher Education(CMHE), the Sisters of West Midwest, and other Higher Education Institutions.

•     Maintain high-visibility and easy accessibility.

•     Perform other duties as required.


MARGINAL FUNCTIONS:

•     Perform routine office functions such as filing and copying.

•     Participate in logistical activities such as delivering materials to and picking up materials from the campus print shop and mailroom, storage areas, vendor facilities and other locations.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

•     Lead the Office of Sustainability and Stewardship including

•     Supervision of staff and volunteers (e.g., training, job descriptions, personnel scheduling, performance review).

•     Management of the Office of Sustainability and Stewardship resources (including budgets and grant writing).


KEY KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/COMPTENCIES:

•     Applied understanding of sustainability theories and practices.

•     Familiarity with local, national, and global sustainability and environmental initiatives.

•     Ability to quickly grasp knowledge of University organization and operation, including recruitment, academic resources, and non-curricular support services.

•     Skills to foster collaboration, serve as a role model, and advise across the university community.

•     Initiative to establish new programs, research, analyze, and write reports and funding proposals.

•     Written and oral communication skills.

•     Grit to creatively overcome obstacles.

•     Ability to prioritize and manage multiple, simultaneous projects.


EDUCATION:

•     Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s or other advanced degree strongly preferred.


EXPERIENCE:

•     Five years’ experience in management, sustainability or related programs, or equivalent education background [required].

•     Experience in academic setting [desired].


LICENSES:

A valid driver’s license is required.


11/01/17 Director, Office of Sustainability and Stewardship, Mount Mercy University