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The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities (https://www.furman.edu/shi-institute/) at Furman University invites applications for a Sustainability Program Coordinator beginning October 1st 2021. The Sustainability Program Coordinator will coordinate and manage the award winning Community Conservation Corps (Furman’s home weatherization program for low income homeowners in the greater Greenville community) and a range of curricular and co-curricular student sustainability programs including our EcoReps program (a peer to peer education program designed to promote sustainable behaviors through education, awareness, and connections with residence life), the Greenbelt Living Learning Community (an intentional living, learning community intended to foster sustainable living and lifestyle choices among the sixteen student residents living in the two cabins along the lake), and the Millennium Fellows program (a semester-long student leadership development program that convenes, challenges, and celebrates student leadership for the United Nation’s sustainable development goals). The Program Coordinator will report to the Associate Director of Sustainability Programs and will work closely with the Institute staff to develop and implement a mission, vision, and strategic plan for the Institute that aligns institutional priorities with the needs and interests of campus and community stakeholders.
Applications should include a cover letter and resume and will be accepted until August 31, 2021. More information about the Shi Institute can be found on our website.
For the Community Conservation Corps:
1. Coordinates the weatherization of a home from start to finish – recruiting applicants, communicating with auditors and contractors, recruiting volunteers, coordinating home audits and weatherizations, analyzing audit results, and reporting energy savings.
2. Contracts with building professionals to determine how to most effectively perform weatherization modifications to each applicant’s home.
3. Creates and supports partnerships with potential clients, homeowners, community organizations, businesses, and government.
4. Collects and analyzes home utility data and calculates avoided greenhouse gas emissions, equating to carbon offsets generated from the program.
5. In consultation with supervisor, pursues grant funding, and serves as the primary author on grant applications and grant reports. Responsible for managing the CCC’s budget and pacing program to use all funding appropriately during the fiscal year.
6. Maintains knowledge on advancements and innovations in home weatherization, carbon offsets, and green building.
7. Assesses CCC programmatic impact using both data metrics and anecdotal evidence.
8. Supervises CCC Student Fellow.
9. Oversees (in collaboration with the Shi Institute staff) various reports and publications.
For the other curricular and co-curricular sustainability programs:
1. In support of the Furman Advantage providing high-impact experiences to all Furman students, develops sustainability programing in collaboration with other Shi Institute staff.
2. Administers, manages, supports, and assesses student sustainability programs including the Eco-Reps student peer education program, Greenbelt Sustainable Living Learning Community, and student sustainability leadership programs (e.g., Millennium Fellows).
3. Supervises Eco Reps Student Fellow.
4. In consultation with the Executive Director and Associate Directors, serves as a public ambassador and campus and community liaison for the Shi Institute.
5. Helps contribute to social outreach and education through avenues including social media and campus and community events.
6. Completes performance review process with supervisor to understand job performance expectations and how they fit into the department and university goals.
7. Pursues professional development to keep pace with demands for services and information.
8. Performs other duties as assigned.
9. Follows safety procedures.
Regular contact and coordination with Shi Institute staff, students, faculty, staff, and the public.
Regular contact and coordination with Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County.
Frequent contact with clients, contractors, and campus and community constituents to influence, motivate or persuade parties to reach goals.
Regular contact with funders, potential funders, and other community partners looking to support Shi Institute programs.
Frequent contact with university staff and students to provide support and information related to sustainability programs.
Responsibility for Final Decisions:
Coordinates with other departments/divisions on campus as necessary to perform duties.
Works independently and as a team leader. Supervises student Sustainability Fellows for the CCC and Eco Reps in consultation with the Associate Director of Sustainability Programs at the Shi Institute.
Tasks involve interpretation of data and/or procedures to address problems or situations that are not clearly defined. Work involves non-routine/diverse work not defined by procedures.
Associate Director of Sustainability Programs, The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities.
Work is performed independently except where the interpretation of law, policy, rule, complex procedure or request for exception is required.
Bachelor’s degree required, in related sustainability field preferred; 2-3 years of experience in sustainability field preferred.
Experience in building science and contracting work preferred.
Experience with campus and community outreach (e.g., programming, events, communications).
Excellent organizational and managerial skills.
Ability to communicate effectively with others representing a variety of backgrounds / perspectives.
Ability to manage and flourish in a team environment.
Ability to take initiative and work independently.
Ability to create high quality written and verbal communications.
Experience in the use of office software, including word processing and spreadsheets.
Keen interest in sustainability and how weatherization affects both energy usage and the environment.
Work requires managing multiple projects, communications, fundraising, and outreach programs simultaneously.
Hours during the work week on occasion need to be flexible to include working with various sustainability programs and events that are held during weekend and evening hours.
Work requires attention to detail and flexibility to assist the supervisor when needs arise.
Work requires spending time both in the office and on the work site depending on the requirements of the job each day.
Work requires ability to tolerate weather and temperature fluctuations during home weatherizations.
Work requires some manual labor and the willingness to get dirty and encounter wildlife and insects during home weatherizations.