Human Resources

Manager of Sustainability Projects and Outreach

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Department: Social Sciences
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Management

Department: Social Sciences

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The Manager of Sustainability Projects and Outreach is a 12-month, full time position that will work collaboratively with the Department of Social Sciences and the Office of Sustainability & Resilience. This position will help shape and support sustainability
efforts at both the departmental level and across the institution. Core responsibilities include: 1) outreach and communications for sustainability degree programs, projects, and initiatives; 2) identifying and supporting projects that increase sustainability performance and engagement; and 3) administrative and logistical support for new and
ongoing sustainability initiatives. This position is in a strategic priority area for the university, so there is opportunity for growth and resources for professional development.

  • Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Outreach (50%)

  • Develop and execute a communication and marketing plan that supports new student recruitment and engagement of existing students and staff.
  • Actively manage websites and pages, including
  • Build and maintain relationships in the campus and community to support experiential learning opportunities for students.
  • Market and assess outreach events for campus and community.

Student engagement (30%)

  • Support student leadership development through tiered programming with diverse populations, including summer youth programs, first year students, advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Assist the Director in ongoing development of a new sustainability focused residential learning community.
  • Advise the Sustainability Demonstration House.
  • Build and manage additional programs to strengthen student engagement in sustainability.

Administrative and Logistical Support (20%)

  • Manage administrative and logistical aspects of sustainability related projects such as faculty-led study abroad programs, the annual COP delegation, and other campus events.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and support student employees.
  • Assist the Director in assessment and reporting via the
  • Sustainability Tracking Assessment, and Reporting (STARS) framework, annual reports, and other methods.
  • Collaborate with campus partners including students, facilities staff, and faculty advance sustainability initiatives and enhance the visibility of achievements.
  • Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.
  • Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives. 

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • Bachelor's degree

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

  • Two years of experience or post-secondary education in a sustainability-related field.
  • Demonstrated capacity to take projects from inception to completion.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

  •  We value experience beyond paid employment or formal education, such as community-based projects and voluntary involvement.
  •  Demonstrated success in advancing sustainability initiatives.
  • Experience working with staff and faculty in higher education.
  • Project management experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

  • Demonstrated understanding of and passion for sustainability.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Event and program planning skills, including identifying and addressing important details.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive professional relationships with individuals with diverse
    backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Familiarity with basic graphic design, social media, and Google Suite.
  • Experience working collaboratively with undergraduate students.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to comply with Michigan Tech vehicle-use
  • Insert Safety Language. 

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

  • Knowledge and skills of Content Management Systems for web-based applications. 
  • Experience with community development or engagement.
  • Branding and social media experience in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints. 

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

  •  This position will be collaboratively supervised by the Chair of the Social Sciences Department and the Director of Sustainability and Resilience.
  • The office for this position will be located in the Department of Social Sciences,
    with regular meetings with the Director of Sustainability & Resilience in person at
    the Office of Sustainability & Resilience (in the library) 1-2 times each week.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours will be required to support events and student-focused activities.
  • Moving small-to-medium-sized boxes and materials for special events.
  • Driving personal or university vehicles.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Required Departmental Training: 


Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of an employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of your appointment, and maintain eligibility without sponsorship throughout your appointment.


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term




Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable Based on Experience

Title of Position Supervisor

Director of Sustainability and Resilience & Dept. Chair of Social Sciences

Posting Type

Internal and External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to the Applicant

  • Applications accepted until  the position is filled, but please submit by July 22 to guarantee full consideration

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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