University of Dayton — Student Engagement Coordinator, Hanley Sustainability Institute


Are you passionate about sustainability, and about helping students develop the skills they’ll need to lead a just transition to a more sustainable world? Are you looking to join a supportive, inclusive, and entrepreneurial team of passionate colleagues, where you can not just do a job, but also make a difference? If so, please consider joining the Hanley Sustainability Institute as our Student Engagement Coordinator!

The HSI Student Engagement Coordinator facilitates opportunities for students to gain experience in sustainability efforts outside of the scope of the formal curriculum and to develop their leadership and advocacy skills. The Coordinator serves as the primary mentor, formal supervisor, and facilitator for the HSI sustainability leaders program, in which as many as 15 undergraduate students are hired to develop and advance sustainability projects on campus. Current focus areas include peer-to-peer sustainability education, campus energy reduction, and waste reduction. The work of the Coordinator involves developing and curating collaborative partnerships with units and faculty across campus as needed to facilitate the student leaders’ work. The Coordinator will be advised by HSI’s Director for Developing Leaders for a Just Future on the structure and implementation of the student leaders program, given that the program supports that element of the HSI strategic plan.

The Coordinator also works in concert with HSI’s Director for Engaging Communities Beyond Campus to facilitate HSI-supported community internship positions for UD students, who receive primary mentorship from faculty with relevant subject matter expertise. As UD begins to undertake a campus-wide operational sustainability planning process, the Coordinator is expected to work in concert with HSI’s Director for Catalyzing Institutional Transformation to facilitate opportunities for students to engage with this planning process and institutional transformation projects that emerge.

This is a highly collaborative role, which interfaces with all five of HSI’s Directors to advance the elements of the goals established in HSI’s strategic plan that involve engaging students in various capacities, and which also interfaces with a variety of stakeholders across campus. The position formally reports to HSI’s Executive Director.

To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and applicable preferred qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor teams
  • Demonstrated ability to lead programming and project development, implementation, and management
  • Demonstrated experience developing relationships and facilitating collaboration with multiple partners
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Experience working and cultivating relationships with socially and culturally diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications:
While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

  • Master’s degree in sustainability, environmental studies/sciences, human rights studies, or a related field that explores society’s relationships with the environment
  • Undergraduate major or minor in sustainability, environmental studies/sciences, human rights studies, or a related field that explores society’s relationships with the environment
  • Excellent presentation and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students through professional experience, internships or similar programs
  • Demonstrated ability to provide education from an intersectional, inclusive perspective
  • Familiarity with campus sustainability best practices, peer education, and engagement
  • Familiarity with the structures and systems of the University of Dayton or a similar institution
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more area of campus sustainability projects and/or programming including informal, peer education, waste reduction and resource conservation, visual and performing arts, communications and marketing, building energy efficiency and renewable energy, information management and data science, urban agriculture and local food production, natural areas management and native planting, water conservation and green infrastructure
  • Demonstrated experience with learning outcome writing and/or goal-setting and facilitating goal-setting in a team environment
  • Supervisory and/or advising experience
  • Demonstrated experience in recruitment, hiring and supervision with emphasis on an unbiased, fair and consistent process
  • Expressed willingness to engage in Catholic and Marianist educational values

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.