Brown University — Sustainability and Living Labs Specialist

Job Description:

Position Purpose
Facilities Management is an exceptionally talented team built from a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about providing the highest levels of quality craftsmanship, customer service, and teamwork through sustainable practices and who take pride in supporting the mission of the University and Facilities Management “We Care” principle values.

Campus as a living lab framework aims to use the campus as a test bed to incubate ideas and initiatives that have the potential to develop and test new solutions and approaches to address real-world challenges to our planet.

The Sustainability Living Lab Specialist participates in the development and implementation of Brown’s Strategic Sustainability Plan and other priority initiatives. The coordinator will aim to connect campus sustainability efforts with the campus’ academic mission and enhance student engagement across campus. The Specialist will collaborate with the Manager in bridging the operational sustainability activities undertaken by the University with opportunities for applied and experiential learning, as well as for utilizing the campus as a test environment for sustainability efforts that can transform broader society. This position will engage relevant academic units, in a supporting role, to identify opportunities for faculty to use campus operations, programs, or space as a living lab in relation to the strategic sustainability plan. The Specialist has oversight over the internship program, major University events such as move-out/in and Earth Day, and overall student engagement. The Specialist will participate in the development of an environmental justice & inclusion action plan that will catalyze and facilitate an equitable sustainability culture for the campus that benefits all students, faculty and staff.

Job Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with program identification, assessment, development and implementation is required.
  • Experience doing outreach required, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Experience in managing personnel/volunteers preferred.
  • Experience with event coordination and/or planning required.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe software programs including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator preferred
  • Preferred knowledge of environmental principles and practices, including sources of information, current literature and recent developments regarding environmental issues
  • Knowledge of outreach and behavior change theory and techniques, including sources of information, current literature and recent developments regarding environmental outreach issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build trust and rapport with colleagues, students, and faculty
  • Strong organizational, facilitation, multi-tasking and time management skills.
  • Ability to take initiative with minimal supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with all levels of Brown University personnel, students, and the public
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to plan steps and carry out multi-phase projects requiring problem definition and modified techniques, to coordinate work with others, and to modify methods and procedures to solve a wide variety of problems.
  • Ability to use a computer to evaluate data, prepare and generate reports, maintain databases and associated templates, word documents, presentation materials, and web pages.
  • Ability to coordinate data collection and dissemination with other departments
  • Requires the ability to work as a contributing member of a team, work productively, patiently, and cooperatively with other teams and external customers
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Ability to shift focus and priority in a pressured work environment
  • Professional and flexible
  • Strong service orientation
  • Solid judgment
  • Approachable/Cooperative
  • Dependability/Follow through
  • Willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment
Additional physical demands and working conditions:
  • This position is hybrid eligible.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of background check and education requirements.

Recruiting Start Date:

Job Posting Title:
Sustainability and Living Labs Specialist

Facilities Management

Grade 9

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Time Type:
Full time

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Position Classification:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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