Sustainability Programs Coordinator - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

With the world population projected to increase to 8 billion by 2023 — and to considerably more than that by 2100 — the Institute is purposed to find solutions for the ever-growing demand for food, water, and energy while ensuring a safe, productive, and sustainable environment for all global citizens.  Our three-pronged approach — research, campus sustainability, and education and outreach — was created to do just that. The overarching goal: to become a global model of sustainability by creating effective, positive change.


Job Summary

Advise, coordinate, and execute co-curricular programs relating to sustainability. Work closely with various campus stakeholders to ensure sustainability programs achieve goals and metrics.

Duties & Responsibilities

    • Coordinate Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) Teams and Recommendations, including the renewal of the iCAP every five years.
    • Assist the Associate Director for Campus Sustainability with following up on recommendations with associated coalition building, data gathering and presentation of information to enable decision making by campus leadership.
    • Liaise between the iCAP Teams and campus units to track implementation of iCAP Recommendations. 
    • Manage Greener Campus Programs (e.g., Green Office Certification).
    • Prepare campus sustainability surveys, analyze data and prepare reports for STARS, Second Nature or any other campus sustainability evaluation.
    • Supervise undergraduate sustainability interns.
    • Liaise with student sustainability committees/groups (e.g., SSC, SSLC, ISG, Illini Union Board).
    • Facilitate and promote campus sustainability activities such as Sustainability Week and Celebration, the iCAP Teams Kick-off, and Earth Month with the support of iSEE communications and event planning team.
    • Implement new sustainability initiatives and campaigns to engage campus members on the Illinois Climate Action Plan and work campus units to publicize them.
    • Guest lecture on the iCAP/sustainability in academic courses, and support academic living lab projects related to the iCAP with students and faculty partners.
    • Cultivate and sustains collaborative relationships with campus and community partners.
    • Other duties as assigned.


Additional Physical Demands

Work is mainly performed in office setting. Minimal travel on campus may occur with various events.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience implementing environmental, sustainability (or other related) programs. Experience working in an academic setting. Experience with survey design.

Specialty Factors

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to sustainability, including civil & environmental engineering, environmental studies, urban planning, or other relevant field. One (1) year of experience coordinating, organizing and implementing programs and events. Experience in training and educational outreach. Experience with quantitative analytical methods.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and ability to work effectively with all constituencies in a diverse institution. Must possess effective public outreach techniques, and be proactive and self-motivated. Must have the ability to handle multiple assignments. Demonstrated computer competency; intermediate to advanced computer skills.
  • Preferred: Knowledge of the University community and student body as necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events.

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 5002 - Program Coordinator position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after closing date. Minimum salary is $55,000 and is commensurate with experience.  Outstanding benefits package included.  Please visit this link for more information:

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Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on March 31, 2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. If required by the position, transcripts or other documentation of credentials are to be provided no later than the first day of employment. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of which details qualifications noted above, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  For further information, please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing



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