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Sustainability Project and Engagement Specialist.

Job Location

Seattle, WA


Type of Job



$4,343 - $5,428 per month

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Published Date

Oct 27, 2023

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UW has an outstanding opportunity for a Sustainability Project and Engagement Specialist.

Reporting to and under the general direction of the UW Sustainability Director, this position will provide project assistance and serve as the lead for student engagement, including the student sustainability committee and student intern program.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Work under the guidance of the UW Sustainability Director to provide project assistance, stakeholder coordination, conduct research, write reports. Serve as the lead for the Student Sustainability Advisory Committee, UWS Student Intern Program, and student sustainability Capstone program. Serve as the primary point of contact for student engagement.

Project Assistance and Coordination [40%]

• Provide project assistance in the form of research, policy development, organizational policies, procedures, and guidelines that align with UW sustainability goals and the UW Sustainability Action Plan (SAP).  Work closely with Sustainability Office staff members and partners to update the SAP every five years.
• Research sustainability best practices to inform strategic plans and policy in different topic areas, such as greenhouse gas emissions reduction, energy conservation, waste reduction, water conservation, green building, environmental justice, equity and inclusion, etc.
• Write/assist in writing a variety of public facing reports that document progress towards achieving UW’s sustainability goals, such as the AASHE STARS report, SAP Progress Reports, and more.
• Assist in the coordination, planning, and facilitation of meetings, committees, and working groups to advance the UW’s sustainability goals and implement the SAP. Develop agendas, take meeting notes, follow-through on meeting action items and communication with these groups.
• Assist in drafting strategic plans, standards, and policies as they move through multiple sustainability committees, faculty and student committees, etc.
• Assist in the development of presentations. Give presentations to a wide variety of stakeholders and audiences.
• Collaborate with UW community, faculty, staff, and students on planning and policy. Actively seek out engagement opportunities and partnerships with BIPOC and underrepresented groups.

Engagement [30%]

• Serve as the lead for the Student Sustainability Advisory Committee (a new initiative), including governance structure, recruitment, membership, meeting coordination, planning, and scheduling. Create agendas, facilitate meetings, take meeting notes, follow-through on meeting action items and communications. Work to ensure diverse and equitable membership and equitable participatory access.
• Serve as the lead for student Capstone projects, and similar types of student engagement opportunities with the UW Sustainability Office. Work with Office staff to develop a list of potential Capstone projects. Coordinate with faculty and students from various colleges on student Capstone projects.
• Serve as the primary point of contact for students and RSOs contacting the Sustainability Office. This includes, but is not limited to: requests for information, requests for presentations, communications and relationship building with student groups and organizations, etc.
• Build and maintain strong relationships with UW stakeholders, diversity leaders, and external organizations that work to support sustainability, diversity, and underrepresented groups on campus.
• Identify emerging opportunities for new approaches to advancing engagement under the Sustainability Action plan, including diverse partnerships and funding sources.
• Work to expand BIPOC representation and partnerships in the work of the Sustainability Office, on our communities, and in our Office practices.
• Assist in the development of communications to help ensure robust and inclusive engagement.

Program Coordination [20%]

• Coordinate the Office’s student intern program and serve as the primary point of contact for student interns in the Sustainability Office. The Sustainability Office typically hires anywhere from 2-5 interns per year, and this position will take the lead on requesting internship funding from UW Facilities Finance team, the Career Center, and other potential sources of internship funding.
• Coordinate, complete, and maintain student internship forms, manage and track internship budgets and associated administrative requirements, in partnership with UWF Finance.
• Center equity, diversity, and inclusion in student engagement work for the office, such as: providing equitable engagement and participatory access to BIPOC and underrepresented groups, amplify BIPOC voices and perspectives, create a safe environment for discussion and conversation.
• Update and maintain programs that advance the Sustainability Action Plan goals, such as the Sustainability@Work Program.
• Identify emerging opportunities program opportunities that advance SAP Goals, including diverse partnerships, technologies, and funding sources.
• Assist in the development of communications on these programs to help raise awareness across the University.

General Administrative Support [10%]

• Assist with general Office administrative tasks, such as ordering supplies, updating and maintain list serves and membership lists, ProCard reconciliation, room reservation, meeting scheduling, etc.
• Other duties as required.

Core Competencies

• Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness.
• Manage stressful situations and change priorities effectively.
• Anticipate, recognize, and resolve problems.
• Be responsible and accountable.
• Use organizational skills and pay attention to details.
• Demonstrate initiative and follow-through.
• Maintain a positive, optimistic, and success-oriented attitude.
• Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous.
• Exhibit a professional work ethic.
• Continuously promote a safe work environment.

Requirements include:
• B.A. in related field.
• A minimum of one year of experience in sustainability, strategic planning and policy development, program and project management, stakeholder engagement, government, or any combination of education and experience to meet the required qualifications.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

• Supervisory experience

Conditions of Employment:
• Must be able to work in a non-smoking environment.
• Regular and predictable attendance is required.


Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.


The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

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