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Sustainability Coordinator Position opens for WashU School of Medicine

In 2018, the WashU School of Medicine established a Sustainability Coordinator position within the Operations and Facilities Maintenance Department. With a dedicated full-time staff person, the visibility and impact of sustainability initiatives on the Medical School campus have expanded leaps and bounds, thanks to Alicia Hubert, the current Sustainability Coordinator.

Alicia will be transitioning to a new role that will include supervising the incoming Sustainability Coordinator. Applications for the Sustainability Coordinator will be open through March 17.

The new WUSM sustainability team will work in partnership with the Office of Sustainability’s team in a coordinated effort to elevate sustainable operations and the culture of sustainability within the context of the School of Medicine.


Sustainability Coordinator – Washington University School of Medicine

JOB #: 50879

Deadline: March 17, 2021


This position coordinates implementation and tracking of components of the University’s Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations with focuses in Energy, Operations, Construction, Transportation, Grounds, Dining, Outreach, and Communications. The position may supervise student interns.


  1. Facilitate the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Sustainable Operations in collaboration with the Planner I; convene OFMD partners to develop and implement action plans; collect data to evaluate success of efforts; and develop reports that communicate progress.
  2. Assist in the expansion and development of new outreach programs and initiatives; including the Green Office program, Green Cup, Earth Week, Food Week, community donation efforts, and others. Provide planning and execution support for special events, conferences, and programs hosted by Office of Sustainability and campus partners.
  3. Work with the OFMD Communications Manager to plan and coordinate the School of Medical School’s Sustainability marketing and communications. Develop marketing/communications materials in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability staff and other campus partners, including newsletters, social media posts, website, marketing materials for events, year-end report, and others.
  4. Work with campus partners (food service/catering, student environmental group, Human Resources, and more) to further sustainability initiatives, including: Farmer’s Market and CSA, sustainable food, composting, student trainings and presentations, and more.
  5. Build and maintain a contact database that will support communication efforts and volunteer support.
  6. Plan and execute virtual and in-person events and trainings to continue building the culture of sustainability within OFMD, WUSM, and our local region. Attend tabling events and coordinate presentations to further promote programs and events.
  7. Provide support the Planner I on the Green Labs Program development and outreach activities.
  8. May supervise intern teams working in the areas of alternative transportation, food, and marketing/communications. Assign and guide weekly responsibilities, provide professional development opportunities, and conduct semester reviews.
    Other duties as assigned.


  • High school degree and three years’ related experience or Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability, Communications, Environmental Science or related field and one year of related experience.


  • Master’s Degree in Sustainability, Communications, Environmental Science or related field.


  • Knowledge of a variety of sustainability domains, including transportation, food systems, energy, waste, landscape, and water.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to develop a range of public-facing communications tools, such as newsletters and print materials.
  • Demonstrated success working in group settings, particularly with students, building buy-in and providing leadership to accomplish projects.
  • Experience working with diverse groups of stakeholders, facilitating meetings, planning events, and overseeing projects.
  • Systems thinker with the ability and interest in creatively problem-solving multi-faceted challenges.
  • Analytical with the skills to research best practices and underlying evidence.
  • Eagerness to acquire new knowledge. Outgoing, energetic and enthusiastic.


The employee will work in an office setting with frequent trips to meetings on the School of Medicine Campus and occasional meetings on the Danforth Campus or other off campus locations. The employee will often be involved in outreach/tabling activities that will require lifting and transporting up to 50 pounds. Access to and willingness to use a bicycle for transportation to meetings/events is a plus. Occasional evening and weekend hours.

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