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Assistant Director of Sustainability/Campus Farm Manager

April 04, 2014 - July 01, 2014
Location:Greencastle, IN
Employment Type:Full-time
Department:Office for Sustainability
Description:Sustainability is both an institutional commitment and a community value, exercised daily as DePauw University pursues our commitment to carbon neutrality by 2040. The Office for Sustainability seeks an individual to work with the Sustainability Director to lead day-to-day activities of the Sustainability program at DePauw. We are seeking a thoughtful, reflective individual with an understanding of the urgency of anthropogenic climate disruption and a passion for sustainable solutions that support our education mission. This position will report to and work closely with DePauw’s Sustainability Director; and will engage and empower our campus and community toward becoming more socially, economically, and environmentally just.

This individual will also manage and work on the one-acre campus farm, primarily from May to September. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to planting plants, weeding, trimming, cleaning, keeping all records for the campus farm, making plans to expand the farm, and interfacing with Bon Appetit, local food pantries, and other interested parties.

  • Plant, harvest, and sell produce from the campus farm to DePauw Dining Services while managing one-two other campus farm workers. Estimates of harvested produce are around 5,000 pounds per year.
  • Recruit volunteers for the campus farm and coordinate programming.
  • Engage all campus sectors in broad, interdisciplinary conversation about sustainability and DePauw’s role in responding to the related challenges in the 21st century
  • Work closely with DePauw’s Undergraduate Sustainability Interns and our Eco-Reps
  • Upon request, work with faculty and/or students in sustainability-related classes; and make presentations in those classes
  • Cultivate student leadership by mentoring student organizations (e.g., the DePauw Environmental Club) and individual students
  • Work with Facilities Management to improve tracking and analysis of utility use to develop behavior change campaigns and informed proposals for utility efficiency projects
  • Coordinate these year-round programs:
  • o Eco-Reps o Sustainability Interns o Community bike-share
  • Coordinate these once-a-year projects:
  • o Energy Wars o Earth Week o Move Out Days

  • Must have a commitment to the values associated with a nationally respected, residential liberal arts university
  • Must be an individual who is highly engaged with sustainability issues
  • Must have exemplary interpersonal skills to communicate the urgent, challenging nature of sustainability to campus and community stakeholders
  • Must have 6-12 months of higher education sustainability experience; more experience is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in an environmental or sustainability-related field
  • Must be able to work individually and within a team
  • Must be willing to work after regular office hours, as needed
  • Must be willing to travel occasionally
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point; and knowledge of DropBox, GoogleApps, Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop is a plus
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid IN driver's license

  • The closing date on this posting represents a target date for completion of the search process. It is only an estimate and circumstances may result in the closing date being extended or, conversely, the position being closed earlier than the posted date. If you are interested in being considered for this position, you are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible.

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