Project Coordinator

The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) Project Coordinators are responsible for overseeing and engaging students in SSI projects. In particular, these positions is responsible for: (1) planning and executing sustainability-related projects, and (2) recruiting, coordinating, and supervising volunteers and interns. Each project coordinator is responsible for a different area of sustainability. Our current project areas are: energy, food, landscape, transportation, waste reduction, and water.

All staff members of the SSI are responsible for furthering the SSI’s mission and vision in the following ways: (1) recruit and train potential SSI staff, interns, and volunteers, (2) act as a liaison between the SSI and other organizations, (3) encourage and support students in furthering their own vision of sustainability on campus, (4) develop a sense of ownership and community for students within the SSI, (5) increase community understanding of the need for a sustainable culture and the opportunities and resources available to address that need, and (6) encourage movement by the institution towards a sustainable future.

  • Plan and execute sustainability-related projects and events with a focus on energy. These may include the Energy Civil War (fall term), Electric-or-Treat (fall term), Campus Conservation Nationals (winter term), film screenings (such as Do The Math), etc.
  • Recruit, coordinate, and supervise volunteers and interns
  • Hold regular office hours at the SSC
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Meet individually with Director bi-weekly
  • Work with the SSI Marketing Team to promote projects
  • Link individuals and organizations to sustainability-related resources, contacts, and opportunities available to help them pursue their own projects
  • Create tangible, quantifiable, and lasting impacts that further sustainability at OSU and benefit the SSI
  • Complete planning, evaluation and assessment forms
  • Write blog posts for Ecologue
  • Connect and actively collaborate with student groups and other partner organizations including the Solar Vehicle Team, Students Engaging Tomorrow, Sustainable Energy Initiative, Eco Rep program, Energy Action Team (through Corvallis Sustainability Coalition), and Energize Corvallis (through Corvallis Environmental Center)
  • Serve on other SSI event planning committees
  • Maintain/improve SSI operations related to energy use



Required Qualifications: 

●      An understanding of and passion for sustainability

●      Problem solving skills

●      Experience working with diverse groups of people

●      Strong verbal and written communication skills

●      Ability to work individually and as part of a team

●      Project management experience

●      Great people skills

●      Experience working with volunteers or interns

●      Demonstrated ability to successfully plan and execute projects, events, or campaigns

●      Knowledge and experience with position-specific area of sustainability

●      Awareness of diverse approaches to creating cultures of sustainability


Preferred Qualifications: 

●      Demonstrated leadership skills

●      An awareness of and/or connection to campus and community groups in position-specific area of sustainability

Open to Applications
Employment Dates and Hours: 

●     The position starts spring term, with the possibility of shadowing during the last week of winter term. The coordinator is expected to work 10-15 hours/week.

Pay rate is $9.90 per hour.
Terms and Conditions: 
SSI employees must (1) maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher, be enrolled in at least 6 credits at OSU during the employment period, and must not be on academic probation,  (2) affirm and uphold University policies that help create and maintain a welcoming and equal opportunity campus. (OSU and the SSI do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status.)
Application Instructions: 

Please send a resume and cover letter detailing your relevant experience to SSI Director Olivia Poblacion at SSI.director@oregonstate.edu. In the cover letter, please address the following: why are you interested in working for the SSI; what do you feel you have to contribute to the program and; how do you feel the SSI can best create a culture of sustainability at OSU. 

Additional Information: 
Please address questions to SSI Director Olivia Poblacion at ssi.director@oregonstate.edu. For more information about the SSI, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/.