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Faculty Merit Postdoctoral Professional & Scientific Research Temporary Internal


Requisition # 72637

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Advertising Started on:Thursday, April 12th, 2018
Organization:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department:Clas Administration


Salary:$75,000.00 to Commensurate
Pay Grade:6A

Job Details

Percent Time:100%
Type of PositionRegular: A position which is considered essential for the effective long-term operation of the university. Persons appointed to this position will receive the privileges and benefits associated with regular employment status.

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), Office of the Dean, is seeking a Director for the Office of Sustainability and the Environment. This person will organize and direct campus initiatives related to sustainability and the environment, and serve as a lead advocate for related academic and outreach programs at the local, regional and national level. Key duties include:

  • Develop the UI vision for education, research, and practice in the context of sustainability.
  • Develop strategic and implementation plans designed to operationalize that vision.
  • Connect relevant research centers, undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and regional partners to the Office and to one another, coordinate common goals and identify opportunities for collaboration among different units within the university community.
  • Help publicize research and outreach by University staff, faculty and students related to sustainability and the environment to internal and external audiences through the use of web sites, news releases, and publications.
  • Promote the University of Iowa as a destination for prospective students interested in undergraduate and graduate programs related to sustainability and the environment.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives and disseminate results.
  • Investigate and recommend new initiatives and programs using an evidence-based framework to improve the UI’s sustainability performance and meet needs.
  • Coordinate with the Office of Outreach and Engagement to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship in Iowa’s communities and rural areas.
  • Manage the operating budget for the Office; hire and supervise staff and student members in the Office of Sustainability and the Environment.
  • Develop reports and propose plans that respond to the University of Iowa, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Iowa Board of Regents.

 **For detailed job description, please email Karli Kirsch (**

 The Program Administration classification is the third classification in the Administration job family.  For more information about this job family, visit:

 Note to Applicant:

The qualifications for this job posting are described as competencies or the behaviors needed to be successful in performing the duties of the position at a defined proficiency level/standard. The proficiency level required for each qualification is included.

 Please assure that your application/resume and/or cover letter illustrates the work experience, knowledge, skills and abilities you have that meet each of the required qualifications.

 Proficiency levels are defined as:

 Extensive Experience - Performs without assistance; recognized as a resource to others; able to translate complex nuances to others; able to improve processes; focus on broad issues.

 Expert/Leader Experience - Seen as an expert and/or leader; guides, troubleshoots; has strategic focus; applies knowledge and skill across or in leading multiple projects/orgs; demonstrates knowledge of trends in field; leads in developing new processes.

 For more information about competencies, visit:

Three professional references will be requested now and additional references may be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Education Required:

A Master's degree in relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience with extensive academic work in which the candidate has gained an understanding of the learning and discovery culture of higher education

Experience Required:
  • At least 5 years experience with environmental, energy conservation, or sustainability-related programs
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, especially in work/academic environments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including careful listening
  • Experience in leading, motivating, evaluating and rewarding personnel in a supervisory role
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to add value to complex collaborative projects already in motion and to propose, plan, lead, administer and evaluate new projects
  • Experience with a strong culture of collaborative decision-making across diverse participants
  • Record of supervising team-based projects
  • Experience with writing and communication, including understanding of local media outlets, such as public radio and TV, college radio, community and campus newspaper(s)
  • Experience in research and synthesis of information related to campus sustainability using internet resources, print resources and human resources
  • Group facilitation and public speaking experience
  • Grant research, writing, and implementation experience

Online Application Options

Application Type:This job requires basic applicant information, plus a resume. Your resume should not be sent to the contact below. The resume will be attached during the Online Application Process.
Cover Letter:A plain text cover letter is required.
References:References must be filled out online during the application process, however, only professional references will be allowed.
 Number of References:  3

To start the Online Application process for this position, click the "Apply for This Position" button located below the Contact Information.

Contact Information


Attention: Your resume should not be sent to the contact below. The resume will be attached during the Online Application Process.

Contact:Karli J Kirsch -
Clas-Clas Administration
Seashore Hall
301 East Jefferson Street
W311 SSH
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-467-0079
Department URL:

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