Overview

Who We Are:

The University of Southern California (USC) is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles – a global center for arts, technology, and international business. As the city’s largest private employer, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic schools and operational units. As a USC employee, you will enjoy excellent benefits and perks, and you will be a member of the Trojan Community – the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work.

The Department:

The push for a sustainable USC has never been stronger. With the support of President Carol L. Folt, we are making meaningful strides to expand sustainable operations on our campuses and dramatically increase sustainability education, research and community engagement. Last year, USC hired our first Chief Sustainability Officer, and we recently launched Assignment: Earth, our ambitious new sustainability framework that has aggressive goals for sustainability  in operations, education, research, inclusion, and engagement through 2028, when the Olympics arrive in Los Angeles and at USC (see https://sustainability.usc.edu/assignment-earth/). Key goals include climate neutrality by 2025 and zero waste by 2028 (including the elimination of single use plastic beverage bottles as of July 1, 2022). USC’s sustainability vision is executed by teams and committees composed of students, staff, faculty, and senior administrators working in close partnership with key vendors and community partners. USC is committed to developing the teams, tools,  and processes to promote campus sustainability on all fronts.

The Position:

As a member of the Office of Sustainability team, the Sustainability Engagement Specialist will be the primary lead on outreach and engagement initiatives for students, faculty, staff, and alumni  in support of the Assignment: Earth framework. This position will collaborate with campus  partners to develop and implement both in-person and virtual sustainability education, outreach, and engagement tools and initiatives. This position will serve as a highly-visible representative of the Office of Sustainability on university committees and to student organizations, and will be responsible for inspiring measurable sustainable literacy and culture change. It reports to the Associate Director, Engagement.

Job Duties/Responsibilities Include:

  • Assesses the university landscape and proactively identifies opportunities for increased sustainability engagement and co-curricular education.
  • Builds and leverages relationships with campus partners to expand the breadth and depth of engagement opportunities related to sustainability.
  • Participates in high-profile university events (Orientation, Welcome Experience, Tailgating, Green and Earth Weeks, Trojan Farmers Market, etc), guest-lectures to classes, and presents to campus committees to increase visibility of USC’s sustainability goals.
  • Creates and implements sustainability training modules (general and topic-based) for students and faculty/staff.
  • Manages digital engagement efforts including but not limited to writing web content, helping to maintain website(s), designing digital training tools, and leveraging other digital platforms.
  • Partners with Marketing Specialist to develop and roll out digital and physical engagement and education materials and collateral.
  • Keeps abreast of best practices regarding behavior change messaging
  • Develops metrics and data collection processes for monitoring progress toward engagement goals in order to inform program modifications.
  • Serves as the primary Office of Sustainability liaison to student organizations, and supports and advises student initiatives and projects related to sustainability or social/environmental justice.
  • Represents the Office of Sustainability on university committees, councils, and panels as needed.
  • Supports sustainability team with research, reporting, student intern professional development, and other duties as needed.
  • Solves challenges through influence rather than authority in a decentralized environment.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

In addition, the successful candidate must also demonstrate, through ideas, words and actions, a strong commitment to USC’s Unifying Core Values: integrity, excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion, well-being, open communication and accountability.

Apply today and join our team as we embark on a journey to a more sustainable USC!

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as environmental sciences, social sciences, communications, or combined experience/education as a substitute for minimum education.

2 years of relevant experience in sustainability and/or engagement, communications, behavior change messaging.

Project/program management experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Direct experience in sustainability in a higher education environment

Demonstrated experience in a cross-matrixed or decentralized environment and/or in working with stakeholders through influence rather than authority

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinanceWe provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu.  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as environmental sciences, social sciences, communications, or combined experience/education as a substitute for minimum education. 2 years of relevant experience in sustainability and/or engagement, communications, behavior change messaging. Project/program management experience