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Berea College Sustainability Coordinator (SAL 09)

Brief summary of this position:
The Sustainability Coordinator will collaborate with stakeholders on campus to infuse Berea College’s triplebottom-line sustainability efforts into the campus community through:
1. Expanded student sustainability programming;
2. Expanded sustainability activities in academic classrooms;
3. Sustainability education and outreach efforts for faculty, staff, and students;
4. Improved and timely completion of sustainability tracking and reporting activities.

Minimum Qualifications Required:
Education required to ensure success in this position:
• Bachelor’s Degree

Experience required to ensure success in this position:
• Minimum two years of experience in a similar sustainability position at a college, university, or other educationally focused organization

Special skills, knowledge and abilities:
• Deep background in sustainability concepts, active work bringing students and others together for programs

License, certification, or registration necessary:
• N/A

Physical requirements:

• N/A

Environmental conditions:
• Primarily office, but will work across campus, in facilities, on farms, and in the community

Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment:
• N/A

Primary duties and responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Provide support for robust sustainability education and awareness programs in residence halls.
• Works directly with student labor in the Office of Operations and Sustainability on integrated sustainability programming across campus. Daily oversight and support to provide a greater platform for success for these students, and provide regular support for interactions between this office and others, such as CELTS, Dining Services, and for interactions with faculty working to integrate aspects of experiential sustainability education into their classroom curriculum;
• Sustainability Mini-Grant program implantation and oversight;
• Provide a regular focus to outside public relations and community educational opportunities, as well as to required and voluntary reporting of sustainability related information.
• Oversees or completes various surveys, from STARS, annual greenhouse gas emissions reports, an annual report of progress on sustainability indicators for on-campus use, as well as many ad hoc surveys and requests for data each year
• a comprehensive and regularly updated listing of sustainability related activities and programs across campus to be made publicly available on campus
• a database of opportunities for students and class groups to participate in campus or community activities related to sustainability as part of their academic course work
• The Coordinator will work directly with faculty and staff to imagine and devise opportunities for increased
student activities on and off campus related to broad sustainability goals.
• The coordinator will recommend activities, policies and procedures to increase the College’s progress toward its sustainability goals, and will represent the College in community, regional and national forums in regard to the College’s efforts and programs.
• The Coordinator will staff and supervise programs and activities, as well as coordinate with others to participate or provide other College participants for on- and off-campus events.
• In support of Berea College’s great commitments, this position requires student supervision. The fourth great commitment is to promote learning and serving in community through the student labor program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done. The Supervision would include scheduling, assigning and approving work performed. Developing students about common workplace acumen and giving them tangible work experience is an expected outcome. To learn more about the student labor program and requirements on this position see: Labor Program Goals

Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has along standing commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together.

Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.


Berea College is always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. If you think you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, then we encourage you to continue with this applicant friendly, online job application! 

Berea College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.


Note to Prospective Employees:

Each year, Berea College Public Safety publishes an annual report to the campus to make public crime statistics, policies, and procedures for Berea College.  This Annual Security Report, required by the Jeane Clery Act, Minger Act, and the Student Right To Know Act is now available for review.  For a full, printable version of the ASR, you can click here:

For a policy-by-policy version that is easier to read and browse, please visit Public Safety’s website here: