Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


Seeking a Sustainability Manager that is committed to promoting a culture of environmental sustainability among the university community by managing sustainability priorities, engaging students and staff in sustainability initiatives and promoting the university’s positive environmental record. The manager will identify, recommend, and monitor progress towards the Campus Sustainability Action Plan and university sustainability priorities. The manager will work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment on campus and the broader community. The manager serves as the liaison between the university and local, state, regional and national climate action organizations. The manager serves as the chair of the Sustainability Steering Committee and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Business, Financial, & Administrative Services. The anticipated start date of this position is mid-January 2022.



• Bachelor’s degree in a sustainability field or related field

• Highly effective leadership, collaboration, and interpersonal relationship skills; ability to work successfully with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners

• Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and manage projects and programs

• Experience with gathering and analyzing technical and financial data such as carbon emissions data, energy costs, etc.; ability to use data to drive decisions and recommendations

• Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects of varying size and complexity effectively and with attention to detail

• Experience translating complex technical information and data into accessible reports, plans, and presentations

• Excellent oral communication, written communication, and presentation skills

Highly Desired

• Master’s degree in a sustainability field or related field

• Demonstrated ability to manage social media platforms and campaigns; website management

• Experience with implementing sustainability programs in higher education

• Experience in managing student employees

• Experience with SIMAP and Second Nature greenhouse gas reporting platforms or similar emissions reporting tools


  1. Implementation and Management of Sustainability Priorities
    1. Provide leadership for the Campus Sustainability Action Plan, strategic plan, and the Business, Finance and Administrative Services division focused initiatives.
    2. Identify and recommend sustainability priorities for the university to achieve the Second Nature Carbon Commitment carbon neutrality goals.
    3. Develop, manage and promote the university’s sustainability programs, priorities and accomplishments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, waste reduction, sustainable transportation, and UW-Sprout Campus Garden.
    4. Coordinate or provide information for required sustainability reports to external agencies such as reports to Second Nature and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
    5. Serve as a resource and catalyst for enhancing sustainability initiatives with various departments, including Facilities Management, University Housing, Student Centers, Dining Services, and more.
    6. Develop and implement procedures to advance sustainability practices across campus.
    7. Committee Participation
      1. Facilitate the Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC) in driving sustainability strategy for the campus.
      2. Recommend annual charges for the SSC to UW-Stout’s Strategic Planning Group and the Vice Chancellor for Business, Financial, & Administrative Services.
      3. Provide bi-annual progress reports to the Strategic Planning Group and the Vice Chancellor for Business, Financial, & Administrative Services.
      4. Chair or participate in sustainability-related committees such as Campus-Wide Energy Committee, Waste Reduction Workgroup, Transportation Committee, Sustainable Construction & Renovation Committee, Campus Exteriors Development Committee.
      5. Advise the Stout Student Association’s Sustainability Council and assist with project coordination for Green Fee funded projects.
      6. Manage Departmental Operations
        1. Hire, train, and supervise departmental student staff.
        2. Manage the Sustainability Office’s budget, as well as the budgets for sustainability programs such as UW-Sprout Campus Garden, Alternative Transportation segregated fee, and Green Fee.
        3. Marketing & Events Coordination
          1. Develop and maintain all Sustainability Office’s web pages.
          2. Communicate and promote sustainability initiatives and accomplishments through the website, social media channels, campus emails, and more.
          3. Collaborate with MarCom and Student Life & Services Communications Committee to promote UW-Stout’s sustainability programs and goals.
          4. Oversee Campus Race to Zero Waste competition including data reporting, marketing, and education to the campus.
          5. Collaborate with the SSA Sustainability Council and other departments and organizations to host events for Earth Week, Campus Sustainability Month, and more.
          6. Assessment & Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management
            1. Complete an annual greenhouse gas inventory assessing the campus’ emissions and report all data to Second Nature’s Reporting Platform.
            2. Track sustainability metrics and KPIs for energy, waste, transportation and travel, landscapes, water, purchasing, refrigerants, and more.
            3. Liaison with Governmental Agencies and Community Organizations
              1. Serve as a liaison to develop and build upon relationships with the City of Menomonie, Dunn County, local community organizations, and UW System institutions.
              2. Communicate and present the university's sustainability initiatives at government and community organization meetings.
              3. Assist community groups with sustainability-focused projects.
              4. Manage Transportation Programs
                1. Collaborate with the Transportation Committee to develop and enhance sustainable transportation options for students and employees.
                2. Assist the Stout Student Association in the management, promotion, and assessment of local bus services, including collaboration with Dunn County Transit.
                3. Develop, manage/assist with, and promote bike programs and bike infrastructure including bike locker rentals, bike racks and shelters, bike repair stations, Bike Friendly University designation, and StoutBikes bike rental program
                4. Oversee UW-Stout Rideshare website.
                5. Manage electric vehicle charging program.
                6. See UW System Job Description: Administrative Manager, Job code: AD005


                  University of Wisconsin-Stout Business, Finance, and Administrative Services (BFAS) division oversees the Budget Office, Business and Financial Services, Facilities Management, Safety and Risk Management, and Human Resources departments, in addition to overseeing multiple campus committees.

                  BFAS is committed to promoting the growth of students by providing quality programs, services, and facilities in collaboration with the university, community, and others we serve. UW-Stout’s division of Business, Finance, and Administrative Services is committed to creating an inclusive campus community.


                  University of Wisconsin-Stout prepares lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens in an equitable, inclusive, and sustainable environment through collaborative career-focused programs that integrate applied learning, theory and research. UW-Stout is committed to developing an inclusive community that fosters a rich,¿dynamic,¿and collaborative environment in which to work and grow, celebrating the diversity of individual perspectives and experiences.

                  A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being¿Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation.¿

                  UW-Stout offers 47 undergraduate and 23 graduate degrees, including 21 masters and 2 advanced degrees. The current enrollment is approximately 8,000 students.

                  UW-Stout is committed to investing in and ensuring access to equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning, student living, and work environments that reflect our regional and global connections.

                  The UW-Stout campus community enjoys opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry and encourages collaboration within and across disciplines and professions.

                  The university is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,400, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:

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                  Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

                  All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.

                  Employment is contingent upon the final candidate’s completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources team. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

                  Official transcripts required at time of hire.

                  Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office, Phone: 715.232.2149.

                  In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

                  UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit:

                  TO APPLY

                  Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

                  Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

                  Required application materials:

                  1. Cover letter*
                  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
                  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

                  *Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement. Candidates who have experience working collaboratively with diverse individuals and/or groups and who can contribute to fostering an inclusive environment while connecting the three pillars of sustainability are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.

                  To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by December 5, 2021. Applications submitted after 12/5th may be reviewed until the position is filled.

                  Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

                  It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.

                  For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

                  Search Chair: Kim Schulte-Shoberg


                  If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:

                  Search Coordinator: Josh Risler


                  Job Family: Staff