Hiring - Dining Student Sustainability Coordinator

Deadline to apply: April 13, 2016


Job Description: Cornell Dining Student Sustainability Coordinator

Consistent with Cornell University's mission in promoting environmental sustainability on campus, the Student Sustainability Coordinator (SSC) shall address issues relating to environmental sustainability in the Cornell Dining Enterprise. The coordinator will work on projects related to:

Purchasing and tracking: help track and promote local and regional food purchases as well as work with the purchasing department to help search for alternative, eco-friendly products to use in the dining locations.

Oversight/management of waste (landfill, recycling, and composting): oversee and track post- consumer composting at the units that compost as well as work toward continuous improvement of waste management in units across campus. Be involved with food waste at the customer level, e.g. personal food waste reduction as an environmental stewardship issue.

Energy efficiency: Work in coordination with the university sustainability office and the President’s Sustainable Campus council on issues that affect energy use in Dining units. This may include light bulbs, cooking equipment, transportation vehicles, etc.

Marketing: manage and update the Unofficial Cornell Dining blog, Facebook page, and Instagram page to promote the sustainability dining initiatives on a bi-weekly or monthly basis as well as help develop consistent marketing messages with the Marketing department

Research: research and suggest new areas for improvement in environmental sustainability for Cornell Dining. Review all research and project requests focused on any environmental sustainability issue (e.g. local food sourcing, food waste) from student groups or courses or individual students.

Special projects/events: As a representative of Cornell Dining, help to coordinate various sustainability events on campus especially Earth Day/week, Slope Day, and World Food day.

Collaboration and Integrations: The SSC will attend Student Assembly Dining Committee, the PSCC, Food Focus Team meetings whenever possible. The SSC will collaborate with other students, staff, and other members of the Cornell community to initiate or enhance environmental stewardship efforts of Cornell Dining. SSC will, often on an ad hoc basis, work with leadership of Sustainability Hub, ECO (Cornell Environmental Collaborative), Dean of Students office, Take Back the Tap, Building administrators, and other groups to coordinate and make efficient the many projects that happen on campus.

Training and outreach: The SCC will be involved with training sessions for dining staff, Eco- reps, Slope day volunteers or other groups. SCC will also do presentations of projects and research to various levels of Dining management staff.

SME: SSC will act as a “Subject Matter Expert” to respond to queries from student and community groups as well as other colleges and institutions with regard to Cornell Dining’s initiatives.

Other duties: as assigned.

Qualifications: A successful sustainability coordinator has superior writing, communication, and time management skills, social media communications, photoshop skills, time management skills, ability to work independently, familiarity with statistical software and public speaking skills.

SSC must be interested in environmental sustainability issues and their applications on campus; Must be fluent in Excel, Powerpoint, and Word applications. The coordinator will be expected to work approximately 10 hours per week for at least one full academic year. S/he will work with the current student coordinator to help transition into the job.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to gaa49@cornell.edu
Subject Line: (Your Name,SSC Application)
Deadline April 13, 2016

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