Sustainability Analyst Position - University of Pennsylvania Office of Sustainability

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The Sustainability Analyst position is a key member of Penn’s Sustainability Office, and will assist the Sustainability Director in a number of quantitative and program management tasks, in support to Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0. Key duties will include:

  • Track campus-wide sustainability metrics for energy use, high-performance buildings, transportation, waste minimization, purchasing, academics, communications, and outreach, and prepare a quarterly report to VP FRES and EVP.
  • Liaise with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to provide updates on Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 progress. Manage internal communications to gather information and to complete the STARS for submittal to AASHE in 2016 and every two years thereafter.
  • Manage Penn’s Green Office Program, track progress, review submissions, and aggregate sustainability metrics associated with the program.
  • Manage the Integrating Sustainability across the Curriculum (ISAC), including oversight of applicant recruitment and management of the disbursements of funds.
  • Manage sustainability intern staff, including direct management of two full-time summer interns and one part-time intern during the school year.
  • Create and maintain LEED ‘Credit Bank’ to assist design consultants and Penn capital project teams with LEED submissions.
  • Manage the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee and subcommittees, to update committee and subcommittee member on activities and reconvene group every semester.


Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, planning, engineering, design, or humanities and 3 to 5 years of experience managing sustainability programs or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Masters degree preferred.

Also Required:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and written and verbal communication skills;
  • Quantitative reasoning skills and the ability to comprehend, synthesize, and analyze sustainability data including metrics on energy use, waste diversion, transportation, and purchasing;
  • Knowledge of sustainability issues and best practices, including:
  • Energy conservation;
  • Waste minimization;
  • Sustainable transportation;
  • Design and planning strategies;
  • Outreach strategies;
  • Commitment to institutional and societal sustainability;
  • Ability to work both as a team leader and member, and complete projects with minimal supervision;
  • Commitment to diversity; ability to work effectively with all constituencies in a diverse institution;
  • Basic financial skills to track transactions and budget expenditures.


  • Experience in strategic planning, project management, team management, partnership building, and marketing;
  • Knowledge of higher education administration and issues;
  • Higher education experience

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