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Climate Action Fellow

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: VP Campus Planning and Facilities
Department: FS - Utilities
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Administrative / Clerical, Facilities / Skilled Trades, Program/Project Management

Job Description


The primary role of the Climate Action Fellow is to work collaboratively with the Virginia Tech community--and work between Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities and Academic Affairs--to conceive, develop, implement, maintain, and measure sustainability initiatives in support of the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment (CAC).

The position will be primarily responsible for developing the Climate Action Living Laboratory initiative that creates experiential learning programs centered on sustainability for students and facilitates mutually beneficial partnerships between operations and the academic elements of the university. This includes broadening campus awareness and engagement with CAC goals and pathways; conceiving, developing, and implementing new programs and creative financial solutions that work towards CAC implementation; coordinating strategic planning efforts for Climate Action, Sustainability, and Energy (CASE) department; working with Virginia Tech Electric Service to meet the CAC goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030; identifying and measure climate justice initiatives for each goal; seeking grant funding opportunities for the university; and documenting, measuring, and reporting on campus sustainability initiatives.

The climate action fellow will interact with a wide variety of university faculty, students, and staff, as well as publicly represent the university on matters of climate action. They will make decisions independently and work autonomously in developing and implementing new programs with a strategic intent to advance the university's sustainability commitment. The fellow must be detail, action, solution, results-oriented and dedicated to the mission of the university's climate action commitment and land-grant mission. This position will report to the Director of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Energy and will represent the Climate Action, Sustainability, and Energy office, the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities, and/or Virginia Tech in scheduled events on and off campus on climate action matters. The position will require evening and/or weekend responsibilities during peak times.

Required Qualifications

• Advanced degree in sustainability, environmental policy, urban or environmental planning, environmental science, environmental engineering, or a related field or equivalent training and/or experience.
• Exceptional communication skills, interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and the ability to effectively interact and build trusted relationships with diverse internal and external constituencies.
• Experience researching and preparing technically complex executive-level white papers, position papers, reports, proposals, and presentations on a variety of strategic topics.
• Exceptional interdisciplinary communication skills between and across academic disciplines.
• Considerable experience in the development and implementation of sustainability initiatives in an institutional environment.
• Experience working with undergraduate students in a higher education setting to advance collective goals both inside and outside the classroom.
• Ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the principles of sustainability and how they relate to organizations and university campuses.
• Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, with the ability to see patterns, be a fast thinker and make decisions with strong attention to accuracy, detail, and local context.
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects; excellent organizational, leadership, and delegation skills; and ability to work collaboratively.
• Demonstrated high proficiency with current office software applications.
• Fast learner, result-driven, accepts and acts on all forms of feedback to effect change.
• Ability to travel to on and off-campus sites, with occasional overnight travel.

Preferred Qualifications

• Previous experience working on sustainability initiatives in a higher education environment and familiarity with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS).
• Previous experience in communications, marketing, and public relations.
• Excels at establishing partnerships and collaborating with numerous stakeholders, working with higher education curriculum, and workshop facilitation.
• Experience with graphic design, social media, and/or web development.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

$60,000 - $70,000

Review Date

October 6th, 2022

Additional Information

• Work is performed primarily in an office environment, and includes sitting, walking, and repetitive motion with keyboarding.
• Must be able to travel to different campus locations for meetings and presentations.
• Must have a criminal background check.
• Must have a driver's license check.
• Additional hours, modified schedule, after hours, and/or weekend work may be required to meet the needs of the department.
• Must have a criminal background check, must have a driver's license check.
• Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.

• Travel to meetings at non-Blacksburg sites with some overnight stays.
• This position meets the criteria for issuance of a mobile communication device (such as radio, cellphone, Ipad, etc.). Devices issued are the responsibility of the employee and are to be returned in satisfactory condition upon separation of employment. Devices are to be used according to supervisor instruction and according to relevant policies.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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