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Position Detail - Assistant Director of the Miller Worley Center for Environmt

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Assistant Director of the Miller Worley Center for Environmt

Apply now Job no: 493849
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Environmental Science & Sustainability

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: Full Time-52

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday

Minimum starting salary: $48,400

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The College’s Plan for Mount Holyoke 2023 identifies environmental sustainability as a strategic priority. In January 2018, the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College endorsed the overarching goals of the College’s recent 2017 Sustainability Task Force recommendations, including the goal of becoming a carbon-neutral campus by 2037, its bicentennial.

The College has defined a sustainability vision and approach to support the strategic priorities for Mount Holyoke College that is inclusive and progressive. To date, we have made significant progress towards these goals, including transitioning from coal fire heating to ground source heat exchange, retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency, reducing single-use items in our dining facilities, and improving upon campus composting. Other priority areas for the college include climate justice, instilling sustainability as a core value across campus, and elevating the use of the Campus Living Laboratory. We see this position as an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to grow and evolve with the Miller Worley Center’s mission and the College’s next strategic plan.

Our approach to sustainability is integrative and interdisciplinary. With its remarkable international and domestic diversity, strong liberal arts tradition, and physical setting, the College is an exceptional place for advancing environmental education and research. Our graduates are the next generation of leaders who will create a more sustainable, just, and equitable future for all generations.

With an emphasis on community building and communication, the Assistant Director reports directly to Leslie and Sarah Miller, Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment (MWCE). The Assistant Director coordinates with departments across campus to support student environmental leadership and effective programming. Specifically, the Assistant Director works with other Center staff to help plan, design, implement, and communicate Center activities, including the Center’s student work positions. The Assistant Director also represents the Center to internal and external stakeholders and community members at the behest of the Center Director.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Serves as the primary point person for MWCE student engagement and outreach.
  • Oversees the MWCE student work program and the Community Sustainability Coordinators/Assistants (CSCs & CSAs), including hiring and training, supervising, timecard approval, budget development, identifying opportunities for professional development, and conducting annual employee evaluations.
  • Develops educational marketing and communications, including maintaining social media pages with the CSCs & CSAs, contributes to creating program fliers and announcements, and works with campus Communications to help create promotional materials for multiple audiences.
  • Helps coordinate, schedule, and communicate student-facing events and programs, including space reservations, speaker budgets, and speaker logistics. Manages procurement of needed supplies for the center and its events and the responsible storage and reuse of those materials.
  • Manages and oversees MWCE grant applications, including submissions and communications regarding rewards.
  • Helps organize and maintain information on past and current programming, outreach, and initiatives with multiple MHC platforms like Workday, Google Drive, embark, etc.
  • Supports the Center Director in developing linkages between the Center and other centers, departments, and offices, including, for example, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, the Weissman Center for Leadership, DEI, Student Life, and the Alum Association to create an inclusive and collaborative approach to environmental programs at the College.
  • Helps develop and organize Center policies, procedures, and documents, particularly as they relate to our student positions, grants, and awards.
  • Represents the Center, including serving as the Center representative on campus-wide committees, attending staff meetings and program-specific or organizational meetings, and representing the Center at functions and events (occasionally on weekends). 


• B.S. or B.A. required and 3+ years of relevant experience
• Minimum 2 years experience overseeing student programming, including communicating, developing, and coordinating broadly defined sustainability initiatives in collaboration with all levels of the organization.
• Understanding of the role of DEI and justice in sustainability work

• An understanding of and commitment to the goals and priorities of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, including a sustainability mission that seeks to center justice and inclusivity.
• Strong ability to work as part of a diverse team as well as to work independently on a wide variety of projects
• Strong human relations and interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact professionally and communicate clearly and courteously with a diverse community to maintain effective, professional, and cooperative working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and all internal and external stakeholders
• Ability to supervise student employees and oversee related budgets
• Ability to prioritize work duties, demonstrate effective time management skills, transition quickly between projects to address specific situations, and manage multiple concurrent projects and still meet strict deadlines
• Adaptability and initiative, including a willingness to seek and integrate information from multiple sources, to respect differing positions, to adapt to change, and to take initiative to anticipate programmatic needs
• Attention to detail and accuracy in reporting, planning, and communicating procedures and practices
• Critical thinking skills and thoughtfulness in decision-making, including the ability to think strategically, listen carefully, and advise senior leadership effectively
• Exceptional oral and written communication capacities, with experience communicating with multiple diverse audiences and strong proofreading skills
• Particular interest in working on inclusive programming and events
• Deep interest in working with and mentoring students on their professional goals
• An understanding of and commitment to the goals and priorities of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment
• An awareness of and commitment to education and leadership at a women’s college that is gender diverse, including Mount Holyoke’s role in this endeavor

Preferred Qualifications:

• (Masters preferred)


Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: 

  • This position will require some evening and weekend hours, the use of a computer, and the ability to be present in various locations across campus.

Working Conditions: 

  • This position will require collaboration and consistent communication among multiple constituents, including facilities management. It may include working with individuals and groups in outdoor settings and among major facility operations, including events on weekends.  

Background Checks:

At Mount Holyoke College, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our community members. To ensure this, we require all new hires, affiliates, and others to undergo comprehensive background checks before joining our institution. Our Office of Human Resources manages and conducts these checks, including screenings for CORI, SORI, credit history, and driver credentials. Additionally, the Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management works to coordinate and facilitate these checks in accordance with our policies.

Special Instructions for Applicants

Apply online; application materials must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  2. A complete resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Contact information for three professional references

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The college is devoted to ensuring that all its employees and students have equal access to opportunities in education and employment. In accordance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate in employment against individuals based on their race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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