Penn State’s Sustainability Institute seeks a highly motivated, organized, and action-oriented individual to manage program activities for the Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC).
The Program Manager will oversee operational activities associated with the SCC, a large-scale, innovative university/community based collaboration that engages PSU faculty and students in existing courses from across the University through real world, community- and campus-identified sustainability projects.
- Serve as primary point of contact with faculty members and community partners for projects, monitor progress and address any issues that emerge, to ensure projects stay on track and, provide presentations to classes of students associated with projects.
- Develop, administer, and maintain appropriate project documents needed to support the program, including Program Agreements for each project, project activity spreadsheets, and overall program management tools.
- Develop and maintain descriptive information about SCC, to include presentations, website information, and other collateral materials.
The Program Manager will serve as convener of a team of Sustainability Institute-affiliated faculty, staff, and students to lead the SCC initiative and ensure that projects are successfully initiated, planned, executed, completed, and assessed each semester.
- Plan and oversee the development of annual program reports, the major deliverable of the university to the community, incorporating the work of all classes focused on SCC projects during the year.
- Manage SCC budget and supervise graduate students and undergraduate interns.
This position will need to interface effectively with senior local government officials and community business and organization leaders, as well as faculty members and students across multiple colleges. As this program is replicated at other Penn State campuses, the Program Manager will be the primary contact between University Park and coordinators at other campuses. The Program Manager will ensure that SCC activities are aligned with program goals and contribute to positive community, student, faculty and University impact and, is responsible for impact assessment, and stakeholder reporting.
Typically requires a Master’s degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Doctorate degree preferred, in education, regional planning, business administration, sustainability, or a field related to SCC work. Experience in university-community engagement, service learning, community and economic development, program management and assessment, sustainability planning, grant-writing, budget management, and fund-raising is highly desirable. Review of applications will begin July 21. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.