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Job Summary

The need for global solutions to environmental, social, and economic challenges is greater than ever. The Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS), celebrating its 30th anniversary, is a permanent center within the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.  CSS is seeking a highly motivated professional to lead the administrative support of the Center.  The selected candidate will be an enthusiastic team-oriented individual who will share in the goal of accelerating just energy transitions and climate solutions.

This position will provide support for the Director, core CSS faculty, research staff and student researchers and will work closely with administrative staff and offices within the School for Environment and Sustainability.  This person is expected to be very forward-thinking, and independent in their work and decision making.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems at the School for Environment and Sustainability creates systems analysis methods, models, and metrics for advancing sustainable futures.

We engage with diverse stakeholders in interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach to achieve measurable outcomes with the greatest impact.  Our expertise spans life cycle assessment, sustainable supply chains, circular economies, emerging technologies, the nexus of systems, and social and economic impacts.  Our work with stakeholders catalyzes the transformation of systems (energy, urban and built environment, mobility, food, and water) to enhance sustainability.

We measure success by our research innovations, the accomplishments of the student leaders and change agents we train, the designs and technologies that we improve, the policies that we help shape and ultimately the systems that we help transform.

SEAS is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communication, and discourages and restoratively respond to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.


Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off

  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Long-term disability coverage

  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


  • Provide administrative support to CSS director, core faculty and research staff while coordinating and working closely with SEAS administrative offices.

  • Communicate with internal and external stakeholders related to Center research, education and outreach activities.  Manage content and maintain websites (, with support from SEAS Communications office.

  • Oversee CSS office operations, space and equipment in partnership with SEAS Faculties and IT. Assist the Director and core faculty in hiring student research staff/

  • Assist in monitoring CSS core accounts and budget with SEAS Business Office. Assist in Center strategic planning (five year plans) and tracking and annual reporting of progress and impact.

  • Organize events including seminars and external advisory board meetings including assistance with publicity, agendas, and scheduling.

  • Assist in management and production of the CSS Sustainability Factsheet collection which is updated each year. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field

  • Relevant work experience and interest in environmental issues and topics related to sustainability

  • Strong organizational, computer and communication skills (written/verbal)

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks independently or within a team

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to foster a inclusive, supportive and productive research community

Desired Qualifications*

  • Proficiency in web development tools and applications (especially Drupal)

  • Technical writing experience

  • Social media experience

  • Environmental studies or science background

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for at least seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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