Sustainability Program Assistant

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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The Office of Campus Sustainability is currently seeking a Sustainability Program Assistant (Assistant Program Manager) to support key sustainability programs, including supporting the Sustainable Lab Recognition Program, and supporting waste reduction opportunities across campus with a focus on Medical School and lab/research buildings, including Michigan Medicine, and drawing the connection between sustainability and environmental health and wellness.  The position will also include supporting campus education and engagement and will include providing presentations and trainings to engage staff, faculty and students on waste reduction efforts and opportunities across campus, as well as administrative tasks such as providing in-person support to high profile waste events.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

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
  • Paid maternal and parental leave 
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Who We Are

The University of Michigan Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS) serves as a focal point for sustainable campus operations and collaborates with academic and research units, auxiliaries, and student groups to further efforts toward reaching campus-wide sustainability goals.  OCS also is responsible for tracking and reporting the progress toward these goals as well as communicating with the campus and surrounding community to engage staff, students, and faculty.


  • Work with campus partners including MHealthy and the DEI office to build and communicate the connection between sustainability, healthcare, environmental health and wellness, and environmental justice.  Activities may include but are not limited to supporting the existing annual event and collaborating on educational and informational materials. 
  • Support OCS engagement programs such as Sustainable Workplace Certification and staff Green Teams with a focus on labs and laboratory buildings.
  • Support implementation of University waste reduction, composting and recycling programs.
  • Support for expansion of additional engagement programs.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Must be well versed with sustainability principles and concepts of circular economy and carbon neutrality.
  • Passion for environmental and social sustainability issues and strong interest in environmental wellness.
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience and proficiency in Google Workspace.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 3 years experience.
  • Familiarity with lab/research operations, preferably in an academic environment.
  • Supplemental coursework in environmental studies, life sciences, natural resources, social justice, or health and wellness is desirable.
  • Must be able to move and transport 50 pounds with or without a reasonable accomodation.

Work Locations

This position may be eligible for remote and/or flexible work opportunities, to include both on-site and remote work.  Candidates must live or be able to relocate to within a reasonable commuting distance from Ann Arbor. Flexible work agreements are reviewed annually and are subject to change dependent on the business needs of the hiring department, throughout the course of employment.

Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.