Sustainability Manager

There are many off-campus internships and employment opportunities available to students with sustainability experience. See the following list of links for off-campus work, volunteer positions, internships, and post-graduation opportunities.

Purpose of the position is to foster a campus wide culture of sustainability by developing a comprehensive sustainability strategy that involves students, faculty, staff, and the community while addressing the educational and operational facets of the University.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement sustainability initiatives.
  • Provide support to existing sustainability programs.
  • Identify partners and cultivate relationships that support a team approach to sustainability across diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Collaborate to garner buy in for new initiatives.
  • Plan and coordinate campus wide events and activities related to sustainability including Earth/Arbor Day celebrations, Campus Sustainability Day, recycling, etc.
  • Provide technical support and expertise on multiple areas of sustainability. Identify best practices and adapt them to the needs of NKU.
  • Prioritize projects and make recommendations based on impact, financial feasibility, and alignment with university’s goals. Perform cost/benefit analysis of potential projects and initiatives.
  • Serve as a central information source for all sustainability related activities on campus.
  • Communicate NKU’s sustainability efforts using multiple channels on campus and in the surrounding community to drive awareness and engagement.
  • Present to groups of varying sizes as needed.
  • Develop, maintain, and communicate campus sustainability metrics.
  • Work with other departments on campus to gather necessary information.
  • Prepare and submit required reports to selected benchmarking organizations.
  • Ensure all reports required by American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) are completed and submitted.
  • Identify, apply for, and administer grants related to sustainability


Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability, Environmental Science, Engineering, Architecture, Design, Education or related field and 4 years of related experience is required.

  • Knowledge about a wide array of sustainability issues
  • Develops effective collaborations with diverse partners
  • Communicates clearly in multiple formats and to audiences of differing sizes and makeups
  • Identifies, acquires, and analyzes pertinent data to drive decisions and recommendations
  • Prioritizes assignments and balances multiple responsibilities
  • Comfortable leading or supporting initiatives as the situation requires
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and standard office equipment
  • LEED AP or similar certification desirable but not required.

To apply:

A Resume, Cover Letter, and References are needed to apply for this position. Visit the official Northern Kentucky University Jobs page for the link to apply.