Facilities Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator

Oberlin, OH

Organization: Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College

Location: Oberlin, OH

Type of opportunity: Full-time, permanent


Facilities Management:

  • Maintain and further develop the function and educational value of the Lewis Center for Environmental Studies as a showcase of ecologically designed and managed facilities for the Oberlin community and beyond.
  • Manage and enhance the energy and environmental performance of all building systems including a 160kW solar array, water treatment wetlands, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technologies and landscape ecosystems.
  • Oversee the data monitoring and display system and the use of this technology for education, research and optimization of building system performance.
  • Oversee operation, monitoring and research on the ecological performance of the Living Machine that treats and recycles water within the Center. This includes management of a laboratory-based water quality assessment program.
  • Manage the center’s landscapes including fruit and nut orchards, organic vegetable gardens, restored native plantings and wetland.
    Serve as the primary liaison with Facilities Operations and outside contractors for routine maintenance and enhancements.
  • Assess new technologies and retrofits and make recommendations regarding enhancements that further the educational goals of the facility.
  • Ensure that maintenance activities and products used are in keeping with the educational goals of the Center.
    Supervise student employees and volunteers. This includes managing approximately 5-10 part time student operators of the Living Machine and landscape, 2-4 part time student managers of the Environmental Studies Information Center, and 1-3 full-time summer landscape and Living Machine management interns.
    Schedule and conduct tours of the AJLC facilities and train and oversee student tour guides.

Academic Support:

  • Lecture and conduct field trips and tours on topics related to environmental principles illustrated by the Lewis Center.
  • Supervise and support students working on class projects and independent research related to the center and its goals.
  • With permission from the ESPC and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, serve as an advisor for ES majors, sponsor and direct Winter
  • Term Projects and potentially facilitate workshops and longer courses related to environmental principles illustrated by the Center.
  • Support faculty in technical, community-based and research projects related to the missions of the ES Program and Center within the Oberlin community.

Maintain an existing program for monitoring water quality and resource consumption and preservation within the local watershed.

Communications and Community Outreach:

  • Edit and oversee production of the yearly environmental studies newsletter and website.
  • Coordinate special events and support the use of the Lewis Center for programmatic, campus and community events that take advantage of and enhance environmental learning.

Desired qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or higher; significant training or experience with building systems including environmental and ecological technologies; significant technical and analytical skills and experiences including strong computer and software abilities and demonstrated learning aptitude; demonstrated initiative and program or project management skills; ability to work independently and as a collaborator; ability to interact well with a diverse range of individuals.

Salary/pay: Annual salary commensurate with education and experience. An excellent benefits package is included.

Link to more information: Job Announcement

How to apply: 

To be assured of consideration, complete materials including a letter of application, résumé, undergraduate (and if available graduate) academic transcripts, and three letters of reference should be submitted electronically at this site.

Application deadline:

They will begin reviewing complete application files on January 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.