Green Labs Program Assistant, CU Boulder

Boulder, CO

Position: The CU Green Labs Program, a partnership of Facilities Management and Environmental Center, welcomes applications for a Program Assistant Outreach Coordinator! This position is responsible for engaging new labs, new Eco-Leaders, and team leads; maintaining relations with participating labs; organizing events and presentations; and providing assistance with managing student employees, day to day program operations, and communication.The position will best be filled by a person with knowledge of laboratory environments and with excellent engagement and communication skills.

The CU Green Labs utilizes a team approach to save water, energy, and reduce solid and hazardous waste in hundreds of labs on the CU-Boulder campus. Laboratories are important centers of intellectual innovation and discovery in our society. They also have a large environmental footprint. Because laboratories are large consumers of resources and thus present huge opportunities for conservation, a special emphasis for conservation has been placed on laboratory operations since 2009 through the creation of the CU Green Labs Program.

Primary Goals and Responsibilities:

Campus Community Outreach
  • Raise awareness about CU Green Labs Program, promoting ways that labs can work together with the program and the program’s role on campus.
  • Develop outreach materials to advertise new efforts launched by the program.
  • Engage new labs, lab members, and faculty and maintain ongoing relations with labs already engaged in the program.
  • Manage our Eco-Leader program, which identifies Team Leads in labs who will promote sustainability efforts within their team.
  • Serve on the I2SL Waste Diversion Working Group.
Events, Presentations, and Communication 
  • Organize and coordinate events, meetings, and campaigns.
  • Develop and give presentations on campus, by webinar, and at national conferences.
  • Work with Team Leads and Lab Eco-Leaders in Departments to identify efforts worth pursuing in different departments and areas of science.
  • Assist with communication such as email messaging, newsletters, social media, website development.
Program Management 
  • Coordinate and ensure maintenance of ongoing program efforts such as lab-specific material recycling, fume hood checks, timers, mobile freezers, poster signage, and metering.
  • Help train, manage, and promote safety in labs among student employees.
  • Help maintain program databases (such as Lab Eco-Leader, Green Labs recycling, etc.).
  • Coordinate shared ULT Freezer Program (communication, logistics, updates to inventory, coordination).
Research, Planning, and Reporting 
  • Assume responsibility for select research assignments for the program, as assigned, such as developing new program initiatives or identifying the most energy efficient/water lab equipment in a particular equipment category.
  • Meet regularly with CU Green Labs Program Manager to plan, provide updates, and assist with strategic visioning for CU Green Labs.
  • Create method to document impact of position and report metrics.
  • Help write grant applications (such as those for Sustainable CU).

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Sustainability Education field.
  • One year of work experience that focused on community outreach and/or science/sustainability education.
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • Ability to present to groups.
  • Ability to lead and direct teams
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent speaking, writing, presentation, and communication skills.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time. Please apply by February 4, 2019 for consideration. Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
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