Program Coordinator, Global Sustainability Scholars Program University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

Position Title: Program Coordinator

Organization: Global Sustainability Scholars Program 

Location: Boulder, CO

Organization Overview: The Global Sustainability Scholars (GSS) Program is a summer experiential learning and research experience program, aimed at supporting and training the next generation of global change leaders in Sustainability. The program selects the most passionate, self-directed, and talented undergraduate and graduate student scholars from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM to participate in international research projects and join a life-long network of peer and international scholars. They use lenses of transdisciplinary research (co-design) to identify and better align sustainability research and social equity throughout the solution-making process. Currently training students to conduct transdisciplinary research, which involves all partners in the process. They use principals of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in programming. In the context of sustainability, they define justice as dismantling barriers to resources and opportunities in society so that all individuals and communities can live a full and dignified life. Equity means allocating resources to ensure that everyone has access to the same resources and opportunities. Diversity relates to the different ways in which we experience systemic advantages or encounter systemic barriers to opportunities. Inclusion happens when a sense of belonging is fostered by centering, valuing, and amplifying the voices, perspectives, and styles of those who experience more barriers based on their identities. 

Position Overview: Currently seeking a highly motivated individual that has a passion for sustainability and equity to support the coordination and administrative tasks of the Global Sustainability Scholars (GSS) Program. This is a federally funded program that aims to support the development of the next generation of diverse sustainability scientists. 



  • Coordinate logistics and procedures involved in the onboarding, payment, reimbursement, housing, travel, and HR processes for GSS participants and staff. This involves finding the most economic and safe options for travel and housing while abroad or local.
  • Able to keep track of work within a budget for participant support costs (travel, lodging, and stipend).
  • Work closely with the CU Financial Officer, CU travel office, GSS staff and partners, and the GSS Director.
  • Act as a liaison between the GSS program, international research groups, and the International Studies Office, to help secure safe travel for students and to follow CU rules and regulations.
  • Attend GSS advisory board meetings, keep minutes and advise on administrative concerns, in addition to identifying logistical problems and recommending solutions

Event Planning and Scheduling

  • Plan events and schedule meetings for GSS, including setting agendas, registration set-up, travel and lodging, coordination of official functions, meeting rooms, and processing participant compensation.

Administrative Support

  • Maintain the online calendar and schedule meetings for the Director of GSS and serve as the first line of communication for all GSS program business.
  • Manage the agenda for weekly meetings, and serve as a liaison to other CU Departments.


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • At least 1+ years of professional, job-related experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent and professional interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to anticipate next steps and to be self-directed.
  • Cultural responsibility, sensitivity, and willingness to work across many cultures.
  • Strong understanding of environmental justice, social justice and sustainability, and environmental issues.

Salary/pay: $55,000

Application Deadline: October 4

How to apply: Please click here to view the full job description and to apply