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Sustainability and Engaged Scholarship Fellow

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Work type: Limited Term Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.

This position will assist the Executive Director of the Lang Center and the Director of Sustainability in implementing College sustainability and Engaged Scholarship programs. It will collaborate closely with the Office of Sustainability, Environmental Studies, and other campus departments on a variety of activities and initiatives, including (but not limited to) encouraging broader student engagement with sustainability on campus and the continued to development of campus as a living lab for sustainability learning and research, coordinating activities associated with the PSRF is a 9-month course and internship organized jointly by the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, the Office of Sustainability, Environmental Studies, and the Office of the President. Approximately twelve undergraduate students are engaged in a yearlong academic course and associated paid internship working to solve campus sustainability challenges in partnership with staff, faculty, and the local community. Students effect tangible change on campus while building skills in project management, leadership, communication, presentation, environmental systems, change management, and research and analysis. This position will provide support to the faculty and staff course instructors, advising and mentoring to student leaders, and help share lessons learned from the program with other colleges and universities. (PSRF), and supporting engaged scholarship work at the intersection of environmental resilience, social justice, and community engagement.

PSRF is a 9-month course and internship organized jointly by the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, the Office of Sustainability, Environmental Studies, and the Office of the President. Approximately twelve undergraduate students are engaged in a yearlong academic course and associated paid internship working to solve campus sustainability challenges in partnership with staff, faculty, and the local community. Students effect tangible change on campus while building skills in project management, leadership, communication, presentation, environmental systems, change management, and research and analysis. This position will provide support to the faculty and staff course instructors, advising and mentoring to student leaders, and help share lessons learned from the program with other colleges and universities.

The College has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 and 80% waste diversion by 2022, and preserving the 200-acre Crum Woods as a pedagogical, recreational, and ecological resource for the campus and surrounding community. The College is also a leader in carbon pricing among higher education institutions. The Fellow will work closely with the various Ecosphere committees on campus, especially the Carbon Charge committee, and a variety of working groups.

Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree and knowledge of (or willingness to learn about) sustainability, engaged scholarship pedagogy and community-based research (CBR) procedures, local community dynamics, and Swarthmore College policies and procedures. Candidates must have the ability to collaborate with students and staff as part of various teams; be sensitive to issues of diversity; and demonstrate interest in issues relating to sustainability, engaged scholarship, and community engagement. Candidates should have the capability to serve as a liaison between the College’s growing sustainability programs and both internal and external constituencies, including community partners in Chester, PA and the Greater Philadelphia Area. Excellent skills in verbal and written communications and organization are also required.
Successful incumbent must possess advanced computer literacy and skills required, including knowledge of Word, Excel, e-calendar systems (i.e. Google Calendar), webpage maintenance, and internet proficiency. Candidate must have demonstrated strengths with interpersonal communications and high degree of professional decorum.

Preference will be given to recent graduates who possess a deep familiarity with Swarthmore College, and in particular a familiarity with the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and its mission of civic education and partnership with local communities and the Office of Sustainability and its mission of integrating sustainability into teaching, learning, research, and operations of the campus.

Essential Responsibilities:
(See description above)
Provide assistance with project management, research, and general support for PSRF and for other projects related to the Lang Center and/or campus sustainability.


Additional Responsibilities:
Other job related duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:
None. However, the Fellow will assist with oversight of approximately twelve student fellows and may supervise additional student staff.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Demonstrated interest in environmental and social sustainability through previous work, volunteer experience, and/or academic experience.
• Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills
• Experience with the President’s Sustainability Research Fellowship program at Swarthmore College
• Familiarity with Swarthmore’s administrative structures and policies.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Knowledge and experience sustainability and inclusivity related topic areas
• Quantitative competencies as evidenced by the ability to understand and synthesize complex data
• Experience advising and mentoring students

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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