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Temporary Sustainability Pathways Program Development Specialist

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Huxley College of the Environment

Position Title Temporary Sustainability Pathways Program Development Specialist
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department Huxley College and the Urban Environmental Policy and Planning Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

The Sustainability Pathways Program is being developed as a Career Connect Washington Program and has received a development grant that runs through February, 2022. The proposal builds upon the Community Learning Lab residency in the Methow Valley that was piloted Summer quarter 2020 with 9 students and again in 2021 with 16 students. The program pairs the Campus Sustainability Planning Studio course with paid professional internship placements with 14 local partnering organizations to advance sustainability initiatives in the Methow Valley. 

The Sustainability Pathways Program Development Specialist will support the designing of pathways for young people to develop the essential skills and competencies to establish careers in the emerging green economy. The program works in partnership between Western Washington University and organizations, schools, agencies, and businesses whose work contributes to the core dimensions of sustainability, including energy, climate, environmental quality, human health, economic vitality, and social justice.

Initially the program is focusing on communities in the Methow Valley, with longer term goals to serve adjacent rural communities, including Okanogan Valley. The partners represent organizations committed to both existing and emerging careers in sustainability and the green economy. As the region continues to grow and diversify its economy, these careers offer future livelihoods for local youth, encourage other bright young people to move to the region, and proactively support resilient economic development.

Core elements of the cohort-based program include: 1) curricula that prepares young people for employment in sustainability careers; 2) a “Community Learning Lab” residency experience focused on community-based sustainability projects, and; 3) professional internships of at least 240-hours. Partners have a need for qualified employees and show their commitment to preparing the next generation by participating in the Learning Lab and providing paid, on-the-job internships. Students will make meaningful progress towards earning a 4-year degree by completing 45 credits of Sustainability related course work.

The Sustainability Pathways Program Development Specialist will work with local organizations, schools, and youth focus groups to evaluate opportunities and access to sustainability and green economy livelihoods; gather input on essential skills and competencies to be successful in the fields; identify top barriers to participation and propose solutions to enable access to those furthest from opportunity; perform outreach and manage program communications; and assist in completing an application for program endorsement as a Career Launch program by Career Connect Washington.

This position is based in Twisp and is supervised by the Sustainability Pathways Research Associate / Director. This is a short term, part-time position working 20 hours per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week from November 2 – February 24, 2022. Work schedule will have some flexibility and may include some weekends and evenings.

For Washington State HR purposes, this position is classified as a Research Technologist 3.

Required Qualifications
  • Strong commitment to equity and youth advocacy
  • Strong communication skills (written, verbal, listening, facilitation)
  • Ability to conduct, synthesize, and apply research to program design, including action research
  • Ability to create surveys, analyze results, and develop recommendations
  • Experience convening and facilitating stakeholder and focus groups
  • Experience with communications, particularly via website and social media
  • Knowledge of sustainability related fields, ideally including energy sector
  • Knowledge of rural social context of Okanogan County
Preferred Qualifications
  • Working relationships with schools, youth advocacy organizations, and social services in the Methow and Okanogan Valleys
  • Language skills in Spanish, ASL, nsəlxcin
Special Conditions All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
Salary The pay rate for this position is $25.28/hour
Bargaining Unit This position is provisionally part of bargaining unit PT and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Public School Employees of WWU.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review will begin on October 26, 2021.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 499027
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