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Oregon State University and the Department of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) invite applications for our newly created Student Sustainability Advisor. This position is 12-month, 1.0 FTE professional faculty appointment. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Applications are due by March 31, 2013.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP & INVOLVEMENT exists to create meaningful and diverse opportunities for leadership development and involvement experiences that cultivate positive social change. SLI aspires that all Oregon State University (OSU) students will engage in shaping a better self and a better world. The Student Sustainability Initiative is a student-directed, student-fee funded program that advances student efforts in creating a culture of sustainability at OSU through action, education, and opportunity.

The Student Sustainability Advisor is charged with supporting and advising the STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE (SSI), a program that is part of Student Leadership & Involvement. The advisor will support the SSI in the development of long and short term vision and goals and in the implementation of a comprehensive, innovative sustainability programming model that is grounded in student development and sustainability education theory. This position supports the Oregon State University academic mission by developing engaged, reflective citizens, creating opportunities for experiential learning, and supporting the institutional strategic plan centered on healthy people, planet, and economy.

Through collaboration with students, faculty, and staff, the Advisor will be responsible for advising, supporting, and growing student-driven co-curricular sustainability outreach, engagement, and educational projects and efforts in order to promote and advance a culture of sustainability that engages Oregon State’s diverse student demographic. The Advisor position is responsible for supporting programming that will allow students to acquire and cultivate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to lead more sustainable lifestyles and be agents of change. Along with the SSI Director, a student position, the Advisor will provide advising and supervision support to the student staff housed in the Student Sustainability Center. In cooperation with other SLI staff and the OSU Sustainability Coordinator, the Advisor will continuously develop co-curricular engagement and sustainability opportunities that meet the needs of the contemporary student population.

QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a Bachelors degree with minimum experience equal to two full years or relevant professional experience gaining requisite knowledge, skills and abilities pertaining to the position OR any equivalent combination of experience, and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, abilities have been achieved. In particular, this position requires:

a) Demonstrated knowledge of:

 Student development theory and practice

 Sustainability principles, frameworks, and models

 Advising, mentoring, coaching techniques and theory

b) Experience with:

 Working with, supporting, and developing diverse populations

 Coordinating and prioritizing work for self and others

 Event and program planning

c) Demonstrated ability in:

 Effective verbal and written communication

 Organization with attention to detail

 Working with budgets and contracts


Preferred qualifications include Master’s Degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment (or expected by date of employment). In addition, preferred qualifications include:

a) Demonstrated knowledge of:

 Organization development theory and practices

 Proactive risk management



b) Experience with:

 Advising student organizations at college level

 Supervising, mentoring, and training students at college level

 Developing sustainability education and/or environmental education programs

 Developing and implementing programs in a higher education setting

 Budget development and management

 Assessment and evaluation of programs and events

 Grant-writing, fundraising, or development work

 Working with web design and content management

 Developing marketing tools


UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY: Oregon State University began as Corvallis College in 1858, just before it gained Land Grant status in the 1868. The second Morrill Act of 1890 and the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 further provided for the teaching, research, and extension programs at the institution.

Today, Oregon State University is a comprehensive public research university and a member of the Oregon University System (OUS). With programs and faculty located in every Oregon county, a branch campus in Bend, a major marine science center in Newport, and a range of programs and facilities in Portland, OSU views the state as its campus, working in partnership with community colleges and other OUS institutions to provide access to educational programs. Approximately 21, 800 undergraduates and almost 4,000 graduate students are enrolled at OSU, including about 5,200 U.S. students of color and more than 2,400 international students.

OSU is one of only two universities in the United State with Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant designations and, thus, has been selected by the federal government to be a nexus of teaching and research that benefits the country and the world.

As an institution of higher education and a community of scholars, Oregon State University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community. We are committed to the elimination of discrimination and the provision of equal opportunity in education and employment, and actively promote cultural diversity, awareness, and sensitivity throughout the campus community. We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body that include members of historically underrepresented groups. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment. OSU provides outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity, and building community.

Corvallis is a college town with 55,000 residents, including about 25,000 OSU students. Hewlett-Packard is the largest corporate employer in the area. Corvallis is located in the Willamette Valley, 90 miles south of Portland and less than an hour’s drive from the Oregon coast to the west, and a little more than two hours to Cascade Mountain ski resorts to the east. The area is known for offering extensive hiking, biking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: You will be required to electronically submit a letter of interest, resume/vita, and names/phone numbers of three professional references. In your letter please specifically address your interest and qualifications, as well as addressing the following two prompts:

1) Please briefly describe your experience with and/or philosophy around advising, mentoring, or coaching students.

2) Please briefly describe your knowledge base and understanding of sustainability principles, frameworks, or models.


You may review the posting and apply at, please refer to posting #0010327. Closing Date: March 31, 2013. Oregon State University is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.