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Assistant Director Miller Worley Center for the Environment (#587)

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The Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College seeks a full-time, 10-month Assistant Director.

Founded in 1998, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment is dedicated to engaging Mount Holyoke students more actively in the scientific, social/human, and global dimensions of environmental study. The Center and its staff enable students to make connections across disciplines, across points of view, and across structures that help them understand the concept of “environment” more broadly in their work, community, and lives. Center staff organizes co-curricular and public programming on interdisciplinary environmental issues bridging diverse interests and backgrounds.

Under the supervision of the Center Director, the Assistant Director will be responsible for coordinating with departments across campus to support student environmental leadership and for planning, designing and implementing operational systems for effective programming and administration. The Assistant Director participates as a team member in the Center, and collaborates with the Associate Director for Sustainability, Senior Scientist and Senior Administrative Assistant, as well as staff in departments across campus on all activities. The Assistant Director also represents the Center to internal and external stakeholders and community members at the behest of the Director.

The Assistant Director will:

  • Oversee Student Internship Programs, including advertising and selecting students for curated environmental internships; advising students; cultivating relationships with current and potential organizational hosts; monitoring arrangements; managing records and preparing reports; and participating in relevant inter-departmental meetings.
  • Promote Student Environmental Engagement, including fostering student environmental leadership and skill-development; hosting and attending student events in collaboration with other campus departments; and hiring, training, and managing student workers.
  • Conduct Community Outreach and Alumnae Engagement, including cultivating relationships with local and regional environmental organizations and seeking out student opportunities; and coordinating with Alumnae Affairs to build a database of alumnae in environmental fields for a Student-Alumnae mentor network.
  • Conduct Program Development and Management, including working with the Director to update Center policies, procedures and documents; conducting sound short and long-range financial planning and implementing efficient oversight mechanisms; drafting annual budget and donor reports; identifying new funding sources and drafting proposals, and collaborating with departments across campus to build programs that support environmental engagement.
  • Conduct Marketing and Communications, including creating and implementing strategies for promoting the Center and its programs and activities; developing content, including core messages, talking points, public statements; gathering data on historical as well as current programs, budgets and impacts; drafting stories about students and alumnae; and maintaining, in collaboration with other Center staff, the Center website and social media.
  • Represent the Center, including: serving as the Center representative on campus-wide committees; attending staff meetings and program-specific or organizational meetings; and representing the Center at functions and events.

Masters degree is preferred; a Bachelor's degree is required, as well as 3-5 years of experience in: designing and managing programs and budgets; writing grant and reports; conducting external relations, including community outreach, communications and marketing; and mentoring students. A strong interest in environmental issues is also valuable. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and abilities in his/her application materials:

  • Strong ability to work as part of a team as well as to work independently on a wide variety of projects.
  • Abilities to prioritize work duties, to multi-task, to demonstrate effective time management skills, to transition quickly between projects to address specific situations, and to manage multiple, concurrent projects and still meet strict deadlines.
  • Demonstrated adaptability and initiative, including a willingness to seek and integrate information from multiple sources, to respect differing positions, to adapt to change, and to take initiative to anticipate programmatic needs.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail and commitment to upholding College procedures and practices.
  • Sound and mature judgment in decision-making and ability to think strategically, listen carefully and to advise senior leadership effectively.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication capacities, with experience communicating with multiple diverse audiences, and with strong proofreading skills.
  • Strong human relations and interpersonal skills including an ability to interact professionally and communicate in a clear and courteous manner with a diverse community in order to maintain effective, professional, and cooperative working relationships with supervisors and coworkers, and all internal and external customers.
  • Particular interest in working with students and an ability to advise students on pre-professional goals related to the Center’s activities.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the goals and priorities of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment.
  • An awareness of and commitment to women’s education and leadership and Mount Holyoke’s role in that endeavor.

Please provide a cover letter, resume, list of three professional references (to be contacted only in the final interview stage), and a professional writing sample (e.g., formal correspondence, brochures, reports, etc., that demonstrate technological and communication skills).  The Search Committe will begin reviewing applications on September 5, 2017, but will accept applications until the position is filled.


Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.