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University of Massachusetts Amherst Sustainability Manager in Amherst, Massachusetts

Sustainability Manager

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Meal Plan Office


Categories: Food Service/Hospitality

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Monitors, analyzes, and reports on sustainability data, researches current trends, and proposes measures to enhance the sustainability of division-wide procurement for Auxiliary Enterprises. Provides sustainability-related recommendations, projections and reports as needed, and/or requested in accordance with goals and objectives developed collaboratively with the Sustainability Director. Along with the Director, serves as point of contact with community partners and determines opportunities for collaborative sustainability projects.

Essential Functions

  • Develops innovative procedures for finding, investigating and selecting new local farms and vendors to supply UMass Amherst. Supports Sustainability Director to ensure that new vendors’ products support campus commitments and goals.

  • Analyzes and communicates data in a variety of ways to both monitor and promote progress of the sustainability initiatives for units of Auxiliary Enterprises, the campus community, and with local partners. Researches quantitative and qualitative measurements, defining industry standards and benchmarks.

  • Develops recommendations to the Sustainability Director to problem solve and promote mutually beneficial relationship with community partners thereby increasing the supply of locally produced foods and beverages and strengthen the food system more broadly.

  • Collaborates with the Sustainability Director to make local sustainable sourcing at UMass Amherst easier, more efficient, and more cost-effective.

  • Monitors quality and cost controls for all local products. Monitors UMass Auxiliary’s spending on local and sustainable foods and beverages to support farmers and small businesses and accelerates growth in the New England food economy.

  • Fosters communication and collaboration between diverse stakeholders of regional farmers and community partners for UMass Auxiliary Enterprises.

  • Manages pilot projects developed to strengthen the local food system and reduce food waste; analyzes food procurement data, provides detailed reports on measurable objectives, supports UMass Dining’s local procurement initiative.

  • Provides projections for dining services to support achieving departmental and campus goals related to local sourcing and sustainability; researches and analyzes new tools and techniques for more efficient tracking of food purchasing data.

  • Communicates with vendors, farmers, and local nonprofit organizations to source local foods affordably.

  • Contributes to a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity; works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life.

Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Provides coverage in the absence of the Sustainability Director.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • 1-2 years of relevant experience.

  • Strong communication skills including writing and public speaking; excellent interpersonal skills to include ability to resolve problems and create consensus among constituents.

  • Experience coordinating and prioritizing multiple projects, partners and deadlines.

  • Proficiency in analyzing and reporting data to diverse audiences.

  • General knowledge of food systems and the foodservice industry including knowledge about food access issues and interest in working on food system issues that benefit underserved populations and communities.

  • Knowledge of sustainability best practices.

  • Proficient with computers and Windows based software.

  • Capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.

  • Valid Class D Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Supervisory experience.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment.

Work Schedule

  • Monday- Friday 37.5 hours/week

  • Requires some nights and weekends.

Salary Information

PSU Salary Level 26

PSU Salary Ranges (

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Sep 22 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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