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10 Dec 2019

Full-Time Campus as Lab Manager

Princeton University – Posted by Human Resources Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Princeton University

Job Description

At Princeton, a “Campus as Living Lab” approach is the intersection of operational, educational and research activities that result in the advancement of sustainability problem-solving. The Campus as Lab (CAL) Manager reports to Office of Sustainability leadership and works as an integral member of the highly-collaborative Office team, serving the Facilities organization and as a liaison to the campus academic community.

The Manager’s primary objective is to refine and implement the CAL program to encourage and support the campus community in on-the-ground testing of potentially repeatable and scalable sustainable solutions, engaging all disciplines, toward objectives outlined by Princeton’s Sustainability Action Plan.

The Manager will serve as the hands-on operational liaison and coordinator for faculty and student research that engages and potentially informs advancements in campus built and natural systems, infrastructure, and processes, as well as the lead for managing focused operational monitoring programs and related non-academic research initiated by the Office of Sustainability or on behalf of operational and administrative units. Successful collaboration and synergistic work with the other members of the Office team, toward shared programmatic objectives, is critical.


**This is a three year benefits eligible position




CAL Coordination

  • Identify campus-based research opportunities in Action Plan topic areas and assess interest among the appropriate faculty well in advance of any “shovels in the ground,” including those related to Princeton’s Capital Plan
  • Serve as operational logistics liaison for departments, students and faculty interested in utilizing campus systems (energy, water, food, buildings, purchasing, landscape, etc.) in research and teaching
  • Serve as liaison for campus operational and service units who receive CAL coordination requests and who generate CAL research ideas
  • Serve as the data access coordinator for academic community members seeking campus systems performance data
  • Manage campus ecosystem information and baseline environmental monitoring efforts associated with campus planning and development

Operational Research Management

  • Provide ongoing project and research management associated with select environmental monitoring programs based in Facilities (forest stewardship, surface water quality monitoring, etc.), in coordination with consultants, and ideally faculty and students
  • Spearhead and lead focused campus research projects as needed that address local/regional sustainability issues and build on operational interests and expertise
  • Provide oversight and development of the SCRAP Lab (Sustainable Composting Research at Princeton) program, with direct supervision of the specialist staff member who manages daily operations of the SCRAP Lab

Data Management and Analysis

  • Collaborate with operational units to improve data resources for CAL research use
  • Collaborate with Facilities IT Department to develop a central data management and data delivery platform for use by the operational and academic communities
  • Lead data analysis efforts where needed, including conducting survey research where appropriate
  • Support ongoing Office-based impact analyses, and team publications on repeatable/scalable practices

Outreach, Communications, and Advising

  • Actively and consistently conduct CAL outreach to departments and students across a broad range of disciplines
  • Develop information resources for students and faculty seeking CAL opportunities (including web-based and print materials)
  • Collaborate with the Engagement and Communications lead in the Office to curate content that captures the outcomes and impact of CAL initiatives
  • Serve as advisor to students, faculty, academic professionals, and staff developing CAL proposals, including pre-proposal feasibility assessment, budget and timeline development as needed
  • Enhance the visibility of CAL projects on campus, as they occur
  • Support Princeton’s role in advancing best practices across higher education through the Princeton co-founded CAL Community of Practice


Essential qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent training) in sustainability-related field preferred, with a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience.
  • Advanced understanding of global systems of concern (climate, water, food, biodiversity, behavior, etc.) and ability to translate that understanding to the applied local scale.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research or providing support within both research and operational environments.
  • Proven skills in project management, operations and research coordination, data management and analytical skills, ideally including rigorous valuation of environmental assets.
  • Excellent collaboration and teamwork, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, including report writing, collaborative publication, and translation of ideas across disciplines.
  • Demonstrated community engagement skills in a complex social environment, preferably on a college campus.
  • Proven track record of positive contributions to team dynamics, supporting colleagues in a highly motivated and ever-evolving environment.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and data accuracy, and able to interact professionally and effectively across a broad range of disciplines and campus constituents (faculty, students, and staff).

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Full-Time.

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