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21 Apr 2021

Full-Time Sustainability Analyst

University of Pennsylvania – Posted by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Sustainability Analyst

Job Profile Title

Coordinator B

Job Description Summary

Assist the Sustainability Director in implementation of the Climate Action Plan 3.0. As the primary data and metrics analyst, this individual will collect and report quarterly and annual sustainability performance metrics, contribute to Penn’s sustainability communications efforts, and complete periodic updates of the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Additional duties include management of the Penn Green Fund and Freezer Reimbursement programs, applying for awards, assistance with management of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, liaise with the School and Center Sustainability Coordinators, and serve as the point person for outside organizations such as the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, AASHE, and the Sustainability Endowments Institute.

Job Description

Sustainability Analyst

Track campus-wide sustainability metrics for energy use, high-performance buildings, transportation, waste minimization, purchasing, academics, communications, and outreach. Prepare quarterly and monthly reports to VP FRES and EVP. Liaise with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and other organizations to provide updates on CSAP 3.0 progress. Manage internal communications to gather information and to complete the STARS for submittal to AASHE, and other tracking and rating systems, as well applying for external sustainability awards. Manage Penn’s Green Office Program, track progress, review submissions, and aggregate sustainability metrics associated with the program. Manage the Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) program, including oversight of applicant recruitment and management of the disbursements of funds. Support the Sustainability Director in managing sustainability intern staff. Create and maintain LEED Credit Bank to assist design consultants and Penn capital project teams with LEED submissions. Support the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee and subcommittees as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, planning, engineering, design, or humanities and 3 to 5 years of experience coordinating/managing sustainability programs or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Masters degree preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Quantitative reasoning skills and the ability to comprehend, synthesize, and analyze sustainability data including metrics on energy use, waste diversion, transportation, and purchasing.
  • Knowledge of sustainability issues and best practices, including: Energy conservation, Waste minimization; Sustainable transportation; Design and planning strategies; Outreach strategies; Commitment to institutional and societal sustainability.
  • Ability to work both as a team leader and member, and complete projects with minimal supervision.
  • Commitment to diversity; ability to work effectively with all constituencies in a diverse institution.
  • Basic financial skills to track transactions and budget expenditures.


  • Experience in strategic planning, project management, team management, partnership building, and marketing;
  • Knowledge of higher education administration and issues;
  • Higher education experience

Job Location – City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Facilities and Real Estate Services

Pay Range

$42,953.00 – $77,315.00

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn’s exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you’ll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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