Sustainability Officer – McGill University

Position Summary:
The Sustainability Officer will support and facilitate the integration of sustainability in the curriculum, and strengthen the connections between academic programs and sustainability, including McGill’s leadership around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Reporting directly to the Sustainability Manager, the incumbent will also have regular coordination sessions with the Executive Director of Sustainability and the Associate Provost (Teaching & Academic Programs) to ensure optimal institutional support. The position is a two-year mandate. It will involve working in close collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), and other academic and operational units. It will also include developing tools (guides, case studies, web content, etc.) and programs aimed at integrating sustainability in academic programs and courses, all of which will be aligned with TLS existing resources, content, and communications channels. Finally, the work of incumbent will contribute to the implementation of McGill’s Climate & Sustainability Strategy 2020-2025.

Primary Responsibilities:
Provide direct support to an interdisciplinary, multi-faculty committee tasked with fostering the integration of sustainability content into the curriculum.
Create resources for faculty (e.g., training, guides, data summary, etc.), contribute to the development of sustainability learning outcomes, provide support to integrate sustainability in existing courses, and support the development of new courses about sustainability.
Design and run workshops to support instructors in embedding sustainability into their curricula in collaboration with TLS.
Create resources for students and student groups looking to incorporate sustainability initiatives in their studies. Ensure collaboration and alignment with University initiatives.
Support the development of a program aimed at advancing sustainability initiatives by using the “Campus as a Living Laboratory” model. To do so, create formal applied research opportunities and interdisciplinary partnerships between students, faculty, staff, and community partners.
Advance the implementation of McGill’s Climate & Sustainability Strategy 2020-2025, especially the actions related to sustainability in the curriculum.
Ensure that the initiatives developed are aligned with the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) criteria.
Support and facilitate McGill’s participation in various international initiatives related to the SDGs and that advance curriculum development in sustainability. Collaborate with internal stakeholders to advance the SDGs, especially in the context of curriculum.
Keep abreast of best practices related to sustainability in the curriculum in other Canadian and international universities.
Participate in discussions and communities of practice with peer universities (such as U15).
As needed, recruit and supervise intern(s), including training, guidance, and performance monitoring.

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities
Experience in developing sustainability and/or curriculum related initiatives, ideally in a higher education institution.
Proven ability to manage/coordinate multiple complex projects.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including faculty members.
Comfortable with risk, uncertainty, and ambiguity.
Proven talent for problem-solving.
Demonstrated organization skills, with the ability to set priorities and multi-task.
Capacity to navigate in a large and decentralized institution.
Knowledge of the higher education sector an asset.
Graduate degree and teaching experience are assets.
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) in English. French (verbal and written) an asset.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree 3 Years Related Experience /

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence,