Sustainability Centre Coordinator

Position: Sustainability Coordinator
Hours: 20 hours/week
Wage: $18.00/hour (with increases and benefits per the Collective Agreement
Reporting to: Director of Services, This position is unionized as an “A-1” Coordinator position under CUPE 4943

Centre Description

The Sustainability Centre is a space for students to take action on sustainability issues on campus, learn about environmental issues, and participate in the eco-community of uOttawa. The Centre organizes activities/events and campaigns that inform students on environmental issues, sustainable practices, and gives them an outlet to effect change. The Centre collaborates with other groups and organizations on and off campus such as the Office of Campus Sustainability, Indigenous Resource Centre, Peoples Republic of Delicious, and the Food Bank to support the environmental movement in a variety of ways.

Job Description

The Sustainable Development Centre Coordinator is tasked with recognizing the state of climate crisis and facilitating advocacy and awareness of this issue at the University’s campus and beyond. The coordinator will propose improvements to the sustainability of the UOSU and ensure ongoing development, growth, and promotion of the Sustainability Centre and UOSU’s green programs and projects. They will be responsible for further development of the current collective structure of the Centre including expanding staff roles and volunteer positions. They will carry out administrative duties such as answering e-mails, writing letters, responding to phone calls, training volunteers and writing reports. The coordinator’s impact will come from leading staff and volunteers through event and consultation projects on campus, working with student clubs and university offices to improve sustainability practices on campus. Examples of the service’s work can be found in our impact reports on our Instagram and website.


  • Supervise and coordinate the activities of one to three other employees and chairing weekly staff meeting
  • Administrative duties (such as answering emails, writing letters, responding to phone calls, writing reports provide workshops, training volunteers, etc.)
  • Overseeing any external communications between the Sustainable Development Centre and the University, clubs, associations, and any other partners under the guidance of the Advocacy Commissioner and the Director of Services
  • Conveying information between staff at the Sustainable Development Centre
  • Ensuring that the Sustainability Centre adheres to the parameters as outlined in the UOSU Constitution
  • Promoting the Sustainable and Ethical Operations Policy in UOSU
  • Oversee the general operations of the Center and ensure that they are maintained within the prescribed budget
  • Recruit and communicate with volunteers on a regular basis to continue progress on their projects
  • Contribute to the promotion of a positive image of the University of Ottawa Students’ Union


  • Bilingualism in both official languages of the University of Ottawa is a mandatory requirement;
  • Be a student at the University of Ottawa and a member of the University of Ottawa Student Union
  • Experience volunteering or working with students
  • Understanding and acceptance of diversity
  • Experience in coordinating volunteers and/or support staff
  • Experience in creating workshops, events and focus groups and excellent group facilitation
  • Experience in program management and coordination
  • Marketing, graphic design (Canva) and social media management skills
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability to work in high stress situations
  • Proof of open-mindedness, tact and investment in creating a safe space for all
  • Comfortable working with the public
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent organizational, problem solving and time management skills
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft, Google and Internet software
  • Leadership and experience in student-led programming is an asset; and
  • Knowledge of or experience with the Sustainable Development Centre, the UOSU and its services and activities is an asset.

Bilingualism is a mandatory criterion. Please note that the interview will be conducted in both official languages (English and French).

Preference will be given to candidates of equity-seeking groups.

Prospective candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and a list of two (2) references to by July 1, 2022. Only those candidates invited to an interview will be contacted.

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