Education Program Assistant 3 (Sustainable Communities Collaborative Program Coordinator)

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – G – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
Vice President for Research
Penn State's Sustainability Institute
Full/Part Time:


Penn State’s Sustainability Institute is looking to hire a Program Coordinator for the Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC). The Sustainable Communities Collaborative is an outreach program of the Sustainability Institute whose mission is to connect faculty, students and staff with local communities to address sustainability challenges through an engaged collaborative effort. The SCC Program Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of program management as outlined below: Recruit partners by working with local governments, non-profits and others to identify sustainability opportunities and challenges; execute Memoranda of Understanding with community partners; prepare detailed Project Agreement documents that articulate the scope, deliverables, learning outcomes, timeline and resources required for the project; identify and recruit faculty partners and courses; manage projects including schedule project kick-off meetings, organize site visits, monitor progress and conduct mid-semester check-in with community partners, students and faculty; organize end-of-semester public exhibition event in fall and spring; conduct end-of-semester program assessment among all stakeholders; collect and archive project materials including project agreement form and all project deliverables (final report, slide presentation, poster, designs, etc.); manage overall program budget for projects, poster exhibitions, and printed collateral; work with Communication Team to update SCC website and to produce an annual report of SCC activities; collaborate with a larger team of faculty and staff at Penn State’s campuses who administer the SCC program in their local communities. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; experience in community-university engagement; experience with engaged scholarship in higher education; understanding of sustainability issues in a local context; knowledge of university and local government budgeting processes; familiarity with Sustainable Pennsylvania, the STAR Community Rating Framework and other tools for fostering sustainability by local government; experience in administering sustainability projects; experience in grant writing and grants administration; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; outstanding organizational skills and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088