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Jobs at Oberlin

A.J. Lewis Center Facilities Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator

Posted Date: May 22, 2014
Application Due Date: Aug 29, 2014
Department: Environmental Studies Program


The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of A.J. Lewis Center Facilities Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator.  This is a full-time, 12-month Administrative and Professional Staff position reporting to the Director of Environmental Studies.  We seek applicants with a combination of strong technical and interpersonal skills who are interested in enhancing the environmental performance and educational value of a facility named the most important green building in the last 30 years by Architect magazine.

:  Primary responsibilities are: the management and upgrading of the Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, a unique ecologically designed and engineered facility; academic support; communications and community outreach.  Specific duties may include the following:

Facilities Management:

Maintain and further develop the function and educational value of the Lewis Center for Environmental Studies as a showcase of ecologically designed and managed facilities for the Oberlin community and beyond.

Manage and enhance the environmental performance of all building systems including a 160kW solar array, water treatment wetlands, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technologies and landscape ecosystems.  

Oversee the data monitoring and display system and the use of this technology for education, research and optimization of building system performance.  

Oversee operation, monitoring and research on the ecological performance of the Living Machine that treats and recycles water within the Center.  This includes management of a laboratory-based water quality assessment program.

Manage the center’s landscapes including fruit and nut orchards, organic vegetable gardens, restored native plantings and wetland.

Serve as the primary liaison with Facilities Operations and outside contractors for routine maintenance and enhancements.

Assess new technologies and retrofits and make recommendations regarding enhancements that further the educational goals of the facility.

Ensure that maintenance activities and products used are in keeping with the educational goals of the Center.

Supervise student employees and volunteers.  This includes managing approximately 5-10 part time student operators of the Living Machine and landscape, 2-4 part time student managers of the Environmental Studies Information Center, and 1-3 full-time summer landscape and Living Machine management interns.

Schedule and conduct tours of the AJLC facilities and train and oversee student tour guides.

Academic Support

Lecture and conduct field trips and tours on topics related to environmental principles illustrated by the Lewis Center.

Supervise and support students working on class projects and independent research related to the center and its goals.

With permission from the ESPC and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, serve as an advisor for ES majors, sponsor and direct Winter Term Projects and potentially facilitate workshops and longer courses related to environmental principles illustrated by the Center.

Support faculty in technical, community-based and research and projects related to the missions of the ES Program and Center within the Oberlin community.

Maintain an existing program for monitoring water quality and resource consumption and preservation within the local watershed.

Communications and Community Outreach

Edit and oversee production of the yearly environmental studies newsletter and website.

Coordinate special events and support the use of the Lewis Center for programmatic, campus and community events that take advantage of and enhance environmental learning.

:  Bachelor’s degree or higher; significant training or experience with building systems including environmental and ecological technologies; significant technical and analytical skills and experiences including strong computer and software abilities and demonstrated learning aptitude; demonstrated initiative and program or project management skills; ability to work independently and as a collaborator; ability to interact well with a diverse range of individuals.

Desired Qualifications
:  Master’s degree in environmentally related field or equivalent in experience; degree, training or experience in engineering or related technical field; significant training or experience with ecological systems; water quality analysis experience; experience teaching or training students; experience with building automation systems; experience with project management including directing contractors, architects, and skilled trades personnel.

:   Annual salary commensurate with education and experience.   An excellent benefits package is included.

To Apply
:  To be assured of consideration, complete materials including a letter of application, résumé, undergraduate (and if available graduate) academic transcripts, and three letters of reference should be sent to: John Petersen, Director, Environmental Studies Program, Lewis Center, 122 Elm Street, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio  44074. Electronic submission of all but transcript is preferred: email to  We will begin reviewing complete application files immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committee to creating an institutional environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, marital status religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, family relationship to an employee of Oberlin College, and gender identity and expression.

APS14-263  /  August 8, 2014