Job Opportunities

The Office of Sustainability is currently accepting applications for the following full-time and student positions:

Read below for more information and application instructions.


Student Fellowship Positions (2015-2016 Academic Year)

The MIT Office of Sustainability is currently seeking student applicants for four paid Sustainability Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year (10-12 hours/week). Join a dynamic office that is developing MIT’s next generation vision of campus sustainability. Read below for descriptions of each position and an overview of the details and qualifications.

Fellow Position Details:

Hours: 10-12 hours during academic year (September-May)    Pay Range: $12-$18    Open to: Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. MIT students preferred. Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2015

Open Fellow Positions:

  1. Sustainability Task Force Fellow
  2. Communications, Design, and Outreach Fellow
  3. Sustainable Campus Planning Fellow
  4. Data and Metrics Research Fellow

Fellowship Qualifications:

  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in sustainability and climate-related issues as they relate to urban and/or campus sustainability as well as a desire to impact the future of MIT and sustainability in higher education and beyond;
  • Excellent written, visual and oral communication skills, including presentation of complex data
  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, and analysis, including proficiency in Excel;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated coursework in water, land, energy, materials, food systems, and/or building-related topics within the Departments of Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar

1. Sustainability Task Force Fellow

The Sustainability Task Force Fellow to actively support and drive the research and writing needs of the MIT Campus Sustainability Task Force (CSTF).  The CSTF will shape the vision and plan of action for campus sustainability at MIT during the 2015-2016 academic year, engaging with the MIT community to influence the vision.  The purpose of this position is to become a member of the team and support the processes of developing the vision and plan. 

Basic Responsibilities

  • Attend the meetings of the CSTF [when feasible]
  • Conduct research, perform data collection and analysis as applicable to strategic planning process;
  • Synthesize research, analysis, and recommendations into the report;
  • Draft, review, and present written, and visual material for MIT students, staff, and faculty groups to respond to;
  • Develop and maintain professional collaboration with CSTF members and other institutional partners.

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with “Sustainability Task Force Fellow” in the subject line. Applications must be received by: September 11th, 2015.


2. Communications, Design, and Outreach Fellow

The Communications, Design, and Outreach Fellow will help empower the MIT community to learn and take action on sustainability-related issues at MIT through the development and execution of a variety of well-designed communications and outreach tools. This position requires a creative, design-oriented thinker with the desire to impact the MIT campus at large.

Duties will include:

  • Assist in all aspects of roll out of the Sustainable Workplace and Event Green Event Certification programs this fall (developed this summer by a previous Fellow). The Fellow will assist in the certification of offices and events, further develop materials for these programs, promote them, provide applicant support, and help measure progress.
  • Assist in the development and production of web, social media, print, and branding content and strategy to support Office of Sustainability priorities
  • Write, edit, and post articles on the Office of Sustainability News and Events webpage
  • Providing additional support to Office of Sustainability projects as needed

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage a variety of stakeholders and speak and listen to diverse viewpoints.
  • Experience in graphic design and the ability to create professional quality posters, signs and web content with a portfolio of design work in Adobe Creative Suite (i.e. Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Basic knowledge of back-end website function and/or familiarity with Drupal
  • Experience blogging and/or using social media in an organizational context highly desirable
  • Sound and video editing in any program highly desirable
  • Strong MS Excel skills very helpful
  • Knowledge of the intricacies of MIT culture and systems (i.e. event planning) and willingness to work with administrative departments and student groups.

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with “Communications Fellow” in the subject line. Applications must be received by: September 11th, 2015.


3. Sustainable Campus Planning Fellow

The Sustainable Campus Planning Fellow will actively support and drive the research and implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 Sustainability Working Groups. These working groups are: Stormwater and Land Management; Sustainable Design and Construction; Materials and Waste Management; and Green Labs. These working groups met regularly in 2014-2015 and included staff and faculty representatives from MIT administrative and academic departments. A set of recommendations have been developed and a series of initiatives are being launched. These initiatives include, but are not limited to: an Ecological Landscape and Stormwater Quality Plan; Roof Sustainability Assessment; sustainability design standards; a training program. Fellows will support the processes for these initiatives.

Basic Responsibilities

  • Conduct research, perform data collection and analysis;
  • Synthesize research and develop analysis
  • Assist in preparing a formal RFP for the Ecological Landscape and Stormwater Quality Plan
  • Draft, review, and present written, quantitative, and visual material
  • Conduct literature reviews and assessments of best practices and innovative technology & policy solutions;
  • Provide support for documentation, outreach, and implementation as needed
  • Develop and maintain professional collaboration with MIT Working Group members and other institutional partners.

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu. Specify “Sustainable Campus Planning Fellow” in your email subject line. Applications must be received by: September 11th, 2015.


4. Data and Metrics Research Fellow

The Data and Metrics Research Fellow will assist in researching, developing, analyzing and refining a suite of sustainability metrics and analytic tools to assist in the quantification, assessment, and communication of MIT’s current sustainability activities.  Data will be related to campus energy, water, waste, food, transportation, procurement, buildings, and more. MIT student preferred. Open to both upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

Duties will include:

  • Identify current sustainability-related data and metrics gaps and opportunities with the Office of Sustainability team
  • Update MIT’s greenhouse gas inventory
  • Refine and expand time-series data on resource use and consumption
  • Identify trends and influencing factors in time series data
  • Benchmark findings against peer institutions
  • Develop a summary report of findings and conclusions

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong quantitative data collection, management, analysis, and presentation skills, including proficiency in Excel (including advanced graphing)
  • Strong GIS skills desirable
  • PowerPoint, and infographic development and presentation tools
  • Graduate student preferred, but will consider strong undergraduate candidates

Applicants should send a detailed cover letter and resume to ofsjobs@mit.edu with “Data and Metrics Research Fellow” in the subject line. Applications must be received by: September 11th, 2015.


Full-Time: Senior Sustainability Data Analyst

Job Description

The Senior Sustainability Data Analyst (Job Number: 12219) will provide analytical and tactical support for all sustainability projects with data-related needs and set an overall strategy for the collection, analysis, management, and communication of data and metrics.  Will collect, manage, and ensure the quality and integrity of data from multiple sources throughout campus; oversee MIT¹s greenhouse gas inventory update and expansion process; perform cost analysis; assist with the development of relational and dimensional models and reports; write annual metrics performance report that includes infographics and graphs; manage the development of an overall sustainability analytics database for campus; develop well-defined sustainability financial reporting templates; support living lab projects related to campus systems (storm water, mobility, etc.); and collaborate with MIT’s Data Science and other partners to develop reporting and analytics.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Bachelor¹s degree (master¹s preferred); at least five years¹ related data analytics work experience; experience with a statistical programming languages, (e.g., R, Python), database querying languages (e.g., SQL), predictive analysis techniques and tools (e.g., SAS, SPSS, R), and data visualization and communication tools (e.g., Tableau, D3.js); highly proficient MS Office skills; advanced knowledge of Excel; and ability to collaborate and function effectively as part of a team.  Seek data-driven self-starter who demonstrates strong analytical, problem solving, strategic thinking, and project management skills. Experience in computer science, engineering, finance, or business related field preferred; as is experience working with energy and/or sustainability metrics. Experience working in higher education a plus.  

To Apply

Applications will only be accepted through the central MIT HR website. Apply here: http://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_mit/external/jobDetails.do?functionName=getJobDetail&jobPostId=4706&localeCode=en-us

Short link: http://goo.gl/3rYftb

Updated: 7/2/2015

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