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Employment Opportunities:

At the Sustainability Institute, we believe our work is very important to the future of New Jersey and beyond. If you agree, consider joining our team!

Program Manager of Policy & Planning

The Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey seeks a creative and motivated person to join our team working on the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program as Manager of Policy and Planning. SI@TCNJ is a fast-paced “think and do” tank that devises and implements solutions to critical sustainability problems. The position will have a significant role implementing the award winning Sustainable Jersey Certification Program.

The Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey manages a number of cutting edge research and outreach programs focused on sustainable development. Our mission is to advance sustainable development through research, outreach, and training. We work with domestic local, state, and federal government, the private sector, and foreign governments, to help decision makers develop better capacity to understand the long term consequences of their actions.

About the Position

The Manager of Policy and Planning will report to the Director of the Institute, and will be responsible for leading a team of colleagues and external stakeholders to design and implement programs that support state and local government in implementing sustainability programs and policies. This will include developing new best practices, policy recommendations, implementing pilot projects, designing new training and technical support programs, and identifying opportunities for developing shared services. Issues in the policy portfolio include adaptation to climate change, energy planning, redevelopment, natural resources protection and infrastructure planning.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Manage major contracts and partner relationships for the Sustainable Jersey program
  • Conduct applied research and engage in report writing and policy analysis
  • Convene and work with stakeholder groups to design and implement new programs targeting local governments
  • Update existing best practices for local governments to ensure they are current
  • Coordinate with external partners and funders
  • Design and implement technical assistance and education programs
  • Assign and oversee tasks to other SI@TCNJ staff


Qualifications and Skills

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in planning, public policy, engineering, economics, environmental science, or other relevant discipline plus significant relevant professional experience. A Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning, or similar advanced degree is preferred. Organizational capacity, creative and entrepreneurial thinking, and superior personal and communication skills are required.

The successful candidate will have a strong desire to make a difference in the world and play a role implementing a sustainable future. She/he should have familiarity with the varied economic, social, environmental, and policy topics associated with research and outreach on sustainable development, and with municipal planning in particular. The position also requires experience with project management, and working in a public policy development and implementation context. Specific experience in New Jersey is a plus.


Application Deadline: March 21, 2018

In addition to our paid staff, we offer non-paid internships.  Please send all inquiries and resumes to