Thursday, April 20, 2023

The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) is now hiring for an undergraduate position, the Project Development Specialist, with work of 15-19.5 hours/week during the academic year + summer, and $23 per hour compensation. 

The CSF is a student-run and student-fee derived grant fund available to the UW Seattle community to implement intersectional sustainability projects on campus. Our work aims to increase social equity, community resilience, and climate action. Equity, diversity and inclusion are the guiding principles to the sustainability work at CSF. Read more about our mission and values here. We are looking for a student eager to commit substantial time and energy to empowering the UW community to develop and implement student projects. 

This job is well suited for individuals who are well-organized, interested in working with student-led project teams, enjoy program management + assessing project impact, and want to further intersectional sustainability at the UW. We emphasize our interest in students who are passionate about sustainability and willing to learn, so will not discount anyone for lack of prior experience (which we know is typically gained through privilege). We also strongly encourage students who may be engaging in a "non-traditional" aspect of sustainability work (e.g., building cultural resiliency, justice work, EDI, etc.) to apply.

As the Project Development Specialist, you will support student projects through the application and implementation phases. You will be the main point of contact in our grant-making process with the unique opportunity to get involved with sustainability initiatives across campus and gain in-depth experience in project management. 


Apply by May 2 at 11:59 pm. Learn more about the Project Development Specialist position below. Visit the links for the application portal via Handshake (UW NetID required for login). Enter Job #7769276. 

For questions, reach out to our current Project Development Specialist, Gulsima Young ( or our CSF Coordinator, Tatiana Brown ( To request disability accommodation in the application process, please let us know how we may assist and/or contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or


About the Position

The CSF is a student-led and student-funded grant organization at the UW–Seattle campus. We are looking for a student eager to commit substantial time and energy to empowering the UW community to develop and implement student projects. 

The CSF has four administrative employees: a Program Manager, Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and Project Development Specialist. The Project Development Specialist is the designated part-time position focused primarily on supporting CSF funded projects through the project life cycle -- they are the expert and point of contact in our grantmaking process. Working as the CSF Project Development Specialist provides the unique opportunity to be simultaneously involved with many sustainability initiatives on the UW campus and gain in-depth experience in project management.

The CSF, located within the UW Sustainability office, is a student-fee derived grant fund available to the UW Seattle community to implement intersectional sustainability projects on campus. This student hourly position is up to 19.5 hours/week during the academic year and summer.

The CSF Project Development Specialist will be a team player as well as a self-starter, with excellent collaboration skills and ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty and staff. Other important characteristics for the Project Development Specialist position include strong project management skills; attention to detail; ability to prioritize; flexibility and resilience; creative problem solving skills; ability to gain consensus; ability to enact the CSF’s equity and justice goals; and proficiency and comfort presenting to both small and large groups of people.



  • Full- or part-time student status at the UW–Seattle campus during the academic year.
  • Work experience in related positions or with related functions.
  • Prior administrative experience.
  • Interest in and knowledge of sustainability, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues both on and off campus.
  • Team player, flexible and open to new ideas and continual improvement or change.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, presentation, analysis, project management.
  • Excellent skills with Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook PowerPoint, Word).
  • Ability to help build consensus and buy-in for projects.


  • Has a vision for expanding intersectional sustainability efforts on campus.
  • Previous project management experience.
  • Experience with information/data visualization (e.g., Tableau).
  • Data management or analysis experience.
  • Grant writing or experience with the grantmaking cycle.
  • Knowledge and experience with operational planning.
  • Experience/familiarity with basic web editing features or HTML.


Project Management

  • Serve as one of the primary points of contact for all active CSF-funded project teams.
  • Actively track CSF project progress, help teams troubleshoot challenges, and provide project management support and mentorship.
  • Create resources for teams to follow legible steps for successful project application development (after grant writing), implementation, management, and meeting of grant criteria (i.e. resource books, web pages, etc.)
  • Prioritize CSF project needs and actively communicate with & advise teams based on indicators from quarterly reports.
  • Work with the CSF Program Manager to bridge communications between campus stakeholders and student project teams.
  • Work to connect project teams with CSF support networks (including faculty, admin, external firms, etc).
  • Create, adapt, and actively update project management tools.
  • Manage the current project portfolio.


  • Collect quarterly project reports from active CSF projects.
  • Help projects obtain required approvals, connect to resources, and improve viability of successful implementation.
  • Notify projects at various points throughout the application and schedule required meetings.
  • Organize project related submissions and forms in CSF databases.
  • Forward CSF project information to the Committee by required deadlines.
  • Assist in the production of yearly reports to our funding bodies (SAF, STF).
  • Assist the CSF Program Manager with various administrative tasks, including data entry, process tracking, and Google Drive organization.
  • Collect and organize project data and record metrics to be used for external communications and reporting.
  • Respond to emails within 48 hours in a professional, thoughtful, and comprehensive manner.


  • Attend weekly CSF Committee Meetings and inform members on project updates, provide context for proposals, and help lead discussion.
  • Assist in the solicitation and vetting of project proposals from UW students, faculty and staff.
  • Monitor applicant submissions and communicate status to project leads.
  • Carry through on strategic initiatives autonomously and as assigned by the CSF Program Manager.
  • Assist the CSF Program Manager and CSF Outreach Coordinator in developing comprehensive outreach strategies that prioritizes inclusivity and help to broaden CSF’s engagement on campus.
  • Assist in developing/revising project applications and process.

Team building

  • Ability to take direction/instruction from other staff/colleagues.
  • Proactive communication.
  • Be an active, engaging, and available member of the CSF Team.
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt/prioritize based on team needs.
  • Support and mentor members of the CSF staff and committee.
  • Participate in weekly collaborative meetings with other staff members.

Leadership Opportunities

  • Serve on a small team where there is large capacity for you to learn and grow
  • Gain public speaking and presentation skills through leading conversations on project proposals with the CSF Committee
  • Ability to engage with the Sustainability Action Plan Executive Committee, which aims to implement the SAP at the three UW campuses
  • Ability to engage with the Environmental Stewardship Committee, which provides recommendations for environmental policies at the UW
  • Ability to serve on the Student Energy Task Force, which represents student voices and priorities in the UW’s Decarbonization Plan with the Executive Director of Campus Energy, Utilities, and Operations
  • Ability to present at regional conferences
  • Ability to grow your personal network with colleagues invested in building sustainable futures
  • Propose own initiatives to support justice-centered sustainability