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Sustainability Coordinator

Is sustainability in a coordinating role something for you? Do you like the idea of implementing this in a large organisation like the UT? Are you the one with affinity for sustainability combined with good strategic management skills to further prepare the organisation for a sustainable future?

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 32 - 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 3,974 - € 5,439
  • Deadline 3 Sep 2022

2022Sustainability has a large impact on the whole UT community. These changes demand thorough strategic management and a clear contact person for the various bodies within the UT.

Your role as  Sustainability Coordinator

As sustainability coordinator, you are part of the Policy and Projects Department within Campus & Facility Management (CFM). The department consists of several departments, namely Real Estate & Maintenance, Facility Services, Sport & Culture, Policy & Projects and Purchasing. You will work closely with these departments. You will supervise the B&P colleagues who work on sustainability. You will report to and coordinate with the Manager of Policy and Projects in terms of content, hierarchy and operations.

The number of employees working specifically on sustainability has grown steadily the last few years. There is a well-functioning programme: the SEE programme (Sustainability, Energy and Environment) and a Green Hub has been set up. The SEE programme focuses on the UT's operations and the Green Hub is a network organisation driven by students with two staff members from B&P. There are now 5 staff members within B&P, but this is expected to increase in the coming years.
Moreover, there is the need  for a good decision-making process and strategic coordination within the University of Twente, with the Executive Board and with the management boards of departments and faculties. You will also provide an important link to colleagues working on sustainability within education and research. This will be given further shape in the near future.

Your profile

  • You have experience (functionally) managing professionals at academic level. You ensure space and trust for professional actions, you direct and take charge where necessary. Sustainability is of paramount importance to you and you feel comfortable in the administrative political arena;
  • You have strong communication skills, are collaborative, decisive and committed;
  • You have an academic background in a relevant topic for this position;
  • You preferably have line-management experience;
  • You know how to organise the process of decision-making;
  • You have sustainability competencies and a track record that demonstrates that sustainability KPIs have been achieved;
  • You have affinity with or experience in the field of sustainability in business operations and you have a broad understanding of this field;
  • You are able to connect with committees, departments and stakeholders, both in and outside the UT;
  • You inspire and motivate staff and students in a natural way;
  • You have experience with team development and you can implement this independently;
  • You have a good command of the English language, both verbally and in writing;
  • You have a good professional level of Dutch, both verbally and in writing.

Our offer

  • Full-time/part-time position for 32/40 hours per week;
  • Employment contract for the period of one year with a view to permanent employment if suitability is demonstrated;
  • Salary between € 3,974 and € 5,439 gross per month for full-time employment, in accordance with scale 11 of the collective agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities and depending on education and experience;
  • Attractive secondary employment conditions, such as: thirteenth month, Optional model Labour conditions, internal training opportunities and personal vitality: e.g. company sports programme, participation in national networks.

Information and application

For information about this vacancy, please contact:

You can express your interest in this position until 3 September 2022 by sending your letter of motivation, accompanied by an up-to-date CV, via the 'apply' button.

Screening is part of the application procedure.

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About the organization

The Campus & Facility Management (CFM) Department aims to optimally support, utilise and develop the campus and housing. This involves the following core tasks: ensuring the development and management of the buildings and infrastructure on the campus grounds, supporting education and research processes, facilitating events on campus, and contributing to the academic training of students through sports and culture. Our work covers six separate areas: Facility Services, Maintenance & Real Estate, Purchasing, Sport & Culture and Staff: Policy & Projects and Secretariat.

We actively contribute to the inclusiveness, health and sustainability of UT’s campus. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we are constantly looking for sustainable solutions in the areas of food, water, waste, travel and energy use. Using our state-of-the-art facilities, we also seek to accommodate team-based working, cutting-edge research and healthy lifestyles. Our beautiful, green campus is an ecosystem for experimenting and it is one-of-a-kind in the Netherlands.

As an employer, the CFM Department offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

About the CFM service

Curious about what the Campus & Facility Management (CFM) department stands for? Check out the CFM website for more information.

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Create new opportunities for yourself, your colleagues and our society. Scientist or teacher, administrator or facilitator, thinker or doer, energetic leader or silent support – your work at the University of Twente matters. And you too!

How to apply

Step 1

When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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Step 2

The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

Step 4

2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

Step 5

The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

Want to know more?

Pen, N.T. (Nico-Tom)

Pen, N.T. (Nico-Tom)
Manager Policy & Projects / Portfoliomanager Real Estate (CFM)

Pen, N.T. (Nico-Tom)
Manager Policy & Projects / Portfoliomanager Real Estate (CFM)

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