About the Office for Sustainability
At the Office for Sustainability (OfS), we aim to foster an institutional culture defined by informed and responsible decision making that reflects the crucial balance between economic, social and environmental priorities, and have built our leadership and reputation by using our campuses as ‘living laboratories’ for sustainability transition, curricular innovation and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
Built on 50 years of Sheridan programming and applied solutions expertise, our approach to sustainable practice combines a powerful innovation culture with the inescapable scientific boundaries which define human need and dwindling resources.
Mission Zero is Sheridan’s framework for institution-wide sustainability initiatives. It is an ambitious mandate to re-envision the College’s energy future, make significant reductions in its institutional footprint, set breakthrough performance targets, and begin developing highly integrated sustainability, energy and climate curriculum across faculties.
It is guided by the College’s Office for Sustainability and represents operational and curricular goals, driven by Sheridan’s Sustainability Policy. Mission Zero embodies the journey toward transformational systemic change and accelerates the creation of a campus-wide sustainability culture.
Two current strategic plans define the mission:
The Integrated Energy and Climate Master Plan (IECMP) aims to decrease the institutions overall energy and carbon emissions by 50% by 2020 through focused investment over the next 5-7 years.
The Zero Waste Sheridan (ZWS) plan will help guide the institution to becoming a zero waste campus by 2020.
About the position
The Cycling and Sustainable Transportation Co-ordinator position will be responsible for the development, launch, and operation of a new bicycle program for students and employees at Sheridan’s campuses in Mississauga and Brampton. He/she will develop and implement a marketing campaign for the new program. He/she will also support the development and implementation of a sustainable transportation plan. There is a possibility of contract renewal upon the end of the term.
In consultation with the supervisor, this candidate will design and implement a comprehensive plan to start the bicycle program at the Hazel McCallion and Davis campuses. He/she will develop a bicycle mentorship program, a bike-loan program and a do-it-yourself repair space in both campuses. As well, the candidate will oversee the operation system and seek ways to improve it. He/she will be responsible for the marketing of the new program and establishing community partners, including the Student Union and external groups. In addition, this position will be responsible for recruiting and training volunteers. He/she will organize community events and workshops. He/she will provide regular reporting to supervisor, Bicycle Program Implementation Taskforce and the funders.
The successful candidate will also be responsible for creating related resources and website content. This position may be assigned other duties as needed. The successful candidate will be required to work in all three campuses.
Duties and responsibilities
- develop a bike mentorship program, which involves recruiting volunteer bicycle mentors for new cyclists, providing training to the mentors and recruiting participants
- develop programming for do-it-yourself bike mechanic workshops for students and employees; design the bike mechanic space and obtain tools and materials required
- obtain bicycles for the bike loan program and develop a system for bike loaning
- develop and implement a marketing campaign and establish community partners to promote the bicycle program to the HMC and Davis students and employees.
- support the development and implementation of a sustainable transportation plan
- develop and manage budgets and basic bookkeeping
- set up and manage inventory for bike repair and maintenance
- plan, facilitate and promote community events and bike workshops
- maintain the daily operation of the bike loan program and the mechanic space
- develop and document bike program/mechanic room operation policy and procedure
- create education and communications materials for the bike program and other sustainable transportation initiatives
- track program and event results, and provide updates and evaluation through meetings and written reports to supervisor, Bike Program Implementation Taskforce and funders
- ensure compliance with government regulations and college policies
- will work in two campus locations and travelling to meetings at other locations may be required
Knowledge and skills
- be knowledgeable about current sustainability issues, including sustainable transportation, environmental health, climate change, etc.
- demonstrate a keen interest in promoting cycling for commuting; be passionate about promoting sustainability and eager to help others to use cycling for transportation
- preferably be an experienced cyclist; bike mechanic and repair skills are assets
- possess experience in developing or running a bicycle program/events or related experience
- possess experience in marketing and education for cycling or sustainable transportation initiatives, such as planning and facilitating community outreach events
- preferably experience in planning and facilitating bike workshops
- ideally possess 1 to 2 years of experience in recruiting, training and/or working with volunteers; experience volunteering in bicycle or related sustainability initiatives
- have experience in managing budgets and basic bookkeeping
- demonstrate experiences in entrepreneurship and strong initiative to succeed
- have excellent communication skills and organization skills
- be customer-friendly and enjoy sharing bicycle knowledge with others
- possess graphic design skills and experience in print and digital work
- own strong data management and analytic skills
- be familiar with using Microsoft Excel and other database software
Bachelor Degree from a recognized institution in Environmental Studies, Marketing, Education, or a related field.