Sustainability Peer Program Coordinator

To apply, please submit your resume and a brief cover letter to with a subject line of the following format: "First name Last name, Sustainability Peer Program Coordinator, Application 2017." Applications will be accepted until July 20th at 11:59 pm.  

Position Summary

The Sustainability Peer Program Coordinator (SPPC) plays a key role in engaging students around sustainability on campus by working closely with the Sustainability Peers (‘Peers’). The Peers are enrolled in the sustainability stream, co-run by Embark and the SFU Sustainability Office, of SFU’s broader Peer Program. The SPPC supports the Peers’ personal and professional development, empowering them to become sustainability leaders on campus. The SPPC supports the Peers in identifying and reaching their goals and coaches them through interpersonal team dynamics. The SPPC also assists the Peer teams in planning and executing projects that inform and engage the campus community about sustainability opportunities.

Embark’s Mission:

Embark is a student-led not-for-profit on the SFU campuses that empowers students to become sustainability leaders. We engage SFU student members in change making and inspire their sustainability leadership through our grants, advocacy, and student-designed programming. Our vision is a future where all students actively cultivate sustainable communities both on and off campus. Embark advocates on behalf of its 35,000+ undergraduate and graduate student members for more sustainable future at SFU.

The SFU Sustainability Office’s Mission:

The Sustainability Office scales and accelerates emerging and impactful innovation in ecological, social and economic sustainability by empowering sustainability leaders with best practice services and support.

Location: Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Surrey, Burnaby, and Vancouver (alternating locations)

Compensation:  $16/hour + 4% vacation 

Direct Supervisors: Programs Manager (Embark) & Student Engagement Manager (SFU Sustainability Office) 

Hours of Work:  Averaging 12 hours per week, for a total of 480 hours over 10 months

Start Date: August 15, 2017 

The Sustainability Peer Program Coordinator will support Sustainability Peer Educators (“Peers”) in the following ways:

Peer Support

  • Become familiar with and advise Peers on working towards the Simon Fraser University 20-Year Sustainability Vision and Goals as well as Embark’s 2017-18 priority area goals.
  • Act as a liaison between the Peer Teams and Embark’s Programs Manager and the Sustainability Office’s Student Engagement Manager.
  • Meet with Peers individually throughout the year to set professional development goals while providing mentorship and coaching to help them meet their goals.
  • Hold regular weekly meetings and office hours for goal setting, consultation, and project planning with Peers.
  • Field Peers’ questions by email and in person.
  • Keep Peers aware of deadlines and motivate teams to meet those deadlines as needed.
  • Work alongside Peers in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing projects or initiatives that engage students around sustainability on campus.
  • Serve as the Peers’ coach:
    • At the start of each term, help the Peers develop their goal-based action plans.
    • Assist the Peers in following through with their personal goals each term via regular check-ins and team meetings.
  • Support Peers to reach deliverables, including but not limited to:
    • Project proposals
    • Project poster and report
    • Final presentation
    • Stewardship plan

 Program Management

  • Work collaboratively with supervisors to plan and facilitate weekly Peer meetings.
  • Organize, plan, and facilitate professional development workshops.

Important Dates (subject to change)

  • Coordinator Training (TBD)
  • Sustainability Training (August 30th)
  • SFU Peer Educator Training (September 5th, 5:30-8:30 pm)
  • Sustainability Peer Meetings
    • Fall and Spring semesters: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Mid-semester Peer Educator Training (TBD)

Ideal Candidates Are:

  • Passionate about working with students at SFU, connecting them with resources that empower them to work in self-directed groups.
  • Able to draw from a variety of personal, professional, and educational experience to help mentor peers.
  • Committed to advancing sustainability at SFU.
  • Personable and empathetic support to a team of student volunteers.
  • Creative, resourceful, and collaborative.
  • Excellent time managers, able to work flexible hours, and capable of balancing academic and volunteer commitments.
  • Current student enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at SFU.
  • Available by email and reply within 48 hours to all emails.
  • Comfortable using the Google suite of applications.


  • Contribute your time and skills to meaningfully make SFU more sustainable through student leadership.
  • Learn about coordinating campaigns and projects at large institutions like SFU.
  • Gain experience in mentorship, project management and campaigning.
  • Network with sustainability-related professionals and organizations in Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby.
  • Receive a letter of recommendation upon completion of assigned responsibilities.




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