Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) Program Support GE

Contact Information
Marc Schlossberg, Co-Director
204 Pacific Hall
6206 University of Oregon
541 346-2046
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 3:26pm
Open Until Filled: 
Open until filled, review begins on: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 3:26pm
Sustainable Cities Initiative
.40 to .49
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
Academic Year: 

The successful applicant will provide a range of administrative support for EPIC-N, including developing systems and protocols that will help EPIC-N better support its existing members (program quality) and help expand new members (program quantity).  EPIC-N has developed organically with minimal administrative infrastructure and volunteer leadership that spans multiple organizations. Great work has happened with this loose structure, but the desire of this GE position is to help EPIC-N evolve to a more organized, systematic entity to prepare things for the next organizational evolution.


Moreover, EPIC-N has just received a couple substantial grants from two foundations that will also help in this transition to more formal operations.  One of the awards is specifically to enlist the help of a third party organization to analyze EPIC-N’s work, market, and appropriate organizational and business structure.  The GE will, in part, staff that effort and help manage the relationship and workflow between this third party entity and the EPIC-N principals.


Primary oversight will be conducted by SCI’s Marc Schlossberg, although general EPIC-N tasks and directions are conducted by a team that also includes representatives from San Diego State University, Springfield (OR), University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, and Texas A&M.  This advisory board will also serve as the primary strategic goal setting entity and the GE should expect fairly regular engagement with this group.



EPIC-N Administrative Support

  • Staff the externally directed organizational/business plan development effort
  • Develop organizational systems that streamline and support existing EPIC-N members
  • Develop organizational systems that streamline and support expanding EPIC-N members nationally and internationally
  • Staff various organizational meetings related to general EPIC-N work
  • Assist in conference development and agenda setting, including the national EPIC conference in April at the University of Wisconsin, and possibly regional workshops that may occur elsewhere in the US and internationally
  • Help manage data, documents, and folders on the shared Google Drive or other platform as appropriate
  • Help establish protocols for EPIC-N that improve communication and functionality
  • Coordinate, assist, and work closely with other student staff with events, administrative duties, and other projects as needed
  • Identify possible external funding sources and awards/recognitions for EPIC-N
  • Initiate and write EPIC articles for internal (Around the O, College of Design Communications, for example) and external audiences as directed




Communication-related Tasks

  • Help compile EPIC-N newsletter content or possibly manage quarterly EPIC-N newsletter development. Tasks may include writing and gathering material, creating layout using Constant Contact, reviewing draft articles, and coordinating distribution
  • Help identify improvements to the EPIC-N webpage and contribute content
  • Track and document media mentions; create and maintain archive of news items
  • Create engaging Facebook and Twitter posts


Sustainable Cities Initiative Administrative Support

  • Provide up to six hours per week of general support to other SCI activities as needed and possible given other EPIC-N responsibilities and needs

Graduate students pursuing any master’s or doctoral degree may apply.

Preferred Qualifications: 

The Sustainable Cities Initiative is seeking applications for a Program Support GE to work .40-0.49 FTE during fall, winter and spring terms of the 2017-18 academic year. The focus will be specifically on SCI’s work leading the Educational Partnerships for Innovations in Communities Network (EPIC-N). The position will remain open until filled, but initial review will begin after August 15, 2017. 



Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is an applied think tank focusing on sustainability and cities.  We work across disciplines and across research, teaching, and professional training to leverage resources of the university to make positive societal impacts outside the university.  We have a global focus, ranging from direct assistance of Oregon communities to hosting joint projects with institutions in China to changing city policy across the United States to working with the United Nations to change the way higher education is delivered across the globe. For more information, visit our website at


EPIC-N is the network of universities implementing the “EPIC Framework”, an innovative, large-scale, and award-winning university-community partnership program originally created in 2009 by SCI and the University of Oregon.  Over 25 other universities are now running the EPIC Framework and opportunities for training additional institutions on several continents are likely during the 2017-18 academic year.  More information is available at both and

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of organizational systems and lean management techniques
  • Passion for the role of higher education in making a difference in society
  • Organized and able to manage time well
  • Ability to work with students, public officials, professors, deans, funders, and other professionals across sectors and organizations in a professional manner
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility, a positive attitude, and a good sense of humor
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, basic familiarity, or willingness to learn, graphic design software like Illustrator and Photoshop, and basic web site editing skills (or desire to learn)
Application Procedure: 

Include a cover letter, resume, and two references (names, not letters). In your cover letter, discuss your interest and skills in relation to this position and anything in your background related to this position’s preferred qualifications and experience.

Please send applications via email to Marc Schlossbrg by 5 p.m.  on Friday, August 11, 2017.  Send materials to and in the subject line include your last name and position title such as “Schlossberg EPICN GE Position”.



Marc Schlossberg

Sustainable Cities Initiative Co-Director


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