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Spring 2018 Assistant Positions Available in Sustainability Management

Columbia U CampusThe Sustainability Management program is seeking candidates for the following Curriculum & Grading Assistant (CGA) and Faculty Support Assistant (FSA) positions for spring 2018. Please read the specifics of each position before submitting an application, as qualifications and time commitments may vary. The stipend for CGA positions for spring 2018 is $5,500.

Based on recent updates to the University’s student hiring policies, Spring 2018 CGAs are required to:
– Remain enrolled in 12+ credits throughout the spring 2018 semester.
– Hold only one position at Columbia from Jan 1, 2018, to May 15, 2018.
– Finish all degree requirements on or after May 2018.

Please read the following before submitting an application:
– Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program in spring 2018 to be eligible for these positions.
– Students enrolled full-time (Spring 2018) qualify for the CGA positions. To be considered full-time, you must be enrolled in 12+ credits.
– Students enrolled part-time (Spring 2018) qualify for the FSA position. We expect to post more FSA opportunities during the following weeks.
– Applicants who are employed by Columbia University (or will be between 1/1/18 – 5/15/18, including as paid interns) are ineligible for CGA or FSA positions.

CGA Positions are available for the following courses:
SUMA PS4100 – Sustainability Management – Howard Apsan
SUMA PS4190 – Economics of Sustainability Management – Alex Heil
SUMA PS4235 – Science of Urban Ecology – Amy Karpati
SUMA PS4490 – Women in Cities – Susan Blaustein
SUMA PS5020 – Cost-Benefit Analysis – Satyajit Bose
SUMA PS5021 – Theory and Practice of Lifecycle Assessment – Christoph Meinrenken
SUMA PS5135 – Analysis for Energy Efficiency – Luke Falk
SUMA PS5146 – Water Systems Analysis – Haralambos Vasiliadis
SUMA PS5155 – Energy Markets and Innovation – Travis Bradford
SUMA PS5180 – Writing About Global Science for International Media – Claudia Dreifus
SUMA PS5193 – Statistics for Sustainability Management – Bruce Kahn
SUMA PS5197 – Financing the Clean Energy Economy – Curtis Probst
SUMA PS5200 – Integrative Capstone Workshop
SUMA PS5230 – Earth’s Climate System – Ben Cook
SUMA PS5255 – Data Analysis & Visualization in Sustainability – Greg Yetman / Valentina Mara
SUMA PS5320 – Sustainable Investing and Economic Growth – Satyajit Bose
SUMA PS5470 – Circular Economy for Sustainability Professionals – Stephanie Johnston
SUMA PS5525 – Consumerism & Sustainability – Celine Ruben-Salama
SUMA PS5650 – Solar Project Development – Dan Giuffrida
SUMA PS5720 – Policy and Legal Context for Sustainability Management – Rick Horsch

One FSA position is available for the following course:
SUMA PS5200 – Integrative Capstone Workshop

Specific requirements for each position can be found below.
Curriculum and Grading Assistant
Faculty Support Assistant

To Apply
If interested, please e-mail your application materials to Mariví Perdomo Caba, Program Manager, at by Wednesday, November 29th at 9:00 AM. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Some instructors will begin reaching out to interview and select candidates prior to the final deadline. If you wish to apply for more than one position, please send separate emails for each application. Please include the course number/description in the e-mail subject line for each application (e.g. SUMA PS5200 Integrative Capstone Workshop FSA Application).

For questions regarding these positions, please contact the Sustainability Management Program Manager at in a separate email.

The M.S. in Sustainability Management, co-sponsored by the Earth Institute and Columbia’s School of Professional Studies, trains students to tackle complex and pressing environmental and managerial challenges. Visit our website to learn more.

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