2012-2013 National Team Positions


ESW is primarily operated via a team of volunteer directors operating with our office at UC-Merced. While our Board of Directors manages many fundraising and organizational decisions, the day-to-day operations, creation and implementation of new programs, and relations with other organizations are done through the National Team. While these positions are unpaid, they are aimed at requiring ~5 hours of work a week, and do cover transportation to and from major events such as our National Conference or Chapter Leaders Summit. Participation in the National Team offers the opportunity to engage with fiercely passionate people on a national level, and we hope you will join us.

Specific job descriptions are below, but our general requirements are as follows:

  • You need some familiarity with the organization - you don't have to have been a chapter leader, but as most of our activities revolve around chapters, projects, and members, having leadership experience with these things is valuable.
  • You need to be a current member, either through a chapter in good standing or an at-large membership.
  • You need to be passionate about sustainability, and that engineers and engineering can be/should be/are part of the solution, and commited to helping improve this state of affairs.
  • You don't have to be a student, though you do need to be able to commit time to the organization, including conference calls. We say an average of 5 hrs/week, but in practice this tends to be highly punctuated.
  • You don't have to be familiar with the national office - we're friendly people, and we'd love to meet you. 

You can read on for specific descriptions, or download a file with all of them. If you're interested, fill out the form at the bottom and let us know - or send an email with which positions you are interested in and a resumé to apply@eswusa.org. Questions and comments are also welcome.

The following positions have been filled and are no longer available:

  • Director of Projects

National Team, Dr. Hirleman, and Beth Ferguson

Specific Roles:

Director(s) of Chapter Relations

Description: The Directors of Chapter Relations serve as the first line of communications between the ESW national organization and ESW chapter presidents. They are also responsible for facilitating the information sharing between and among ESW chapter leaders and for coordinating with other counterparts. Chapter Relations East and West focus on chapters on respective sides of the Mississippi, while the D. of Chapter Relations - Professional will work with pilot professional chapters. Former chapter leadership (though not presidency) is a pre-requisite for this position. Specific duties include:

  • Plan, organize and facilitate chapter leaders conference calls
  • Contact each chapter president by phone to determine chapter needs and to monitor chapter health
  • Answer emails & calls from chapter leaders
  • Maintain and add features/content to the chapter leader portal
  • Work with chapter presidents to ensure each chapter's website profile is up-to-date
  • Ensure that chapters are in compliance with ESW national policies (i.e. “chapter in good standing”)
  • Integrate new chapters into the ESW community
  • Work with counterparts to plan and host the chapter leadership summit in the spring semester, and to plan chapter leader content during the ESW national conference in the fall.

Director of Communications

Description: The Director of Communications manages and maintains the lines of communication both within the national community and to the general public. S/he writes the ESW newsletter and digests, as well as fielding public information requests about ESW. S/he also works to develop organizational policies regarding chapters and events. Specific duties include:

  • Write ESW newsletter and/or digests, including soliciting information from chapters
  • Update public content on ESW website
  • Manage ESW's social network presence
  • Document major internal events such as the Annual Conference
  • Represent ESW at external events

Director of Outreach

Description: The Director of Outreach is in charge of growing ESW through new chapter and partnership development. They are in charge of responding to new chapter inquiries, helping interested individuals work through the application and formation process, reaching out to key universities to actively establish new chapters, and with identifying new partner organizations and developing relationships. Specific duties include:

  • Respond to new chapter inquiries in a timely manner
  • Deliver ESW overview presentation to potential new chapters
  • Track progress and serve as the single point of contact to potential new chapters during their application process
  • Work with the Directors of Chapters Relations to ensure a new chapter’s integration into the ESW community
  • Help pilot professional ESW chapters during the 2012-2013 school year
  • Contacting and meeting with organizational partners
  • Assist the Director of Communication in representing ESW at external events (as necessary)

Director of Projects

Description: The Director of Projects is responsible for supporting and tracking all ongoing projects both domestic and international at ESW chapters, and helping chapters with similar project interests connect and collaborate with one another. S/he will also encourage the formation of new high impact local and international sustainability projects through the development of national-level initiatives. Specific duties include:

  • Work with Director of Chapter Relations –East and -West to survey all chapters on current projects
  • Maintain, monitor, and annoy chapters to add to the project directory
  • Advise chapters of similar projects or in-network resources and guide multi-chapter projects
  • Communicate with leaders of external organizations to identify project partnership opportunities
  • Work with the Director of Education to develop national-level initiatives

Director of Technology and Events

Description: The Director of Technology and Events works to develop the tools and infrastructure for easy content creation and sharing throughout the ESW community. S/he has primary responsibility for the back-end of the ESW website, including but not limited to structure and content moderation. S/he also works with planning teams for events such as the national conference on logistics and technology. Specific duties include:

  • Assist NT members and chapter leaders in updating and adding content to website
  • Support and/or lead the national team on all technical matters (including but not limited to internet meeting technologies, Google Analytics and Google Apps)
  • Find new technologies for use at the national level and train national team members on use
  • Coordinate with host chapter for conference planning and with organizers for any other major events
  • Maintain guidance documents for chapters and major event planning


A cover letter or resume isn't required, but we'd love to see it if you've got it.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.