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The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) works to catalyze more effective action on climate and sustainability challenges by integrating collaborative engagement across diverse communities with our ability to generate high-quality analysis. Our deep team of scholar-practitioners has significant and diverse experience in implementing real policy and decision making at the highest levels, and simultaneously in leading field in research. CGS works to build global capacity for analysis to support climate ambition, to understand cleaner energy technology pathways, to enhance resilience to climate change, and to support new approaches to energy and climate finance. 

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Available Positions

Organization Overview

The Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland (CGS, is a leading climate, energy, and sustainability research center based in the Washington, DC area. Through innovative research and policy engagement, CGS seeks to change the way that governments, diverse organizations, communities, and people envision and implement possibilities for ambitious climate and sustainability action.

Position Description

The Business Services Specialist will support the financial and operational functions of the Center for Global Sustainability. The position will be responsible for wide range of duties including, procurement and purchasing activities, travel requests and reimbursements, and search and hiring process. Other duties include supporting payroll and human resources functions and visa processing, and other miscellaneous administrative tasks as required. This position requires the ability to multi-task and to track workflow to completion of the task. The Business Services Specialist will report to the Director for Administrative Services.

Experience and Qualifications

EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED.

EXPERIENCE: Six years progressively responsible experience in a combination of budgeting, accounting, payroll, purchasing, and personnel work.

Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills, especially related to financial documents, such as invoices, payroll paperwork, etc.
  • Superior customer service skills – proven experience and background in working with people at all levels within the organization (students, staff, faculty) and with external customers
  • Understanding of how to appropriately handle confidential information
  • Excellent communication skills – proven writing skills and ability to communicate clearly by video and other electronic media in a clear and professional manner
  • Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and work effectively within a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment
  • Experience and proficiency with Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and cloud-based collaborative file-sharing products


  • Demonstrated commitment to expanding multicultural knowledge, awareness, and skills as evidenced; understanding and valuing others; interacting effectively with a diversity of people; fostering equity and inclusion
  • Strong financial background and work experience in a business office
  • Experience with Kuali Financial Systems (KFS), PHR, iTerp, eTerp, BA4, and demonstrated proficiency in Excel
  • Knowledge of J-1, F-1, and H-1B visa requirements and application processes
  • Experience at a higher education institution

Pay ranges from $46,407.00 to $55,688.00

This position is telework-eligible (up to 2 days per week, subject to approval).

To apply, please visit Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2024.