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About the PLAN Team:

We are a 5 year old organization with 8 staff members across 4 states. Our average age is 24 years old. We come from academic backgrounds such as Biology, Computer Science, Women and Gender Studies, Graphic Design and African American Studies. We come to our work with passions within and beyond waste, like food security research, social justice conference organizing, sustainable design thinking, and non-violent direct action, just to name a few. We are southern belles, new jersey punks, queers, nerds and a drag queen working toward the common goal of a just and sustainable world.

PLAN’s Commitment to and Expectation of New Hires:

We work to maintain a horizontal structure of leadership by developing and revising our self governance system, establishing co-directorship and holding bi-annual full staff retreats. We adhere to a Safer Space Policy and Community Agreements and work together to develop policies that push us to be better such as an Ethical Partnership Policy and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mandate.

In addition to the commitments and goals outlined above we are constantly working to be better teammates. In new hires we are looking for the following:

  • Strong conflict management skills
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to take initiative and work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to keep a clear head, remain flexible, and keep a positive morale among team members in times of high stress.
  • A basic knowledge of the following topics, how they intersect, and an awareness of how that relates to your lived experience:
    • The Zero Waste Movement
    • The Linear Consumption Economy
    • Climate Change
    • Black feminist theory

Career Opportunities

Director of Campus Expansion:

PLAN is seeking someone interested in building out strategic efforts to continue to expand our network of campuses. This role will primarily support the campus coordination team, onboarding, and outreaching to students and staff at minority-serving institutions (MSIs). This person also will co-organize monthly trainings during Fall, bottom-line weekly campus coordination meetings, and manage back-end membership systems. This position requires some travel for PLAN’s annual conference, speaking events, and staff retreats.

Roles & Responsibilities

Responsibilities for this position are broken into three categories. Candidates will be asked to perform the following tasks:

Outreach and Organizing

  • Build strategy and goals to onboard minority-serving institutions, community colleges, and two-year institutions and navigate the growth of the Campus Coordination team to appropriately support these schools.
  • Coordinate in-person visits with students and staff at MSIs

Administrative

  • Training all new Campus Coordination staff in pitching membership, onboarding campuses and advising members
  • Facilitate decision-making processes about campus relationships with Campus Coordination Team
  • Manage membership systems such as the Member Hub, trainings sign up systems and membership benefits documents and resources.
  • Manage and troubleshoot retention and management systems such as budgets, membership database, etc.

 

Campus Coordination and Retention

  • Provide ongoing advising, guidance, and training for students from afar (and in-person as needed) on roughly 30 member campuses. In addition, negotiate the resigning process for these campuses each year and onboard new member campuses as needed.
  • Assist in leading online trainings and workshops throughout the year
  • Provide on-the-ground support for other in-person events throughout the year, including tour stops, speaking engagements, and PLAN’s annual Students for Zero Waste Conference
Qualifications & Preferred Skills

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate a passion for environmental and social justice, strong leadership skills and the following:

  • Background in campus/community organizing and student leadership with the ability to train and mentor student leaders on campuses across the country.
  • Experience in outreach and database management (whether campus or community outreach) with additional interest or experience in campus network expansion
  • Experience or knowledge of the historical importance of minority-serving institutions (MSIs)

Preferred Skills (not required):

  • Basic understanding or willingness to learn WordPress site management.
  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Skills within Human Resources
Logistics

Logistics:

  • Hours Per Week:  Full-Time 40 hours/week (somewhat flexible) with occasional night-time, weekend, and overnight activities
  • Location: Location is flexible, but our two offices are based in Philadelphia, PA and Dover, NH. We currently have staff working in Dover NH, Columbia SC, Boulder CO and Philadelphia PA.
  • Compensation: Salaried position starting at $30,000/annually. Available benefits include PTO throughout the year,  a designated electronics stipend, a monthly health insurance stipend, and annual cell phone plan. While traveling for PLAN-related events, employees will receive per-diem, and housing accommodation, while PLAN will be responsible for transportation-related expenses. For more information see our hiring policy.
  • Start Date: July 8th
  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants are recent college or university graduates with a passion for grassroots environmental issues, social entrepreneurship, and student leadership for positive social change.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should fill out the linked form which will ask you to upload a resume, cover letter and peer reference. Application Timeline: Application Deadline: Sunday, March 24th (at 11:59 pm)We will follow up with candidates for interviews during the weeks of March 25, April 1, 8, 15 with a tentative notification date of April 22nd.

Zero Waste Campus Strategist:

PLAN is seeking a team member to support the development and execution of the organization’s Atlas project, a consulting-style framework to help campuses holistically measure their zero waste initiatives. This person will join the Atlas team, working closely with the other Atlas Strategist. This position will be a member of the Campus Coordination team, supporting a cohort of member campuses via satellite advising. This position requires some travel for PLAN’s annual conference, speaking events, and staff retreats.

Roles & Responsibilities

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, develop and facilitate the Atlas project alongside the other Atlas Strategist, through:
    • Long-term project visioning and timelining
    • Outreach to and logistical coordination of campus participants
    • Attend campuses in-person for initial assessments and strategic planning sessions
    • Compile research on zero waste best-practices and case studies, particularly return on investment data
    • Report-writing, summarizing campus assessment findings and providing next-steps recommendations
    • Coordinate with PLAN’s partners to assist in program recommendations and resource creation, when applicable
  • Campus Coordination and Retention:
    • Provide ongoing advising, guidance, and training for students from afar (and in-person as needed) on roughly 30 member campuses. In addition, negotiate the resigning process for these campuses each year and onboard new member campuses as needed.
    • Assist in leading online trainings and workshops throughout the year
    • Provide on-the-ground support for other in-person events throughout the year, including tour stops, speaking engagements, and PLAN’s annual Students for Zero Waste Conference 

 

Qualifications & Preferred Skills

Qualifications

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate a passion for environmental and social justice, strong leadership skills and the following list:

  • Holistic problem-solving that utilizes a systems-thinking approach
  • Facilitation of large groups made up of a variety of stakeholders
  • Technical writing for the collation of both quantitative and qualitative data*
  • Self-organization & ability to think ahead
  • Experience in research and data analysis, particularly cost-benefit and return on investment data

*Candidates who are asked to interview for this position will be asked to submit a writing sample.

Preferred Skills

  • Basic understanding or willingness to learn WordPress site management.
  • Experience in document layout and design, particularly with InDesign.
Logistics

Logistics:

  • Hours Per Week:  Full-Time 40 hours/week (somewhat flexible) with occasional night-time, weekend, and overnight activities
  • Location: Location is flexible, but our two offices are based in Philadelphia, PA and Dover, NH. We currently have staff working in Dover NH, Columbia SC, Boulder CO and Philadelphia PA.
  • Compensation: Salaried position starting at $30,000/annually. Available benefits include PTO throughout the year,  a designated electronics stipend, a monthly health insurance stipend, and annual cell phone plan. While traveling for PLAN-related events, employees will receive per-diem, and housing accommodation, while PLAN will be responsible for transportation-related expenses. For more information see our hiring policy.
  • Start Date: July 8th
  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants are recent college or university graduates with a passion for grassroots environmental issues, social entrepreneurship, and student leadership for positive social change.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should fill out the linked form which will ask you to upload a resume, cover letter and peer reference.

Application Timeline:

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 24th (at 11:59 pm)We will follow up with candidates for interviews during the weeks of March 25, April 1, 8, 15 with a tentative notification date of April 22nd.

 

 

Director of Education and Conference Management:

PLAN is seeking a self-starting team member to bottom-line all annual and one-off events facilitated by the organization. This person will be part of an Education, Trainings and Events team. Primary responsibilities will be planning the annual Students for Zero Waste Conference (SZW) that occurs in the Fall, supporting the Points Of Intervention events that happen in the spring, and developing and coordinating digital and in-person workshops and trainings throughout the year. In addition to the oversight of educational programming, this position will be a member of the Campus Coordination team, supporting a cohort of member campuses via satellite advising. This position requires some travel, primarily to speaking events, and staff retreats.

Roles & Responsibilities

Responsibilities for this position are broken into three categories. Candidates will be asked to perform the following tasks:

Event Organizing and Management

  • Students for Zero Waste Conference:
    • Recruit and manage student volunteers to fulfill a variety of tasks
    • Maintain project oversight and budget as well as long term strategic planning
    • Create administrative systems to facilitate, communicate, and track the delegation of major event logistics
    • Delegate tasks relating to the SZW Conference to the team and facilitate full-team meetings and decision-making processes as outlined in PLAN’s self-governance agreements
  • Points of Intervention Events:
    • Support the POI Coordinator in planning events and outreaching to attendees
    • Manage relationships with partners (for-profit and non-profit) and negotiate sponsorships and opportunities to engage during these events
    • Join on the road team for these events to provide event support
  • Individual Speaking Events
    • Work with Campus Coordination team to receive and respond to speaking event inquiries from campuses

Educational Programming Development

  • Create and schedule digital and in-person training curriculum throughout the year (this responsibility will be handed off to another staff member at the height of SZW activities). Facilitation of curriculum will be shared amongst the entire Campus Coordination team.
  • Coordinate with partner organizations offering leadership development trainings.

     

Campus Coordination and Retention

  • Provide ongoing advising, guidance, and training for students from afar (and in-person as needed) on roughly 30 member campuses. In addition, negotiate the resigning process for these campuses each year and onboard new member campuses as needed.
  • Assist in leading online trainings and workshops throughout the year
  • Provide on-the-ground support for other in-person events throughout the year, including tour stops, speaking engagements, and PLAN’s annual Students for Zero Waste Conference

 

 

Qualifications & Preferred Skills

Qualifications

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate a passion for environmental and social justice, strong leadership skills and the following:

  • Experience in organizing large events with multiple stakeholders, especially on a college or university campus.
  • Background in campus organizing and student leadership with the ability to train and mentor student leaders on campuses across the country.
  • Ability to see the logistical big picture, while also being able to check-in with team members on all of the nitty-gritty details of various event components.
  • Strong task management and delegation abilities.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills for working with fellow staff members, partner organizations, and event volunteers.

 

Preferred Skills (not required):

  • Basic understanding or willingness to learn WordPress site management.
  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Experience building and/or supporting social media campaigns
Logistics

Logistics:

  • Hours Per Week:  Full-Time 40 hours/week (somewhat flexible) with occasional night-time, weekend, and overnight activities
  • Location: Must be based in Philadelphia, PA for conference management. (Most of our staff are based out of our Philly office.)
  • Compensation: Salaried position starting at $30,000/annually. Available benefits include PTO throughout the year,  a designated electronics stipend, a monthly health insurance stipend, and annual cell phone plan. While traveling for PLAN-related events, employees will receive per-diem, and housing accommodation, while PLAN will be responsible for transportation-related expenses. For more information see our hiring policy.
  • Start Date: July 8th
  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants are recent college or university graduates with a passion for grassroots environmental issues, social entrepreneurship, and student leadership for positive social change.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should fill out the linked form which will ask you to upload a resume, cover letter and peer reference.

Application Timeline:

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 24th (at 11:59 pm)We will follow up with candidates for interviews during the weeks of March 25, April 1, 8, 15 with a tentative notification date of April 22nd.

 

 

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