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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

Break Free From Plastic Campus Campaign Director:

We are seeking an innovative, self starting individual to facilitate the growth of a new and exciting project! This individual would need the experience and initiative to build and activate a national (and possibly international!) campaign to divest college and university campuses from single-use disposable plastic. The Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) Campus Organizer would be responsible for working with the Post-Landfill Action Network team, to secure commitments to the Break Free From Plastic Campus Pledge.

Roles & Responsibilities

This position would entail the following:

  • Connect and recruit student groups on college campuses using PLAN’s existing network, starting with those who we’ve been in conversation with in regards to plastic-free work already.
  • Build out a campaign strategy that will secure campus commitments to the BFFP Campus Pledge and grow this campaign over time across the country.
  • Serve as liaison between PLAN, Student PIRG and the international BFFP network, and other organizations working to eliminate single-use disposable plastics.
  • Work with campus stakeholders to build out strategies that fulfill their pledge commitment, building stronger campus communities that do not depend on plastic.
  • Attend student group meetings and various in-person events on participating campuses.
  • Coordinate cross-campus connections between student contacts.
Qualifications & Preferred Skills


Break Free From Plastic Campus Organizer must exhibit:

  • Passion for social, environmental, and economic justice.
  • Experience in campaign organizing preferably on a college or university campus, in a campaign that involves securing commitments from administration.
  • Quickly form meaningful relationships.
  • Commitment to collective vision and team accountability.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to participating campuses for multiple days at a time.
  • Ability to perform outreach activities and accurately represent PLAN to students.

Preferred Skills (not required):

  • An understanding of one’s identity as it relates to intersectionality and black feminist theory.
  • Experience in strategic planning around campaign development and engagement tactics.
  • An understanding of Zero Waste, specifically in the context of the international movement addressing single use disposable plastics.
  • Ability to see all moving parts of a project and communicate timelines.
  • Adaptable to a flexible schedule and a variety of work environments.
  • An open mind for fresh and changing ideas.


  • 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.
  • 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 have experience in campaign organizing, particularly on or in relation to a college or university environment. In addition, applicants have a passion for grassroots environmental issues, social entrepreneurship, and student leadership for positive social change.
  • How to apply: click the button below to fill out the application form. Be sure to attach a resume and a brief statement (1,500 characters or less) about what excites you about the position (because of the short timeline, we are NOT asking for a Cover Letter from applicants. Applications are due at 5pm EST, April 24th, 2019. We will notify applicants between April 25th and May 6th 2019. 

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