Careers and Internships
About the PLAN Team:
We are a 7-year-old organization with 11 staff members across 4 states. Our average age is 24 years old. We come from academic backgrounds such as Public Policy, Marketing, Sustainability, Philosophy, renewable energy and more. We come to our work with passions within and beyond waste, like food security research, social justice conference organizing, design thinking strategy, sustainable fashion and non-violent direct action, just to name a few. We are southern belles, dumpster divers, queers, marching band nerds, and crafters 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 collaborative leadership structure by developing and continuously revising our self-governance system, establishing co-directorship, and holding semi-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.
Please note that The Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, low-income persons, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities. People from these and other historically marginalized backgrounds and communities are strongly encouraged to apply to work with us!
Our Background and Vision for the Future:
PLAN was started in 2013 by recent college graduates to help other students run campus move-out projects that reduce waste and earn money. Since then, the organization has grown to national reach and a $500,000 annual budget, focusing on building and supporting student leadership in the movement toward zero waste and against the Linear Consumption Economy. The organization is currently staffed by 10 full-time team members and 1 part-time team member, with 4 major project focuses; see the links below to learn more:
- Campus Coordination and student project advising for our member network
- Zero waste consulting through our Atlas framework
- The annual Students for Zero Waste Conference in the fall
- Beyond Waste Student Summits in the spring
- Speaking events on campuses across the country year-round
As a young organization working within the growing zero-waste movement, we are constantly expanding our operations and our impact. Below are a few of our current priorities:
- Strategic planning, towards a new 5-year strategic plan, to be released in early 2022. This effort builds on our 2017-2021 plan and on ongoing assessment of our programmatic impact and future goals. We anticipate the new Co-ED will play a significant role in finalizing the development of this plan, to be released following the January 2022 Winter Staff Retreat. From onboarding through the date of the release, the Co-EDs will work together to track organizational impact and set future goals and expectations. Beyond the strategic plan release, the Co-EDs will manage tracking and reporting systems, ensuring that projects continue to advance the mission.
- Balancing a variety of levers of change for zero waste, from equipping students with change-making tools to directly advising campuses on infrastructure developments.
- Recognizing and supporting folks from historically marginalized identities who are under-supported in the zero waste movement.
- Maintaining financial stability through diversified funding streams that include mission- aligned, revenue-generating projects and long-term, stable fundraising.
The PLAN team is seeking a new Co-Executive Director to help lead the next chapter of the organization. This person will have exceptional skills in collaborative leadership and project management (including quantitative analysis), as well as leadership experience in social and environmental justice spaces. We are not limiting our search to expect a ‘fully formed’ director with advanced technical expertise (e.g., budget management, fundraising, etc.); rather, ideal candidates will demonstrate strong fundamentals including an aptitude for continuous learning and growth.
This position will work closely with the current Co-ED (Faye) and outgoing Co-ED (Alex – who is taking on another role within the PLAN team) to ensure a smooth transition. In applying for this position, please read this letter from our Board of Directors (BOD), Alex, and Faye about this transition. This position will continue to work closely with Faye to share the responsibilities of Co-Executive Directorship. Below are the essential qualities and skills we are seeking, with accompanying illustrative responsibilities:
- Must have the ability to be a team player at the same time as being a leader. They must display that they can set a standard of leadership that fosters project ownership, collaboration, empathic management, and constant growth for themself and the team as a whole.
- High level of facilitation skill to drive and participate in consensus-based decision-making, staff retreats, and full-team strategic visioning.
- Skill and comfort managing a team that values cultural and racial diversity and facilitating anti-oppressive practices within the organization.
- Creating and maintaining a work environment that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse and talented staff.
- Mentorship and oversight of all staff, including benefits and management systems such as payroll, time tracking, hiring and firing, onboarding and offboarding, supervisor and peer evaluation processes, etc.
- Ability to manage projects towards forward motion, constantly integrating high-level strategic vision with on-the-ground implementation.
Comfort and skill in developing, managing, and tracking the overall organizational budget that incorporates a series of project budgets. This includes: quarterly budget reports to the Board of Directors and annual budget proposals for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as working with a bookkeeper to manage payroll, reimbursements, state tax filings, annual report, and audit.
- Skill in overseeing and driving fundraising efforts which include: managing the network of donors and foundations, representing the organization in fundraising spaces, and supporting and holding staff accountable in their own fundraising efforts.
- Identifying needs and opportunities in the movement and strategizing on the best course of action for the organization.
Other Preferred Skills and Qualifications
Please note that we do not expect candidates to have all of these qualities, but we encourage candidates to highlight those that they do have in their cover letter and/or resume. We are more than willing to invest training and resources in the right candidate.
- At least 2 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector through paid or unpaid labor
- At least 2 years of mentorship and/or team management experience
- Significant experience with strategic planning and campaign development
- Background in campus organizing and/or student leadership with the ability to train and mentor staff and student leaders
- Experience in budget management or other quantitative analysis
- Proven success in grant writing and donor relationship management (i.e., grassroots fundraising)
- Experience working in an anti-oppressive context and experience managing cultural and racial diversity, particularly within the context of movement-building
- Experience reporting to and/or working with a Board of Directors
- Willingness to travel regularly for fundraising, meetings, and events (averaging 2-3 times a month)
- Ability to work flexible hours
- Knowledge of, or willingness to learn the following systems: Quickbooks, Microsoft Excel, Copper the CRM (formerly ProsperWorks), TSheets, WordPress, Google Suite for nonprofits
Details of Appointment
Location: Starting location will be Philadelphia, PA. The newly hired Co-ED would be required to work out of the Philly office with the current Co-ED for the first 6 months to 1 year of the appointment, at minimum. Location may be flexible following the initial appointment.
Hours and Compensation: Full-time salaried position range of $38,000-$45,000, depending on experience and background. Benefits include 200 hours of PTO (with overtime hours banked for future use), a technology stipend, cell phone plan, health insurance stipend, extended leaves of absence (both paid and unpaid), flexible work schedules, per-diem for work-related travel, and monthly travel stipend for use of public transit.
Details of Appointment:
- Anticipated Start Date: July 20th, 2020 (may be flexible around candidate availability)
- It is our expectation that the next Co-ED will have a 5+ year commitment to the organization.
- Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and any supplemental material through this form.
- All applicants that are chosen for an initial interview will receive more detailed information on the full application process and thorough details on the inner workings of the organization.
- Applications will be reviewed on a rolling timeline.
Download the PDF job description here.
If you have any questions, please email our Campus Network Director and Administrative Manager, Chelsea Williams, at Chelsea@postlandfill.org.
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The PLAN team is seeking a Director of Communications to shape and amplify the voice of the organization and all of our unique projects. This role is a leadership and team facilitation role responsible for building out a communications strategy organization-wide, developing creative project-specific communications, maintaining design and layout standards, and managing all media assets and contacts. They will report to the Co-Executive Directors of PLAN on communications strategy updates, including the development and implementation of long-term communication plans to unify the organization’s work. This is a position that is open to entry-level applications and individuals with long-term experience in the field, and will fit best with someone with a willingness to learn! Roles and responsibilities of the position are expanded upon below.
Roles and Responsibilities
Building out Overall Communications Strategy: As a 7-year-old organization, PLAN has built a massive reach in a short amount of time. We have never had a dedicated Communications team member, so this individual will primarily be tasked with facilitating a process which invests the entire team in building a strategic direction for communications and marketing. Ongoing responsibilities include:
- Oversee analytics and engagement numbers related to web, social media, and newsletter and set long-term goals for increasing engagement across platforms.
- Upkeep social media accounts.
- Train all staff in keeping up with current social media trends and platforms to remain relevant to our primary audience (students), as well as navigating PLAN’s role in broader political conversations and movement-related media spaces.
Developing Creative Project-Specific Communications: Above, we list our four major areas of work. Each of these projects has a dedicated team working on all logistics and management. The Director of Communications will work with each team to support and oversee unique communications and marketing that contributes to the overall communications strategy.
Maintaining Design and Layout Standards: This role will be responsible for being the final review of all outward-facing content to ensure PLAN’s branding is consistent throughout all of our published materials. Ongoing responsibilities include:
- Oversee all public-facing copy.
- Bottomline the process of developing and writing for PLAN’s blog, as well as oversee other staff involvement in keeping the blog active
- Create and send newsletters, with organizational updates on all relevant projects, to our network of over 4000 subscribers
- Coordinate all website maintenance and maintain consistent and up-to-date branding/messaging on PLAN’s website and social media channels.
- Bottomline all social media engagement, including event pages, live posting, account takeovers, and other creative engagement
- Graphic creation for social media, flyers, documents, slides, webpages, educational content, and partnership decks ensuring all content is visually in line with project design guidelines and organizational voice
Managing all Media Assets and Contacts: A significant part of this position will be maintaining an organized digital working space that all staff can navigate with ease, as well as facilitating relationships with contractors and reporters. Ongoing responsibilities include:
- Manage all PLAN media contacts, listservs, and press involvement and strategically facilitate the growth of this list.
- Develop and bottomline processes for press strategy and management, including writing press releases and managing responses
- Manage all relevant graphic design, photographer, videographer, and web development contracts and projects.
- Manage and back up PLAN’s digital media library (i.e. photos, videos, graphics, and style guides).
Preferred Skills and Qualifications
- Experience managing communications projects via working professionally in the Communications field and/or relevant coursework, such as a degree in Communications. Please note: Professional experience can be through internships, volunteer experience, formal and informal education, community organizing, or a full-time job or position.
- Proficiency using or willingness to fully learn the following social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Mailchimp.
- Familiarity with Google Suite.
- Basic graphic design skills, particularly for Adobe Suite (subscription provided through PLAN) and WordPress (divi-builder).
- Experience creating and implementing social media and communications plans.
- Strong writing/editing skills.
- Strong public speaking skills.
- Ability to work on a team/collaboratively.
- Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and work successfully with persons of diverse backgrounds, including folks with different racial and ethnic, socio-economic, LGBQ and trans identities, and disabilities.
Details of Appointment
Location: Starting location will be Philadelphia, PA. The newly hired Communications Director would be required to work out of the Philly office for the first 6 months, at minimum. Location may be flexible following the initial appointment.
Hours and Compensation: Full-time salaried position range of $35,000- $37,000, depending on experience and background. Benefits include 200 hours of PTO (with overtime hours banked for future use), a technology stipend, cell phone plan, health insurance stipend, extended leaves of absence (both paid and unpaid), flexible work schedules, per-diem for work-related travel, and monthly travel stipend for use of public transit.
Details of Appointment:
- Anticipated Start Date: August, 2020 (may be flexible around candidate availability)
- Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and any supplemental material through this form.
Applications close May 1st
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Internships and Fellowships
The Josephine A. Lamprey Zero Waste Atlas Fellowship
We are also offering a unique fellowship opportunity through the Atlas program. If you are a campus that is interested in receiving a Stage 1 Atlas Report and Score, but find the cost to be a prohibitive factor, OR if you are a student extremely passionate about helping your campus develop a strategic plan to achieve zero waste, this program is for you.
This is a 50-hour satellite program for students already hired for a campus position over the summer.