Open Positions at PLAN
About the PLAN Team:
We are a 8-year-old organization with 10 staff members across 6 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.
Internships and Fellowships
Students for Zero Waste Social Media Intern
We are hiring a student intern to create social media content before and during our 2021 Students for Zero Waste (SZW) Virtual Conference! This intern will work the Director of Communications and another intern to produce promotional content building excitement for the event, provide day-of social media coverage, and conduct direct outreach to students and campuses. Apply here by Monday, September 20, 2021.
Social Media Intern Details
- Location: Remote
- Application Deadline: Monday, September 20, 2021
- Duration: October 4, 2021 – December 17, 2021 with potential to continue into Spring
- Compensation: $15/hour for an average of 10 hours per week
- Create materials promoting the 2021 Students for Zero Waste Conference (must have November 5-7 open to provide day-of event coverage)
- Help maintain PLAN’s social media presence by creating and researching relevant content
- Assist with social media outreach efforts for the SZW Conference
- Familiarity with social media platforms and management, particularly Instagram
- An eye for design and ability to create graphics with the use of templates
- A passion for building excitement around events
- A passion for connecting with other students and campuses
Atlas Zero Waste Fellowship Coordinator
This position, a member of the Atlas Zero Waste Project, will oversee a cohort of Fellowship students as they go through Atlas Stage 1 on their campuses. In Stage 1 of the project, student fellows use the Atlas Campus Programs Checklist to assess the existence of campus-wide purchasing policies, programs, logistics, and infrastructure that are needed to reduce disposable consumption and establish systems for institutional reuse, composting, and hard-to-recycle materials management. Campuses who engage in the program can support one to five students to serve as Zero Waste Fellows, who are responsible for conducting this assessment through a series of qualitative stakeholder interviews. This position will oversee the onboarding of Spring 2022 campuses, conduct check-ins with the student Fellows, and complete assessments by drafting Stage 1 Summary Reports. Apply here by Sunday, October 24, 2021.
Atlas Fellowship Coordinator
- Time Commitment: Part-Time (20 hours/week)
- Position Dates: Monday, January 10, 2022 – Friday, June 24, 2022
- Location: This position is remote and all locations are welcome to apply! We currently have staff in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine, Kentucky and Virginia. Preference may be given to candidates who reside in the areas where we currently have staff.
- Compensation: $22/hour
- Benefits: $500 combined work-from-home & electronics stipend and 2 weeks of PTO
- Reports to: Alex Freid, Senior Director of Atlas Consulting
- Application Deadline: Sunday, October 24, 2021. We will be reviewing applications and reaching out to qualified individuals on a rolling basis.
Skills & Qualifications
- Comfortable managing multiple projects simultaneously
- Excellent time management and organizational skills
- Proficient in Google Sheets and demonstrates a willingness to learn more complicated functions
- Ability to work independently on projects and meet deadlines
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and comfortability working with campus staff members
- Comfortable facilitating weekly meetings with 10+ students
- Demonstrates great attention to detail
- Comfortable synthesizing large amounts of qualitative data into short reports
- Passionate about progress in the waste realm on campus
- Familiar with Adobe InDesign OR demonstrates a willingness to learn the basics