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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.

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:

  1. Campus Coordination and student project advising for our member network
  2. Zero waste consulting through our Atlas framework
  3. Events: 
  4. The Break Free From Plastic Campus Pledge

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.

Career Opportunities

Co-Executive Director

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:

Collaborative Leadership 

  • 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.


Program Management 

  • 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.

Application Details: 

  • 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.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by March 20th. 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

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Internships and Fellowships

Zero Waste Strategic Programs Interns

PLAN is looking for two students who are excited about the Circular Economy and campus zero waste infrastructure.  The Zero Waste Strategy interns will work with both PLAN’s Director of Partnerships and Director of Engagement to develop our Program Case Study Library on zero waste programs at schools across the country and review and expand existing partnerships with campuses, organizations, and companies that are outlined within the Library. Through this internship, students will have the opportunity to connect with PLAN’s staff and other organizations with related missions, both for-profits and non-profits. Like all positions at PLAN, interns will gain a thorough understanding of the intersections of the global waste crisis with broader social and environmental justice movements, as well as the relationship between campus contracts and partnerships. This position is perfect for someone with excellent research and writing skills.


Location: Philadelphia, PA

Duration: June 8th—August 10th (10 weeks total)

Compensation: $6,000 total ($15/hr at 40 hrs/week)

Preferred Skills

General Skills:

  1. Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  2. Willingness and ability to take initiative and work as part of a team as well as independently
  3. Ability to work 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday
  4. G-Suite familiarity
  5. Experience with research and organizational tasks
  6. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and work successfully with persons of diverse backgrounds, including different racial and ethnic, socio-economic, LGBQ, and trans identities

Position-Specific Skills:

  1. Ability to effectively self-direct time and project management, both short-term and long-term.
  2. Strong understanding of (or interest in learning about) companies and organizations working within the intersecting spheres of social justice, the Circular Economy, and the Zero Waste Movement, and how they all fit together.
Roles & Responsibilities
  1. Attend all meetings with supervisors and other interns.
  2. Vision and organize partner participation within the Program Case Library for the purpose of understanding their intersection with existing and potential partners. This participation can include:
    • Designing and researching resources and campus program case studies.
    • Consulting PLAN’s best-practice guides and other additional resources.
    • Developing and pitching proposals based on applied research.
  3. Manage, direct, and maintain both general partnership communication and one-off projects. This can include:
    • General check-ins with partners to assess opportunities to work together. 
    • Supporting and amplifying relevant partner-driven projects (as applicable) via the Program Case Library
    • Connecting partners with the PLAN team and students for educational opportunities
    • Effectively communicating PLAN’s projects and opportunities for involvement with a broad partner and campus network via cold calls and outreach emails
    • Communicating cutting-edge technologies and developments with the PLAN team (as applicable)
Learning Objectives
  1. Interns will gain case management and research skills by assessing the key content from specific case studies and organizing them by demographics.
  2. Interns will learn how to work collaboratively–both on a team and within a non-profit network.
  3. Interns will effectively cold call companies and organizations and perform elevator pitches at a professional level.
  4. Interns will develop partner and campus relationships and bolster their personal network.
  5. Interns will form an academic understanding of the basics of Black Feminist Theory and PLAN’s integral theory of change (Points of Intervention Theory).

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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.