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Zero Waste Outreach & Communication Manager

Company: Stanford University
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: January 25, 2023

Job Description:

Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University's physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university's academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford's 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as "Caretakers of a Legacy." The Department of Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM) brings an integrated and deliberate focus to campus sustainability. The department works to advance sustainability in campus operations, optimizing and prioritizing efficiency in all aspects of campus life, from resource and utility management to transportation and community behavior. SEM develops strategic, long-term goals that help reduce Stanford's environmental impact, supporting the university's commitment to be a good environmental steward. This role sits with the Office of Sustainability, a group within SEM. What you will do in this role:

  • As the Zero Waste Outreach and Communications Manager, you will lead and develop materials and partnerships to drive engagement with the university's goal of Zero Waste by 2030 through the Office of Sustainability's zero waste programs and campaigns as well as support overall engagement in Sustainable Stanford.
  • In collaboration with the Zero Waste Systems Manager, Sustainability Outreach & Engagement Manager, Behavior Change Program Manager, and the Zero Waste Outreach and Communication Specialist, you will plan and implement outreach strategies and behavior change programs and be responsible for creating dynamic supporting collateral in a variety of content forms and channels (web, video, print, social media). The Zero Waste Outreach and Communications Manager will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following:
    • Support the implementation and maintenance of the Zero Waste System across campus in coordination with the Zero Waste Systems Manager - 30% of time.
      • Lead the development and execution of outreach and communication materials to building managers and building communities on how the new waste system works, encouraging behavior change, waste reduction and reuse, and proper waste sorting habits
      • Design and implement zero waste campaign and training materials for the Office of Sustainability and its partners - 40% of time.
        • Create, promote, and provide zero waste sorting training to campus staff, faculty, students, and vendors .
        • Organize and customize outreach and campaign materials for competitions like Zero Waste Challenge in Athletics and Campus Race to Zero Waste and for campus activities like labs, cafes, special events,
        • Collaborate on specific outreach and education materials on waste reduction, reuse and sustainable purchasing in partnership with Surplus Property, Cardinal Print, and Procurement.
        • Design in-person and virtual tours and general training, including short quick videos on specific topics and longer videos.
        • Manage communication efforts for the Zero Waste by 2030 goal - 15% of time.
          • Lead the development and execution of multimedia content across multiple channels, including the Sustainable Stanford webpages, annual report, e-newsletter, as well as other campus business units' e-newsletters.
          • Develop flexible, adaptable content for partner use and dissemination such as informational presentation slides or graphics.
          • Support My Cardinal Green program engagement, proactively monitoring and assessing zero waste action and participation.
          • Assist in the planning and execution of annual Earth Day events and tabling fairs (e.g. Be Well, New Student Orientation).
          • Stay up to date on best practices for zero waste behavioral change, research, and applications, integrating this into work/programs, and share relevant information with the Office of Sustainability staff and relevant stakeholders in order to inform zero waste program design and communications strategies.
          • Collaborate with the Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Manager for seamless integration of broader communications efforts with zero waste behavioral change programs
          • Analyze data and incorporate insights into communication messaging and programming - 10% of time.
            • Develop campaign performance indicators, trends, and metrics -
            • Use data to determine where to focus outreach, education, and training efforts to reduce contamination and increase waste reduction or diversion.
            • Create and distribute data visualizations. -
            • Provide support to students - 10% of time.
              • Assist in the Sustainable Stanford Internship Program in regards to all zero waste intern hiring/interviewing, onboarding and management of student employees' work. -
              • Work with students on academic projects related to zero waste, as needed.
              • Other duties as assigned (and implement other projects as needed and when time allows) - 5% of time. -
                • Strategic planning meetings, focus groups, and conferences/trainings The successful candidate will embrace the following:
                  LBRE Core Values of Leadership, Exploration, Gratitude, Accountability, Community and You, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in their management style and help to build an organization where these qualities serve as the foundation for successful and rewarding careers for all employees. LBRE views a strong culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion as one where everyone can thrive. It is a culture of trust and respect, where staff can be their authentic selves, feel safe and work in a place that they feel they belong. We strive to create a community that draws upon a wide pool of talent to unify excellence while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. To be successful in this role you must bring:
                  • Bachelor's degree or combination of education and relevant experience. -
                  • Five years of relevant experience in outreach, communications, and/or zero waste engagement is strongly preferred. -
                  • Interest in and academic background in sustainability and zero waste field. -
                  • Zero Waste certifications such as CRRA/SWANA or TRUE is preferred.
                  • A balanced sense of environmental stewardship and an awareness of the importance and value of equity, inclusion, and diversity in higher education and broader society. -
                  • Demonstrated curiosity and the ability to bring projects to fruition. -
                  • Experience working in an environmental, social justice, and/or academic setting. -
                  • Inquisitive attitude, self-motivation, and self-driven approach with high degree of energy and initiative, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. -
                  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with team members and groups across campus. -
                  • Community engagement experience. -
                  • Adept analytical skills to evaluate these efforts and understand emerging technologies that can help advance campus programs and engage the campus community to help us achieve the University's goal of Zero Waste by 2030. -
                  • Able to plan and execute projects on a timeline. -
                  • Highly organized; able to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines. -
                  • Meticulous attention to detail and proofreading skills. -
                  • Strong writing and graphic experience. -
                  • Solid knowledge of the current media/social media landscape, including web and video development, preferred. -
                  • Video design experience is a plus. -
                  • Have good instincts for design and understand how to analyze and report on data. -
                  • Skilled in HTML/CSS, Drupal is a plus. -
                  • Skilled in Adobe Creative Cloud and familiarity with Canva.
                  • Proven success in social media distribution and conducting data analytics. -
                  • Experience with Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro a plus. -
                  • Familiarity with higher education organizational and operational structures, ability to objectively think through impact of initiatives in an institutional setting, a plus. -
                  • This position assumes participation in local evening and planned weekend events on campus several times a year. - Additional Information:
                    Physical Requirements*:
                    • Frequently sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
                    • Frequent use of cell phone.
                    • Frequently stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
                    • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh > 40 pounds.
                    • * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job. Working Conditions
                      • Occasional work on weekends and evenings.
                      • Work involves long hours of standing and sustained communications/dialogue.
                      • May work in mechanical equipment rooms, kitchens, waste management areas, construction sites.
                      • Travel, local and non-local.
                        Work Standards
                        • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
                        • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
                        • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), and employs ant-racist practices and principles in the workplace. Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, Why Stanford is for You
                          Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
                          • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
                          • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
                          • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
                          • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
                          • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more! Stanford is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. -
                            Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job. Land, Buildings and Real Estate, Redwood City, California, United StatesLand, Buildings and Real Estate, Redwood City, California, United StatesWe're always looking for people who can bring new perspectives and life experiences to our team. Found the perfect role and ready to apply? Learn more on what to expect next.

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