- New York, NY
New York City schools are educating our next generation of recyclers. There is a tremendous opportunity to reduce landfill waste from schools, which generate more than 40,000 tons of refuse per year. Setting up the infrastructure in schools to capture the recyclable and compostable portions of this waste stream, as well as teaching the City’s 1.1 million students about waste reduction, materials reuse, and proper recycling practices, will help to increase recycling rates and instill sustainable lifestyle practices that last a lifetime.
The Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), along with our nonprofit partner GrowNYC, are collaborating to launch the Zero Waste Schools Program announced by Mayor de Blasio on Earth Day 2015, and outlined in the new sustainability plan One New York. Recent waste composition studies show that the school waste stream is 40% paper, 40% organic material, and 10% metal/glass/plastic. During the 2015-16 school year, the Zero Waste Schools initiative will concentrate outreach in 100 schools selected on two DSNY truck routes, with the ambitious goal of diverting all recyclable and compostable waste from those schools within five years. Through the collaboration of students, parents, teachers, principals, custodians, and cafeteria staff, these schools will become models for others and advance a culture of recycling and sustainability throughout the school system. In addition, results from this initiative will help to inform future expansion of the program.
The Zero Waste (ZW) Coordinator will be based primarily in the field as a resource to schools in the two initial Zero Waste zones, as well as to schools throughout the city. The ZW Coordinator will provide technical support and guidance on program implementation and operation to DOE school-based and district staff and administrators, in accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-850 (2013), Recycling laws Local Law 19 (1989), Local Law 40/41 (2010), and Local Law 77, which mandates organics collection in participating schools. Performs related work.
Reports to: Zero Waste Program Manager
Key Relationships: Relationships will be fostered with Division of School Facilities (DSF) management and Custodian Engineers/building managers, Division of School Food cafeteria staff and district managers, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Recycling and field Operations staff, Sustainability Initiative partner GrowNYC – Recycling Champions, Principals and school-based Sustainability Coordinators.
- Coordinates the operational logistics for successful implementation of the Zero Waste Program within the initial 100 ZW schools by ensuring that Principals, Custodian Engineers, School Food staff, Sustainability Coordinators and other key school staff are informed about the requirements of the program. Conducts follow-up visits to monitor and evaluate participation and provide additional support to non-compliant schools.
- Works closely with GrowNYC-Recycling Champions to ensure that they have access to the school community (staff and students) to conduct educational outreach, as needed, to implement the Zero Waste initiative, and any other assistance needed to facilitate communication between Recycling Champions and the school community.
- Acts as a resource to all schools citywide regarding required and suggested procedures for waste, recycling, composting, and waste reduction practices to achieve Zero Waste. Provides stakeholder training as requested, including presentations at PTA meetings and faculty professional development. Helps to build district-wide parent Green Teams to help facilitate sharing of information and communal support for Zero Waste programs.
- Performs recycling and organic collection compliance checks and assists in conducting waste audits as needed.
- Reviews school requests for waste related service and materials (e.g., bins and educational materials) and coordinates with DSNY to deploy appropriate resources.
- In collaboration with the Custodian Engineer and school Sustainability Coordinator, reviews the overall building recycling plan and recommends changes or modifications to ensure compliance with the policies of the Zero Waste Program and all NYC recycling and organics collection laws. For example, this may include making recommendations regarding the placement of recycling and composting bins and signage in strategic locations in the schools for successful participation in the program, and reviewing requirements for Sanitation collection.
- Responds to community/neighborhood school-related waste management complaints, and works directly with the school community and DSNY for resolution. Makes presentations at Community Board and other district-wide meetings as needed.
- Responsible for maintaining in-depth knowledge of DOE and DSNY policies and procedures.
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
- High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
- Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in “1” above.
- Experience in sustainability initiatives.
- Experience in sanitation or waste industries.
- Comfortable communicating with diverse stakeholders in formal and informal settings.
- Willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team.
- Ability to analyze and present complex data sets using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
- Ability to navigate complex relationships and build program support among diverse stakeholders.
- Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
- Internal candidates preferred.
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.
Apply here: NYC DOE