Recycling Champions Program Director

November 21st, 2019
Recycling Champions Program Director

Recycling Champions Program Director

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
  • Applications have closed
Job Category: Programs/Services
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Environmental

Organization Information:

For nearly 50 years, GrowNYC has been transforming communities throughout the five boroughs by giving New Yorkers the tools and resources they need to make our city cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable. Whether it’s operating the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket, building a new community garden, teaching young people about the environment, or increasing recycling rates through education, GrowNYC is hard at work in your neighborhood. GrowNYC is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Recycling Champions Program Information

Since 2010, GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Program (RCP) has developed model recycling programs and designed unique and engaging educational materials for use at public schools throughout NYC. Working in partnership with the NYC Department of Education (DOE) Office of Sustainability, and the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, RCP provides on-the-ground support to NYC public schools newly receiving Organics Collection services from DSNY.

One of the key elements of Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC 2050 is expanding the country’s largest organics management program, to establish mandatory organics recycling citywide. In the 2019-2020 academic year, city organics collection services expanded to over 130 public schools.  This program focuses on tremendous opportunity to reduce landfill waste from schools, as schools have the potential to divert as much as 86% of their waste for recycling and composting through DSNY curbside collections.

Job Description:

• Work closely with DOE and DSNY to coordinate outreach to schools, ensuring that schools understand, meet and exceed compliance with NYC’s recycling laws and mandates.

• Direct a staff of ten, including an Assistant Director and nine Outreach Coordinators on school engagement.  

• Train and support staff with school engagement strategies, visiting schools to shadow outreach staff and provide direction/support as needed. Synthesize school-based observations and develop strategies for continued outreach.

• Review monthly individual staff performance and program implementation, ensuring programming is meeting the needs of schools and fulfilling work plan requirements. 

• Compile and submit monthly outreach metrics to DOE and annual program reporting to DOE/DSNY.

• Create an annual work plan based on evaluation of previous programmatic strategy.

• Compile and submit monthly invoices to DOE with documentation for reimbursement of expenses to satisfy the budget requirements of RCP’s contract.

• Provide periodic quantitative and qualitative updates and annual highlights to GrowNYC.

• In conjunction with the Assistant Director, oversee all program communications, updates to the program website and database.

Qualifications include:

• Interest in/knowledge about environmental issues with emphasis on recycling, composting and waste management systems

• Proven ability to collaborate with a variety of constituencies including city agencies and partners

• Good emotional intelligence

• Staff management experience

• Strong oral and written communications skills, including experience with public speaking, group

facilitation and lesson plan development

• Experience and desire to work with a diverse group of stakeholders, i.e. students and staff at NYC public schools 

• Highly organized with the ability to meet multiple deadlines, prioritize responsibilities and adapt to changing circumstances

• Knowledge of program evaluation best practices and ability to devise creative measures of effectiveness.

• Team player who can self-motivate and work independently 

• Computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and FileMaker (preferred)

• Bachelor’s degree required

• Second language skills strongly encouraged

• Valid Driver’s License required

NOTE: All offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of the DOE Eligibility Clearance Procedures, which include, but are not limited to, DOE fingerprinting procedures and background investigations.

The Program Director position is full-time. Annual salary of $81,000 plus a generous benefits package.  

How to Apply: 

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to GrowNYC via email ([email protected]). Combine all submissions into one PDF and write “RCP Director” in the subject line. Please also indicate where you saw the job posting.

Due to the volume of employment ‘applications received, GrowNYC is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate. No phone calls or recruiters please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until close of business on Friday, December 13th.  

GrowNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.



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