Position Title: Sustainable Procurement and Circularity Fellow
Term of Service: Full-time, September 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022
Time requirements: 40 hours/week; 1,700 hours in an 11 month term
About Climate Corps AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Climate Corps AmeriCorps partners with local government, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to provide full-time service opportunities in the Bay Area, Southern California, and the Central Valley to support communities’ critical needs for building climate resilience. Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellows dedicate 1,700 hours of service in exchange for leadership and career development, and a living stipend supported by an AmeriCorps grant. Climate Corps AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about building climate resilience for communities. For more information, please visit www.americorps.gov or www.climatecorps.org.
About San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD)
The Sustainable Procurement and Circularity Fellow will be engaged in a critical effort to reduce waste before it starts across the San Mateo Community College District (SMCCCD). The Fellow will assist in the development of a holistic supply chain sustainability effort and advance circularity across the District. Working under the general direction of the Energy and Sustainability Manager, the Fellow will help refine tools, systems, and metrics for materials reuse and waste reduction. This vital role will require an interest and passion for the technical aspects of circularity and engaging diverse audiences in behavior change for sustainability. The ideal candidate is detail oriented, a systems and design thinker, and skilled at developing partnerships. This role requires someone who is willing to dive deep into our procurement, surplus and waste management processes to improve and measure performance. Along the way, the successful candidate will be expected to effectively communicate intervention opportunities and leverage existing and new systems to measure positive impacts.
Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity, and Social Justice.” We provide students with rich and dynamic learning experiences in beautiful and welcoming campuses. SMCCCD embraces differences, emphasizes collaboration and prioritizes engaged learning both in and out of the classroom. We want to empower students to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders.
Housed in the Facilities Maintenance, Operations and Planning Division, the Sustainability Team at San Mateo County Community College District is highly collaborative, close knit and integrated. We thrive on innovation and creativity and practice what we preach. We are deeply committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a team and as an organization. Over the past eight years, SMCCCD has hosted over fifteen Fellows. Each Fellow has contributed substantially to our success and has been supported with additional personal and professional development opportunities throughout the Fellowship period. We prioritize learning in all that we do.
- An inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community.
- A dynamic, flexible, and fun working environment.
- A creative and caring culture that values community, diversity, altruism, accountability, collaboration, sustainability, and learning by doing.
- Distinct professional opportunities to connect with, care for, and grow community that values a cleaner, healthier, and effective learning environment.
- Ongoing mentorship and support.
- Access and exposure to a broad and deep network of energy and sustainability professionals. This includes access to and support of professional development opportunities, trainings, certifications, and learning resources. As a learning institution, SMCCCD prioritizes learning and supports the continuous development of its staff.
- Explore external markets for reusable materials with specific attention to local collaborations and partnerships that support typically marginalized communities.
- Continue documenting and benchmarking existing Zero Waste and Sustainability practices including fair labor, ethical origin, recycled content, reduced carbon footprint, and other materiality analyses in the life cycle of commonly used goods and materials.
- Effectively collaborate with the Purchasing Department and others to improve vendor selection according to sustainability indicators; work with current vendors on building sustainable procurement processes and options; educate SMCCCD staff on the new policies.
- Engage students, staff, and faculty in the Zero Waste Program by developing outreach materials, online educational platforms, and other Campus as a Living Lab (CaaLL) opportunities.
- Partner with County of San Office of Sustainability, Reusable San Mateo County, and other agencies in promoting and advancing circularity.
- Apply theory of Circular Economy to identify opportunities to refuse, reduce, and reuse items, materials, equipment, etc. within SMCCCD’s processes and materials flow.
- Update SMCCD zero waste infrastructure inventory; ensure bins are properly located, identified clearly, and promote zero waste behaviors.
- Reduce waste generation by 15% compared to baseline (2017).
- AmeriCorps fellows must:
- Be US citizens or legal permanent residents
- Have a high school diploma/GED
- Be 17 years old or older
- Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
- Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
- Be able and willing to commit to the 11-month service term
- Be able and willing to work remotely if needed due to ongoing COVID-19 public health considerations and shelter-in-place orders.
- Coursework in environmental management, sustainable business and/or organizational behavior
- Experience conducting waste audits and categorizing waste streams
- Experienced in customer service and collaboration for change
- Insatiably curious and hungry to learn
- Driven to make education accessible to all
- Intrinsically motivated, innovative and flexible but also collaborative, detail oriented and systematic
Benefits of service
- Receive a living allowance stipend of $2,255 per month
- Receive free MEC healthcare, child care support, and qualifying federal student loan deferment throughout your term of service.
- Upon the successful completion of your 1,700 hours and term of service, receive a Segal Education Award of $6,345 and a California for All Education Award of $3,655.
- Receive ongoing training & support, including a 4-day orientation, monthly trainings, a 2-day retreat, and personal professional development support.
- Benefit from the robust, ever-growing Climate Corps network of partner organizations and alumni.
- Develop sustainability skills, implement impactful climate change resiliency projects, and build partnerships in your community.
The successful candidate will be part of the Fellowship in Community College Sustainability (FiCCS) cohort. FiCCS presents a distinct opportunity to shape sustainability strategy at San Mateo County Community College District and well beyond.
At the core of the FiCCS Program is developing the next generation of thinkers and doers to help address sustainability issues in educational settings. Roles as energy, resource conservation, and sustainability managers are needed to meet these issues head on. Roles in educational sustainability require a distinct combination of aptitudes including project management, data analytics, communications and community development. In addition to the Climate Corps Bay Area training, this position offers professional development opportunities and customized mentoring designed to build the core competencies necessary to execute sustainable programs or practices long after the Fellowship is complete.
As a FiCCS Program participant, the Energize Colleges Fellow will work on pressing climate and sustainability problems and be relied upon to work toward replicable, system-changing solutions. A combination of job training and professional development will help the FiCCS Program participants hone marketable skills and draw important professional connections while making a marked difference in the community.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement:
Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.