Who we are
The San Mateo County Community District (SMCCCD) is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders.
As an institution that prioritizes learning in everything it does, SMCCCD has hosted approximately 10 Climate Corps Fellows over the past seven years, providing the resources for emerging professionals to grow their capacity to institutionalize sustainability in the communities they serve. Both Utility and Sustainability Specialists at SMCCCD are climate corps alumni, providing a unique mentorship environment, tailored to assist you in achieving your professional goals.
- 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 challenges to connect with, care for, and grow community that values a cleaner, healthier, and efficient 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 believes in and supports the continuous development of its staff.
The Zero Waste Program Associate will be a key member of a dynamic team of sustainability change agents at San Mateo County Community College District. Zero Waste Program Associate will work closely with the Utility and Sustainability Specialist to take on the responsibilities for the coordination, implementation, and administration of waste management programs for SMCCCD. As an integral contributor to a comprehensive Sustainability Initiative, the Program Associate will be involved in all aspects of minimizing waste generation and improving the diversion of the waste streams across the three distinct campuses of SMCCCD; namely Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment.
Outreach and Communication:
- Develops and engages students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds in the Zero Waste Program through outreach, presentations, waste audits, sorting games, and other campus as a living lab (CaaLL) opportunities.
- Serves as a district representative and primary contact for matters related to zero waste. Listen to and build relationships with SMCCCD stakeholders and support SMCCCD’s commitment to providing high quality, accessible education to the local community.
- Works with student leaders and campus program coordinators to communicate, educate, and bring awareness of district waste program to broad student, staff, and faculty audiences across all 3 campuses.
- Supports outreach for and development of the Green Office Program to increase the number of participating offices. The Green Office Program is a District-Wide voluntary certification program that is designed to encourage SMCCCD employees to use more sustainable practices in campus offices.
- Presents Zero Waste training and education to a variety of audiences in an interactive lecture format.
- Develops Zero Waste lesson plan including information on Circular Economy and Life Cycle Analysis to be used across the 3 campuses.
Policy, Research, and Data Analysis:
- Continues to develop and implement SMCCCD’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy (EPPP). This will include (but is not limited to) applying the theory of circular economy, documenting and benchmarking existing practices, assessing and re-assessing SMCCCD’s waste streams, and exploring external markets for reusable materials.
- Monitors and researches relevant public policy issues that affect various operational and business practices of the District.
- Maintains and updates all documents, databases, and standards required by law and SMCCCD.
- Bachelor's degree preferred.
- Related experience in resource recovery (e.g., waste disposal, recycling) with knowledge of Zero Waste principles and practices
- Valid driver’s license.
- Reliable transportation to get to 3 campuses
- Ability to work independently and carry out assignments, make independent judgments and/or decisions, and discern when action at a higher level is required.
- Must be able to effectively manage multiple projects and maintain an organized and well communicated work flow
- Has a deep passion for sustainability, especially zero waste, with the practical skills and abilities to affect change in a complex organization.
- Can provide an exceptionally high level of customer service and work effectively as a part of a customer service oriented team.
- Has a fun, positive, engaging presence with experience in areas of marketing, communications, and public speaking and outreach. Brings creativity to making Zero Waste efforts and events fun and engaging.
- Is tech-savvy with proficiency in using the Google suite, Microsoft Office suite, and a variety of web based applications with the ability to track and analyze large amounts of data and information related to waste and outreach metrics.