Sustainability Coordinator

Overview

Date Posted:
10/27/2021
Job Code:
CrdP4am
Location:
Rousseau Centre
Address:
1 E Main St
City:
Fort Wayne
Department:
Environmental Management
Base Pay:
$25.50/hour
Closing Date:
Open until filled
Category:
Professional/Administrative

Description

 

This position is offered a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision and more
  • Generous paid time off and holidays
  • Retirement plan with up to 5% matching

This position is full-time, nonexempt, classified and covered as defined by The Board of Commissioners of the County of Allen Employee Handbook.

Hours 8 am-4:30 pm including some evening hours; 37.5 hours/week; overtime as required

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for working within County government, as well as with businesses and other organizations to assist them in reducing waste, determining how to best dispose of certain waste items and find outlets for materials that are produced in their process, other than landfill disposal.  This position is responsible for managing the Community Recycling Drop-off sites, the Diversion Credit Program, Sustainability Awards and the updating and production of the Waste Watcher guide.  In addition, this position tracks market data for recycling commodities, monitors trends in recycling technology and waste reduction and maintains a database of local businesses offering recycling and disposal services for all kinds of material, as well as coordinating a Greening the Government program.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provides advice and education to businesses and other organizations on waste reduction and sustainability by responding to requests, conducting visits and maintaining knowledgebase.
  • Supports the Communications and Outreach Coordinator by staffing information tables and speaking at events, participating in seminars, providing input for newsletters, publications, educational materials and social media posts.
  • Manages Community Drop-Off Recycling program.  Writes contracts, assists with staffing and training issues by interacting with the recycling contractor, and promotes the use of the sites by the public. 
  • Maintains a database of local businesses offering recycling or other diversion services. Contracts and creates biennial “Waste Watcher” publication for the public and communicates updates internally to staff throughout the year. 
  • Responsible for the development and coordination of a “Greening the Government” program to encourage environmentally preferable purchasing and waste reduction by County government, as well as other government entities.
  • Performs business audits by going to companies/organizations and documenting entire waste stream or desired materials and establishing a baseline for landfill diversion and making recommendations for improving or establishing sustainability practices.
  • Responsible for market monitoring by tracking commodities, comparing to local sales, developing weighted ton estimates and monitoring the future outlook for feedstock commodities.
  • Coordinates annual Sustainability Awards, as well as developing partnerships and seeking out businesses doing waste reduction to promote and mentor others. 
  • Manages the Diversion Credit Program by receiving data each month from eligible businesses, calculating payments, verifying sales, inspecting inventories and auditing material recycling facilities.  
  • Assists in the development and monitoring of the various program budgets for which this position is responsible. 
  • Works with organizations within the community to address food waste.
  • Provides information to educate the public and encourage composting. 
  • Provides content, assistance and editing to Communications and Outreach Coordinator, manages social media and acts as the back-up to the Communications and Outreach Coordinator in their absence. 
  • Performs all other duties as assigned, including overtime as required. 

 

Minimum Requirements and Working Conditions

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Ecology, Education or related field
  • At least three years’ experience in sustainability, public speaking, marketing or media relations
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking skills
  • Experience with commodities market, estimating a weighted ton and working with spreadsheets
  • Experience writing proposals and contracts
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to use Microsoft Office software, including Work and Excel
  • Strong organizational skills 
  • Valid Driver’s License to operate County vehicle

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The Sustainability Coordinator works in and out of an office setting with frequent sitting and the ability to move about freely. Some, bending, pushing/pulling loads, reaching overhead, monitoring of equipment and kneeling is required. Frequent typing and attention to detail are to be expected.