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Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, where advancements across the academic spectrum are made possible. Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university’s academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford’s 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

The Department of Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM) brings an integrated and deliberate focus to campus sustainability. The department works to advance sustainability in campus operations, optimizing and prioritizing efficiency in all aspects of campus life, from resource and utility management to transportation and community behavior. SEM develops strategic, long-term goals that help reduce Stanford's environmental impact, supporting the university’s commitment to be a good environmental steward.

This is an advanced and exciting opportunity for a sustainability minded communications professional with a passion for zero waste to be part of one of the top institutions consistently recognized for its leadership in campus sustainability.  See our sustainability annual report here: https://sustainability-year-in-review.stanford.edu/2021/


Immediate Opening:

Job Title: Sustainability Program Manager 1

Business Title: Zero Waste and Communications Specialist

Job Series: Sustainability

Job Code: 4431

Grade: G

Exemption: Exempt

Location: Stanford Redwood City Campus

Hybrid Flexible Work Schedule


What you will do in this role:

  • As a Zero Waste and Communications Specialist you will develop materials and partnerships to drive engagement in the Office of Sustainability’s Zero Waste programs and campaigns and support engagement in Sustainable Stanford.
  • Under the direction of the Zero Waste Systems Manager and the Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Program Manager, you will plan and execute outreach strategies and behavior change programs and be responsible for creating dynamic supporting collateral in a variety of content forms and channels (web, video, print, social media).


The Zero Waste and Communications Specialist will be responsible for (but not limited to) the following:

  1. Build brand awareness for the zero waste by 2030 program and for Sustainable Stanford - 30% of time.
    • Develop, execute, and manage multimedia content, including but not limited to print, web, graphic, and video, across multiple channels.
    • Develop flexible, adaptable content for partner use and dissemination.
    • Manage the Cardinal Green monthly newsletter, and graphic content creation.
    • Support content creation for the Sustainable Stanford website and to contribute to other sites, as appropriate (SRWC, Ground Up).
    • Manage Sustainable Stanford social media.
    • Coordinate and provide sustainability and zero waste system training to building occupants as buildings are converted.
    • Coordinate and provide sustainability and zero waste training to campus staff and faculty and students including BeWell and MyCardinal Green Classes.
    • Develop outreach and campaign materials for Zero Waste Challenge in Athletics (Football and Athletics).
    • Proactively coordinate and provide green zero waste events training.
    • Develop plastics and recycling outreach materials specifically for labs.
    • Develop in person and virtual tours and training including short quick videos on specific topics.
    • Develop outreach and education on waste reduction, reuse and sustainable purchasing in partnership with Surplus Property, Cardinal Print, and Procurement.
    • Develop Stanford specific how to recycle app.


  1. Implementation of zero waste system - 20% of time.
    • In coordination with the Zero Waste Systems Manager, implement the Zero Waste system at the building level through assessing zero waste infrastructure needs, installing zero waste bin systems, monitoring progress, communicating with building managers and occupants, troubleshooting, and problem-solving.  
    • Assess infrastructure needs.
    • Communicate with building manager, do building walk throughs, determine locations and number of bins and signage needed.
    • Map out interior infrastructure with mapping program.
    • Install zero waste infrastructure.
    • Update bin inventory.
    • Monitor and audit behavior and contamination to provide feedback to building occupants.
    • Troubleshoot issues.


  1. Analyze data - 10% of time.
    • Develop waste program performance indicators, trends, and metrics
    • Determine waste contamination locations and issues to inform outreach, education and training
    • Suggest appropriate level of waste services based on data analysis
    • Find waste problem areas, investigate issues, and provide solutions
    • Analyze data from My Cardinal Green and suggest program improvements
  2. Support My Cardinal Green program engagement - 10% of time.
    • Maintain oversight of the My Cardinal Green network and develop outreach materials to increase participation.
    • Partner with campus departments, student life offices and sustainability groups to promote program engagement. 
    • Support sustainability trainings on campus and develop digital content in support of the program.


  1. Manage student engagement programs - 10% of time.
    • Provide support for the Sustainable Stanford Internship Program.
    • Serve as the primary point of contact for student sustainability groups and leverage partnerships to align priorities and projects.
    • Maintain and oversee student project database to facilitate living laboratory projects.


  1. Manage zero waste and Cardinal Green events - 10% of time.
    • Conceptualize and plan campus-wide events that support sustainability programming
    • Plan and execute the annual Celebrating Sustainability Earth Day Festival
    • Manage the Cardinal Green Event Program


  1. Implement other projects as needed - 10% of time.
    • Develop Breakroom Reuse Pilot Program.
    • Work with department and their café to reduce single use items and introduce reusable systems.
    • Monitor cafés for compliance with sustainability requirements in contracts.
    • Other duties may also be assigned


To be successful in this role you must bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Three years of relevant experience strongly preferred.
  • Interest in and academic background in sustainability and zero waste field.
  • Zero Waste certifications such as CRRA/SWANA or TRUE a plus.
  • A balanced sense of environmental stewardship and an awareness of the importance and value of equity, inclusion, and diversity in higher education and broader society.
  • Demonstrated curiosity and the ability to bring projects to fruition.
  • Experience working in an environmental, social justice, and/or academic setting.
  • Inquisitive attitude, self-motivation, and self-driven approach with high degree of energy and initiative, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with team members and groups across campus.
  • Strong writing and graphic experience.
  • Community engagement experience.
  • Strong MS Office suite skills.
  • Solid knowledge of the current media/social media landscape, including web and video development, preferred.
  • Demonstrated multimedia experience.
  • Video design experience a plus.
  • Able to plan and execute projects on a timeline.
  • Highly organized; able to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and proofreading skills.
  • Have good instincts for design and understand how to analyze and report on data.
  • You will have adept analytical skills to evaluate these efforts and understand emerging technologies that can help advance campus programs and engage the campus community to help us achieve the University’s goal of Zero Waste by 2030.  
  • Skilled in HTML/CSS, Drupal a plus.
  • Skilled in Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Proven success in social media distribution and conducting data analytics. 
  • Experience with Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro a plus.
  • Familiarity with higher education organizational and operational structures, ability to objectively think through impact of initiatives in an institutional setting, a plus.
  • This position assumes participation in local evening and planned weekend events on campus several times a year.


Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!


Additional Information:

Physical Requirements*:

  • Frequently sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.



  • Work on weekends and evenings
  • Work involves long hours of standing and sustained communications/dialogue
  • May work in mechanical equipment rooms, kitchens, waste management areas, construction sites.
  • Travel, local and non-local.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. 

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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