Program Director, Zero Waste

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Position Description: 

Title: Program Director, Zero Waste

Department: Zero Waste & Emergency Operations

Reports to: Senior Director of Zero Waste & Emergency Operations

FLSA Status: Full-Time / Exempt

Closing: Open until filled

Compensation: $75,000 - $95,000 annual salary (depending on experience)

Location: 1560 Berger Drive, San Jose, CA 95112 

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Position Summary:

The Program Director is responsible for leading and managing the San Jose Conservation Corps’ (SJCC) zero waste social enterprise which involves job training, revenue generation, grant and contract management, and achievement of environmental goals. 


Job Duties: 

Social Enterprise Leadership & Management

  • Manages the overall operations of the recycling social enterprise to achieve the triple bottom line goals: financial, social and environmental.
  • Negotiates contracts for commercial recycling collections, and oversees the rollout of new operations/projects.
  • Ensures a high level of professionalism and customer service.
  • Coordinates all billing and contracts with the Accounting & Finance Department.
  • Ensures compliance with all state and local health, safety, work and facilities requirements.
  • Oversees development and implementation of Recycle iQ (SJCC’s proprietary recycling/zero waste business intelligence system).
  • Directs daily operations. 

Grants Management

  • Manages CalRecycle annual grant including grant proposal submissions, record keeping, and reporting.
  • Develops recycling programs that comply with CalRecycle funding guidelines, currently focused on beverage containers, waste oil, used tires, and e-waste. Identifies markets for existing and new recycling streams.
  • Assists the Development Department in providing information for other recycling and training grants.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with state and local government agencies, recycling organizations and community agencies.
  • Evaluates programs, tracks and documents results. Monitors and modifies programs to ensure they are completed within approved budgets. Prepares written evaluations on program accomplishments as required by the funding source.

Certification and Training Program

  • In close collaboration with all Departments, oversee the implementation of an updated corps member development strategy, including a month-long orientation hosted within the Zero Waste Department. 
  • Support the development of program standards and implement training and certification programs that prepare corps member-trainees for workforce integration.
  • Coordinate with SJCC career, college, and case management counselors to assure corps members have access to all services available.
  • Ensure supervisors are equipped and appropriately trained to lead corps members development activities and engage in emergency operations. 
  • Regularly recognize corps members achievements and progress toward goals. 

Team Management

  • Interviews, hires, and trains employees.
  • Plans, assigns, and directs work.
  • Conducts yearly performance evaluations and monitors professional development.
  • Manages and supervises Zero Waste Department staff.
  • Facilitates staff meetings and team-building activities. 
  • Oversees 15-30 corps members (trainees).

HR Liaison

  • Act as the unit’s primary liaison with human resources. 
  • Work with HR to make appropriate accommodations for corps members working in zero waste.
  • Track and resolve disciplinary issues among corps members and ensure appropriate corrective action is implemented. 
  • Support staff in the appropriate implementation of disciplinary action, with the aim of building corps members professionalism, adherence to safety protocol, and long-term workplace success. 

Budget and Administrative

  • Develops and monitors program budgets and modifies work projects and budgets as appropriate.
  • Reports to and provides program updates to the Director of Zero Waste and Emergency Services. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) or equivalent work experience.
  • Two years related experience and/or training in recycling/zero waste management programs.
  • Three years of program and staff management experience. 
  • Knowledge of recycling policies, laws and requirements.
  • California Class C Driver's License and clean driving record.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must pass state and federal criminal background checks.
  • Commitment to environmental stewardship and working with transition-age youth.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Public and/or private grant development experience. 
  • Business and/or contract development experience. 
  • Environmental education, training or curriculum development experience. 
  • Advanced degree in a field related to the environment, infrastructure, or waste management. 
  • Passion for advancing solutions to climate change, social justice, and racial equity. 

Salary and Benefits:

  •  Salary ranges from $75,000 - $95,000 annual salary. The salary is based on a level of experience and education that significantly exceeds the minimum requirements and is commensurate with the compensation scale (salary range)
  • 403(b) Retirement Benefits (Employer match is not provided)
  • Credit Union and Employee Assistance Plan
  • Medical, Vision, Dental and Life Insurance
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick pay
  • Subsidized Annual EcoPass

Work Environment & Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, stand, walk, and talk or hear. 

NOTICE: The statements herein are intended to give a broad description of this job function and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Other duties and/or projects may be assigned. 

Application & Hiring Process

The position is open until filled. If you are an excellent fit for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume online using the link below. In your cover letter, please address the following questions: 

  • Leadership: How have you taken a leadership role in developing a new program that meets a critical community need?
  • Management: Do you have experience managing teams? What do you believe makes a good manager and team leader? 
  • Zero Waste: What experience or training do you have in waste management, recycling, zero waste or other environmental fields? Why are you interested in working in this field? 
  • Social Justice & Racial Equity: Please describe your commitment to advancing social justice and racial equity.


Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


SJCC Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 

The San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. The Corps and School does not discriminate based on an individual's race, sex, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, hair style, hair texture or any other basis prohibited by law.


This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.  


The San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School is an “At-Will” employer. We conduct pre-employment background checks and drug screens. 



Janeth Beltran

Human Resources Manager

San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School

1534 Berger Drive

San Jose, CA 95112

Direct line: 408-459-6514


About the San Jose Conservation Corps: 

SJCC offers paid job training for young adults between the ages of 18 and 27. Corpsmembers serve our local community by caring for our natural resources, increasing recycling, and responding to local emergencies. For more information about the Corps, visit

Position Description: 

Title: Program Director, Zero Waste

Department: Zero Waste & Emergency Operations

Reports to: Senior Director of Zero Waste & Emergency Operations

FLSA Status: Full-Time / Exempt

Closing: Open until filled…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


$75,000 - $95,000


1560 Berger Dr, San Jose, CA 95112, USA

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