Program Manager: Crayon Collection & Habits of Waste

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Crayon Collection
Santa Monica, CA
Published 19 days ago

Position Summary:

Crayon Collection and Habits of Waste, sister non-profit organizations, seek a full-time Program Manager to lead all aspects of our current programs for Crayon Collection and Habits of Waste as well as actively build and introduce new programs to support the organization’s work. Reporting to the Executive Director, this professional must have an established track record of program management, including organization, tracking, troubleshooting, ongoing outreach and relationship management.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead various Crayon Collection and Habits of Waste programs (ie. Crayon Recycling, Arts in Education, Color Kindness, # CutoutCutlery, #8 Meals and #Lights, Camera, Plastic) that build community
  • Establish, lead, maintain and track relationships with national restaurant managers, underserved schools, film production companies, food delivery services, etc.
  • Actively pursue new relationships and provide on-boarding support for new partners
  • Continuously work to improve program donations
  • Maintain and ensure accuracy in Salesforce database with ongoing updates and organization
  • Find homes for large single donations of heavily used crayons to avoid crayon waste whenever possible
  • Maintain strategic partnerships like Head Start and Penguin Random House
  • Identify and partner with schools, artists, restaurants and food delivery services to explain the programs and its accessibility.
  • Follow up with partners that have implemented the program to obtain statistics about the programs' successes.
  • Partner with the Founder/President to identify and engage additional artists to volunteer their time and talents to build more content for additional programming.
  • Partner with the Founder/President to cultivate relationships with volunteer teachers to translate art projects into arts education programming
  • Communicate and market across all owned channels and set them up for success
  • Ongoing outreach to get more restaurants to join
  • Share our toolkit with College Campuses and Corporations to help implement plastic cutlery available by request only
  • Drive awareness of the 8 meals app and convert as many people as possible to download the free app and try plant-based eating.

Additional Duties:

As we are a small team, we work collaboratively and use an all-hands-on-deck approach. Some areas that all team members have responsibilities for include the following:

  • Communications: Critical to our success is our coordinated effort among team members, as we represent a consistent branded tone and manner across email correspondence, social media, and our newsletters. All team members participate in the communications strategy and execution of materials for programs and events.
  • Events: Whether virtual or live, all team members are involved in the planning, execution, and post-event tasks to ensure a flawless experience for our audience.
  • Administrative: Willingness to build or assist with other projects as needed.

Specific Job Knowledge, Skill, and Ability:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of five years of program management, preferably in the education, environmental and nonprofit fields.
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work effectively in a high pressure and fast-paced environment
  • Superb written, verbal, and social skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and flexibility with job duties.
  • Creative, self-starter demeanor.
  • Volunteer service mentality.
  • Organized and inspiring team leader.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and you will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

About Crayon Collection and Habits of Waste

Founded in 2013 by Sheila Morovati, the mission of Crayon Collection is to use the collection and reallocation of gently used crayons to encourage a dedication to environmental consciousness and infuse art education into underfunded schools. Our model is simple but powerful: we ask restaurants and hotels that offer free crayons to children when they dine, along with community-based groups, to collect gently used crayons and then we redistribute them to the most vulnerable schools across the U.S. Given that teachers spend an average of $900 out-of-pocket for basic supplies, our repurposed crayons meet a crucial need for both classroom supplies and art resources and help redirect millions of crayons from landfills. Through the simple act of saving a crayon, we seek to build a new "eco-normal" consciousness that inspires families, children, and communities everywhere to be stewards of the environment and nearby communities in need. We take the crayons one step further by challenging professional artists to offer us deep thinking project ideas using the crayon as the main tool. Next, our volunteer educators build lesson plans using these projects so that teachers in underserved classrooms nationwide can download and instruct these art projects that have lined up with the stem curriculum.

We further expanded our environmental efforts after spearheading the plastic straw and cutlery ban in the City of Malibu to build new systems within society to instruct and advocate for environmental consciousness. Habits of Waste, officially launched in 2018 when we started instructing inner city youth and working with more cities to ban single-use plastics in addition to other “habits of waste” that are harming our planet. HoW inspires changes in society growing eco-consciousness with a call to action on plastic straws, cutlery, bags, palm oil, food waste, energy, media, water, and air pollution and promoting a plant-based diet. HoW shines light on habitual behaviors of waste and offers ways individuals can take action to make the difference needed for the planet to survive. In 2019, we successfully convinced giant food delivery applications to #CutOutCutlery. They did this by changing the default setting in their applications so that users only receive plastic cutlery upon request. This small change decreases the 40 billion pieces of plastic cutlery that are discarded per year polluting our oceans. Additionally, our #8Meals campaign seeks encourage individuals to eat more plant-based meals as this is the single greatest action individuals can take to help combat climate change.



Position Summary:

Crayon Collection and Habits of Waste, sister non-profit organizations, seek a full-time Program Manager to lead all aspects of our current programs for Crayon Collection and Habits of Waste as well as actively build and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 2, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


$35,000 - $40,000


Mix of remote and in person working environment.

Possiblity of medical benefits to be discussed.

Mix of remote and in person working environment.

Possiblity of medical benefits to be discussed.


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Santa Monica, CA
Associated Location
Santa Monica, CA, USA

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