Outreach Coordinator, Recycling Champions Program

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $48,000
Maximum: $48,000




100 Gold Street
Suite 3300
New York
United States


Recycling Champions Program Information

Since 2010, GrowNYC’s Recycling Champions Program (RCP) has developed model recycling programs and designed unique and engaging educational materials for use at public schools throughout NYC. Working in partnership with the NYC Department of Education (DOE) Office of Sustainability, and the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, RCP carries out the student and faculty education and outreach arm of the Zero Waste Schools Program.

One of the key elements of Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC is a goal to divert 90% of the City’s solid waste from landfill by 2030 and to increase recycling in NYC public schools. Continuing into the 2018-19 academic year, the Zero Waste Schools Program focuses on developing best practices in school waste reduction for use citywide. This program highlights the tremendous opportunity to reduce landfill waste from schools, which generate more than 40,000 tons of refuse per year.



Outreach Coordinator Responsibilities

GrowNYC is seeking an Outreach Coordinator with the Recycling Champions Program, who is highly motivated, organized and passionate about improving NYC’s environment through its partner schools located in upper Manhattan, Harlem and the Bronx. Working under the guidance of the Program Director, the Outreach Coordinator will support various New York City public schools to improve their current recycling practices through direct education and training to achieve the zero waste goals outlined in OneNYC.

The Outreach Coordinator should be comfortable engaging a diverse group of school stakeholders including administration, faculty, custodial staff, and students. As a member of the program team, the outreach coordinator will perform essential outreach strategies including: facilitating faculty professional development sessions; conducting waste audits; explaining the environmental and economic benefits of recycling and organics collection; and educating students and staff about NYC’s recycling regulations and goals and how they apply to school communities. The Outreach Coordinator will also work with school staff to engage students in recycling activities through the creation of Green Teams and recycling monitoring groups and will further education by facilitating Pre-K-12 classroom workshops, assemblies, and other events. They will develop age-appropriate lesson plans and materials for school partners that align with school and student needs as well as Common Core and NGSS standards.

The Outreach Coordinator will work cooperatively with the RCP program team, as well as other GrowNYC programs and staff. In order to achieve these goals, they will be provided a comprehensive training on best practices for organizing recycling programs at schools, delivering classroom/auditorium lessons, and shadowing opportunities to prepare for engaging with school stakeholders on waste issues.

Ideal Qualifications:

•        Interest in/knowledge about environmental issues with emphasis on recycling and composting

•        Strong oral and written communications skills, including experience with public speaking, group facilitation and lesson plan development

•        Proven ability and desire to collaborate with diverse groups of NYC students and school stakeholders

•        Willingness and ability to travel to schools in upper Manhattan, Harlem and the Bronx on a regular basis

•        Highly organized with the ability to meet multiple deadlines and prioritize responsibilities

•        Team player who can also self-motivate and work independently outside of the office

•        Ability to work with a variety of constituencies including city agencies and partners

•        Computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

•        Bachelor’s degree or 3 years’ experience in related field preferred

•        Valid New York State Driver’s License preferred

•        Second language skills strongly encouraged

NOTE: All offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of the DOE Eligibility Clearance Procedures, which include, but are not limited to, DOE fingerprinting procedures and background investigations.


Generous benefits package!

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to GrowNYC via email (schoolrecycling@grownyc.org). Please indicate “RCP Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Due to the volume of employment applications received, GrowNYC is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate. No phone calls or recruiters please. Applications will be received until close of business on Friday, September 21, 2018.

GrowNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation. GrowNYC celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.