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Program Director, EcoCloud

at Sustainable Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA   —   Jul 15, 2014   |  
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About Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV):

Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) is a dynamic collaboration of 120+ businesses, governments, academic and non-governmental organizations (Partners), and scores of volunteers addressing environmental sustainability in Silicon Valley. We envision a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, and a socially equitable community. SSV was designed to move beyond the traditional command-and-control model of environmental regulation to one of collaboration and partnership. By focusing on the desired outcome, rather than compliance-driven standards, participants can choose the methods to reach that outcome that make the most sense financially and technologically for each of them. We operate at the intersection of policy and action.

Position: Program Director, EcoCloud
Type: Volunteer Position
Time Commitment: 10-20 hrs/week in the SSV Santa Clara office location
Reports to: SSV Executive Director

About EcoCloud:

The EcoCloud platform, a project of SSV in conjunction with public and private sector partners, is a virtual space where business leaders and facility managers can work with technology innovators, researchers, and government agencies to make enterprises more sustainable and profitable. EcoCloud addresses all major intersections of industry and environment, including energy, water, material resources, and transportation. Our objective is to improve sustainability in Silicon Valley and other regions by reducing waste and recapturing usable water, materials, and energy within the local system—a goal that is consistent with an overall healthy economy.

EcoCloud is a new model for collaboration and innovation toward a more sustainable region. As the project evolves, we are revamping the site’s content to focus on the practical application of sustainability solutions—technologies, tools, and business practices available to address the sustainability goals of individual and institutional participants in the system. To complement that objective, we are expanding the site’s real-world case studies, lessons learned, and best practices for how to more effectively adopt and implement sustainability solutions.
SSV is seeking a Program Director to oversee the entire EcoCloud project, including both the content writing team under the Editor-in-Chief and the technical team of web developers under the Chief Technical Officer. The Program Director works closely with SSV Executive Director and Business Development team to expand institutional partners’ support for EcoCloud and to ensure that the evolving site provides practical value to those partners’ business needs while moving the site toward a sustainable business model.
The Program Director tracks site performance and team production, working with SSV Director of Operations to allocate resources most effectively to produce results and expand collaboration through the site. The EcoCloud Program Director also works closely with other SSV program leads to coordinate the expansion of the site in parallel with SSV initiatives that the site supports, aligning the site’s priorities with SSV’s core mission.
This is a volunteer position which enables qualified candidates to gather their capabilities in a non-profit organization environment in the field of sustainability. It is preferred that the candidate has his/her own laptop and communications tools. In return for the volunteer hours, the benefits to the volunteer candidate may include: job reference letter from the Executive Director of SSV, experience gained while volunteering on various projects, networking opportunities, and current resume entry. Most importantly, you will be helping the organization work towards its vision of a sustainable region, a thriving economy, a healthy environment and socially equitable community.
Oversee the work of the EcoCloud Content and Technical Teams, providing guidance on overall direction of the project and working with the Editor-in-Chief and the Chief Technical Officer to set goals and priorities
Track site performance metrics, content production, and progress in expansion of technical site functionality, reporting to the SSV Director of Operations and allocating resources to achieve the best results
Regularly communicate with SSV partners and other EcoCloud-supporting institutions, in coordination with SSV Business Development, to increase support for EcoCloud, incorporate partners’ interests and needs, and produce a product that adds value to the SSV community
Develop and implement the EcoCloud business plan, moving EcoCloud toward a more sustainable business model by identifying sources of funding and revenue, in order to expand the services that the site provides and the collaboration and innovation it facilitates for the region
Work with international partners to expand the EcoCloud model to other regional nodes, and align the EcoCloud project with SSV initiatives on scaling sustainability for global impact
Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of partner, staff and agency information.
2-3 years of experience in program management or executive leadership, especially in a creative new business / startup environment
1 year of experience managing a website project
Excellent writing and communication skills
Strong motivation to excel at SSV and to drive the EcoCloud project to succeed
Strong management skills, communicates clearly with senior leaders, subordinates and partners, and collaborates in a team setting toward shared goals
Exercises initiative, used to taking on responsibility and producing consistent results, and a trailblazer who welcomes creative problem-solving opportunities
Proficient in PC or Mac OS and standard office applications (MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel), and familiarity with internet browsing, search and social networking websites
Non Compensated Volunteer position
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