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: Project Manager - Research & Implementation
Type: Unpaid Volunteer Position
Time Commitment: 10-15 hrs/week in the SSV Santa Clara office location, part-telecommuting OK
Reports to: Research and Implementation Director
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
SSV’s Sustainability Leaders Forum (SLF) is a Research & Implementation program aimed at building the capacity and effectiveness of corporate and government sustainability leaders by sharing best practices and presenting expert knowledge about sustainability. Sustainability Leaders Forum provides a platform to share experiences, identify common challenges and solutions and build expertise.
The Project Manager will be responsible for building an annual schedule of events on topics of interest to SSV members. In addition to selecting topics, the Project Manager will also have to give thought to the format of the events, which will be a mix of webinars, workshops, structured/unstructured in-person meetings etc. The Project Manager will work closely with the Community Manager and the Research & Implementation Director to build the annual schedule based on customer (SSV members’) needs.
The Project Manager will work with Marketing and Business Development to publicize the SLF events and work on logistics for the events (venue, speakers, etc.)
The Project Manager is also responsible for working with IT and Marketing to distribute SLF event presentations and content on SSV websites and other vehicles as reference material.
The Project Manager should attend some if not all the events with the objective of continuously improving SSV events.
If needed, the Project Manager will work with SSV’s HR department to interview and hire additional Interns and Assistants to help with the tasks.
Manage effective correspondence, reply, forward, follow-up as appropriate in a timely manner as related to activities involving support of the researchers reporting to you.
May participate and assist in SSV meetings, events, workshops, or fairs that have a potential to attract new volunteers
Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of partner, staff, and agency information
Qualities and Skills/Experience:
Ideal candidate will be a post-graduate (or higher) student or a graduate student with some related job experience.
Candidate should have the skills to manage processes and events. Ideally, the candidate should also have experience with a project management tool such as Project Pier.
Although experience and knowledge of sustainability is not required, it is an advantage.
Initiative and reliability, used to taking on responsibility and producing consistent results in a timely manner
Dependable, communicates clearly and collaborates in a team setting toward shared goals
Strong motivation to excel at SSV
Ability to communicate effectively via phone and in meetings
Experience in working with PC or Mac
Experience in internet browsing and search
Knowledge of various websites and social networking platforms such as Linked-in and Facebook
Proficient in PC or Mac OS and standard office applications (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Experience in Google Docs is preferred
Unpaid Volunteer position