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: Systemic Sustainability Content Lead
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:
Lead research on Systemic Sustainability with the objective of creating a comprehensive guide that companies can use or adapt for a holistic approach to become sustainable in all aspects of their operations and their supply chain.
Research and write about sustainability frameworks, sustainability reporting and reporting tools, Green Buildings, Employee Engagement, Industrial Ecology and other such holistic/system based concepts. Also, sustainability related policy, laws, directives and regulations in the US and other parts of the world where SSV member companies do business.
Guide the creation of further content through overseeing and aiding the work of research Interns and Assistants to ensure quality content.
If needed, work with SSV’s HR department to interview and hire additional research Interns and Assistants to help create content.
Work with the Research and Implementation Director and the Community Manager to obtain guidance for the development and format of the content. Make modifications as required.
Work closely with the EcoCloud team to “translate” all language into an engaging and web-friendly format
Work closely with other Research & Implementation Leads such as the Energy Lead, Materials Management Lead, etc. to leverage their knowledge and existing research/content.
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.
Prepare reports upon management demand regarding content creation milestones.
May conduct research, compile data and prepare reports for consideration and presentation for executive management.
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 research/job experience.
Candidate should have the skills to research a topic and compile a relevant, readable, actionable report based on the research they conduct.
Extensive experience or education relating to sustainability issues is an advantage, although not required.
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