The School Sustainability Associates (SSAs) provide opportunities for teachers, students and schools champions to directly contribute to the sustainability of their school and community by providing educational tours at our two Education Transfer Stations, in-class or virtual teacher training and instructional support for student action projects for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms and student groups throughout Alameda County. This educational support may include an introduction of environmental principles, student-led environmental waste audits of school and home resource use, activities for student action to reduce the school’s environmental footprint, outreach and education by students to the larger community, and reflection on and celebration of progress and achievements. In addition, SSAs may work and collaborate on agency initiatives, like school infrastructure, provide technical assistance and training to diverse audiences and promote campaigns, such as the agency’s Stop Food Waste community outreach campaign, and Carbon Farming projects. School Sustainability Associates work in a team environment at schools, at the educational field trip centers, residences, at the agency, and in multiple community venues.
The position(s) receive day-to-day direction from a StopWaste Program Manager and Project Coordinators or designees and reports to work at the StopWaste agency office and/or the Educational Field Trip Centers as assigned. Candidate must be willing to travel to school sites throughout the county on a weekly basis.
QUALIFICATIONS Depending upon the assigned area, Associates at all levels (unless noted below) are expected to have knowledge of: • Instructional and training methods and techniques • Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation • Technical and highly specialized functions of assigned program area • The Authority’s policies, procedures, operations, and programs • General recycling and environmental protection concepts and related laws and regulations • Standard and accepted waste management/environmental protection methods and techniques • Instructional and training methods and techniques • Methods and techniques of public relations and customer service • Program evaluation tools and techniques • Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and various software packages • Principles of business letter writing, basic report preparation, and/or data base operations and programming • Basic principles of budget development (Associates II and above) Ability to: • Interpret and apply the Authority’s policies, procedures, operations, and programs • Understand the organization and operation of the Authority and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities • Independently research, compile, analyze, and prepare a variety of reports • Independently prepare correspondence and memoranda • Establish and maintain various data collection, record keeping, tracking, and reporting systems Independently organize and prioritize multiple project assignments, timelines, and project schedules in an effective and timely manner • Analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine proper course of action • Employ good judgment and make sound decisions in accordance with established procedures and policies • Operate a variety of office equipment including personal computers and related peripheral equipment and software applications • Train, provide direction to and oversight of lower level interns (Associates II and above) • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing • Establish and maintain effective working relationships • Provide own means of transportation to conduct Agency business • Evaluate effectiveness of programs and provide recommendations for improvements • Meet the physical requirements necessary to perform required duties in a safe and effective manner for self and others
StopWaste is a public agency responsible for increasing recycling and reducing waste in Alameda County. This goal is accomplished through projects at home, at work and at school. StopWaste is governed by three Boards: the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board and the Energy Council. Staff are employees of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority. For more information please go to www.stopwaste.org.