Sustainability and Zero Waste Coordinator

Northridge, CA

Under general supervision of the Director of Energy and Sustainability, the Sustainability and Zero Waste Coordinator provides administrative, technical and programmatic support, and assists the unit with administrative and strategic program support in a wide range of sustainability and zero waste initiatives having a broad impact on Facilities and the University. The incumbent researches, develops, implements, and oversees sustainability and zero waste projects and programs, as well as educational outreach and behavioral change initiatives.

  • Support with the implementation of the Sustainability Plan, Climate Action Plan and Zero Waste Plan through the development and implementation of projects; perform audits; research new products, equipment, systems, and technologies; perform analyses and estimates of potential project material and labor cost, savings, return on investment, and applicable grants and incentives; complete and submit annual reporting to various entities including but not limited to the California State Integrated Waste Management Board, CSU, Second Nature, etc..
  • Oversee waste hauling contract which includes: leading monthly calls with the waste hauler, coordinating service of our campus waste bins, communication with our custodial and grounds department counter parts on a frequent basis to ensure that bins are being serviced as needed, reviewing the billing on a monthly basis to ensure that the requested services are being billed properly, collecting and entering both cost and weight information into the Energy Information System.
  • Utilize waste data to evaluate building level performance, adjust schedules, understand areas where education is needed. Work with departments to educate them on proper disposal techniques, pilot new waste reduction programs, build support for the Zero Waste Plan and Program.
  • Under the supervision of the Director of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability, establish key program objectives, short term and long-term goals.
  • Coordinate the campus’ sustainability working groups and sustainability champions program, hold meetings, and engage campus stakeholders. Chair a several of the working groups, track progress, and follow-up on projects as assigned.
  • Represent Facilities at department and sustainability committee meetings and similar events. through presentations, tabling, and other modes. Advance sustainability in the campus culture through student engagement and involvement with facilities projects and sustainability programs. Make presentations to classes on current and future initiatives.


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  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a job-related field.
  • Equivalent to three (3) years of full-time, progressively responsible technical, analytical, or administrative experience.
  • Two years’ progressively responsible experience related to sustainability and/or zero waste.
  • Additional experience in job-related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required education, on a year-for-year basis.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Environmental Science preferred.
  • TRUE Zero Certification or willingness to get certification preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Working knowledge of general practices, program, and/or administrative specialty and working knowledge of operational analysis and techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of budget, policies, procedures, and outside regulations pertaining to sustainability and zero waste initiatives and projects, waste separation, collection, and disposal equipment, systems, industry practices, and composting practices for food waste and other organics. Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure, policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of sustainability certification programs and rating systems related to facilities operations and development including: AASHE STARS.
  • Ability and specialized skills to expertly investigate and analyze problems with a broad administrative impact and implications; ability to analyze, research, recommend, and implement procurement strategies to minimize waste and improve recycling separation and landfill diversion.
  • Understanding of waste reduction project economics and finance; ability to calculate cost, savings, payback, and return on investment. Demonstrated expertise in and advanced knowledge of the principles, problems, and methods of public and business administration and operational and fiscal management.
  • Ability to: oversee and/or train others and provide lead work direction; interpret, and apply a wide variety of policies and procedures to develop conclusions and make recommendations; compile, write and present reports related to program or administrative specialty; and communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

  • The university offers an excellent benefits package, including but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, retirement & savings, tuition waiver and more.
  • Classification/grade: 1038 / Admin Analyst/Spclst / 2
  • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $3897 - $5834, dependent upon qualifications and experience. The salary range for this classification is: $3897 - $7051 per month.
  • HOURS: Full Time; 40 hours per week; Monday through Friday; may include evenings and weekends.
  • REG: This is a Regular position with a one-year probationary period. 


General Information

  • Applications received through July 29, 2022, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.
  • This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:
  • CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more visit our Matadors Forward site:


Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

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