The Sustainability Program Manager is responsible for initiation, developing and managing co-op wide sustainability programs. The Sustainability Program manager will lead and team with others to reduce our overall ecological footprint as well as strengthen our social and economic endeavors through a programmatic approach. They will assist in goal setting and long range planning for the continual improvement.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
o Oversee the Sustainability Department including programs and staff.
o Identify and lead research initiatives for both Organic Valley and the industry as a whole.
o Manage and develop the Sustainability Departmental budget.
o Develop proposals and manage projects related to the Sustainability Department.
o Policy writing for integration of ecological practices into all departments.
o Manage the multiple initiatives with key partners within the industry around sustainability.
o Evaluate, calculate and track return on investment in Sustainability.
o Monitor latest best practices in sustainability.
o Initiate and oversee grant opportunities.
o Partner with Marketing to create the best messaging and public relations vehicles.
o Lead the executive Sustainability Committee.
o Communicate expectations by evaluating performance, providing timely feedback, training and coaching, and recommending personnel actions for assigned staff.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
o Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
o Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability or related field preferred.
o Minimum of 2 years of experience in implementing sustainability programs/projects.
o Previous supervisory experience preferred.
o Ability to manage staff and motivate others.
o Comfortable with interacting and communicating at the Executive level.
o Ability to adapt to change.
o Ability to keep up on emerging topics in sustainability.
o Knowledge of measurement tools in sustainability and renewable energy systems.
o Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
o Self starter and independent thinker.
o Goal setting and long-term planning knowledge.
o Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
o Ability to work in office and travel as needed.