Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Project H.O.M.E.

Posted by Project H.O.M.E. on June 30, 2014

The Environmental Sustainability Coordinator will coordinate and implement all aspects of the Sustainability Program at Project HOME.

• Coordinate implementation of the Project HOME’s Environmental Sustainability Plan. Facilitate the development of projects related to sustainability. Assess Project HOME’s current performance and measure the impact of the sustainability initiatives. Document programming, through progress reports and energy management systems such as Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
• Collaborate with the Social Enterprise program in the development of new food products such as, but not limited to growing kale for the chip initiative and support the supervision of the Social Enterprise Philly Fellow.
• Support Director of Facilities and Sustainability to reduce energy usage across the portfolio.
• Manage the garden clubs at 9 Project HOME residences. Recruit, engage, and retain resident participation in the gardens and other sustainability activities. Manage food production, harvest, and delivery to four residences that serve meals three times a day.
• Provide explicit guidance and timely responses to interdepartmental staff on environmental sustainability process and procedures. Create and share quarterly sustainability guides. Communicate progress with the sustainability programs through blog posts, newsletters, and flyers.
• Facilitate meetings and/or presentations with staff, residents, community members, volunteers, and partners as appropriate. Plan and host sustainability/educational events for the Project HOME community.
• Assist the organizational Sustainability Committee. Meet regularly with each department of Project HOME to build relationships and collaborate on next steps within initiatives.
• Maintain relationships with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program and Health Promotion Council’s nutrition education and garden support.
• Be open to other projects and tasks that come up that will further environmental sustainability efforts at Project HOME.

Project H.O.M.E. reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as needed. This job description is not meant to be an all inclusive statement of the duties and responsibilities of the job nor does it constitute a written or implied contract.

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: VP of Property Management

The work of Project H.O.M.E. is rooted in our strong spiritual conviction of the dignity of each person. As such, we strive to function as a community of individuals who demonstrate respect, courtesy, dignity, support, and care for all people.

Our community of care extends to homeless persons, residents, vendors, consumers, staff, outside agencies, and all people who enter our dwelling places. Thus, we work to avoid making assumptions and generalizations about people. We demonstrate and foster respect for cultural differences. We believe in our ability to listen and learn from one another.

Specifically, building community for the Sustainability Coordinator position means:
1. Respond to work tasks in a courteous and timely fashion.
2. Interact with visitors, residents, other staff and co-workers in a professional and welcoming manner.
3. Strive to put others at ease and communicate in ways others can understand.
4. Develop and maintain smooth, cooperative working relationships with others and encourage open expression of ideas and opinions.

Additionally, all staff are responsible for the following:
1. Commitment to the mission of Project HOME
2. Work at establishing a base of trust with each resident or community member.
3. Continue to learn about mental illness, addictions, and dually diagnosed residents.
4. Accept residents and community members “where they are at” while working to assist them.
5. Observe confidentiality, privacy, and dignity of each resident.

• Bachelor’s degree in a related field.


  • 2-4 years proven experience with garden management, education, and food production.
  • Clear understanding of the issues related to environmental sustainability Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to respectfully interact with people from all walks of life, including formerly homeless staff, volunteers, and board members.
  • Good project management and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, and Word)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

WORKING HOURS: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

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