Compost Program Designer
Job Details

Title:                           Compost Program Designer (Part-Time)

Unit:                           Housing

Reports to:                 Director, Food and Nutrition Services

Status:                        Part-Time; Regular Non-Exempt

Location:                    Harlem, NY


Position Summary:

The Fortune Society helps formerly incarcerated people re-enter life through education, employment services, housing and its food and nutrition program, Fortune Fresh.  The Fortune Fresh program serves more than 60,000 meals per year to Fortune program participants.  With food preparation comes the need to recover food waste.  Fortune is looking for an Organics Recovery Specialist to design and launch an agency wide composting program including educational initiatives.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director of Food & Nutrition to fully design and execute an Organics Recovery program that includes:
    • designing a separation and measurement system
    • site design and procurement of necessary bins and materials;
    • assist, train and monitor Food Service and Facilities staff on separation system.
    • set and monitor goals
    • prevent waste during receiving, storing and meal prep by working with Chef to ensure service of appropriate servings and palatable meals
    • recovering waste from Fortune’s commercial kitchens, pantries and gardens
    • educating key stakeholders
    • collaborating with the DSNY and other waste collection agencies.
  • Form partnerships with food recovery organizations
  • Operate food drop off sites and oversee collection of organic waste
  • Mentor Food Service staff to inspire recovery behaviors and ultimately empower staff to advocate for food waste practices among clients and staff
  • Overseeing mentoring, training and outreach activities for staff and clients
  • Highly passionate about removing organics from the waste stream, ability to articulate its importance to the wellness of people and communities.  Candidate who can articulate the disproportionate impact of environmental harms on communities of color will do especially well in this position.

  • Prior experience designing and launching an organization wide compost program

  • Enthusiasm for hands on, physically strenuous work while concurrently able to attend meetings with senior staff as needed

  • Ability to achieve stakeholder buy-in including staff and clients. Help to ensure commitment to reducing waste among decision makers and those impacted by decision

  • Ability to assess current waste management and develop realistic, achievable and sustainable strategies for organics recovery that will actually be used and remain in place

  • Good written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs

  • Valid driver’s license


Travel Requirements – May require some travel to our Long Island City location.


Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.