Fashion Positive is Hiring a Project Manager!

Fashion Positive, and Initiative of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, is hiring full-time a self-motivated Project Manager with 5-10 years’ experience to work out of our Oakland, CA office. As the project manager, you will get an opportunity to work with leading international fashion brands and will be expected to plan, budget, oversee and document all aspects of projects executed by Fashion Positive, an initiative of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. He or she will coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure all aspects of each project are compatible; all stakeholders remain informed; and projects stay on-budget. We are looking for a passionate and dedicated individual who will fit within our collaborative culture and be excited about our cause.

Our ideal candidate has seasoned experience as a Project Manager, specifically managing large website executions; and has intermediate design skills (Adobe suite). A plus if the candidate is passionate about cradle to cradle, sustainability, ethical fashion and knowledge or experience with apparel supply chains

Job responsibilities to include:

Fashion Positive Membership

  • Facilitate onboarding process for members of Fashion Positive (member intake, welcome members, send invoice for dues, ensure dues are paid, facilitate signing of NDA and MOU) using Salesforce
  • Manage member projects, timelines, stakeholder communications

Fashion Positive website

  • Project manage the development of the new Fashion Positive website; work with content/copy writers, designers, developers and Fashion Positive team to develop milestone dates, schedules and ensure website is delivered on time 
    • Delegate project tasks (using Asana)
    • Track project milestones and deadlines and ensure they are met
    • Meet budgetary objectives

Support daily functions of Fashion Positive team

  • Maintain and update the Fashion Positive Materials library with information for newly Certified materials
    • Collect detailed material information from Suppliers
    • Entering material records into the materials collection database
  • Manage Revolving Fund: work with external partners to ensure all legal documents are in place and deliver monthly Revolving Fund balance update and reports to F+ Director
  • Support team in creating and editing graphic communication tools and presentations using PowerPoint and Adobe suite, e.g. e-fliers, newsletters, presentations
  • Makes edits to through squarespace platform. Candidate will be trained to work in squarespace if no previous experience
  • Coordinate social media updates with Fashion Positive Social Media Manager
  • Execute monthly newsletters and emails: Work closely with team to identify content, delivery dates, and imagery. Ensure newsletters and emails get sent on-time.
  • Maintains contacts and lists in Salesforce
  • Assists team in setting up meetings, meeting prep and manages team calendar
  • Assists with project planning and event coordination of C2C workshops

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Minimum experience: 5-10+ years’ experience as a project manager
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Superb project organizational skills
  • Self-sufficient, resourceful, collaborative
  • Proficient in Microsoft Applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Intermediate experience in Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Experience with Salesforce is a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Minimum educational level: Bachelor’s Degree in related discipline
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Budgeting experience
  • Interest in Sustainability and Circular Economy  
  • Previous experience or education in fashion not necessary

Job Type:  Full-time

Reports to:  Annie Gullingsrud, Director, Fashion & Textiles Sector

Location:  Downtown Oakland, CA

About the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a nonprofit organization co-founded by William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart to bring about a large-scale transformation in the way we make things. The Institute's mission is to provide a continuous improvement quality standard to guide product manufacturers and designers in making safe and healthy products for our world.

The Cradle to Cradle design philosophy promotes a vision in which human production is regenerative, beneficial, and mimics natural systems, as opposed to the ‘cradle to grave,’ take-make- waste paradigm that has characterized industrialized society.

With the Cradle to Cradle design framework as our foundation, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute educates, engages, connects, and inspires designers, brands, and manufacturers on how to apply the Cradle to Cradle design framework then verify their progress through the publicly available Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard.

Please email your resume with a dynamic and motivating cover letter to: 
Annie Gullingsrud,


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