Corporate Sustainability Manager

Urban Green Lab

Nashville, TN

Community & Nonprofit

Position Description / Responsibilities

Corporate Sustainability Manager (Full-Time)


Urban Green Lab’s mission is simple: We teach communities how to live sustainable, healthy lives.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2011 and based in Nashville, we envision a world where everyone understands the basics of sustainable living, with a focus on energy, material, and food waste in our classrooms, households, and workplaces – places where culture begins.  Together with our frontline partners, we facilitate dialogue, advance curricula, and build measurable life skills that empower, save money, protect health, inspire responsibility, and conserve our incredible earth for generations to come.


The Corporate Sustainability Manager is responsible for spearheading Urban Green Lab’s new Corporate Sustainability Roundtable as well as helping manage fundraising for the organization, especially around corporate, foundational, and individual giving.  Supervised by the Executive Director, the Manager ensures smooth implementation of the Roundtable, including facilitating meetings, mobilizing member companies, connecting resources, and ensuring the initiative aligns with Urban Green Lab objectives.  The position is full-time and requires occasional travel throughout the city.  Some evening/weekend duties required.


A partnership between Urban Green Lab, Nissan North America, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Piedmont Natural Gas, the Corporate Sustainability Roundtable brings together corporate green teams and sustainability stewards representing businesses throughout Nashville to learn, network, foster skills, and exchange best practices for making sustainable workplace behaviors a priority.  Through small group exercises, tours and presentations by rotating host companies, interaction with resident experts, and aligning measures, members collectively explore how to reduce their overall environmental footprint.


Percentages of effort may evolve with time.





Salary for this position starts at $50,000 with opportunity for growth dependent on performance and development of the program.  Benefits include group Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), retirement (simple IRA), a monthly communications stipend, 20 PTO (paid time off) days in addition to seven annual holidays, and free home composting service by Compost Nashville.  A 90-day review period is required, including annual performance reviews.


Based in an office setting, the Corporate Sustainability Manager will meet with partners outside the office on a regular basis (about half time).  A flexible work schedule is expected.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

Position Requirements


The candidate will ideally possess the following attributes and professional qualifications:

  1. Passionate commitment to Urban Green Lab’s mission and values
  2. Entrepreneurial, with a sense of how to sustain innovative programming
  3. Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills, and high sense of integrity
  4. A positive, flexible attitude, intellectual curiosity, and capacity to adjust to change
  5. Diplomatic, with excellent community relations, listening, and learning skills
  6. Self-reliant, proactive, dependable – a team player to the core
  7. Humility and grace under pressure, a sense of humor


  1. Five to seven years of relevant experience (masters in applicable subject matter preferred)
  2. Experience managing projects with multiple stakeholders, ideally related to professional training
  3. Understanding of corporate workplace challenges, including leadership & facilities engagement
  4. Fundraising, grant writing, and donor relations experience, including reporting on outcomes
  5. Partnership facilitation experience a must, especially mobilizing diverse community audiences
  6. Understanding of environment, sustainability, health and well-being, or related issues
  7. Familiarity with nonprofits and grants management (including reporting) a plus
  8. Clear oral and written communications, and experience with presentation

Application Instructions


Please email resume to Todd Lawrence, Executive Director, at  Position posted until filled.  Background check required.  No phone inquiries, please.  All correspondence is confidential.  Urban Green Lab is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants with a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and ideas to apply.

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