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Project Manager, Green Chemistry

Charlottesville, VA
35,000-45,000 compensation
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Job Description

 JOB DESCRIPTION: Project Manager, Green Chemistry

McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) in Charlottesville, VA, is seeking candidates to fill the position of Project Manager, Green Chemistry. MBDC is a global sustainability consulting and product certification firm founded in 1995 by world-renowned architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart. MBDC helps companies integrate the Cradle to Cradle® framework into products, processes and organizations to eliminate the concept of waste through innovative design and maximize positive environmental, social and economic value.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., Environmental or Green Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental or Chemical engineering, Environmental Science, Toxicology, Biology, Environmental Planning, Industrial Design).



-Ability to manage client relationships and interact with manufacturing suppliers

-Ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and organize data.

-Ability to learn and apply MBDC’s methodology for assessment the impact of

materials and chemicals on human and environmental health

-Ability to synthesize large amounts of data into concise summaries and to be able to explain technical information in lay terms to non-technical audiences

-Ability to comprehend scientific literature and extract relevant data from sources and effectively use the internet and informational databases for diverse research assignments

-Familiarity with Cradle to Cradle, Green Chemistry principles, Design for Environment, Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Analysis.

-Strong interpersonal and communication (both written and oral)

-Ability to work independently and take initiative

-Passion for sustainability and advocating for safe and healthy products

-Proficiency with databases, and MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.


Job Duties:

Primary role is to manage client accounts for MBDC’s consulting services, particularly for the Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM) program. Specific duties may include:

-Organize project deliverables and helping maintain agreed tasks and timelines.

-Interact with clients and their supply chain partners to collect and enter material information into MBDC’s information management system.

-Manage confidential information and securing non-disclosure agreements with clients and suppliers.

-Apply MBDC’s methodology for assessing chemicals and materials for human and environmental health.

-Maintain and contribute to database of chemical and material assessments.

-Research using internet and journals and convey collected information in research briefs. Topics may include: innovative materials and chemistries, recycling technologies, corporate social responsibility and design for environment practices, etc.

-Research and keep current on all chemical registries, databases and other sources of chemical and toxicological information that may be used to evaluate chemicals and maintain an information infrastructure that helps to streamline MBDC’s assessment process.

-Prepare proposals and contracts for current and new clients as needed.

-Educate clients, suppliers and general public about the goal of our work and processes used.

-Provide program and administrative support as needed.


Salary: $35,000 - $45,000 annually depending on experience
Benefits: Insurance for health, dental, life, and disability; Vacation; Pre-tax retirement savings plan.


Applications are being accepted immediately for a start date as soon as possible. Position is open until filled.

-Send resume and cover letter describing your interest in MBDC as a potential employer and any work experience that is relevant to sustainable product design and manufacturing. Please also indicate where you saw the job posting.

-Include desired salary range and brief writing sample (3 pages)

-Email all submissions to employ(at)

-We regret that we cannot respond to telephone calls.


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