Director, Sustainability

San Francisco, California
19 Sep 2020
21 Oct 2020
The RealReal stands for Authenticity, Expertise and Sustainability. Sustainability is woven into the fabric of our resale business model and a shared value with our customers (more than half of our consignors cite the environment as a reason they sell with us!). As the Director of Sustainability, you will lead this brand pillar, developing our strategic roadmap to deepen our commitment and leadership. Looking both internally at our business operations and externally at our role in the Circular Economy, your job is to ensure we are connecting with our community and leading our industry, all while growing our business. 

This role requires a unique combination of skills, meshing an academic foundation with smart business strategy. We are looking for someone with a deep passion for, and experience in, the sustainable fashion field, from cutting-edge textile innovation to the growing adoption of circular solutions. Then, you will apply a business lens to identify growth opportunities for TRR that drive to company KPIs. Your role is to manage those strategic initiatives from high-level ideation through to execution and launch.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, every second the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned.  TRR's Director of Sustainability will work to reverse fashion's polluting footprint via a circular fashion future. Ready to make an impact?

What You Get To Do Every Day
  • Develop and own our strategic roadmap, mapping high-impact projects to further our credibility, influence, and growth.
  • Work across every TRR department as our subject-matter expert to reduce our carbon footprint and dream up the right set of initiatives to help industry partners and customers do the same by adopting resale moving toward a zero-waste future.
  • Lead a cross-functional task force to ensure our operations reflect our values to limit emissions and expand customer-facing communication tools.
  • Seek partnerships with primary market brands and retailers to expand adoption of the circular economy.
  • Act as our brand representative, offering a credible, professional, and fresh perspective.

What You Bring To The Role
  • Mission-Driven: Intrinsically committed to reducing fashion's footprint and the power of the circular economy
  • Analytical Business Mindset: KPIs and data inform strategies. Track trends, extract conclusions, modify approach
  • Navigates Ambiguity: Creates structured, reasoned plans of action without guidance, and systematically project-manages teams toward goals.
  • Foresees obstacles and finds solutions with a "make it work" mentality
  • Proactive: Researches and proposes new business opportunities without prompt. Find win-win opportunities: good for the environment and good for business
  • Professional Communicator: Represents TRR flawlessly in writing and in person in the sustainable fashion conversation
  • Team Player: Connects with and rallies teammates to embed sustainability across departments in a way that fits with our marketplace model
  • Wears Many Hats: Can think high-dreaming up transformational ideas-and act low-digging into the work to see it to completion. Juggles effortlessly to deliver on multiple, complex, time-sensitive projects.

The RealReal is the world's largest online marketplace for authenticated, consigned luxury goods. With a rigorous authentication process overseen by experts, The RealReal provides a safe and reliable platform for consumers to buy and sell their luxury items. We have 150+ in-house gemologists, horologists and brand authenticators who inspect thousands of items each day. As a sustainable company, we give new life to pieces by hundreds of brands, from Gucci to Cartier, supporting the circular economy. We make consigning effortless with free in-home pickup, drop-off service and direct shipping for individual consignors and estates. At our stores in LA, NYC and San Francisco, customers can shop, consign, and meet with our experts. At our 10 Luxury Consignment Offices, four of which are in our retail stores, our expert staff provides free valuations. Founded in 2011 and listed publicly in 2019 (Nasdaq: REAL), we're growing fast and fundamentally changing the way people buy and sell luxury - a multi-billion dollar industry. Build your career with us and enjoy 401K matching, health, dental and vision insurance, commuter flex spending, healthcare flex spending, generous PTO, a mother's room, and flexible work hours!

The RealReal is committed to providing an equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or Veteran status. We will consider qualified applicants for a position regardless of arrest or conviction records, consistent with legal requirements.