Program Coordinator, Earth Grants

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AZ Inst for Resilience

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Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR) at the University of Arizona seeks a full-time program coordinator for its new Earth Grants student internship program. The position is within AIR (, a unit that coordinates interdisciplinary groups of faculty, students, and projects from campus and community to develop solutions to challenges affecting natural and human communities across the globe. The Earth Grant program coordinator will develop an internship program that pairs student interns with campus and community mentors to work on real-world projects related to climate change, environment, and building resilience, especially in underserved communities. The desired candidate will have a high degree of initiative and enthusiasm together with strong interpersonal, \ communications, and organizational skills. AIR is committed to providing a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive atmosphere, and to developing a diverse workforce to tackle today’s pressing environmental problems.

Arizona Institutes for Resilience: Solutions for the Environment and Society (AIR) coordinates interdisciplinary groups of faculty, students and projects across the University of Arizona’s campus, from climate science to public policy, law, the arts, water resources and beyond. Led by Professor Jim Buizer, AIR explores and develops solutions with campus and community partners that will serve human and natural communities across the globe. Further, as part of the UArizona Office of Research Innovation & Impact, led by Senior Vice President, Dr. Betsy Cantwell, AIR builds a robust web of environmental connections across colleges and departments that collectively make up Arizona Environment.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • With direction from AIR leadership, design the internship program and develop a three-year strategic plan.
  • With direction from AIR leadership, form a steering committee and manage meetings with the group; incorporate feedback into program activities.
  • Design a first-year pilot program and subsequent full-scale program.
  • Solicit mentors from campus researchers and community organizations.
  • Organize and execute solicitations and acceptances of interns, and the matching of interns with mentors.
  • Manage intern/mentor relationships, including time-keeping/payment.
  • Serve as a focal point for information and support for prospective and active interns and mentors.
  • Work with other campus programs to provide internship training workshops and cohort-building activities.
  • Work with UA Foundation and other avenues to seek supplemental short-term and program-sustaining long-term funding for the program.
  • Develop website content and other promotional and network-building products (including social media accounts).
  • Oversee the program budget, including managing multiple sources of funding.
  • Maintain metrics of program activities and prepare reports for funders and partners.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Familiarity with the concept of an internship program.
  • Proven ability to work well with students, staff, faculty, and community groups.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and synthesize wide-ranging ideas and information.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, dependability, flexibility.
  • Ability to multi-task, follow through, and work with multiple stakeholders.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, teamwork, management, and relationship-building skills.
  • High level of competence in basic office software, and ability and willingness to learn new software and technologies

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the UA’s environmental research programs andorganizations
  • Experiencewith Tucson-area environmental agencies and organizations
  • Experienceworking with people from a diversity of positions of authority
  • Experiencewith or knowledge of graphic design and/or design software
  • Experiencewith use of social media for marketing or business development
  • Experiencein grant-writing or other solicitation of funding
  • Basicexperience in budget management
  • A stronginterest in the environment
  • Advanceddegree in a related field



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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Research Program Admin

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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Betsy Woodhouse
[email protected]

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Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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