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Program Assistant, Compost Cats (Temporary Employment)

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
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Jul 15, 2021

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Office of Sustainability

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona Office of Sustainability seeks a highly qualified and motivated individual to join our team as a Project Manager Assistant for the Compost Cats Program. Founded in 2011 by a small group of students with a mission to divert food waste from campus operations away from local landfills. The Compost Cats Program is now among the largest university-based compost programs in the nation. The mission of Compost Cats is to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions and increase local food security and soil carbon sequestration. This is accomplished by diverting food scraps, landscape trimmings, and manure from landfills thereby creating a high-quality soil amendment for local agriculture and landscaping.

The optimal candidate will work closely with the Program Manager facilitating results through management and administrative support, in order to effectively manage the Compost Cats Program. Previous experience in project coordination, reporting, community outreach, and customer service are key. In addition, a robust understanding of the importance of food waste reduction and prevention, as well as the environmental, social and economic benefits of composting are essential for this position.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with tribal and governmental entities, local school districts, UArizona departments, and numerous non-profit organizations and businesses in the Southern Arizona community. Our overarching goal is to empower students, educate campus and community members about composting and its benefits, while also addressing food waste and insecurity, and expanding Compost Cats’ programmatic impact and visibility. This position will also occasionally support the Office of Sustainability in large-scale initiatives and efforts to improve the University’s green waste management practices and to promote a campus culture of sustainability.

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist in daily coordination of projects and programs. This includes preparing project plans, scheduling, maintaining accuratedocument management systems, tracking progress, tasks, deliverables, andtimeline of projects, while identifying and resolving related contingencies
  • Support the development of outreach and educational efforts, including K-12and community-focused STEM programming/curricula and training programs forcommercial businesses
  • Prepare and coordinate on- and off-campus, compost-related educationalprogramming and disseminate information at community outreach and trainingevents
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, annual project/program reports, and otherrequired documents including, but are not limited to, meeting agendas,handouts, presentations, meeting minutes/summaries, etc
  • Coordinate/facilitate weekly meetings to review program progress, events,student updates, and ongoing trainings
  • Maintain regular and effective communications via phone, email, socialmedia, and face to face interactions
  • Coordinate with other Office of Sustainability staff to ensure cohesive, integrated programdevelopment and outreach strategies
  • Participate in the expansion of the Compost Cats program, in partnershipwith numerous University and community stakeholders to increase the program'soverall impact on campus and Tucson communities
  • Represent the Compost Cats andthe Office of Sustainability with a positive attitude, reflecting favorably toour campus and community stakeholders
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Manager in an orderly andefficient manner

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma orequivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required
  • Ability to work flexible hoursto support morning/evening/weekend activities
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a natural resource-related field, wastemanagement/diversion, and/or sustainability/composting
  • Previous background in public education, communityengagement, volunteer recruitment activities, leadership/mentorship and/orservice learning
  • Experience in writing grants, marketingcommunications, media releases, business reports and/or outreach materials, orsimilar documents
  • Experience with diversity and an ability to workwith a wide variety of people, while recognizing the needs of students with anunderrepresented or oppressed identity
  • Experience with materials, methods, practices,equipment, and operation of diverse small-scale compost systems
  • Experience with social, economic, andenvironmental components of sustainability and organic wastereduction
  • Experience coordinating and managingeducation and outreach events



Full Time/Part Time:

Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Agriculture and Extension

Benefits Eligible:

No Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

hourly rate



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Project Mgmt

Job Function:

Organizational Administration

Type of criminal background check required::

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

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:


Contact Information for Candidates:

[email protected]

Open Date:


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.


As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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