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Outreach Instructional Specialist I

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req18922

Department: Environmental Science-Ext

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

As an Arizona Project WET (APW) Specialist, you will join a dedicated team that delivers water-focused, experiential, environmental-education programs to Arizona's students and teachers. Through authentic, relevant, and meaningful engagement, you deepen understanding of Arizona's water availability, accessibility, use, and conservation. You tell Arizona's water story; empowering water-literate students, educators, leaders, and professionals to take action as mindful, lifelong.

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; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure that program objectives and outcomes are met in accordance with established priorities, timeframes, SOP's, and other specifications. 
  • Utilize Microsoft O365 software to enhance the organization, accessibility, and transparency of materials across the team. Capture participation data for reporting. 

This position reports to the Director of (APW) and is a participating member of the dynamic, cooperative, statewide APW team. This position is posted in Tucson (Pima County) but supports/delivers out-of-county programming - necessitating intermittent state-wide travel throughout the year.

  • Carry out the goals of Arizona Project WET by supporting the daily operations and coordination of all APW educational engagement including, but not limited to, Arizona Water Festivals.
  • Assist with marketing, scheduling, and delivery of APW programming. Prepare materials and maintain supplies, ensure timely set-up and breakdown for events and presentations, and anticipate program needs.
  • Remain flexible while following SOP's.
  • Support and sustain a culture of Integrity,
  • Connect, collaborate, and maintain relationships with community partners, K-12 personnel and governmental, academic, and corporate volunteers, to promote UA water education initiatives and APW programs.
  • Develop, compile, and inform communications and promotional literature for distribution such as newsletters, brochures, or flyers, coordinating the process from development through distribution.
  • Enthusiastically deliver APW programming with exceptional skill: meaningfully connect content to participant and participant to action, ensuring attainment of measurable outcomes.
  • Build rapport with students, teachers, AmeriCorps Members, and the APW team to deliver quality programming, ensuring expectations are met or exceeded.

Members of the APW Team are expected to offer/provide technical advice, insights into best practices, creative problem-solving, and reflection on performance. The Specialist is a collaborative colleague, supporting the whole team: Volunteers, AmeriCorps Members, other APW Outreach Specialists, APW Coordinators, and Program Manager

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The ideal candidate for this position is adept at tracking, supporting, and executing multiple projects. They demonstrate effective communication with different groups/individuals, strategic time management, and sound judgement. 

The Outreach Instructional Specialist (Specialist, APW) is expected to work both independently and collaboratively toward set Arizona Project WET objectives.

Physical and Environmental Requirements 

Lifting up to 25lbs.

Working in an outdoor environment, in various weather conditions. Candidate may be required to work in extreme heat during certain times of the year.

The ability to lift and move equipment for programs will be required on a regular basis. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience required.
  • 1 year of relevant work experience required.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy. The incumbent must possess transportation and current vehicle insurance at time of employment. Occasionally the position requires driving a motor pool vehicle while pulling a cargo trailer.
  • As an employee of the U of A; all employees must complete a background check.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Outreach and Community Engagement

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $20.33 - $25.41

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Compensation Guidance

The Rate of Pay Field represents the University of Arizona's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, and internal equity.

The Grade Range Minimum, Midpoint, and Maximum Fields listed below represent a full range of career compensation growth over time in this position and grade. Each unit typically sets starting pay between minimum and midpoint upon hire. The university offers compensation growth opportunities within its career architecture. To learn more about compensation, please review our Applicant Compensation Guide and our Total Rewards Calculator.

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Job Family

Outreach Education

Job Function

Outreach & Community Engage

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 2

Contact Information for Candidates

Lisa Townsend

Director/Program Manager, Arizona Project WET

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

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 a Hispanic-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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