The University of Arizona’s Arizona Project WET (APW) Program has developed, evaluated and improved the Arizona Water Festival program https://arizonawet.arizona.edu/programs/arizona_water_festival and now delivers it in communities statewide. Through these community events hosting up to 1,000 students in a day, we’ve engaged over 100,000 students and over 4,000 teachers in learning about water resources and stewardship regionally and in their communities. The Instructional Specialist will assist in sustaining and growing this program working directly with local communities across Arizona. The incumbent will promote, coordinate, and deliver the Arizona Water Festival Program. They will ensure that the goals and objectives for the program are accomplished in accordance with established priorities, time limitations, funding limitations, or other specifications. They will be a highly proficient coordinator able to multi-task and communicate effectively. The Instructional Specialist will report to the Director of APW and be a part of the statewide APW team. This position is located in Maricopa County.
The incumbent must be able to work some early mornings and weeknights and must possess a valid AZ driver’s license, as in-state travel will be required. The incumbent must also be willing and able to drive a truck pulling a 14-foot trailer to and from water festivals around the state. They must be able to lift 40 lbs.
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 retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities
- Carry out the mission of APW to promote water stewardship and STEM literacy by collaborating with the APW team and Director to coordinate the daily activities of the program and determine priorities based on funding limitations, grant goals, and deadlines;
- Connect, collaborate, and maintain relationships with community partners, including K-12 personnel and governmental, academic, and corporate organizations in order to promote UA water education initiatives and the Arizona Water Festival Program;
- Assist in fund-raising to support programs that communities want and need by: 1) identifying the needs of the local community, identifying the resources available in the community, raising awareness about Arizona Project WET and the Arizona Water Festival program, recognizing sponsors in written and verbal form, and regular communication with the APW Director;
- Assist in delivery of the Arizona Water Festival program by establishing the need for the program with school districts and partners, communicating with teachers, recruiting volunteers, conducting workshops and trainings, organizing the logistics and communication, maintaining and purchasing top-notch equipment and delivering effective and well organized festivals;
- Working with local coordinators deliver water festivals in communities (like Flagstaff, Yuma, Buckeye, Tucson, Marana, Sahuarita, Lake Havasu and Nogales) around the state.
- Communicate effectively in both written and verbal form;
- Promote the program through well-written flyers, documents, curriculum units and emails;
- Using social media tools and methods, communicate the APW message and impacts to all stakeholders and potential stakeholders.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Strong communications skills are a must both with students and adults;
- Ability to act independently on assigned tasks and projects;
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, stressful environment and manage deadlines;
- Ability to coordinate and motivate people;
- Strong organizational skills are a must;
- Ability to multi-task and prioritize;
- Basic computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Experience coordinating & managing multiple projects;
- Ability to work with children (K-12) in an educational and field settings;
- Interest in learning and teaching about water;
- Some public speaking experience;
- Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy and drive long distances in large vehicles;
- Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, four years of progressively responsible instructional or subject work experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education and/or a Water or Earth Science related field;
- Knowledge of STEM disciplines;
- Understanding of and commitment to Water Stewardship;
- Knowledge of Water Resources, the Water Cycle and Water Conservation.
Full Time/Part Time Part Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 30 Job Category Non-Faculty Academic and Instructional Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits FLSA Non-Exempt Posted Rate of Pay $12.51- $15.31 Per Hour