Job Announcement: Arizona State University: Program Manager-Zero Waste

Job Title: Program Manager-Zero Waste
Job ID: 31774 (
Location: Tempe campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
College/Division: University Business Services / Sustainability Practices
Posted Rate of Pay:  $44,667 – $58,068 per year; DOE

Duties and Responsibilities

Sustainability Practices seeks an experienced professional to manage the zero waste initiative at Arizona State University. The goal of the zero waste initiative is waste diversion and to reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and dispose. This person will manage the implementation of this program. This will include working collaboratively with the Recycling department to develop operational procedures; develop and implement policies and procedures; oversee the day to day operational responsibilities and student staff. Will also coordinate the external communications with the campus community and develops a communication campaign for zero waste. Works with athletics to promote the zero waste initiative at designated events. Oversees and manages staffing and operations budgets; assists in budget preparation, monitors expenses and implements approved project plans; authorizes purchases and prepares periodic and annual financial reports and budget request; represents the department and serves on various department and university committees; acts as liaison with the community, students, faculty, and staff in facilitating university programs; serves as a representative of the University at state, regional and national organizations, boards, councils and committees as assigned.

DAYS AND SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM; will include occasional evenings and weekends.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field and five years administrative/coordination experience; OR, Master’s degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND three years administrative/coordination experience; OR Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved

Desired Qualifications

Experience with: waste management, recycling, composting; waste management operations; organizing and coordinating projects/events; operations budgets and expenses; marketing/promoting sustainability; MS Office applications (i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint); Higher education sustainability.

Department Statement/Gen Info

The Global Institute of Sustainability conducts research, education, and problem-solving related to sustainability, with a special focus on urban environments. The Institute initiates and nurtures work on issues of sustainability across many departments on the four campuses of ASU, and collaborates with other academic institutions, governments, businesses and industries, and community groups locally, nationally, and globally.

The University Sustainability Practices Office is located in the Global Institute of Sustainability. USP develops and maintains the university-wide vision and goals for sustainability practices, including Climate Neutrality, Zero Solid/Water Waste, Active Engagement, and Principled Practice. The office serves as a guide and resource for the integration of sustainability practices in ASU’s community of over eighty-two thousand people.

This position is funded in whole or part by sources other than state appropriations and may terminate when funding is no longer available.

Background Check Statement: ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Standard Statement:  Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 70,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit

This position is a University Staff position. All University Staff are employed at will.

Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Close Date:  October 7, 2013

Instructions to Apply:  Application deadline is 11:59pm Arizona time on the day indicated.


Complete the required information and attach a single Word or PDF document, which includes:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references (names, addresses and phone numbers)

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position. If you need assistance applying for this job, please contact our customer service center at 855-278-5081.

All successful candidates must be able to provide proof they are eligible to work in the United States.

ASU does not pay candidates for travel expenses associated with interviewing, unless otherwise indicated by the department at the time of call for interview.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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