Reuse / Education Specialist  - Ann Arbor, Michigan

32 hours/week - 60-80% of the year 
Up to 40 hours/week - during peak Education Programming and as needed 
Starting at $15.00 hour 
Hourly/Non-Exempt 
Paid Time Off / Sick Leave / Paid Holidays 
Monthly craft allowance of $25 that expires at the end of each month. 

Reports to: A2 Site Executive Director 

SCRAP is searching for an energetic and outgoing individual to fill the role of Reuse/Education Specialist. This position is responsible for providing excellent customer service in a welcoming environment and receiving, processing and managing high quality and safe creative reuse materials for retail and Online Stores. This special hybrid role will also be responsible for providing creative reuse education programs to our community. This role is responsible for scheduling on and offsite reuse art education programs, corresponding with educators and community members, and providing high quality, unique educational art programming to children and adults in the community.  

SCRAP’s mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. To fulfill our mission, SCRAP operates a donation-based creative reuse store and education programming.  

JOB SUMMARY 
This position is well-trained in all SCRAP departments including but not limited to: the reuse supply/retail store, the educational department, and recovery/donations duties. They will be primarily scheduled in the reuse supply/retail store and educational programming in any given week dependent upon the needs of the organization. This position is responsible for providing excellent customer service in a welcoming environment and receiving, processing, and managing high quality and safe creative reuse materials for retail. This role will be a liaison and cultivate partnerships between SCRAP’s educational programming and their local community. Additionally, if needed this role will be able to provide fast paced sorting and organization and/or physical support to the donations department and will be expected to engage in frequent heavy lifting over the course of a shift. The Site Executive Director or designee will determine the scheduling needs for maximum efficiency.   

Duties include, but are not limited to: 

Reuse and Donations Operations 

  • Providing excellent customer service 
  • Ensuring customers are greeted professionally, warmly and helpfully 
  • Retail cashiering 
  • Opening/closing store as scheduled 
  • Inventory pricing 
  • Sort, stock, and organize sections 
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly shopping environment 
  • Assisting with display and promotions 
  • Offering creative advice as requested 
  • Maintaining high quality standards for handling materials 
  • Helping direct volunteers to ensure safe and efficient use of time 
  • Providing excellent customer relations while receiving materials 
  • Staying current on what materials are accepted  
  • Using appropriate protocol in processing received materials 
  • Using appropriate pricing protocol as directed by the Site Executive Director or designee 
  • Stock items according to accepted protocol onto the floor or back stock area 
  • Working with Reuse Supply Manager to develop efficient systems for materials processing 
  • Maintaining high quality standards for handling materials 
  • Help direct materials volunteers to ensure safe and efficient processing 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Site Executive Director or designee 

Education Operations:  

  • Lead, manage, and teach SCRAP Educational Programs including: Field Trips (at SCRAP), SCRAP at School(s), Teacher Trainings, Camp SCRAP, Birthday Parties, Scouting Outings, and other educational activities in/from the creative reuse center. 
  • Lead/Join Workshops and Events - Host family-friendly craft workshops at SCRAP or other places in the community (Craft workshops, Crafternoons, Craft & Drink, etc).  
  • Maintain an organized and ready-to-use SCRAP studio space. 
  • Creating and developing a new or rotating set of lessons and projects both to continually engage return students and to reflect updates in inventory, sustainability best practices, and student aptitude.    
  • Outreach - Promote education program offerings to schools, educators, and the community.  
  • Safety - Complete Incident Report per protocol and ensure compliance with safety guidelines for use of education space and all activities for participants and leaders.  

Qualifications: 

  • Ability to communicate effectively, in an oral and written format  
  • Great organizational skills 
  • Ability to speak effectively to a large group  
  • Positive classroom management skills  
  • Art/creative experience with a variety of media  
  • Ability to lead art projects with students of varying ability  
  • Availability to work weekends/school breaks as needed for SCRAP events 
  • Demonstrated reliability and dedication in the workplace 

Preferred Qualities/Abilities: 

  • One year experience working or volunteering with children  
  • Current driver's license and a vehicle to aid in transporting education materials to and from schools and other settings. 
  • University credits in education, childhood development, school administration, art therapy, or a related field. 
  • Lesson planning experience.  

Working Conditions 

  • A high frequency of unassisted heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis per shift) 
  • Bending, stooping and climbing 
  • Standing and walking for the duration of the shift 
  • Weekend schedule availability 

Qualities 

  • Must have a passion for SCRAP’s Mission 
  • Must have a commitment to reuse and some knowledge of the reuse sector 
  • Must have a passion for arts accessibility and removing barriers to participation in creation  
  • Must be capable of physical labor, fast paced movement, standing, heavy lifting, and materials processing with a variety of materials and types of material donations 
  • Highly organized with regards to inventory, materials, and sorting 

Expectations of all SCRAP Staff:  
Work as part of a team with other staff, volunteers, and programs to fulfill SCRAP’s mission; communicate effectively and focus on good stakeholder relations; greet stakeholders professionally, warmly and helpfully; stay current with the environmental services community and sources of information and referrals for callers and customers; stay current with developments in reuse and recycling, including legislation and availability of recyclable materials markets; when necessary, say “no” tactfully and suggest other community resources to meet appropriate needs; and is an ambassador for SCRAP in the community.  

Education Specialist - Portland Oregon

20 - 24 hours/week - 70-80% of the year
Up to 40 hours/week - during peak Education Programming (Spring Break, Summer Camp, and Winter Break) 
Starting at $15.00 hour 
Hourly/Non-Exempt  
Sick Leave
Monthly craft allowance of $25 that expires at the end of each month. 

Reports to: Site Executive Director and Education Coordinator 

SCRAP is searching for an energetic and outgoing individual to fill the role of Education Specialist. This position is responsible for scheduling and leading SCRAP’s Education Programs, including field trips, teaching reuse in classrooms, workshops, kids’ camps, and community outreach 

SCRAP’s mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. To fulfill our mission, SCRAP operates a donation-based creative reuse store and education programming.  

SCRAP boasts a world-class creative reuse education program for students Pre-K through 12th grade and adults. By combining environmental education, art and sustainable activities, students have a fully engaging and informative experience. Students, teachers, and parents learn about saving reusable items that would otherwise wind up in the trash or recycling bin.  

JOB SUMMARY 
Hours would typically be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during store hours (between 11-7). These will vary when Camps are in session (when Education is full-time focused on Camps). An increase in hours up to 40 hours/week during seasonal camp sessions is typical. This position is responsible for scheduling, promoting and delivering SCRAP Education programming, in collaboration and communication with the Education Coordinator. Although the focus of this position is the Education Program, a portion of these hours could be delegated to Reuse/Donations Specialist job duties. The range is not limited to but somewhere between 15 – 20 hours/week for education programs and coordination, and 0 – 5 hours reuse center, customer service and in-store responsibilities/donations processing duties.   

Duties include but are not limited to:  

  • Leading, managing, and teaching SCRAP Educational Programs including: Field Trips (at SCRAP), SCRAP at School(s), Teacher Trainings, Camp SCRAP, Birthday Parties, Scouting Outings, and other educational activities in/from the creative reuse center. 
  • Managing and coordinating Workshops and Events - Host regular family-friendly craft workshops at SCRAP or other places in the community (Craft workshops, Crafternoons, Craft & Drink, etc).  
  • Managing the use of the SCRAP Education Studio for programs, workshops, events, bookings, and store uses. Maintaining an organized and ready-to-use studio space. 
  • Creating and developing a new or rotating set of lessons and projects both to continually engage return students and to reflect updates in inventory, sustainability best practices, and student aptitude.    
  • Administration - Collaborating with the Education Coordinator to schedule educational programming; sending invoices, tracking registration lists, and corresponding by email with teachers and parents. 
  • Outreach - Promoting educational program offerings to schools, educators, and the community.  
  • Safety - Completing Incident Reports per protocol and ensuring compliance with safety guidelines for use of education space and all activities for participants and leaders.  
  • Reuse Center Duties: Providing customer service, retail cashiering, sorting/stocking/organizing sections, assisting with promotions, maintaining high quality standards for handling materials. 

Qualifications 

  • One year experience working or volunteering with children  
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in an oral and written format  
  • Great organizational skills 
  • Ability to speak effectively to a large group  
  • Positive classroom management skills  
  • Art/creative experience with a variety of media  
  • Ability to lead art projects with students of varying ability  
  • Availability to work additional paid hours for camp during school breaks and summers  
  • Availability to work Saturdays as needed for SCRAP parties  
  • Demonstrated reliability and dedication in the workplace  

Preferred Qualities/Abilities: 

  • Current driver's license and a vehicle to aid in transporting education materials to and from schools and other settings. 
  • University credits in education, childhood development, school administration, art therapy, or a related field. 
  • Lesson planning experience.  
  • Bilingual Spanish or other languages 

Working Conditions 

  • A high frequency of unassisted heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis per shift) 
  • Bending, stooping and climbing 
  • Standing and walking for extended periods of times 
  • Working in hot and cold climates 

Qualities  

  • Must have a passion for SCRAP’s mission  
  • Must have an understanding of the creative reuse sector  
  • Must have a commitment to reuse  
  • Must be an exceptional team player who exercises independent judgment and can work independently or with a team  
  • Must be highly organized, have exceptional time-management skills and reliable  
  • Emotional intelligence  
  • Experience creating and maintaining operational manuals  

Expectations of all SCRAP Staff:  
Work as part of a team with other staff, volunteers, and programs to fulfill SCRAP’s mission; communicate effectively and focus on good stakeholder relations; greet stakeholders professionally, warmly and helpfully; stay current with the environmental services community and sources of information and referrals for callers and customers; stay current with developments in reuse and recycling, including legislation and availability of recyclable materials markets; when necessary, say “no” tactfully and suggest other community resources to meet appropriate needs; and is an ambassador for SCRAP in the community.  

Job Application

SCRAP Creative Reuse does not discriminate in opportunities, programming, or practices because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, transgender status, or any other status protected by law. SCRAP Creative Reuse is dedicated to a culturally inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from people in marginalized communities.