11 Feb 2022

Part-Time Zero Waste Coordinator

Kansas City Art InstituteKansas City, Missouri


Job Description

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), a national leader in visual arts and design education, is seeking applications for part-time, Zero Waste Coordinator. This position is a non-exempt, 9-month hourly position that pays $15.40 per hour at 29 hours per week.

Our Mission: Preparing gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design.
Our Vision: To be an innovative leader in art and design education.


The Zero Waste Coordinator will work with staff, faculty, and students, to identify and implement ways to reduce KCAI’s waste stream and to enact the recommendations from the Mid-American Regional Council Solid Waste Management District’s (MARC SWMD) environmental audit report. This staff position will also explore partnerships with the Nelson-Atkins Museum and Kemper Museum to promote zero waste practices, propelling the Arts Corridor into a position of green leadership in midtown Kansas City.


• Develops, implements, and oversees maintenance of KCAI’s zero waste programs, and outreach efforts to support achievement of sustainable practices, recycling, and waste management targets.
• Utilizes the recommendations put forth in KCAI’s campus-wide environmental audit as a roadmap to implement an action plan; while collaborating with all constituents including students, faculty, staff, and upper levels of the administration.
• Collect information about waste stream management or green building practices to inform decision makers
• Propose and develop comprehensive waste management systems that address KCAI’s complete waste stream.
• Consider green purchasing protocols, how to reduce and reuse, improve recycling and composting systems, and strengthen relationships with KCAI’s current haulers/vendors.
• Help streamline the COVID response protocols regarding waste while remaining within CDC guidelines.
• Build strong relationships within our community to improve our current practices.
• Lead educational programs- Gives presentations and holds meetings with staff, students, faculty, classes, departments, and others as needed.
• Propose and help build out the infrastructure necessary for success. This will include proper recycling/composting and reuse stations across campus.
• Write and submit invoices and quarterly reports to the MARC SWMD as well as a final report at closing of year 2022.
• Develop reports or presentations to communicate the effectiveness of zero waste initiatives.
• Collaborate with grounds supervisors and coordinate with campus departments, recycling and composting vendors and state local solid waste agencies to support KCAI’s achievement of zero waste.
• Assist in the grant application process to fund future zero waste initiatives.
• Supervise work-study student workers that will assist in implementing and maintaining campus-wide and department-specific initiatives, organizing the art supply repurposing (MISC) stations, collecting, and consolidating glass recycling from various departments, etc.
• Performs other related duties, as required.

• Work Study Students


• Ability to use current computer equipment and programs being used by the division. Including, but not limited to:
o Microsoft Office Suite products (including Word, Excel, and Power Point),
o Advanced Excel knowledge including charts, and budget spreadsheets
o Familiar with Google (Gmail, calendar, google docs, google hangout, etc.)
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong organizational and project management skills
• Ability to effectively work collaboratively, proactively, and cooperatively as part of a consensus building team environment.


• This position requires a thorough understanding of the issues and forces related to zero waste programs
• Previous work experience in a collegiate environment preferred.


• Bachelor’s degree in related field required.

About KCAI: The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent and accredited college of art and design founded in 1885 and located in the cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri. The college enrolls over 700 undergraduate students regionally, nationally, and internationally. For more information, please visit www.kcai.edu.

Applications deadline and procedures:
This position is considered “open” until an offer of employment has been accepted. Career inquiries and resume submissions received during the finalist stage of the search are not guaranteed consideration.
apply by email to: hr@kcai.edu

Attach to the email in PDF format only:
Cover letter
List of 3 professional references we may contact

Applicants must show proof of COVID vaccine(s) upon hire or submit to weekly testing.

Kansas City Art Institute is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing, and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, gender identity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

KCAI provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in the job application process. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Human Resources Department about your interest in employment. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kansas City Art Institute’s Human Resource Administrator at hr@kcai.edu .

EOE/AA: Minorities/Females/Disabled/Vets

How to Apply

apply by email to: hr@kcai.edu
Attach to the email in PDF format only:
Cover letter
List of 3 professional references we may contact

Job Categories: Featured and Recycling. Job Types: Part-Time. Salary: Less than 20,000.

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