Outreach & Creative Programs Specialist -- University of Arizona

Post date: March 21, 2022


Posting Number req9207

Department Student Learning & Engagement

Department Website Link https://new.library.arizona.edu/about/organization/index.html

Location Main Campus

Address Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona Libraries seek an Outreach and Creative Programs Specialist for CATalyst Studios, our makerspace and digital research center in the Main Library. This space includes a makerspace, a virtual/augmented reality and media studio, a data studio with a data visualization wall, and adjacent classrooms. CATalyst Studios will form a hub of collaborative, hands-on learning through deep engagement with technology that enables UA students to achieve academic success as well as preparation for the modern workplace. CATalyst Studios is part of the Experiential Learning Unit within the Student Learning and Engagement Department (SLE) .

The Outreach and Creative Programs Specialist will manage and coordinate the daily operations of the CATalyst Studios, foster a creative community of practice, and support a generative ethos for this new, dynamic and collaborative space and service of the UA Libraries. The Specialist will develop and manage a team of student workers, mentoring and empowering them to support a creative, iterative student-led space. The day-to-day management of the physical space will require attention to detail and development of procedures and policies in collaboration with the rest of the Experiential Learning Unit, which includes the Director of CATalyst Studios, the Experiential Learning Librarian, and the Digital Design and Fabrication Specialist. Expect a rich and collaborative team environment with ample opportunity to create new opportunities.

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

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Duties & Responsibilities


  • Supervises a team of student workers and makes decisions regarding hiring, training, work distribution, evaluation, and termination of employees

  • Develops and implements student worker training initiatives along with robust coaching and mentoring to create an environment of continuous learning and growth

  • Plans, designs and coordinates creative programs and appropriate space and equipment usage in CATalyst Studios

  • Actively promote the activities of CATalyst Studios in coordination with the library’s Marketing and Communications

  • Manages CATalyst workshop registration and associated logistics for participant communication

  • Proactively develops and fosters learning communities, including supporting peer-to-peer learning opportunities

  • Builds and maintains excellent relations with faculty, students and the broader campus community

  • Ensures safety of library users, employees, and security of library materials through application of library and University policies and procedures

  • Triages consultation requests and manages drop-in and scheduled sessions

  • Coordinates physical exhibitions in the CATalyst Studios

  • Contributes to development of assessment tools, and collects and analyzes data related to the use of the Studios and the needs of users

  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Ability to support multiple creative projects of students, staff and instructors through participatory engagement and project management

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, discretion, and good judgment as well as skill in developing and maintaining good working relationships, including donor development support

  • Skill in recruiting, training, coaching, and performance management of direct reports

  • Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices and techniques

  • Skill in supervising the functions and staff of makerspace, VR and other learning studios

  • Familiarity with common maker tools featured in the CATalyst Studios

  • Knowledge of inclusive service practices that focus the user experience

  • Ability to develop, manage and maintain data collection efforts

  • Excellent project planning, project management, and collaborative problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives

  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience

  • 3 years relevant work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree

  • Experience with event planning and coordination

  • Demonstrated experience with technology and software programs

  • Experience supervising undergraduate students

  • Experience with budget management, including financial planning and projecting, monitoring expenditures, and developing budgetary solutions

FLSA Exempt

Full Time/Part Time Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week 40

Job FTE 1.0

Work Calendar Fiscal

Job Category Libraries

Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay $45,000 - $55,000

Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Grade 7

Career Stream and Level PC2

Job Family Library Services

Job Function Libraries

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies 1

Target Hire Date 5/30/2022

Expected End Date

Contact Information for Candidates Armando Cruz (armandocruz@email.arizona.edu)

Open Date 3/18/2022

Open Until Filled Yes

Documents Needed to Apply Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant: To ensure your application materials are considered, please submit your application by the first review date of April 11, 2022.

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 an 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.