Waste Diversion Coordinator


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Office of Sustainability (11066118)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

Current employees must apply internally via connectU > connectu.olemiss.edu

Definition of Class

This position coordinates, monitors, and supports existing recycling and composting programs by responding to departmental requests for assistance with recycling inventory, managing and prioritizing communications with facilities administrators, managing student staff, and in purchasing materials and supplies. Incumbent will also support the strategic University recycling initiatives by researching, developing and implementing modifications to improve institutional waste diversion effectiveness.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Monitors and responds to reports of issues and recycling bin requests.
  • Maintains data on waste diversion and emissions reductions from waste diversion practices
  • Maintains inventories and an updated map of campus facilities equipped with recycling services
  • Conducts waste characterization studies, waste audits, and cost-savings analyses related to institutional waste streams
  • Updates and maintains recycling bin signage on campus
  • Advises on necessary purchases and recycling budgets; documents and maintains reporting on purchases
  • Performs departmental pickup services on a limited, as needed basis
  • Maintains effective communications with facilities staff and recycling partners about recycling procedures and updates
  • Implements outreach and engagement activities around waste reduction
  • Provides quality customer service and support to all internal and external stakeholders
  • Assists in developing, implementing, and maintaining policies and procedures related to recycling and waste diversion services
  • Manages and recruits student staff of the Green Grove program in partnership with Ole Miss Athletics and Landscape Services
  • Manages and recruits student staff of the Compost Collective program in partnership with Ole Miss Dining.
  • Provides education on proper disposal of recycling
  • Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Essential Functions

       These essential functions include, but are not limited to the following. 

  1. Manages the daily operations related to waste diversion services for faculty, staff, and students.
  2. Serves as a liaison between the department and internal/external stakeholders.
  3. Provides supervision, guidance and training to support staff/students.

Minimum Education/Experience

High School Diploma or equivalent (GED)


1 year of experience related to the duties described above


Substitution Statement:

Related experience may be substituted for education on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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