Trash 2 Treasure

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UNH Trash 2 Treasure (T2T) is a student-run social enterprise with the mission of assisting students, UNH and the local community in reducing waste. T2T’s main initiative is to run the move-out collection and yard sale program, reducing unnecessary discarded items from entering landfills. Consequently, T2T significantly reduces trash removal costs for the University and provides families back-to-school savings at move-in weekend yard sales. The success of this social enterprise is achieved through strong student leadership and passionate, active volunteers who want to promote sustainability.


Do you want experience running a real risk and reward business? UNH's own Trash 2 Treasure is now a Student-Run Enterprise, through the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, that can give you the chance to do just that!

 

      

Trash 2 Treasure collects massive quantities of furniture and dorm  items from students at the end of each school year to recycle or resell  them at discounted prices the following Fall. Since its inception, T2T  has saved students over half a million dollars in back-to-school  expenses and diverted over 174 tons of waste from entering landfills.

 We encourage all motivated students to consider joining our unique  student-led team. With T2T, you will participate in the planning and  implementation of our crowd-sourced collections and university-wide  tag sale that generates over $20,000 in annual revenues. This exciting  and invaluable opportunity can provide you with hands-on experience in the social enterprise sector. Taking part in the management,  marketing, and innovation of T2T's operations provides you the chance to apply your studies (from all disciplines) in a real-world scenario and have discretionary authority rarely found in student-run organizations.

 

 

Fall Semester Applications Available!

The application for T2T's Executive Positions is available now. While students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, the marks of a strong candidate will be an interest in sustainable systems, business competence, and volunteer experience with T2T.

 

POSITIONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The CEO of T2T acts as the program coordinator for the group and works closely with all other Executive Board members. The position is vital in ensuring the smooth planning and execution of Trash 2 Treasure’s collection and sale periods.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the main liaison to the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (advisor of T2T) and the T2T Advisory Committee
  • Complete initial position training with PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network)
  • Ensure the organization completes tasks necessary for the preparation and execution of collection and sale periods in a timely and efficient manner 
  • Organize and facilitate weekly Executive Board meetings
  • Work closely with the Executive Board to organize and implement weekly class periods including scheduling speakers, events, and preparing lesson plans
  • Maintain healthy, valuable relationships with University Administrators

Qualifications:

  • Highly organized
  • Assertive
  • Able to delegate
  • Able to prioritize tasks
  • Effective communicator
  • Can pitch T2T’s value numerically, environmentally, and socially
  • Able to successfully collaborate with others to complete tasks
  • Able to think “big picture”
  • Passion for T2T’s mission

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The COO of Trash 2 Treasure primarily coordinates the logistics of T2T’s collection and sale periods. The COO works closely with the Executive Board, T2T members, volunteers, University Administrators, and the UNH community to prepare for collections and sales.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete initial position training with PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network)
  • Create and follow a timeline for yearly logistical needs (for example: renting U-Hauls, storage containers, and securing a sale location)
    • Delegate, prioritize, and ensure completion of these tasks for T2T collection and sale
  • Participate in weekly Executive Board meetings
  • Examine logistical processes and determines areas for improvement
  • Manage T2T’s e-mail account and Google Drive

Qualifications:

  • Highly organized
  • Detail-oriented
  • Comfortable assigning and prioritizing tasks and checking in on completion
  • Able to effectively collaborate and communicate with a wide range of people
  • Flexible and able to adapt to change
  • Passion for T2T’s mission

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

The CFO of Trash 2 Treasure maintains the group’s budget by tracking revenues and expenditures. This includes preparing and presenting budget proposals as well as examining areas where the organization can cut back on expenses and increase revenue. Additionally, this position records and shares meeting notes.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete initial position training with PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network)
  • Coordinate and verify all transactions with the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise
  • Maintains T2T’s budget by recording all revenues and expenses in an organized and transparent manner
  • Prepares and presents budget proposals
  • Participates in weekly Executive Board meetings
  • Examines areas where the organization could cut back on expenses and increase revenue
  • Maintains meeting notes and shares with necessary recipients

Qualifications:

  • Able to work well with numbers
  • Can pitch T2T’s value numerically, environmentally, and socially
  • Effective communicator
  • Highly organized
  • Passion for T2T’s mission

Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager of Trash 2 Treasure is responsible for coordinating social media and marketing efforts to increase the organization’s presence in the UNH community. This position is important in building partnerships and a positive reputation for the group.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete initial position training with PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network)
  • Advertise for volunteer and member recruitment
  • Actively update and maintain T2T’s all social media platforms
  • Generate new marketing materials and campaigns
  • Participate in weekly Executive Board meetings

Qualifications:

  • People-oriented
  • Effective communicator
  • Strong knowledge of social media practices
  • Creative
  • Diligent in maintaining timelines
  • Passion for T2T’s mission

Volunteer Coordinator

Trash 2 Treasure’s Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers for the collection and sale periods. This position is reliant on maintaining valuable connections with organizations that provide volunteers as well as ensuring the volunteers have a positive experience with T2T.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete initial position training with PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network)
  • Recruit volunteers to assist with collection and sale periods
    • Utilize and maintain contacts with organizations that have previously provided volunteers
    • Pursue new volunteer contact opportunities
  • Manage volunteer positions through Signup.com
  • Communicate with volunteers for instructions, needs, feedback, etc.
  • Ensure volunteers have a positive experience with T2T
    • Coordinating early move-in or late move-out as well as food, parking, team-building and t-shirts for volunteers during the sale
  • Participate in weekly Executive Board meetings

Qualifications:

  • People-oriented
  • Effective communicator
  • Highly organized
  • Attention to detail
  • Passion for T2T’s mission

Summer Coordinator

Trash 2 Treasure’s Summer Coordinator is responsible for cleaning and organizing materials collected at the end of the school year. They play a primary role in preparing T2T for the annual yard sale.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete initial position training with PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network)
  • Organize materials in Williamson, Christensen, and all other storage locations
  • Gather waste items for recycling and disposal and coordinating their pickups
  • Schedule major clean up days (plastic cleaning, carpet cleaning, clothing, electronics testing, etc.)
  • Maintain positive rapport with UNH and Durham administrative bodies
  • Maintain a detailed journal throughout the summer of relevant dates, times, volunteers, tasks completed, problems/solutions, and suggestions for the future
  • Participate in weekly Executive Board meetings

Qualifications:

  • Highly organized
  • Attention to detail
  • Maintains, at most, one other job – coordinating efforts will take up approximately 15 hours per week
  • Can lead a team efficiently as well as work independently
  • Willing to get their hands dirty
  • Able to multi-task
  • Passion for T2T’s mission

Director of External Relations and Advancement

Trash 2 Treasure’s Director of External Relations and Advancement works closely with other members of the Executive Board to maintain positive relations with the UNH and Durham communities. Innovation is a pillar of their position as they ensure the organization is constantly striving to adhere to best business and sustainability practices.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete initial position training with PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network)
  • Analyze and adjust organization practices to ensure efficiency and effectiveness
  • Invest in the future of T2T by pitching new ideas that will improve and expand the organization
  • Create and sustain a detailed record of best practices and advancement concepts
  • Maintain a positive rapport in the UNH and Durham community through social media, public events, etc…
  • Participate in weekly Executive Board meetings

Qualifications:

  • Effective communicator
  • Strong writing skills
  • Creative and Innovative
  • “Big-picture” oriented
  • Passion for T2T’s mission

Questions?  Email our advisor Faina.Bukher@unh.edu.