Land’s Sake Farm hiring Education Program Manager

Weston, Massachusetts

Position Title: Farm-Based Education: Education Program Manager        Year-Round, Full-Time, At-will employee       

Supervisor/Reports to: Executive Director

Direct Reports: Education Program Coordinator, Seasonal Summer Staff and Volunteersa

Position Summary:

Land’s Sake is seeking a personable, highly capable, well organized, creative and experienced educator to direct all aspects of the educational programs at Land’s Sake as our next Education Program Manager.

Land’s Sake has a unique and impactful education program, characterized by a strong relationship with the Weston Public Schools, established summer programs, and after-school and vacation programming throughout the year.  This exciting position lies at the very core of the organization, and as such develops, directs, and helps to deliver all aspects of education programs at Land’s Sake, in collaboration with one full-time education coordinator and part-time staff as needed seasonally.

The primary goal of the program manager is to ensure the consistent high quality of Land’s Sake programs, while working with staff, board, and key constituent groups to develop and grow the program to meet our mission objectives and community needs. This includes the full range of summer programs, after school and vacation programs, school and group visits as well as family and adult workshops.

The Education Program Manager manages volunteers on the farm to maintain the education garden, care for our rabbits and chickens, and complete other projects relevant to education programs.  The Education Program Manager is also responsible for public outreach programs, social and other media updates, and educational components for Land’s Sake events.

A successful candidate will collaborate with other staff to create a joyful and fun learning environment while managing the inherent risks of working on a farm, and maintaining our unique farm aesthetic. Effective and open communication with the other branches of the organization are vital to this job.  Along with all staff, the Education Program Manager works diligently to carry out mission oriented goals and objectives.

Organizational Overview:

Founded in 1980, Land’s Sake is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. By combining ecologically sound land management with experiential farm-based education, we provide a powerful model of how public open space can be effectively used and enjoyed by the community.  We operate three interdependent branches:  (1) sustainable land management and open space preservation, (2) farm-based education, and (3) a community farm.   The education department serves our community through group/school programs, after school programs, adult education workshops and summer programs.  Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization.  We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions. To learn more about this unique nonprofit please visit: www.landssake.org.
Responsibilities: The follow responsibilities are laid out by program, many of which happen seasonally and may overlap from program to program.

Administrative:

  • Manage relationships with town, schools, parents, advisory committees, and program constituents
  • Manage annual planning and budgeting process for the education dept.
  • Hire and manage education staff
  • Coordinate with administrative staff regarding billing and bookkeeping as it relates to education programs
  • Manage infrastructure needs including: equipment, tools, educational materials, and structures for educational use.
  • Lead marketing and public messaging for education programs and support other organizational marketing efforts as needed
  • Attend regular staff meetings and contribute to organizational development and strategic conversations as the voice of the education program

Summer Programs:

  • Oversee the development of summer programs
  • Guide market outreach and program promotion through a variety of public forums and media
  • Manage overall program marketing, promotion, and registration
  • Maintain website information & coordination with online registration sites
  • Oversee, observe and direct Education staff
  • Provide program logistical support as needed
  • Implement and deliver program as needed

School Programs:

  • Write annual grant proposals to support town school programs & other education program activities
  • Manage education-related town contracts
  • Train and coordinate part time educators to lead group programs
  • Coordinate with teachers and group leaders
  • Lead implementation of programs
  • Develop new programs and partnerships as capacity and funding permit

After-School and Vacation Week Programs:

  • Develop after school programs
  • Oversee market research and program evaluation
  • Market programs through a variety of public forums and media
  • Coordinate with Town Recreation Department for program registration
  • Deliver programs year round
  • Supervise education staff and volunteers

Other Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of the education garden to ensure the garden meets programmatic needs
  • Oversee all aspects of small livestock care to meet programmatic needs
  • Manage individual volunteers, specifically as it relates to animal care, garden work, and education program delivery, occasionally includes groups and Eagle Scout projects
  • Develop and implement outreach programs off site to extend the reach of our mission and marketing efforts.
  • Update website and social media outlets as it relates to education programs
  • Support events and assist with planning as it relates to the education program
  • Assist with other non-education-related tasks when needed

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or greater in environmental science, education or relevant field
  • At least three years of teaching and/or youth leadership experience in a school or non-traditional setting, with proven ability around youth safety and group management
  • At least two years of demonstrated experience in program management or program coordination, including camp, after school program, or other comparable youth program
  • At least one full season’s experience of farm work or experience in garden planning/management
  • Professional character that is consistent, self-directed, flexible, and able to maintain composure in a dynamic work environment
  • Respectful, clear and patient interpersonal communication skill set that allows for collaborative work across departments
  • Commitment to and understanding of a farm schedule, knowing this includes longer hours in the summer and high production times.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings when necessary as well as a flexible year round schedule
  • Experience with management of a variety of small livestock a plus
  • Comfortable with public speaking and networking
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass CORI check
  • First Aid and CPR training or current certification
  • Basic computer and office skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience with Quickbooks, Adobe Indesign, and Photoshop preferred

Essential Functions:

  • Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group
  • Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the forest
  • Must be able to communicate (both written and verbal) clearly and effectively with staff, participants, and other constituents
  • Must be able to lift and carry heavy tools, supplies, animal feed, etc…

Employment dates:

Ideally this position will start by December 9th, 2013.  This is a full-time year-round position.  Candidates interested in holding this position for multiple years will be given preference.

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • 50% of health care cost covered by Land’s Sake; partial mobile phone reimbursement
  • Two weeks paid vacation.
  • Access to organic produce and flowers grown on the farm.
  • The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside dedicated staff on a beautiful organic farm in a unique community!

Equal Opportunity Policy:

Land’s Sake is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating a multicultural organization.  We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates for all positions.

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity.  Email Ed Barker, Executive Director, at hiring@landssake.org, or mail to Land’s Sake (c/o Ed Barker), 27 Crescent Street, Weston, MA 02493.

Deadline: October 24, 2013 

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