The Cornucopia Project hiring Co-Director: School Programs

Peterborough, New Hampshire

Co-Director: School Programs

Executive Summary: The Cornucopia Project plants the seeds for a lifetime of healthy eating by teaching the joys of growing food in school and community-based gardens. The Co-Director of School (CDS) programs has primary responsibility for managing Cornucopia’s school-based garden education program, and shares responsibility for managing the organization with the Co-Director of Community Programs.

The CDS teaches developmentally appropriate garden-based curriculum to first and second graders in eight ConVal District elementary schools. The program extends into 3rd to 5th grades in two of the schools, reaching more than 400 children in total. Cornucopia lessons are closely aligned to district-approved learning standards and tailored to enhance classroom teaching. During two seven-week spring and fall sessions, the CDS teaches part-time and supervises a full-time teacher. The Co-Director works closely with District and school administrators, teachers and parents to sustain the school gardens and programs.

In addition, this position shares joint responsibility with the Communities Co-Director for managing the organization and securing funding from foundations and donors, and has primary responsibility for overseeing Cornucopia’s budget and finances. Both Co-Directors report directly to the Board and represent Cornucopia to stakeholders and the community-at-large. This fulltime salaried position is based out of our office in Peterborough, NH.

Educational and School-based Responsibilities:

  • The CDS provides educational leadership and strategic vision for Cornucopia’s school-based programs.
  • Manages Grades 1 & 2 programs at eight ConVal elementary schools, as well as grades K through 4 at Hancock Elementary School and grades K through 5 at Dublin Consolidated School.
  • Teaches part-time during two seven-week programs; recruits, trains and manages Cornucopia teacher and future interns.
  • Works closely with teachers to purposefully blend district-approved academic standards and curricular guidelines with experiential garden-based learning culminating in annual harvest event.
  • Manages and administers teaching contracts and oversees long-term program development.
  • Supervises the management of school gardens; organizes and manages planting schedules; builds raised beds when needed; and procures and maintains gardening supplies and equipment.
  • Establishes positive relationships with the ConVal school administration, teachers and PTO’s, and cultivates engagement and commitment to the gardens by building a strong volunteer and funding base at each school.
  • Designs and executes program evaluation and assessment, and documents and reports on all school-based activities.

Organizational and Management Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with Co-Director of Community Programs and Board to manage Cornucopia’s administrative, governance, and human and financial resources.
  • Shares responsibility for staff recruitment, training and management.
  • Assumes primary responsibility for foundation and grant-based fundraising and shares responsibility for identifying and pursuing individual donor, in-kind and program-related resource opportunities.
  • Assumes primary responsibility for managing Cornucopia’s budgets and financial systems.
  • Participates in external communications including public speaking, publications, policy and advocacy opportunities.
  • Supports Cornucopia’s mission and is committed to promoting healthy and sustainable programs, organization and community.


  • Certified teacher (New Hampshire or New England) with a minimum of 2 to 3 years of elementary school teaching experience. Experience with agricultural-based curriculum, organic food production and/or home gardening and knowledge of related science, health and food topics.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, staff management experience and ability to work collaboratively.
  • Experience with managing organizational budgets and financial accounting systems.
  • Outstanding time management, strategic and organizational skills.
  • Track record of successful grant writing and fundraising experience.
  • Self-directed with ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills.
  • Computer skills: adept at MS Office (Word, Excel and PPT) and familiarity with accounting and database software.


  • Competitive annual salary commensurate with education experience and includes a benefit package.

Application Process:

  • Submit cover letter and resume (MSWord or PDF format) and three current reference contacts noting “Co-Director” in subject line to:
  • Application deadline of Monday, March 10, 2014. Start date early April.

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