Title: Education Manager (part-time 30hrs/wk)
Reports to: Executive Director
Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, garden-based education and 2) access to healthy local food. Project GROWS cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 25,000 pounds of food each year. We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.
General Statement of Responsibilities
The Education Manager (EM) will be responsible for coordinating and implementing all aspects of education programming at Project GROWS. The EM will implement programming at the farm and partner sites including but not limited to curriculum development and modification, on-site instruction, in-school instruction, and the development of learning gardens in the community. Along with the Farm Manager, the EM will supervise and mentor youth staff and education interns including Fellows from the Allegheny Mountain Institute. In addition, the EM will be expected to participate in ongoing design, planning, and maintenance of farm. The EM will:
· Manage and collaborate with other staff, interns, and volunteers to provide nutrition, gardening, and cooking instruction to youth and adult participants at Project GROWS
· Manage and collaborate with staff, interns, and community partners to modify and implement food education taking place at partner agency sites and farmer’s markets and at community events
· Meet with youth staff and intern(s) on a weekly basis to discuss performance and growth and provide him/her with any support and assistance he/she may need
· Develop systems for tracking quantitative and qualitative data in order to accurately measure the impact of educational programs and make necessary adjustments to the programs
· Develop resources and aids to accompany lessons, working toward a holistic learning experience that takes a student from the classroom, to the farm, and beyond
· Manage all aspects of communication with local school systems, including teachers, administrations and nutrition directors, facilitating and managing field trips, staff visits, and farm to school activities
· Develop and implement workshops on nutrition and gardening in the community throughout the year
· Develop new lessons and strategies for connecting children to nature, including a comprehensive summer camp curriculum
· Serve as the liaison and coordinator for the Youth Education Committee (a committee of the Project GROWS Board), and recruit community partners as members
· Participate regularly in farm maintenance and farmer’s market management, as needed
· Work closely with the farm manager to develop education-focused spaces throughout the farm
· Coordinate the monthly Project GROWS newsletter and manage other social media as required
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Most importantly, Project GROWS seeks a flexible individual who is willing to take part in all PG responsibilities and be part of a dynamic team. Specifically for this position, Project Grows seeks an individual who is comfortable with and knowledgeable in development of curriculum, effective instructional strategies, and an interest in providing appropriate classroom management in a garden setting. Has experience and knowledge of working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds. Possesses strong interpersonal skills and an ability to manage various community relationships. Is very organized and has strong communication skills including managing a high volume of email requests in a timely manner and coordinating all scheduling. In addition, knowledge of the flow of a full season in a production garden and a basic knowledge of Permaculture and/or sustainable food production is a plus. All Project GROWS’ staff must be able to lift 50 lbs and work outside in physically demanding environments.
Physical Attributes and/or Environmental Issues
The position is very much a “textured” position requiring of the Education Manager to be both comfortable in an outdoor setting engaging plants, comfortable working independently in an office setting, as well as comfortable providing instruction and/or workshops to youth on and off-site.
· Cell phone communication
· Frequent computer and internet access
· Reliable transportation
· A valid driver’s license
· Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
· Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants
This is a year-round, 30 hr/wk position. Benefits include paid time off and a share of farm produce. Weekend availability is required for special education events and occasional farmer’s markets (May through September). This is a paid position starting at $15-$18 an hour negotiable based on experience.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.