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We're Hiring! Farm to School Education Coordinator

Position Title: Farm to School Education Coordinator

Reports to: Programs Manager

Supervisor Responsibility: Some volunteer supervision

FTE: 1.0 FTE / 40 hours per week

Compensation: $39,520- $45,760 range annual salary based on experience, plus eligibility for full health & vision insurance coverage after 30 days of employment. Food Roots provides ten paid holidays and paid time off by accrual basis.

Duration of employment: This is a regular, year-round staff position.

Schedule and location: This position is based in Tillamook, OR and requires frequent travel to school and other partner sites (mileage reimbursement is provided). Work activities are primarily scheduled during the school day with some evening and weekend events.


FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Food Roots Farm to School program provides hands-on, garden-based lessons rooted in science content, local food tastings, farmer visits to classrooms, farm field trips, farm to school related family and community engagement and local food procurement support for school food buyers. Farm to School activities like these support student academic, social, emotional, behavioral and healthy habit development, and help families develop relationships with local food producers. Farm to School is part of the fabric of Food Roots programs that help grow a more resilient and equitable food system in Tillamook County through community engagement, education, food and farm entrepreneur support, and improved access to local food.


GENERAL POSITION GOALS AND DUTIES

  • Provide on-going garden-based education and local food engagement activities in partnership with schools and other community organizations as assigned.

  • Represent Food Roots to schools/partners; maintain strong relationships with teachers, administrators and staff, parents, and other community stakeholders and partners.

  • Cultivate a safe, engaging environment throughout all program activities that is responsive to the academic, behavioral, social, emotional and physical needs of student participants while recognizing the diversity of backgrounds and experiences participants bring with them.


SPECIFIC POSITION DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan and implement regular hands-on, garden based lessons to student participants.

  • Lead schoolwide tasting table events promoting local, regional, and Oregon produced foods and food producers.

  • Plan and facilitate farmer engagement activities for students such as farmer visits to classrooms, field trips to local farms.

  • Plan and facilitate family engagement events.

  • Support ongoing school garden maintenance activities including leading volunteer work parties at the garden sites.

  • Participate and facilitate monthly school garden committee meetings.

  • Participate in weekly Farm to School team meetings and Food Roots staff meetings, and staff retreats and trainings as determined.

  • Keep garden and lesson materials well stocked and organized.

  • Complete monthly tracking forms and support data collection for program evaluation as needed.

  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned as relevant to this position.


POSITION ATTRIBUTES & QUALIFICATIONS

Strong candidates will have the following skills and abilities:

  • At least 1-2 years direct teaching experience with pre-K, elementary, and/or junior high students required; Familiarity with farm to school and school garden based programming is preferred but not required.

  • Highly motivated, creative, self-starter attitude with excellent attention to detail, multi-tasking, coordination, and organizing skills.

  • Ability to work well independently and in close collaboration with team members.

  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and balance priorities.

  • Computer skills required (Mac or PC, Gmail), and familiarity with GSuite (Google Docs, Sheets and Slides), or Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint); additional training will be provided if a strong candidate lacks this knowledge.

  • Must have a genuine enthusiasm for food systems work and the mission, goals, and values of Food Roots.

  • Must have a commitment to inclusive and responsive teaching practices, modeling a growth mindset, and applying equity considerations to all activities.

  • Ability to speak, read and write Spanish at a conversational level is strongly desired but not required.


In addition to the attributes and requirements listed above, we invite applicants who may have the following experience:

  • Higher education coursework or completion, or professional certification in areas like elementary education, environmental or outdoor education, nutrition, agriculture, botany, or horticulture.

  • Experience working in areas like school food service, food systems sustainability, and food security.

  • Experience working with Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, STEM/STEAM/STREAM, project-based learning, science literacy, social-emotional learning, or trauma-informed care practices.

  • Experience growing organic vegetables in the Pacific Northwest.


REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

  • Valid driver's license and ability to operate a personal motor vehicle with travel to work sites.

  • Program activities include some evening and weekend events.

  • Frequently lift, carry or move 10-30 pounds; occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.


APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Please submit the following materials by email to Carol Parks, Programs Manager, at carol@foodrootsnw.org (no phone calls, please):

  • A resume highlighting relevant experience.

  • A cover letter (two page maximum), including answers to the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in food systems work in general, and farm to school specifically?

  • How do you approach hands-on learning and cultivate an environment that is responsive to students you work with?

  • What is one of the most significant challenges you’ve experienced in your work and how did you address it?

  • Submit application materials as a PDF document.

  • If you are selected for an interview we will request three professional references.

  • We will accept applications for this position until 11:59pm on February 3. We may close the application period early if we determine that we have identified a candidate.

  • Interviews will be scheduled as qualified applications are received.

  • Anticipated start date is mid-February.

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