Overview

Pitney Meadows Community Farm is seeking a high energy, innovative team member with a passion for promoting educational engagement with our farming operation, Community Gardens, recreational trails and preserved land.The position requires implementing and coordinating education programs using methods such as experiential education, inquiry-based learning and nature-based experiences to connect our community to nature and agriculture. The Education Director is expected to broaden PMCFs educational programs through collaboration with community partners as well as develop PMCFs own curriculum. The Education Director is expected to teach alone and in collaboration with PMCF staff, board and community members.The goal is for the Education Director to expand PMCF educational programming, creating a full-time position.The Education Director is required to secure the funds to cover 50% of their compensation through revenue and grants starting in 2022.The Education Director reports to the Executive Director.Program Development and ExecutionTake ownership of curating, coordinating and promoting a diverse offering of educational activities at the farm consistent with the mission and vision of PMCF focused on agriculture, conservation, nutrition, and sustainability for a range of audiences including:FamiliesSchool GroupsCitizen ScientistsRetireesFarmersStrengthen existing relationships with key partners e.g. public and private schools, food security organizations and the YMCA in addition to cultivating new relationships within educational networks.Generate revenue through educational programming and grants to support PMCFs education initiatives and the organization as a whole.Seek out and work alongside community educators of all backgrounds on a regular basis.Participate in the design, set up, implementation, teaching, and break down of educational programs.Greet and guide educators and program participants on-site.Help plan and execute offsite educational programs.Program Administration and CommunicationsTranslate strategies and large goals into timelines, milestones and deadlines including metrics for success.Scale up programs and provide oversight and development of new policies and proceduresEnsure that grant-based program performance is tracked and reported with required substantiation in a timely manner.Assess risks and maintain standards of safety across all programming.Represent PMCF in the community and with community partners in a positive manner.Coordinate educational programs in conjunction with the Events Committee, staff members and Executive Director.Clear program schedule and plan facility use through designated PMCF channels.Prepare monthly Education reports for the Board.Attend and participate in PMCF staff meetings.Ensure compliance with all state and local regulations particularly with health related concerns.Cross-Organizational SupportWear many hats as part of our small staff and support the organization as a whole, collaborating with other PMCF staff.Identify opportunities and synergies across the organization.Support the Grants Committee and Philanthropy Committee to secure funding for educational programs.QualificationsProven track record of high level organizational skills including planning, delegating, program development, goal setting, task facilitation and presenting measurable resultsDemonstrated ability to work independently and take direction on a variety of tasks simultaneouslyPassion for PMCFs mission to celebrate and explore agricultural education, healthy food production and recreation on this preserved working farmExcellent communication skills that support collaborations with an active board, staff, community partners, parents, teachers, volunteers and visitorsStrong teaching and public speaking skillsDemonstrated ability to communicate with individuals of all ages and abilities and to interact positively and effectively with a variety of constituents including parents, teachers, volunteers and visitorsAbility to maintain order and safe working practices in a farm setting with young studentsAttention to detail in maintaining a clean and safe environmentExperience with developing virtual education programs is a plusPosition RequirementsBachelors degree or equivalent experienceExperience working with young studentsEducational experience in related fieldsExperience in environmental educationValid Drivers LicenseAbility to lift 40 pounds and perform tasks in all types of weather conditionsThis position requires flexible work schedule based on program schedulingCompensationPosition is part-time (20-25 hrs/week) with the goal of expanding into a full-time positionPaid vacation and sick timePersonal and professional development opportunities in consultation with the Executive Director.The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside a dedicated staff and board.Hourly wage commensurate with experiencePitney Meadows Community Farm (PMCF) maintains a policy of non-discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment.All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, and qualifications.It is the policy of PMCF in recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting employees to select the best qualified individuals without regard to age, race, color, national origin, marital status, gender, (including gender identity and transgender) religion, sexual orientation, military status, genetic information, disability, domestic violence victim status, familial status or any other characteristic protected by law.Start Date: February 2021Tracking

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