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Job Detail: Director of Education and Community Outreach Programs
About Waltham Fields Community Farm:
Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF) promotes local agriculture and food access through our farming operations and education programs, using practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. We encourage healthy relationships between people, their food supply, and the land from which it grows.
Waltham Fields Community Farm (incorporated as Community Farms Outreach, Inc.) is a nonprofit agricultural organization focusing on food access and education. We grow vegetables according to organic principles on 15 acres of leased land, with a minimum of 20% of our harvest dedicated to low-income households. WFCF operates a 470-share community supported agriculture (CSA) program, a Learning Garden and educational programs for children and youth. We train farmers, and welcome volunteers, who provide over 2,000 hours of assistance each year. We have 7 year-round staff members and a large seasonal staff. Since our founding in 1995, we have grown from a small volunteer-run effort into a recognized organization serving a variety of critical community needs, including mentorship and resource-sharing for new farms and farmers in the region. In 2019 we will celebrate our 25th Anniversary of Farming and Food Access programs!
WFCF expects applicants to have a strongly developed work ethic, a sense of personal accountability and thoughtfulness, and, a sense of humor about themselves. An ability to keep a positive attitude during the ebbs and flows and various demands on time and energy is an important foundation to bring to this position. If you are naturally motivated to push yourself and motivated by others who are doing the same, then you will love Waltham Fields! Our educational program is entering its 21st year and we are excited for the upcoming season of learning, growth and the opportunity to nourish our community and cultivate new relationships.
The Assistant Director of Education and Community Outreach Programs is responsible for coordination and leadership of all Education Programs and Community Outreach Programs at Waltham Fields Community Farm. Time devoted to each program area is distributed based on needs of the organization, development of programs, and seasons.
- Manage, develop and market the overall Education Program, which includes:
- Learning Garden and other educational programs for children
- Educational and skills-based workshops for adults
- Special farm visits for visitors, volunteers and targeted groups and schools
- Special events to promote our mission and community connections
- Manage, develop and market the overall Community Outreach Program, which includes:
- Community events, speaker panels and workshops
- Participation in agricultural-related public forums
- Educational opportunities at libraries or other public spaces
- To maintain a focus on educational programs that bring people to the farm and directly engage them with organic food production and land stewardship.
- Maintain and build the infrastructure of our Learning Garden space to facilitate group gardening activities; farm-to-table food preparation and programming in inclement weather conditions
- Maintain a strong scholarship program to enable participation from low-income individuals and families
- Offer volunteer opportunities and community service for all ages that result in engaging and rewarding service learning experiences
- Manage costs, education staff, and volunteer time to maintain financial viability of education programs both through direct revenue and targeted fundraising
- Maintain metrics and generate reports on all education programs
- Participate in public forums and events addressing farm-community connections when mission-fit and impact are high and staff resources are available
- Experience with supervising and training staff and ability to assess skill levels appropriate to lead activities is required.
- Ability to observe child behavior, assess appropriateness, and enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures.
- Skilled at creating in-house communication and marketing collateral at times.
- A self-starter, able to work independently, adjust to shifting priorities.
- Excel at working with young adults to motivate and inspire with professionalism.
- Computer literate with a proficiency in MS Office programs and database applications such as NEON or other CRM database experience, working knowledge of Google Drive.
- Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, or 2-4 seasons experience in program management and supervision is required.
- Able to lift up to 40 lbs.
- Willingness to work weekends and evenings depending on programming and organizational needs.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full time, salaried position, with specific hours per week varying according to farm and organizational needs. Generally, the position will average 40 hours per week over the course of the year. Competitive salary based on experience. WFCF provides a benefit package that includes generous paid vacation, sick days, floating holidays, and personal days, various medical, dental, and retirement benefits, cell phone and professional development stipends, and a (20) week Summer CSA share, a (10) week Flower CSA share and a Late Fall Extended Season CSA share.
To apply for this position, please send a resume and letter of interest describing your candidacy to Stacey Daley, Executive Director at: Stacey@communityfarms.org. Please reference the title of the position in the subject line. Reference may be requested subsequently. Interviews will begin in February, with a start date of no later than June 1, 2019.
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|Date||28 February 2019|