NAFSN regularly searches for food systems–related job opportunities from a dozen green job sites as well as COMFOODJOBS email list. Please note that this list is for professional or managerial positions only that pay at least a LIVING WAGE in your locale. Farm apprenticeships and internships are not included. Other farm management positions are welcome.
If you would like us to post a job opportunity, send details with links and contacts to: Duncan Hilchey
Job Detail: Community Engagement Coordinator
TerraCorps, is an innovative national service program helping communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. Using the AmeriCorps national service model, TerraCorps prepares and mobilizes emerging leaders to help strengthen community-based nonprofits working to meet these goals.
This year’s TerraCorps program will support up to forty-eight full-time AmeriCorps Members, serving in one of five positions: Land Stewardship Coordinator (LSC), Regional Collaboration Coordinator (RCC), Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC), Youth Education Coordinator (YEC), or Urban Agriculture Coordinator (UAC). Members will serve in full-time, 11-month terms (August 26t h, 2019-July 31s t, 2020) in which they complete at least 1,700 hours of service with one of our partner organizations. Members receive a living allowance, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits (see full list at end of announcement).
CitySprouts will host a Community Engagement Coordinator for the 2019-20 service year. Information about all TerraCorps positions is available at terracorps.org.
The CitySprouts mission is to develop, implement and maintain beautiful, resource-rich school gardens in collaboration with public school communities. Integrated into the academic curriculum, CitySprouts gardens inspire teachers, students, and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment. Based in public elementary and middle schools in Boston and Cambridge, CitySprouts School Partnership Program (during school time) works closely with teachers to establish experiential learning in the garden and integrate garden-based education in teachers’ practice and school culture. The CitySprouts Middle School Program (out of school time) curriculum is grounded in scientific inquiry, engineering practices and understanding food systems – starting from the school garden. Seventeen years since its inception in 2001, CitySprouts’ two programs now serve more than 7,000 students and 300 teachers in 21 public schools in Boston and Cambridge and reach children as young as 3 and up to 14 years of age.
Community Engagement Coordinators (CEC) build the long-term capacity of their Service Sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programming, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. By helping a broader cross-section of people experience the benefits of land, CECs build connections between the environment and people that increase public support for land access, revitalization, and conservation initiatives. Through engaging diverse peoples and collaborating with community partners, CECs build bridges that reinforce the connection between land and a sustainable social, economic, and environmental future for all people.
TerraCorps members engage with their supervisors to develop and carry out three or more capacity building projects over the course of the service year. Some of these projects will involve recruiting, training, and/or managing community volunteers. CitySprouts has proposed the following potential project(s) for their Community Engagement Coordinator.
The Community Engagement Coordinator at CitySprouts will lead volunteer efforts for both school families and community members in Cambridge and Boston. Through their service, members will expand CitySprouts’ family engagement plans with partner schools through volunteer and special event opportunities in the school gardens. They will leverage the service of 300 volunteers throughout our network of 22 partner schools in order to engage in garden education and building projects. Through their service, the CEC will:
- Participate in CitySprouts All-Staff/Service Member meetings, volunteer team meetings, as well as supervisor 1:1 meetings.
- Develop and implement family engagement plans with partner schools and create a framework for CitySprouts to use organization-wide.
- Collect feedback from families and volunteers by designing, implementing surveys and/or focus groups; and analyzing results.
- Plan and lead volunteers in garden projects.
- Support cider pressing efforts through on-site assistance and recruitment of family volunteers.
- Present findings at end of service year to inform Year 2 of CitySprouts’ three year volunteer and family engagement strategy. Development of these and other projects will occur during the first two months of service and consider the member’s interests and skills.
- Strong writing and verbal communication skills
- Able to serve both independently and as a member of a team
- Comfort navigating computer software programs (Google Suite, Salesforce)
- Training and experience pertinent to the Community Engagement Coordinator position and projects outlined above
- Experience training and/or educating community members and volunteers
- Experience planning and leading events
- Strong interest in serving with diverse community groups in public school districts, namely school families
- Bilingual (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Portuguese)
Compensation and Benefits:
- TerraCorps members will receive a living allowance of up to $14,600 (pre-tax) over the 11-month term of service, which is $608.33 (pre-tax) per 24 biweekly pay periods.
- TerraCorps assists members in obtaining health insurance coverage. Reimbursement of costs may be available.
- Childcare assistance may be provided in cases of financial need.
- Upon successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps members receive a taxable $6,095 education award that can be used for future education or to pay off existing school loans. See nationalservice.gov/resources/edaward for info and restrictions.
- TerraCorps members are eligible for forbearance of most federally-guaranteed student loans, as well as payment of interest accrued during service.
- TerraCorps members will receive mentorship, training, and career development opportunities while serving directly with community-based nonprofits.
- TerraCorps members experience the personal rewards of national service and community engagement
2019-2020 Service Site organizations, service positions, and application procedures are described at terracorps.org.
A complete member application includes a 1-page cover letter, a resume, three references, and an application form. Member application and detailed instructions can be found at https://terracorps.org/become-a-member/.
Member applications will be available for viewing by all our service sites. Do not send applications directly to a service site.
We strongly encourage interested individuals to apply as soon as possible. Position offers and acceptances will be made on a rolling basis. The program aims to fill all positions by late June, but Service Sites will continue interviews as needed until all positions are filled. For questions about TerraCorps, contact Hanna Mogensen, who manages TerraCorps’ recruitment process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (978) 364-9770.
About the job
|Date||28 April 2019|