Waltham Fields Community Farm

Director of Education and Community Outreach Programs

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Posted On: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019
Category: Administrative
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
240 Beaver Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02452
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

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 programing!

 

Position Summary:

The Director of Education and Community Outreach Programs is responsible for coordination and leadership of all Education Programs and Community Outreach Programs at WFCF. Time devoted to each program area is distributed based on needs of the organization, development of programs, and seasons.

The primary goal for this position is to provide high-quality, accessibly-priced, educational experiences that engage participants in local food production and consumption and promote environmental responsibility. The Education & Community Outreach Director will manage, develop and market the overall Education Program, which includes, our Learning Garden and other educational programs for children, educational and skills-based workshops for adults, educational farm field trips, and special events to promote our mission and community connections, including, community events, speaker panels and workshops, participation in agricultural-related public forums, educational opportunities at libraries or other public spaces.

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.

 

Position Responsibilities:

  • 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

 

Position Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Terms of Employment

 

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:

To apply for this position, please send a resume and letter of interest describing your candidacy to Stacey Daley, Executive Director at: Stacey@communiyfarms.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.

 

Waltham Fields Community Farm is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, pregnancy or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, marital status, disability, age, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, receipt of free medical care, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. Waltham Fields Community Farm will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.  This commitment is evident in all aspects of WFCF's employment practices and policies.

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