Montezuma Inspire Coalition

School-Based Outdoor Learning Lab Hub Coordinator

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Posted On: Thursday, 21st December 2017
Category: Administrative
Location: Mancos, CO
Monezuma County
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

 

About MIC

The Montezuma County Inspire Coalition develops life-long outdoor lovers and stewards. Our community is known nationally for our unique collaborative commitment to getting kids outside regularly through a diversity of opportunities. All our youth consistently experience the outdoors in a variety of ways that connect them to the joys and career pathways that create tomorrow’s outdoor stewards and leaders. We empower the next generation to respect, care for, and steward themselves, their community and the natural world around them and offer life-long skills that will be passed on from generation to generation.

 

About the School to Farm Project

The Montezuma School to Farm Project’s (MSTFP) mission is to unite our local agricultural heritage with our growing future by engaging students at the crossroads of sustainable agriculture, resource conservation, health and economics through educational experiences in outdoor garden classes, on field trips and summer farm camps.

 

MIC History

In 2015, Montezuma Land Conservancy (MLC) and other community organizations were awarded a planning grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to form a coalition with the mission of addressing the increasing need to get kids outside. The Montezuma Inspire Coalition (MIC) was formed, and for the next 18 months Coalition members worked to define the vision, and design proposed programming components. The grant was submitted in the late summer of 2017, and MIC was awarded implementation funding along with eight other communities in Colorado.

The structure of the MIC is comprised of an Advisory Committee that meets less frequently but includes Coalition members and board of director members from MLC, and an Operations Committee, which is comprised of Coalition members who engage on a regular basis with the grant. This Operations Committee will meet monthly, or more frequently as needed especially as the implementation phase ramps up.

Montezuma Land Conservancy is the acting fiscal agent for the MIC and also houses the Coordinating Hub for the Coalition. MSTFP is coordinating the SOLL (School-based Outdoor Learning Lab) partners and will house the SOLL Hub Coordinator.

 

About SOLL Hub

The goals of the School-Based Outdoor Learning Lab (SOLL) Hub will be to increase the diversity, amount, and quality of time Pre K – 12th grade students spend outside in standards aligned outdoor curricula experiences, after school programming and summer programming. Additionally the SOLL Hub will develop up to 3 new Outdoor Learning Lab sites and physically enhance/improve existing Outdoor Learning Lab sites to allow for more participation in the outdoors. SOLL will also incorporate social emotional training into all aspects of its programming from teacher trainings to curricula for students and work with MIC’s Youth Advisory Council to effectively deliver student-centered programming. Finally, SOLL will utilize the MIC Equipment Hub, transportation options, MIC media/outreach systems, and existing community assets to deliver cutting edge outdoor opportunities for Montezuma youth and their families.

 

Responsibility

  • Development and implementation of teacher trainings/mentoring for community experts/organizations that will facilitate standards- aligned, experiential outdoor classes, after school programming and field trips for Pre K-12th grades across 3 school districts during the school year
  • Coordination and scheduling of community experts to teach at 3 Montezuma school districts utilizing current and enhanced school garden spaces as Outdoor Learning Labs
  • Facilitation of evaluation and feedback loops between school districts, organizations/individuals, and MIC to effectively deliver curricula
  • Coordinate enhancement installations of Outdoor Learning Labs at Mancos (1 site), Dolores (1 site), and Cortez (up to 10 sites including Mesa, Manaugh, Kemper, Battlerock, Lewis-Arriola, Pleasantview, CMS, CHS) School Districts that will be either enhanced (6 sites) or newly developed (3-4 sites) to include shade structures, benches, whiteboards, utility access (water/electric), relevant learning stations, storage facilities and teaching materials
  • Coordination, development and implementation of strategic plans and funding plans under the supervision of the MSTFP Director and in collaboration with MIC to continue SOLL beyond GOCO funding
  • Coordination with MIC Coordinating Hub re: financials, media/outreach, MIC reporting requirements, and additional responsibilities as required
  • Develop and maintain event calendar for the SOLL Hub Coalition
  • Responsible for submitting periodic reports to MLC in a timely and comprehensive manner
  • Create and maintain relationships with contractors who may serve as SOLL community experts and service providers.
  • Organize and facilitate meetings of the SOLL Hub partners and any advisory committees (meetings, communications, etc.)
  • Attend necessary GOCO presentations and trainings as offered (must be willing to travel to Denver)
  • Coordination of schedules and lesson planning for MSTFP programming
  • Additional duties as needed

 

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or at least 4 years of experience in one or more of the following areas: nonprofit administration, planning, community development, grant writing or facilitation, community health programming, or similar
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Adobe, Facebook, and other similar formatting platforms
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to see the “big picture” and manage a complex schedule without constant supervision
  • Experience with meeting facilitation, note taking, and online (email) communications with large groups
  • Proven experience with grant reporting and grant writing
  • Familiar with Colorado State Content Standards.
  • Must have own vehicle and valid driver’s license. Must also have own computer/laptop

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in Constant Contact/Mail Chimp, Survey Monkey, Google applications and/or other similar database and outreach programs
  • Experience with web design platforms
  • Experience working with youth and thorough understanding of youth development highly preferred
  • Experience working in, with or around school districts

 

Compensation

  • Salary: up to $37,000 based on experience
  • Benefits include: Paid vacation, holidays, and flexible work schedule and in accordance with MCD Employee Policies
  • Full-time, salaried position annually renewed up to three years. Able to start position to by February 1, 2018.
  • This position will be an employee of the Mancos Conservation District of which MSTFP is project and will report directly to the MSTFP Director.

 

To Apply

 Please send cover letter, résumé, and three professional references to mstfpdirector@gmail.com no later than Friday, January 5th at 5pm.

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