Position: Education Coordinator

Who We Are: Veggielution connects people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San José. With the support of the City of San José, Veggielution broke ground in 2008 at Emma Prusch Farm Park, a former dairy farm that was deeded to the City of San José in 1962 to demonstrate the rich agricultural history of this area once referred to as “The Valley of Heart’s Delight.” In partnership with the City of San José, we offer Community Engagement, Environmental Education, and Leadership Development programs. Our goal is to engage residents throughout Silicon Valley, with a special emphasis on fostering community and family engagement in the low-income, working immigrant community of East San José. We believe that through shared conversations and experiences, healthy food and outdoor learning, Veggielution can help to build community in East San José and change attitudes and policies toward low-income residents by strengthening diverse and multicultural social networks. We are a diverse, tight-knit team of inquisitive, creative people committed to constant learning in pursuit of social change. We invest in each other’s growth and development as people and as professionals.

The Opportunity We are looking for an energetic, responsible team member to fill our Education Coordinator position to work with a small and highly collaborative team. The Education Coordinator works in close collaboration with other staff to bring energy, dedication, and enthusiasm to our urban farm. The Education Coordinator should be comfortable with speaking to children and adults as well as working with the public in general. They will have a primary role coordinating, designing, and delivering engaging, hands-on experiences for adults and youth in place-based environmental education and community engagement programs. They will have the opportunity to work closely with Veggielution staff across our programs in a variety of ways, including in field trips, volunteer training, and fundraising events. The Education Coordinator will draw on their personal and professional experiences to nurture the growth and development of Veggielution’s community engagement and environmental education programs as well as its internal structure and culture. Our Ideal candidate will be self-motivated, flexible, adept at managing change, and driven by our mission to connect people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San José.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage volunteer recruitment, training, scheduling, and ongoing support.

    • Work with the Farm Program Manager to coordinate, design, and deliver volunteer activities 1-2 times per week for community groups, individuals, and corporate employees.

  • Conduct twice-monthly field trips programs for middle school students

    • Work with the Community Engagement Manager to develop and implement new curriculum and activities

    • Coordinate with local schools and partner organizations (example: Pacific Coast Farmers Market) to schedule field trips and maintain records on attendance

    • Set up and maintain program materials

  • Ensure that the Youth Garden is well maintained as both a productive and safe environment

    • Care for vegetable beds, trees, and perennials.

  • Lead volunteer recruitment and training for Veggielution’s fEAST San José (June) and Sunday Soup (December) fundraising events

  • Create a welcoming and inclusive space for all visitors to Veggielution

  • Manage safety of all participants on the farm

  • Participate in Veggielution bi-monthly staff meetings

  • Other related duties, as assigned

What You Can Bring: We are searching for candidates with:

  • A commitment to the mission and vision of Veggielution

  • A commitment to racial and social justice and equity

  • The ability to take initiative and to manage multiple priorities

  • The ability to work independently as well as on a close, collaborative team to set and meet measurable goals for program impact

  • Passion for sparking an interest in food and farming among people from diverse backgrounds

  • Background in environmental sciences, horticulture, or agriculture and experience providing a purposeful, inquiry-based approach to community engagement

  • Ability to think creatively and experience leading groups

  • Enthusiasm for meeting new people with sensitivity to differences (of race/culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and age)

  • Fluent Spanish language proficiency

  • Ability to properly use gardening equipment; i.e. shovels, rakes, hoses, etc.

  • Basic computer skills

  • The ability to lift 50 lbs. unassisted

  • Specific knowledge of and experience in food justice or environmental justice fields (preferred but not required)

Physical and Schedule Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to operate light pick-up truck.

  • Routine lifting of farm tools and equipment

  • Typical total weekly hours will be 24 hours.

  • Flexibility to work Saturdays and participate in occasional Sunday and weeknight events

The physical demands described here are representative of what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with differing abilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation and Benefits This position is part-time, non-exempt, and reports to the Executive Director. Starting compensation is $25/hour. Because we know the practice of compensation negotiation can contribute to pay inequities, this compensation rate is non-negotiable. Beyond these benefits, Veggielution staff members have the opportunity to work offsite at our coworking location as needed and to ask for support in creating an approach to work-life balance that meets their needs. Veggielution is committed to being a multicultural organization that embraces shared leadership and is passionate about achieving social justice.

How to apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@veggielution.org

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2019


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