Job Posting for Growing Places: Community Education Manager

Title: Community Education Manager

Organization: Growing Places

Brief Summary of Position:

Growing Places (GP) believes in the power of gardening to change lives and uses gardening as a platform for social change. They help low-to-moderate-income communities in North Central Massachusetts realize the many health, economic, and social benefits of growing and consuming healthy fruits and vegetables by building food gardens and teaching the skills to grow, harvest and use fresh produce.

The Community Education Manager will implement all of Growing Places’ community-based education programs, including coordinating all Teaching Garden programs and workshops, and training for community gardeners. This position plays a crucial role in the organization: delivering high-quality programming, building relationships with residents and community partners, and ensuring program improvement through data-driven evaluation.

Responsibilities: 

  • Facilitate 5 weekly lessons during the growing season at 4 community Teaching Gardens, including communicating with volunteers and gardeners, ensuring all materials are on site for lessons, and developing lesson plans
  • Deliver community education events, including annual Food Gardeners’ Gathering, monthly Learn & Grow Workshop series and Garden-to-Table cooking classes
  • Deliver leadership training to community garden members from across 9 community gardens in the region, including updating materials and curriculum as needed
  • Develop and deliver training and orientation to Teaching Garden participants and volunteers
  • In partnership with Engagement Coordinator and Operations Director, provide support to 50+ community gardeners in the region
  • Assist with gardener/volunteer outreach, intake and assessment
  • Assist in the distribution, collection and analysis of gardener/participant surveys and evaluations
  • Assist in garden installations/renovation/expansions and other projects to support Growing Places mission

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated experience with and intermediate knowledge of food gardening
  • Demonstrated experience in coordination/management of community based programs
  • Passion for food, nutrition, gardening and its impact on community health
  • Excellent customer service/people management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Computer skills required – general Internet, email, Microsoft Word and Excel proficiency
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and tasks
  • An undergraduate degree in agriculture, community development or related field preferred
  • Knowledge of North Central MA communities a plus

This position is year-round and full time. Must be available to work weekends and evenings.

To Apply: Email a resume, cover letter and three work related references and put Community Education Manager in the subject line by to: staff@growingplaces.org

Deadline: November 18th