DC: Seedling Projects seeks Farm to Desk Program Coordinator

11 Jun

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

Full-time

Location: Washington, D.C.
Duration: July through December, with possibility for extension.
Salary: Commensurate on experience.

Seedling Projects’ innovative Farm to Desk program is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator to lead the program at its established pilot site and through expansion to other schools.  Farm to Desk is a three-part effort to combat childhood obesity through the development of a healthy school culture that includes from-scratch cooking in the cafeteria; utilization of a school garden classroom; and support for teachers as they integrate standards-aligned food and ecology curriculum into academic content.

The position ideally begins on June 27 and is fully funded through December 31.  There is a strong possibility of a grant extension and continued funding for the role.

Farm to Desk is a non profit program of Seedling Projects, based in San Francisco with projects in Washington, DC and England.  

Qualifications

  • Passionate commitment to solving the childhood obesity epidemic.
  • Belief that sustainably-produced, locally-sourced food cooked from scratch forms the basis of a healthy lifestyle.
  • An interest in food reform.
  • Excellent organizational and self-management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring together diverse groups of stakeholders to further a shared mission.
  • Evidence of creative thinking to solve multi-faceted problems.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Experience setting and meeting ambitious goals.
  • Flexible and interested in being part of a young and growing organization with a start up corporate culture.
  • Achievement as a teacher in a standards-based school or classroom (preferred).
  • Experience as a manager (preferred).

Responsibilities

Pilot site-specific:

  • Teach a twice-weekly Food and Ecology elective for two third-grade classes.
  • Collaborate with the pilot site third grade teachers and other interested teachers to implement the incorporation of food based curricular resources into their lesson plans.
  • Serve as point of contact for teachers, administrators and dining hall staff on the program.
  • Implement an existing evaluation model at the pilot site.
  • Support the Garden Manager in development and implementation of garden-based lesson plans.

General/Outreach:

  • Recruit six teachers from different schools to form the Farm to Desk Teachers Cohort, who commit to using content from the Farm to Desk Wiki in their classrooms at least twice weekly. 
  • Build a robust culture of camaraderie and resource sharing within the Cohort.
  • Continue populating the Wiki with Math and Language Arts food and ecology content at a rate of one grade level per month.
  • Plan monthly dinners for the Teachers Cohort and invite representatives from aligned organizations to attend.
  • Identify opportunities to advocate for Farm to Desk’s theory of change and attend events and conference about the food and education reform movement.
  • Meet with teachers, principals, and officials from the District to share the Farm to Desk Wiki, an online resource of standards-aligned lesson plan components that facilitate integration of food and ecology content into Math and Language Arts classes (see more information below).
  • Oversee technology upgrade of the Farm to Desk Wiki to be more user-friendly.
  • Ensure that Farm to Desk is complementary to other programs happening on a local and national level, and seek out points of collaboration.
  • Write monthly progress reports to file with end of year grant reporting.

Periodic:

  • Attract coverage of Farm to Desk in traditional and new media.
  • Write grant proposals to fund Farm to Desk.
  • Support related Seedling Projects initiatives when necessary.

The Farm to Desk Wiki is a standards-aligned online tool for educators to integrate food and ecology content into their daily Math and Language Arts lessons.  As part of the application for this role, please choose a K-6 standard listed on the Wiki and write an example that could be accessed on the Wiki and used by a classroom teacher in their lessons.  Indicate the National Common Core State Standard, grade level, and subject area.  For existing examples, visit the Third Grade Math and Language Arts sections at http://wikiseedling.wikispaces.com/Third+Grade

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the sample Wiki example to connect@seedlingprojects.org.

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