Missouri: MU Extension seeks Farm to School/School Garden Coordinator

23 Jun

This position is located in Blue Springs, Missouri

MU Extension is an academic division consisting of approximately 1500+ faculty and staff throughout the state within 22+ departments including Cooperative Extension and Continuing Education. For more information about Extension, visit http://extension.missouri.edu/.

This position works within the Kansas City area in the MU Extension Nutrition Program, implementing activities associated with the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Food from the Farm and Early Sprouts grant-funded programs. This is a 1-year grant-funded position.

Characteristic Duties
Coordinate the selection, purchase, and delivery of local produce for educational fruit and vegetable classroom lessons for the Food from the Farm kindergarten program. In addition, coordinate the selection, purchase, and delivery of food items for weekly cooking activities and weekly family recipe kits for the Early Sprouts pre-kindergarten program.

Support teachers in implementing the programs, including communicating regularly with teachers, encouraging healthy school food policies and environmental change. Ensure knowledge of farm-to-school and gardening curricula is maintained and teachers’ questions are answered based on approved curricula and research-based knowledge.

Coordinate and schedule seasonal farm trips and assist with selecting and providing educational farm activities to ensure a positive learning environment.

Provide teacher trainings and facilitate program evaluation, including evaluating students and ensuring that parent and teacher evaluation materials are completed.

Provide assistance with planting and maintenance of raised bed school gardens and coordinate garden volunteers, ensuring learning activities and educational opportunities are provided to teachers and students.

Attend school open house events to promote the program to parents, including providing educational information and offering parent activities at schools to engage parents in learning.

Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans.

As with all positions, involvement with other duties and responsibilities may be expected in order to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.


8-5 with some nights and weekends possible

Benefit Eligibility
This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/departments/hr/benefits/.

Minimum Qualifications
Associate Degree or sixty (60) hours college credit, with an emphasis in Nutrition, Education, Human Development, Social Work, Consumer & Family Sciences, Public Health, or Communication.  Relevant work experience in Nutrition, Education, Human Development, Social Work, Consumer & Family Sciences, Public Health, or Communication can be substituted at a rate of one (1) year experience is equivalent to five (5) college credits – up to a maximum of ten (10) years.  An additional  nine (9)-ten (10) college credits will be required.

Preferred Qualifications
Professional and positive interpersonal skills necessary.

Ability to travel is required.

Knowledge and passion about proper nutrition.

Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.

Experience working with youth in an educational setting and/or agricultural knowledge and experience.

Application Materials
Completed application, cover letter, resume

Application Deadline
July 1, 2011 or until filled.

Other Information
This position is located in Blue Springs, Missouri

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call Human Resource Services at 573-882-7976. TTY users, please call through Relay Missouri, 1-800-RELAY (735-2966) or en Español at 1-800-520-7309.

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