JOBS

Part-Time Instructors
The Education Department of Queens Botanical Garden offers public events,
school workshops and teacher training programs throughout the year expressing
QBG’s mission of cultural connection to plants and ecological sustainability.
Part Time Instructors are sought for opportunities to teach classes, provide
programs and offer tours. Instructors are being engaged to fulfill educational
opportunities both at the Queens Botanical Garden and at other locations.
He/She is responsible for all aspects of the program—from preparing materials
to teaching the class to breaking down after the class. This position is
subject to seasonal changes in volume of workshops.

Examples of opportunities are as follows:
On-site environmental workshops & tours for various groups
Off-site programs in schools or at other community facilities
On-site green building and landscape tours
Off-site programs for children, families, clubs, etc. at neighborhood
festivals, street fairs, holiday events, etc.
On-site weekend programs and workshops
Special events such as Arbor Fest and Harvest Fest
Teacher training classes
‘How to Garden’ classes

Requirements:
– Bachelor’s degree in education, science or a related field. Master’s a plus
– Two years related experience
– Must have knowledge of botany, environmental studies, ethnobotany or life
sciences
– Experience and sensitivity working with varied populations
– Must be able to work with large groups of children and adults in an outdoor
setting
– Outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude
– Excellent communication and organizational abilities
– Flexible hours, including weekend and evening availability

We seek candidates with strengths in one or more of various specialties
including the following:
– Green infrastructure and sustainable landscaping knowledge
– Science practices, including general science content and controlled
experiments
– Gardening knowledge
– Awareness of local environmental issues
Driver’s license, a plus. Department of Education fingerprinting, a plus.

To apply, please put “Part Time Instructor” in the subject line and email
resume and cover letter to ggurman@queensbotanical.org . No calls please.

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Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation Consultant

Youth Programs Organizer

NEBHDCo is seeking a talented, passionate, and dedicated individual for the consultant position of Youth Programs Organizer, to play an important role in raising the excellence and expanding the breadth of youth programming at NEBHDCo. This programming is a part of the Communities for Healthy Food Program at NEBHDCo, a food justice project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Job Summary
The Youth Programs Organizer will be responsible for the development of educational materials and administration & facilitation of all youth programs. The Youth Programs Organizer will work under the supervision of & reports directly to the Community Healthy Food Advocate (CHFA).

In 2014, we started two new programs for teenagers: FEEST (Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team) and the TurnUp Garden Youth Internship Program.

Starting summer 2016, we have combined these programs to involve more teens, add more program hours, and deepen the curricula to increase youth leadership and involvement in food justice work. We’re calling this the Growing Youth Power Project. The 3-tiered program introduces new participants to urban farming, food justice, cooking from scratch, and job skills through a 5-week summer program. Participants are led by two adult facilitators and peers participating in a new 7-week advanced track. The advanced track goes deeper into skills introduced in the beginner track, building new skills in leadership, workshop design and facilitation, and peer engagement. Food grown in the summer programs is donated to our Golden Harvest Food Pantry, increasing access to fresh and local produce in our neighborhood. During the school year, participating youth will co-lead monthly youth drop-in dinners and develop and run food justice projects.

Job Duties
Administration
· Manage the creation of program materials such as flyers, applications, enrollment forms, etc.

· Coordinate the youth application process for all youth programs: collect and organize applications, interview youth, notifications, etc.

· Organize special events for youth programs – field trips, harvest festival, graduation, conferences, etc.

· Develop and revise curricula for all youth programs. A curriculum design consultant will be available for review, editing, and support.

· Create an alumni program for aged-out program youth.

· Purchase and organize program materials.

· Work with a program evaluation consultant to implement program surveys and other data collection.

· Track and document program sessions with sign in sheets, notes, photos, & any other means deemed appropriate.

· Advise and assist the Food Justice Organizer with youth outreach.
Facilitation
· Design and co-facilitate summer and school-year programs according to program curricula.

· Design and co-facilitate monthly FEEST Dinners.

· Work with NEBHDCo’s farmer to coordinate farm work with youth.

· Work with Food Justice Organizer and school-year participants to design and implement food justice activism projects.

· Serve as a consistent and strong role model for all youth interns.

· Carry out program policies and amend when needed.

· Respond to and support the resolution of conflicts as they arise.

· Maintain effective relationships with youth and parents, communicating clearly and directly.

· Supervise youth work days, keeping youth engaged and creating a valuable work experience.
Experience, Skills, and Qualifications
· BS/BA, preferred, but not required. Major in political science, food studies, education, nutrition, culinary arts, or a related field.

· Candidate should be well versed in food systems and food justice issues.

· At least 2 years’ experience in community organizing and/or as an activist for food or social justice causes.

· Direct teaching experience is a must. Preferred background in popular and experiential education with strong facilitation skills using collaborative and participatory models.

· Excellent interpersonal, community building, public speaking, and conflict mediation skills.

· Excellent verbal and writing skills.

· An ability to communicate a racial and economic justice analysis, especially as it relates to the food system.

· Ability to work independently and within a team structure.

· Must be able to do manual labor around our gardens and have a desire to work outside.

· Solid expertise with Microsoft Office and other industry-related software

· Ability to interact well with diverse community members, volunteers, and staff.

· Proven team player who assists others, asks for help when needed and possess the ability to work independently.

Work Hours, Employment Type, Compensation
This is a consultant position. A contract will be signed for a period proposed to end September 1, 2017. From August 2016 – May 2017, the Consultant will be compensated for 19 hours per week. For the months of May through August, 2017, the Consultant will be compensated for approximately 35 hours per week. Compensation will be $25 per hour. Hours must be flexible to align hours with program needs. Evening and weekend hours should be expected.

To Apply
Email cover letter and resume by August 3, 2016 to:
Bianca Bockman, Community Healthy Food Advocate, bbockman@nebhdco.org
Please include “Youth Programs Organizer” in the subject line.

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Managing Director/COO for Startup Fpp

We are building a center for rural and agrarian learning, agritourism and farm focussed events on a beautiful working farm in the Harlem Valley.
The property is only one hour and forty-five minutes on Metro North Commuter Rail from Grand Central Station in NYC with the Appalachian Trail on one side and a beautiful river on the other, a sweet old farm house, several homes and big barns, outbuildings and ponds.  On it we will run a model, beautiful and productive farm, growing mixed livestock on pasture and organic vegetables, berries, fruits, flowers, maple syrup, honey, mushrooms, etc.  In the wild spaces we have extraordinary opportunities for traditional bowhunting, fly fishing, hiking and foraging. Our agricultural production will not be a stand-alone business, but rather, its goal will be to support the mission and work of our other endeavors, particularly educational workshops, but also farm stays, retreats and events.  Though in the future we may have a non-profit arm the intention if for this to be a mission driven, for profit venture.
The project is founded and directed by Josh Viertel.  Josh has been an activist and an educator in the sustainable food movement for 15+ years.  Previously he helped to build the Sustainable Food Project at Yale University, and then ran an organization called Slow Food USA.  Now he is working with friends, neighbors, and investors, to develop this extraordinary farm into a center that can support us all deepening our relationship to place, to each other and to ourselves.
We are looking for someone who can operate as a managing director/COO.  This will be the first hire we make beyond the founder.  As we startup we need a partner in crime who can develop and operate organizational systems, take ownership of large areas of responsibility and develop strategies and lean plans to deliver on them.  At this stage this position will carry a large range of responsibilities and will be responsible for coming up with and implementing plans for resourcing those areas over time.  We need someone who is skilled, focussed, effective, and flexible, creative, practical and a pleasure to work with and for.
Areas of oversight include:
Project Management & Special Projects

Financial Planning and Management

Risk Management

HR/team building

Legal

Partnerships

Marketing

Business Development
While we do not expect deep expertise in each of these areas we do expect the person filling this position to have enough general knowledge and experience to be capable of oversight, coordination, team building and management around them.
This position will report to the founder.  As the project evolves it is likely that responsibilities and title will evolve with it.  Compensation commensurate with experience.
Requirements
Minimum 5 years experience in a leadership/management role

Familiarity with the sustainable food movement

The ideal candidate will be excited to live a good life in the country.  Though at the outset, for a transitional period, we may be open to a portion of the work being done remotely, ultimately, working on site will be necessary and living in this area will be prefered.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter & resume attached and merged as one single document to joshlviertel@gmail.com <mailto:joshlviertel@gmail.com> .  Please include “Managing Director” in subject line.

We will review applicants on a rolling basis.

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JOB TITLE: Development Manager, Slow Food USA
LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Slow Food USA is seeking a motivated, energetic, experienced Development Manager to help our organization reach ambitious fundraising goals. The ideal candidate will be able to make an immediate impact in core job duties and will have the desire and ability to grow to take on increasing responsibility for major donor cultivation and corporate sponsorships over time.

The Development Manager will run operations of the development office, manage the Slow Food fundraising database, and help lead fundraising efforts for all donor levels. The Development Manager is responsible for overseeing the development calendar and supporting the Executive Director’s cultivation of individual and institutional donors. The Development Manager will also work closely on the implementation of online fundraising campaigns alongside the Communications Director.

Specific job duties are outlined below, but given the small size and collaborative nature of our organization, the ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about participating in all areas of development as needs warrant.

Job Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years experience in membership or fundraising work strongly preferred

Experience building relationships with key stakeholders and donors

Demonstrated personal commitment to the Slow Food mission and specific interest in development

Experience crafting persuasive communications

Experience with Salesforce CRM strongly preferred

Experience closing major donor gifts preferred

Experience managing interns or direct reports preferred
Specific job duties for the Slow Food USA Development Coordinator include:
Support major gift cultivation and solicitation efforts, including drafting high-level gift acknowledgements and supporting biannual major donor appeals and donor meetings

Supervise the implementation of department goals and fundraising objectives

Oversee grant reporting schedule, coordinate proper stakeholder stories, data and budgets

Oversee fundraising efforts for membership-level donors giving up to $250 annually, including managing direct mail and online fundraising efforts alongside Communications Director

Monitor results of revenue initiatives and prepare periodic reports on progress and efficiency

Maintain ongoing stewardship and bi-annual appeals for middle donor program and Small Business Supporters

Manage donor upgrade cycle, streamlining the donor conversion process to move low level donors up the donor pyramid

Maintain organized, up-to-date donor files, including updating electronic and paper donor records with prospect information and contact reports.

Manage Slow Food USA fundraising database and membership service vendors on issues related to database

The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and characteristics:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience in writing grants, appeal letters and emails

Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals
Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills, including demonstrated ability to develop productive relationships with stakeholders and colleagues across a diverse array of backgrounds and geographies

Polished, professional demeanor and excellent customer service skills, including a communication style that diffuses conflict and promotes cooperation

Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow through with the ability to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously

Ability to use technology to achieve fundraising goals, including experience with complex databases; fundraising database experience preferred

Ability to use reports and analytics to improve fundraising strategies

Ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality

Ability to work effectively and maintain composure under pressure.

Strong skill set in working with Microsoft Excel preferred
Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Benefits included.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume in one PDF file to Jobs@slowfoodusa.org <mailto:Jobs@slowfoodusa.org> by August 1, 2016.

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