Job Opportunity – SGN Executive Director

The School Garden Network of Sonoma County

Executive Director Job Description

 The School Garden Network (SGN) is dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable garden and nutrition-based learning programs in K-12 schools throughout Sonoma County. Since 2003, SGN has awarded more than $130,000 in grants and resources to over 30 schools, impacting thousands of students and teachers. School gardens offer a unique, hands-on learning environment where children learn about nutrition, create life-long healthy habits, learn how to grow food, and connect with nature.

The Executive Director is an energetic, passionate person with professional leadership experience to inspire and manage the School Garden Network of Sonoma County. The Executive Director is fully committed to SGN’s mission, and works effectively with an active Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers to fulfill SGN’s unique role in the local garden-based learning community.

Responsibilities:

Leadership and Management

  • Inspire and support the Board of Directors (BOD) and working committees
  • Oversee general operations of SGN, motivating and managing SGN staff, BOD, and volunteers
  • Work with BOD to develop and implement strategic planning, recommend timelines, and resources needed to achieve goals
  • Work with BOD to recruit new Board members
  • Work with BOD to hire new staff members as needed

Fundraising and Accounting

  • Work with BOD to refine fundraising plan, develop materials, and set fundraising goals
  • Lead efforts to implement fundraising plan, including through securing grants, contracts, sponsorships, in-kind donations and individual giving
  • Maintain donor and volunteer database
  • Form new partnerships and strengthen existing collaborations with related organizations to leverage resources
  • Develop and manage annual budgets in coordination with the SGN Treasurer
  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work while maintaining a healthy level of reserves

Communications

  • Serve as the public face of SGN at meetings, conferences, public relations, and fundraising events
  • Report to BOD on a regular basis, act as a liaison between the BOD and the rest of the organization
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with other non-profit organizations, businesses, schools, and government agencies
  • Update and refine all aspects of communication strategy, i.e., materials, events, annual report, newsletters, website, etc. with the support of SGN staff

Grants Management

  • Ensure that all project requirements of grants are being met and regularly update grant deliverables documents
  • Write progress and final reports for donors
  • Track project finances
  • Maintain communication with donor organizations
  • Serve as contact person for grant inquiries and all other grant-related correspondence
  • Oversee grant timeline and reports to Program Committee as needed
  • Provide brief grant update reports at Board meetings

Program Management

  • Develop and refine evaluation tools for SGN programs
  • Maintain communication and collect invoices and reports from contractors and subcontractors
  • Work with BOD and grants committee to select grantee schools
  • Maintain communication with grantee schools
  • Ensure the development and implementation of strong program evaluation procedures and measureable outcomes consistent with SGN’s mission and goals
  • Ensure effective systems to track and evaluate program components, to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the BOD, funders, and other constituents

Desired Qualifications:

  • Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, the mission of School Garden Network
  • Experience managing a team of staff and volunteers
  • Past success with fund resource development, including grant writing and developing individual and corporate giving
  • A strong network of individuals and institutions active or interested in SGN’s field of practice
  • Track record as an effective communicator who speaks persuasively, writes clearly, and listens attentively
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours at times, including evenings and weekends
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain a collegial and positive work environment with high morale, professional standards, and productivity
  • Proven successful track record of managing multiple projects and grants
  • Experience with marketing the message of an organization through presentations, online tools and organizational literature

This is a part-time contractual position for 15 hours per week, $40/hour.

To Apply: Send your resume/C.V., a cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references (preferably 2 or whom are current/former supervisors) to info@schoolgardens.org. References should include their names, title, organization, professional relationship to you, email and phone number. Application deadline is February 9, 2016.

 

 

 

 

Project Coordinator position open with the Center for Climate Protection

The Center for Climate Protection, a nonprofit organization based in Sonoma County, seeks a talented team player that is a quick learner, easily relates to and enjoys mentoring young people, is excited about helping implement the ECO2school program in Sonoma County high schools, and is passionate about climate protection.

The mission of the Center for Climate Protection is to inspire, align and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. We work with business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

About the ECO2school Program:

ECO2school is an award-winning student leadership program that encourages students to use alternative modes of transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This program is designed to integrate with existing high school academics to educate students about personal, community, and environmental health issues related to climate change. We provide assemblies, guest speakers, in-class education and service learning opportunities to support student leaders. By working both in the classroom and with clubs, ECO2school engages students in fun activities that are transformative for participants. Program benefits are not just academic. ECO2school also reduces congestion, saves costs on transportation as well as promotes healthy living, safe commutes, biking, transit ridership, and improved air quality for the entire community.

What the Project Coordinator does:

The Coordinator’s job is a full time position. In the 2015-16 school year ECO2school will operate in nine Sonoma County schools. The Coordinator will eventually be responsible for most of the Sonoma County in school program implementation and follow up.

Example activities include:
• Recruit and mentor student leaders to organize and implement the ECO2school program in schools throughout Sonoma County
• Make presentations to students and community organizations about climate, bicycle safety, and other topics related to active transportation
• Assist student leaders to organize and implement peer-to-peer education activities including bike rides and slow races
• Organize and facilitate youth leadership development trainings
• Develop and maintain a social media presence including a blog and website
• Shoot and edit videos of student activities and post to website
• Work with community leaders and businesses to further develop and support the ECO2school program
• Help with evaluation, data collection, and aggregation
• Collaborate with the Project Manager, other members of the CCP staff, staff from regional partners, vendors and other stakeholders
• Be open to doing new activities as the need arises

Minimum Qualifications:
• Minimum two years relevant work experience including a proven track record of effective leadership, organizing, and communicating. We want proof that you can inspire, align, and mobilize others.
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
• Experience working with young people
• Excellent references

Desired Skills and Qualities:
The position requires an entrepreneurial, personable, confident team member with a sense of humor who possesses the following skills and qualities:
• Works and relates well with young people, especially high school students
• Committed to and understands climate protection
• A good understanding of bicycling street skills and bike mechanics
• Superior oral and written communication skills to craft and articulate clear, concise messages
• Ability to inspire and persuade
• Very well organized and a strong team player
• Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision
• Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and make recommendations to resolve problems
• Ability to motivate people to take action including meeting deadlines
• Skilled in relationship building and networking
• Strong meeting facilitator
• Good listener and a quick learner

This job requires extensive travel throughout Sonoma County and sometimes the greater Bay Area. The successful applicant should own a car or have access to a means of transportation required for work. It would help if you either lived in Sonoma County or are willing to move to here.

Terms:
Full time salary between $38,000 and $42,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacations, holidays, and health insurance. The person in this position will work from the office located in Santa Rosa, California. This position is dependent on grant funding. The Center for Climate Protection is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:
They encourage anyone interested in this position to submit an application as soon as possible. Please email your resume and a cover letter of no more than 250 words explaining your interest in the job and why you’re qualified, to Amy Jolly at eco2school@climateprotection.org. Names and contact information for your last three supervisors or clients (including your current supervisor or client, if applicable) will be required upon request.

Please include “ECO2school Project Coordinator” in the subject line and let them know where you learned about the position.

The position is open until filled. They will start reviewing applications on September 11th. No phone calls, please.

School Garden Specialist needed Thomas Page Academy

Thomas Page Academy, a public k-8 school in Cotati is looking for a seasonal school garden specialist for their developing school garden program.

Duties to include leading grade level appropriate gardening activities, organizing garden schedules and supervising garden work parties. Looking for someone who is experienced in leading activities in the garden with children.

Must be able to  to work 15 hours per week.

For more information contact third grade teacher-Suki Winship

s.winship@sbcglobal.net

 

Garden Coordinator position open at Spring Creek Charter School

Spring Creek Charter School in Santa Rosa seeks a Garden Coordinator to teach weekly garden education classes, maintain the vegetable and pollinator gardens and fruit trees, as well as facilitate community involvement and investment in our school garden.   Now in its 10th year, the school garden program is an important part of school culture and is highly valued by the school community.  
 
Qualifications: Minimum of 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 4-9; knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening; knowledge of or interest in topics including urban gardening, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access;  ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults; ability to work independently and be flexible. Compensation is commensurate with experience.  Application deadline is September 15, 2016.
 
To submit an application, please send a resume and cover letter to Jay Dowd, Spring Creek Principal, at jdowd@rvusd.org.

Garden Coordinator Position Open at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley

Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley is looking for a Garden Coordinator to facilitate garden-based education classes, manage the school garden, as well as bring students, families, teachers and community members together to develop and maintain this vibrant and productive hub of our year round public charter school. Qualifications:  Minimum of 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 5-13; Knowledge and skills in small-scale organic food production or home gardening; Knowledge of or interest in topics including urban gardening, botany, environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access;  Ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults; Ability to work independently and be flexible. Application deadline is August 18, 2015.
 
For more information please contact Liza Eichert 707-239-3753 or Leichert@petk12.org.
 
To apply please visit the Petaluma City Schools Website.

 

Garden Coordinator Position Open at Steele Lane Elementary

Steele Lane Elementary School in Santa Rosa is seeking a part-time Garden Coordinator to work 2 days/week from 8 am – 3 pm.  Click here for more information and a full job description.

Program Coordinator position open at Global Student Embassy

Global Student Embassy is looking to hire a new Sonoma County Program Coordinator to facilitate their local and international Eco-Action education programs. This individual will join their very passionate team of young activists, mobilizing high school students and their school communities to build school gardens and restore our environment. They are looking for a candidate who speaks Spanish, is passionate about environmental change, is an effective communicator and enjoys working with high school age students. Click here for the complete job description. For more information on Global Student Embassy, go to www.globalstudentembassy.org.

 

 

 

Part-time Garden Coordinator Position at Proctor Terrace Elementary School

Proctor Terrace Elementary School has a position open for a part-time Garden Coordinator for the 2015-2016 school year.  Click here to see the full job announcement.

Steele Lane School is seeking a part- time garden coordinator

Steele Lane School is seeking a part- time Garden Coordinator. This  is a contract position for two days a week in their wonderfully designed courtyard garden. The link to the full job description is GardenCoord job posting 2015-16.

Garden Coordinator Position with Lagunitas School District

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Open Position for the 2015-2016 School Year (Part-Time)

 Specialist Position: Garden Coordinator (K – 8th grade)

The Lagunitas School District offers unique educational programs within a beautiful setting. Our district is committed to providing a variety of educational choices within the public school system. The district encompasses three educational programs: The Montessori Program (K-5), the Open Classroom Program (K-6), and the Middle School (6-8).

The Lagunitas School District is located in Marin County, 6 miles west of Fairfax off Sir Frances Drake Boulevard. The small, rural school district is tucked away in the beautifully scenic woodland of the unincorporated San Geronimo Valley.

Job Description

The Lagunitas School District has a shared garden in the field between the two schools. The garden is abundant with many beds of edible plants, a greenhouse, and a drip irrigation system. The Garden Coordinator will work collaboratively with teachers to maintain our school garden, develop and implement a program to teach practical gardening skills, nature awareness, nutrition, and respect for the environment. The position is for 13 hours a week. Hours are flexible, between 8:45 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday during the school year. There may be some additional hours over the summer for maintaining the garden.

Schedule and Salary

  • August – June, 13 hours each week.
  • Hourly Rate: $18.37-24.18. There are no benefits for this part-time position.

Minimum Requirements

  • Offer of employment contingent upon successful screening of fingerprints and a ‘negative reading’ of a skin test or chest x-ray for active tuberculosis.

Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • Positive attitude, and enjoy working with children as part of a team of educators.
  • Ability to develop hands-on curriculum for groups of children.
  • Ability to maintain a garden with a variety of plants.

Application Process

  • Universal Application for Marin County School Districts Classified Employment

Download application from the school’s website link at lagunitas.org.

  • Letter or email of introduction.
  • Copy of any College/University transcripts (originals required if hired).

Submit Application Materials

Due Date: Position opened until filled.

Mail or email application package to:

Lagunitas School District

Attention: Laura Shain

PO Box 308

San Geronimo, CA 94963

lshain@lagunitas.org