Staff Positions

Now Hiring: Kingston Garden Educator

JOB TYPE: Part Time

SALARY: Commensurate with experience - dependent on part time or full time employment

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 04/16/2018

LOCATION: Kingston and Beacon, NY

DESCRIPTION

Hudson Valley Seed’s Kingston Garden Educator will implement and help develop Hudson Valley Seed’s curriculum-integrated elementary school garden program at one or two Kingston schools. The Garden Educator will work in public schools in the Kingston City School District administering lessons both indoors and outdoors year-round, teaching Kindergarten through 4th grade students, and working with K-5th grade students in after school and summer programing. The Educator will teach using Hudson Valley Seed curricula, which introduce and/or reinforce various subjects and themes of the primary school curriculum through experiential activities in the school gardens.

The Kingston Garden Educator will work closely with the rest of the HVS Education team to assist with parent engagement and community outreach surrounding the school garden program. The Kingston Garden Educator will work closely with the rest of the Hudson Valley Seed team to collectively impact nearly 5,000 students in 11 schools across Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties.

Responsibilities:

Education Program:

  • Teach garden and food literacy programs to up to 30 classes, Kindergarten - 4th grade, in the Kingston City School District, teaching in classrooms and school gardens. Classes run weekly and monthly throughout the school year, and lessons are based on Hudson Valley Seed’s unique curriculum
  • Teach gardening and food literacy in afterschool and summer programs (K-5th grade).
  • Work with education team to develop new lessons and curriculum as needed. Work independently to creatively and flexibly adapt lessons as needed for specific classes and situations.
  • Work with classroom teachers and school administrators to create teaching schedules. Maintain regular communication and documentation of programs with teachers and administrators in regards to Garden Time programming.
  • Understand and apply Hudson Valley Seed’s philosophy of education, which is based on democratic principles and experiential learning.
  • Manage and care for existing education program materials as needed.
  • Maintain necessary paperwork (weekly, monthly, and annually), ex: weekly teaching recaps, records of time spent on programs, and contact lists.
  • Participate in regular Hudson Valley Seed staff meetings.
  • Participate in events at schools (family fun nights, back to school, etc).
  • Send school-specific communications home to parents/guardians.
  • Manage students’ photo releases, and take photos of garden time.

Kingston Garden Coordination and Outreach:

  • In collaboration with Garden Manager and other educators, maintain the Kingston school gardens in optimum condition for students including, but not limited to: a maintenance schedule, regular watering, weeding, harvesting, timely seed starts, determination of best practices and plans for garden projects, annual garden plans and budget, and coordination of volunteers.
  • Recruit and train parents/guardians as Hudson Valley Seed volunteers and engage them in maintaining school gardens and participating in garden work days.
  • Assist the Program Coordinator in the Kingston community, including acting as liaison to PTAs and partnering community organizations.
  • Assist in writing program descriptions for newsletters, program guides, social media, and website.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or commensurate experience – with demonstrable work experience in environmental education, garden education, elementary education, or related field. Candidates without Masters’ Degrees should apply if they have 3+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Positive, engaging, student-centered, creative and enthusiastic teaching, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Familiarity with teaching in public schools.
  • Experience using gardens as outdoor classrooms. Experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds in an outdoor environmental education setting, with an emphasis on outdoor classroom management.
  • Experience in environmental educational program planning, development, and implementation.
  • Demonstrable gardening experience. Strong background in and passion for the natural world & gardening.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently, and in a culturally-diverse environment.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Apple Pages, and Google Drive software.
  • Must pass a criminal background check, and be able and willing to be fingerprinted by local schools.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) candidates highly encouraged to apply.

Please note: Position requires some travel between Beacon main office and Kingston office and schools.

BENEFITS

Comprehensive benefits package includes employer contribution to health plan, sick/personal days, 1-2 weeks vacation + additional week off during December holidays. Benefits vary dependent on part time or full time employment status.

HOW TO APPLY

Application deadline is April 16.

People of color and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

To apply please send cover letter, resume, 2 professional references that can speak to your experiential teaching and garden experience, and a relevant lesson plan that you have taught via email to: Omari Washington, Executive Director, Interim, at omari@hudsonvalleyseed.org

Now Hiring: Executive Director

About Hudson Valley Seed

Hudson Valley Seed (HVS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides supplementary education to elementary students in the mid-Hudson Valley Region of New York State. HVS educators integrate nutrition education and experiential learning into public school classrooms by bringing over 60 K-5 classes each week out to school gardens to read and write, learn math and science, taste new vegetables, and learn about health and wellness. 

Through hands-on learning, dynamic living classrooms, and engaged students and teachers, Hudson Valley Seed is raising the bar of academic achievement one school at a time. We currently serve more than 3,000 students a year in seven elementary schools. Because HVS lessons are fully integrated into New York State’s Common Core curriculum, garden lessons are taught year-round as part of the public school day and contribute to classroom academic success. The ED will continue to guide Hudson Valley Seed’s internal and external operations so that they contribute to a socially just world for the students, teachers, parents, and community members Hudson Valley Seed serves. 

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has strategic and operational responsibility for HVS’s nonprofit staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The ED will lead and manage fundraising operations, and will build and deepen relationships with HVS’s existing and new constituents. 

  • Assures organizational stability through the development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation of effectiveness.
  • Oversees and monitors the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting and audit. Maintains regular communication with the Board on matters pertaining to the fiscal solvency of the organization.
  • Maintains a mission-related and dynamic strategic plan, ensures timelines and resources to achieve strategic goals and objectives.
  • Leads HVS’s education programs, public outreach, relationships with schools, fundraising, strategic planning, and management of staff of 7, (and growing) assigned to those activities.
  • Serves as the principal spokesperson for the organization. Effectively communicates the position of the organization in verbal, written and presentation formats.
  • Actively engages and energizes HVS Board Members, staff, community members, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Assists the Board with the identification of Board candidates and their recruitment and onboarding.
  • Arranges and manages regularly scheduled Board meetings; facilitates discussion, deliberation, and decision-making.
  • Establishes a positive, inclusive, accessible, and safe work environment that supports all team members to do their best work.
  • Ensures legislative and regulatory compliance as applicable.
  • Leads fundraising and grant making activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion.
  • Works with staff and the Board to prepare, monitor and adhere to a comprehensive budget and prepare and provide monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Fosters and maintains relations of trust with stakeholders (Board, staff, volunteers, community leaders, school administration and teachers, parents, students and community partners).
  • Establishes partnerships and joins coalitions with other organizations with similar and/or complementary objectives.

Requirements

All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Degree in related field or 5+ years at a senior level in a similar organization. 

The Executive Director must also demonstrate competence in the following: 

  • The Executive Director must share the values, mission, and vision of HVS, including a dedication to building food and education access for and with our partner communities.
  • High level of emotional intelligence and ability to foster positive team environments.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Commitment to results. The Executive Director must be goal-driven, action-oriented, and innovative. S/he/they must be able to anticipate and solve problems, appropriately take advantage of opportunities, and be a self-starter and team player.
  • Past success working directly with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate new and existing Board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and backgrounds.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; an influential and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Experience in management and administration, with the following areas preferred: finance, personnel, communications, governance, planning, and evaluation.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience managing a team of 5 or more
  • Experience in opening or starting a division, department, or organization
  • Experience working directly with public schools
  • Diversified fundraising experience (including, but not limited to experience with digital/e-mail based fundraising and grantwriting)

As an organization, HVS values accountability, integrity and community as essential to fulfilling our mission of educating children in school gardens. The most competitive candidates will have a sophisticated understanding of organizational culture and systems thinking, will have a high attention to detail and relationship management, and will be able to work independently. S/he/they will have a great sense of humor with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment. 

HVS is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. People of color, gender oppressed people, working class people, LGBTQ people and immigrants are encouraged to apply. HVS prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other related consideration. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. 

Benefits

Three weeks paid vacation, contribution towards an HRA/FSA or health insurance plan, paid sick/personal leave, and a fantastic team environment. 

Apply online via Workable. Applications reviewed as they are received.

https://hudson-valley-seed.workable.com/jobs/547196


Internships

Now Hiring; Summer Gardener Internship

Position Type: Paid internship: $15 / hour, possibility for school credit as well

Time Commitment: July 16 - September 14, 2018, 15 hours / week (= 135 hrs total), flexible schedule

About Us: Hudson Valley Seed educates children in school gardens, empowering students through curriculum-integrated lessons focused on healthy eating, food literacy, outdoor learning, and academic success. Hudson Valley Seed educators integrate experiential learning into public school classrooms by bringing classes out to school gardens during the warmer months and hosting lessons indoors during the winter. Weekly lessons throughout the school year provide opportunities for students to explore subjects of ecology and botany, eat vegetables, make connections to food and health, and engage with the natural world. We teach students in elementary schools in Beacon, Garrison, Newburgh, and Kingston, where we maintain vegetable gardens to use as learning and growing spaces.

Position Description: A gardener intern will be responsible for watering, weeding, planting, harvesting, and other gardening tasks in school gardens. This person must have their own vehicle for transportation to and from schools, as well as between schools. This position is overseen by the HVS Garden Manager who will train the intern and work with the intern to develop a schedule of garden maintenance tasks to be completed each week.

Goals of the Internship: By helping us maintain school gardens throughout the summer recess, this intern will be contributing to our mission of educating children in outdoor garden classrooms. The intern will gain knowledge and build skills in gardening, food literacy, ecology, and botany under the instruction and supervision of the Garden Manager. The intern will practice time management skills by creating an intentional schedule of tasks with an efficient plan to execute them each week. The intern will have the opportunity to work independently, gaining skills in decision-making and taking responsibility.

Requirements:

  • Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle

  • Must be able to work independently

  • Must be physically capable of manual labor outside during summer months

To Apply:

Send a letter of interest stating why you would like the internship position and what you hope to gain from it. Please include a little about yourself, any work experience (a resume if you have one), any accomplishments you’d like to share with us, and contact information for a reference (i.e. teacher or employer). Send letter in the body of an email or as a PDF attachment to Nicole Porto at: nicole@hudsonvalleyseed.org


Volunteers

We often have opportunities for volunteers to make a real difference in our work throughout the entire year, in the gardens, in the office, and in our schools. You can learn more here. To volunteer with Hudson Valley Seed please contact Program Coordinator Omari Washington at omari@hudsonvalleyseed.org