Seeking an Education Director
Education Director Position Available at the Farm
Pitney Meadows Community Farm is seeking a high-energy, innovative team member with a passion for promoting educational engagement with our farming operation, Community Gardens, recreational trails and preserved land. The position requires implementing and coordinating education programs using methods such as experiential education, inquiry-based learning and nature-based experiences to connect our community to nature and agriculture. The Education Director is expected to broaden PMCF’s educational programs through collaboration with community partners as well as develop PMCF’s own curriculum. The Education Director is expected to teach alone and in collaboration with PMCF staff, board and community members. The goal is for the Education Director to expand PMCF educational programming, creating a full-time position. The Education Director is required to secure the funds to cover 50% of their compensation through revenue and grants starting in 2022. The Education Director reports to the Executive Director.
Program Development and Execution
- Take ownership of curating, coordinating and promoting a diverse offering of educational activities at the farm consistent with the mission and vision of PMCF focused on agriculture, conservation, nutrition, and sustainability for a range of audiences including:
- School Groups
- Citizen Scientists
- Strengthen existing relationships with key partners e.g. public and private schools, food security organizations and the YMCA in addition to cultivating new relationships within educational networks.
- Generate revenue through educational programming and grants to support PMCF’s education initiatives and the organization as a whole.
- Seek out and work alongside community educators of all backgrounds on a regular basis.
- Participate in the design, set up, implementation, teaching, and break down of educational programs.
- Greet and guide educators and program participants on-site.
- Help plan and execute offsite educational programs.
Program Administration and Communications
- Translate strategies and large goals into timelines, milestones and deadlines including metrics for success.
- Scale up programs and provide oversight and development of new policies and procedures
- Ensure that grant-based program performance is tracked and reported with required substantiation in a timely manner.
- Assess risks and maintain standards of safety across all programming.
- Represent PMCF in the community and with community partners in a positive manner.
- Coordinate educational programs in conjunction with the Events Committee, staff members and Executive Director.
- Clear program schedule and plan facility use through designated PMCF channels.
- Prepare monthly Education reports for the Board.
- Attend and participate in PMCF staff meetings.
- Ensure compliance with all state and local regulations particularly with health related concerns.
- Wear many hats as part of our small staff and support the organization as a whole, collaborating with other PMCF staff.
- Identify opportunities and synergies across the organization.
- Support the Grants Committee and Philanthropy Committee to secure funding for educational programs.
- Proven track record of high level organizational skills including planning, delegating, program development, goal setting, task facilitation and presenting measurable results
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and take direction on a variety of tasks simultaneously
- Passion for PMCF’s mission to celebrate and explore agricultural education, healthy food production and recreation on this preserved working farm
- Excellent communication skills that support collaborations with an active board, staff, community partners, parents, teachers, volunteers and visitors
- Strong teaching and public speaking skills
- Demonstrated ability to communicate with individuals of all ages and abilities and to interact positively and effectively with a variety of constituents including parents, teachers, volunteers and visitors
- Ability to maintain order and safe working practices in a farm setting with young students
- Attention to detail in maintaining a clean and safe environment
- Experience with developing virtual education programs is a plus
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Experience working with young students
- Educational experience in related fields
- Experience in environmental education
- Valid Driver’s License
- Ability to lift 40 pounds and perform tasks in all types of weather conditions
- This position requires flexible work schedule based on program scheduling
- Position is part-time (20-25 hrs/week) with the goal of expanding into a full-time position
- Paid vacation and sick time
- Personal and professional development opportunities in consultation with the Executive Director.
- The opportunity to work, learn, inspire, and be inspired alongside a dedicated staff and board.
- Hourly wage commensurate with experience
Pitney Meadows Community Farm (PMCF) maintains a policy of non-discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, and qualifications. It is the policy of PMCF in recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting employees to select the best qualified individuals without regard to age, race, color, national origin, marital status, gender, (including gender identity and transgender) religion, sexual orientation, military status, genetic information, disability, domestic violence victim status, familial status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Start Date: February 2021
To apply for the position, please send your résumé and cover letter to: [email protected]
Pitney Meadows Community Farm Background
Founded in 2016, Pitney Meadows Community Farm’s mission is to celebrate and explore agricultural education, healthy food production and recreation. Located on 166 acres in the heart of the City of Saratoga Springs and preserved in perpetuity as a working farm, PMCF is a unique resource. We are committed to being good stewards of the land and serving the community that invested their own tax dollars to preserve the Farm as open space.
PMCF offers a broad array of opportunities to engage with the land and our community. More than 100 plots are available to individuals, families and organizations to grow their own produce in our Community Garden, supported by an on-site Community Garden Director. In our 11-acre agricultural production area, our CSA members can pick their own vegetables, learn about sustainable farming, taste and learn to cook with new varieties of vegetables, and volunteer to support farm production. Our farm store is open to visitors from dawn to dusk seven days a week, which offers products from other local farms in addition to our own produce. An accessible trail system circles the farm, open to walkers, runners, bikers, and dogs on leashes. A planned Children’s Garden, adjacent to the Community Garden and Children’s Greenhouse, will create a learning and play environment geared to children and incorporating two small structures in which educational programs and events will be offered to the entire community.
The Farm strengthens the local food system through our Farm to School Program, which brings fresh vegetables to the cafeterias of five local schools. In addition, the Farm donates more than 20,000 pounds of produce annually to food pantries and other social service organizations in the region.
Our farm is alive with creativity and dedicated community engagement, offering a productive and joyful place for volunteers, employees and visitors. As we continue to grow and develop new programs, we aim to create community, change lives, and bring people together on one of Saratoga’s most valuable community assets.