We are GROWing our team and looking for a full-time Facilitator for the second semester of the 2019.2020 school year. This role is responsible for the preparation and delivery of garden-based lessons with our school and community partners, enhancing and maintaining educational garden spaces, student/participant data tracking and partner communication to provide a rich and engaging learning experience for pre-K through elementary-age students. Please read the full position description below. Interested and qualified candidates, please send your resume and letter of interest, highlighting the ways in which your strengths might contribute to this dynamic and growing edible education nonprofit, to sarahv@planttheseed.org by Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Check us out online at https://www.facebook.com/planttheseed/. Full position description below.

Position Title: Garden Program Facilitator 

Classification: 6-month full-time hourly

Location: Explore! Community School

Reports to: Program Manager (PM)

Review Period: 15, 30, 60 and 90 days 

About the Organization: Plant the Seed inspires and empowers young people through garden-based learning – connecting them to the land, their education and one another. We are a Nashville-based non-profit that grows alongside 1400 young people through partnerships with 7 Metro public schools throughout Davidson County.

 

Summary of Position: The Garden Program Facilitator (Tater) will have responsibility for the preparation and delivery of garden-based lessons with elementary-aged students (K-2nd Grade), enhancing and maintaining educational garden spaces, student/participant data tracking and partner communication to provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students and to nurture partner relationships. The Tater will also be responsible for managing and mentoring an onsite AmeriCorps Member.

Key Attributes 

  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude and mission-driven work ethic
  • Positive attitude, adaptable and innovative approach to lesson facilitation
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Requirement:

  • Recommended Elementary School Teaching/Facilitation Experience (either in a formal educational setting or in an experiential educational setting as the lead facilitator)

Position functions include, but are not limited to:

Garden and Classroom (60%)

  • Provide hands-on garden-based learning facilitation to classes at Explore. This includes teaching the given lesson, as well as maintaining student behavior in order to ensure safety and an optimal learning environment in the garden and/or classroom.
  • Advise on and implement garden design and regular garden maintenance at assigned site, prioritizing accessibility for students and providing input on general garden/growing methods and seasonal needs
  • Assist in the development of garden programming and pacing on an ongoing basis, being adaptable and flexible to the needs of the garden and community
  • Facilitate garden programming once a week in collaboration with a PtS team member for shadowing and cross-training purposes and then on a regular independent basis 
  • Material needs will be provided for Facilitator, but in case of unforeseen needs or enhancement material requests, submit purchase request to PM
  • Maintain garden spaces in such a manner to ensure effective learning environment, including weeding, watering, pruning, planting, compost management, and organic pest and disease management
  • Maintain garden tools, supplies and equipment (if applicable garden classroom supplies equipment) and complete a year-end inventory of tools, supplies and equipment 
  • Deliver monthly Bringing the Garden Home activities (send home resources or host a tabling event), as well as fall and spring family event or workshop

Communication and Outreach (20%)

  • Work closely within a team setting, feeling comfortable to contribute from your unique point of view, as well as holding a space for differing views—ever seeking to arrive at what is best for the students, the garden and the mission of Plant the Seed
  • Contribute to the culture and ethos of Plant the Seed by sharing ideas in a constructive way at team meetings and check-ins
  • Respond with flexibility and patience to the needs of students, teachers, and administrators—demonstrating strong teamwork capacity
  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders: students, parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and Plant the Seed staff. Over-communicate. 
  • Send weekly partner email to site teachers and staff about upcoming weekly lesson
  • Contribute to a vibrant social media presence, including contribution of site pictures for Facebook posts and contribution to blog posts
  • Provide reflection and evaluation each week through submission of bi-weekly narrative reports in order to assist in developing a stronger program
  • Create a volunteer work plan for your site and work to establish autonomous self-managing volunteer groups with parents, teachers and community members
  • Contribute to a document of institutional knowledge at your site to create a resource for the following years
  • Offer creative enhancements to teachers to cultivate the Plant the Seed mission inside the classroom without our presence
  • Develop relationships with parents, teachers and community stakeholders

Internal/Organizational (10%)

  • Work closely with the Program Manager (PM) to further the mission and vision of PtS by creating quality programs and vibrant growing spaces
  • Collaborate with other PtS coordinators and facilitators to develop engaging curriculum integration and regular documentation of garden experiences
  • Participate in branding and communication protocols (shared calendar, google docs, PtS staff t-shirts, opening and closing garden song, etc)
  • Submit numbers and narrative reports in a timely manner as requested by PM
  • Submit weekly time sheet of allocated hours to inform scheduling and budget  
  • Attend weekly PtS staff meetings (schedule TBD); rotate facilitator and note-taker duties
  • Attend regular check-ins with PM

Training and Management (10%)

  • Assist with facilitating agency-led partner training opportunities, as requested
  • Participate in weekly shadowing and cross training opportunities provided by PM, which includes space for reflection and feedback (both from and to)
  • Provide structured shadowing opportunities for PtS interns and volunteers to learn from your experience and facilitation style, as requested
  • Participate in monthly check-ins with PM

Work Environment and Schedule

  • Work environment is a combination of on-site at partner(s) with shifts falling during school hours five days a week and an occasional evening or weekend, as needed.
  • 6-month status will be re-evaluated with an option for month-to-month extension of position depending upon organizational needs and funding.

Please send your resumé and a letter of interest, highlighting the ways in which your strengths might contribute to this dynamic and growing edible education nonprofit to: sarahv@planttheseed.org by Friday, November 22, 2019. Check us out online at https://www.facebook.com/planttheseed/.

 

This position description is not necessarily an exhaustive list of associated attributes or duties.While intended to be accurate, it does not exclude that other, different duties may be required when circumstances change. 

Plant the Seed is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Plant the Seed prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.