Educational Program Coordinator

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Job: Educational Program Coordinator
Organization: theMOVE
City: Cambridge, MA
Job Posting Link: http://getoutma.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/themove-educational-program-coordinator.pdf
Field: Arts and Culture
Position Type: Temp Job
Minimum Experience: 0-1 year
Deadline: N/A/N/A/N/A


OVERVIEW

theMOVE organizes farm-volunteer workdays for diverse urban groups throughout Metro Boston, to connect folks hands-on with fresh food, and with the labor and land that sustain us. We do this to expose the injustices embedded in our food system, and to inspire folks towards healthy, sustainable lifestyles which promote relationships of respect towards the people and places that produce our food. We conduct heavy outreach to attract new groups to the experience, we coordinate their trips from start to finish, we lead reflective exercises to enhance the learnings and exchanges folks gain, and we follow up with participants to encourage next steps towards community engagement and sustainable living. We focus most of our outreach towards low income communities, people of color, and youth. We primarily work with schools and community organizations to set up trips for their groups, but we also host occasional open sign-up trips for individual adults and families.

In our 2010 pilot year, we engaged 150 participants, and in our 2011 launch year, we engaged 320 participants. . This year, we aim to organize 48 trips serving 600 new volunteers. We are seeking an energetic Educational Program Coordinator to coordinate and lead our trips this season.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

The responsibilities of the position will vary, but will foremost comprise the coordination of farm-volunteer trips:

(a) match/schedule groups with appropriate farms, and plan out trips using varied transportation

(b) facilitate workdays, oversee the work, and keep volunteers motivated and cared for (we will strive to have two staff members on all trips; the program coordinator oversee at least 2/3 of them)

(c) lead reflective educational activities (at times including follow-up sessions at groups’ program sites)

(d) administer a simple impact survey at end of trips, and tabulate data

Additionally, the educational programs coordinator will:

(a) conduct outreach to community groups to get new audiences excited about farm-volunteering

(b) develop reflective/educational activities for use on trips, to expand our existing curriculum

(c) refer participants to further community engagement/education opportunities, and develop systems to do so

(d) support some fundraising and community event organizing efforts, as needed

All duties will be heavily supported by the executive director, as well as by the program assistant and volunteer staff.

KEY QUALITIES SOUGHT

Foremost, we’re seeking someone who is extremely hardworking – who deeply enjoys the satisfaction of a finished product. The ideal candidate should also possess a high level of self-discipline and be capable of handling a flexible work environment (home office for meetings, otherwise working remotely), a flexible schedule (trips can occur at all times of the week, though we schedule them according to our staff’s availability), and a flexible task list (multi-tasking and taking initiative on new projects). Other qualities sought:

Experience as an educator – especially in social/environmental justice contexts
Comfort and experience working with the diverse communities of Metro Boston, and to some degree relatable to our focal populations (urban Metro Bostonians, low income communities, people of color, youth)
Comfort with computer/web applications – especially Microsoft Office and Google Docs


Contact:

Dave Madan

Phone:
E-mail: dave@getoutma.org


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