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Grow Food Northampton Education Manager in Northampton, Massachusetts

The Education Manager will draw from our history of education for youth and adults, our partnership with the Northampton Public Schools, and our Community Farm as a living laboratory, to create and implement an education program framework and corresponding multi-modal curricula for learners of all ages. Examples of program activities include developing a food systems internship for middle and high school students, farm field trips for elementary school students, and farm-based workshops for adult learners. Equitable access to our education programming is a deeply held value. We are seeking a self-starter and decision maker to lead the education program, and an experienced and creative educator with extensive background in collaborating with internal and external partners. We offer a flexible and trusting work environment. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited, to: Guiding the direction and vision of GFN?s local food system education programs, and developing a cohesive framework and curricula for our education programming based on our history and values, including the deepening of curricula to include racial justice perspective and analysis. Curricular topics might include: o Growing and eating nutritious, sustainably-grown food o Cultural aspects of food and Indigenous foodways o Responsible stewardship of the land o The abolitionist history of the Grow Food Northampton Community Farm o The history and current state of the U.S. food system including Indigenous land dispossession, Black enslavement and land dispossession, and the exploitation of agricultural workers o The role of industrial agriculture in the food system and it?s related harms Collaborating with the Northampton Public Schools at the student, teacher, and administrative levels to develop and coordinate internships, field trips, and other programming Conducting hands-on farm field trips to elementary school classes, and serving as point person for internships with middle- and high-school students Building relationships with schools, organizations, colleges, and other community stakeholders to develop educational partnerships Collaborating with internal and external staff, advisors, and other existing partners to develop and implement educational offerings for learners of all ages Leading an exploration into offering after-school, vacation, and summer programming 2 Developing and tracking education program budget in collaboration with GFN\'s Associate Director Tracking program participation and program data; preparing program reports Supporting the development of grant applications and other funding opportunities for educational programming General responsibilities include, but are not limited, to: Serving as an integral member of the Grow Food Northampton team Participating in weekly staff meetings, trainings, and other staff activities Participating in creating a positive organizational climate that fosters employee well-being Ensuring the intentional prioritization and centering of economic and racial justice in our work and practices Other duties as agreed upon by the Education Manager and Associate Director Qualifications Passion about food and farming justice, sustainability, and civic participation in the local food system 2+ years developing and sourcing curricula and education programs 3+ years educating youth and/or adults, particularly through hands-on experiences Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines Strong communication skills Highly collaborative work style Enthusiasm about participating in regular anti-racism training and the development of a racial justice-focused workspace Enthusiasm for the mission, goals, and purposes of the organization Ability to meet physical requirements of the position, including sitting or standing at a desk and in outdoor educational settings for long periods, keyboarding, viewing screens,