Education Coordinator | CUESA

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Education Coordinator

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Our vision is to inspire a world that nourishes all people, local economies, and the living earth.

The Education Coordinator is responsible for implementing CUESA’s Foodwise Kids program and supporting CUESA’s Education team as needed. This position is part of a four person team of educators who deliver mission-driven content to children, youth and adults to increase their understanding of and connection with food and agriculture. CUESA’s Education programs include Foodwise Kids, Foodwise Families, Foodwise Teens, and Market to Table, as well as other educational initiatives as specified.

Primary Responsibilities

1. Manage Foodwise Kids (FWK) in collaboration with CUESA’s Education Manager. CUESA’s Foodwise Kids program activates the farmers market as a classroom for empowering the next generation of healthy eaters. FWK is a free field trip and cooking class for public schools (grades 1-5). Through produce tastings, farmers market explorations, and hands-on cooking, we nurture children’s love for fruits and vegetables.

Duties include:

  • Facilitating curriculum to teach students about sustainable food systems, cooking and nutrition.
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising Foodwise Kids interns and volunteers.
  • Coordinating with teachers, community organizations and volunteers to schedule and staff weekly classes year-round.
  • Working with the Education Manager to train and supervise Foodwise Teens Fellows to work with Summer Foodwise Kids.
  • Working with CUESA staff to maintain CUESA kitchen, supplies and pantry.
  • Conducting student, teacher and chaperone surveys.
  • Tracking and reporting on program expenses.
  • Suggesting and implementing program improvements.

2. Support Foodwise Teens in collaboration with CUESA’s Education Manager. CUESA’s Foodwise Teens (FWT) is a paid youth development program in which public high school students develop valuable job skills in food and agriculture while learning about environmental science. Students gain experience growing produce in school gardens, preparing food in school kitchens and selling it at CUESA’s farmers markets. FWT offers students trainings in environmental and culinary education, customer engagement and general job readiness. Students develop healthy eating habits, a closer connection to nature, and gain transferable life and career skills.

Examples include:

  • Recruiting and interviewing students for program participation.
  • Facilitating curriculum to teach students about sustainable agriculture, culinary skills, food justice, and job readiness.
  • Leading students in practical garden and culinary work.
  • Facilitating farmers market sales days with students.
  • Conduct surveys
  • Tracking and reporting on program expenses.
  • Preparing educational materials to support curriculum.

3. Support Foodwise Families (FWF) in collaboration with CUESA’s Education Manager. CUESA’s Foodwise Families program engages elementary school students and their families in cooking and nutrition education primarily at their school site. Through produce tastings, farmers market explorations, hands-on cooking classes and school-based family cooking events, we nurture a love for fruits and vegetables throughout whole family.

Duties include:

  • Facilitating curriculum to teach students and families about sustainable food systems, cooking and nutrition.
  • Conducting student, teacher, and chaperone surveys.
  • Working to improve the program and add new offerings.
  • Tracking and reporting on program expenses.

Other Responsibilities: The coordinator will work with CUESA Education team to support additional educational and general organizational activities, as needed.

Examples include:

  • Supporting CUESA education events such as evening talks, tours and additional in-market programs.
  • Supporting CUESA fundraising events.
  • Providing program updates as requested for fundraising and grant reporting.
  • Supporting special projects and outreach as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and passion for gardening, cooking, sustainable agriculture, food access, local food systems, and food justice
  • Demonstrated expertise in teaching and youth development
  • Multi-cultural competency and comfortable working with and supervising teens from diverse backgrounds in San Francisco
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail, collaborative mentality, and emotional intelligence
  • Reliable, punctual, adaptable, and able to work independently with input from supervisors
  • Spanish language skills desired
  • Expertise in curriculum development and program evaluation are a plus

Job Parameters

  • This is a full-time, hourly position based on 40 hour/week. This is a six month exempt position with the possibility of extension to full time employment.   
  • This position alternates between Tuesday - Saturday and Monday - Friday, depending on youth programming schedules. Generally 8 hours/day, with evenings as needed. Some flexibility in schedule is possible.     
  • Salary is $47,000, and includes workers compensation coverage, earned sick leave, paid vacation, and holidays. Medical, vision, and dental care benefits are provided.
  • This position works directly with youth and will require a DOJ background check and TB testing.
  • This position reports to the Director of Education

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@cuesa.org by EOD Sunday, January 26, 2020. Email submissions only; no phone calls please.

CUESA is an equal opportunity employer that strives to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with other marginalized identities to apply.

 

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