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Jobs at OAEC
SEED Program Associate Director
School Ecoliteracy Education Design Program
Full time, non-residential position (for March 2014 hire)
The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) is seeking a full-time SEED Program Associate Director. The School Ecoliteracy Education Design Program (SEED) is a new evolution of OAEC’s celebrated School Garden Teacher Training & Support Program.
OAEC is a non-profit educational and advocacy institute working in the areas of ecology, watershed restoration, horticulture, the arts and social justice activism. We are located on an 80-acre retreat facility and intentional community, 65 miles north of San Francisco in western Sonoma County, California.
Support the SEED Program Director in managing an established, highly successful program that promotes and teaches ecological literacy in the living learnscape to K-12 school communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, statewide and beyond. Expand the program to incorporate a more comprehensive year-round model to complement the intensive 5-day summer School Garden Teacher Trainings and follow up support model. Coordinate with the SEED Program Director as OAEC’s program expands nationally.
The following responsibilities will be accomplished in partnership with and under the leadership of the Program Director:
1. Coordinate Summer Residential School Garden Teacher Trainings (SGTT)
Develop and revise digital SGTT application materials
Conduct outreach for SGTT
Review applications and select schools to attend SGTT
Serve as the primary contact for participating schools
Prepare all course materials
Coordinate and serve as the contact for SGTT guest presenters
Coordinate, host and teach sections of the SGTT
Coordinate with Sonoma State University Extended Education to register and process academic credits for SGTT participants
Coordinate with the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) & the School Garden Network of Sonoma County for local school support
Coordinate with OAEC Kitchen, Maintenance and Administration for support and material preparation
Update and revise SGTT resources, considering key curricular collaborators
2. Conduct Ongoing Support for School Communities Trained by OAEC
- Expand SGTT program to incorporate a more comprehensive year-round model to complement the intensive 5-day summer trainings (e.g. pre-summer-training site visit followed by Fall & Spring weekend workshops)
- Conduct site visits, and/or phone and email consultation for SGTT participating schools
- Organize and host 2+ one-day SGTT Skills Workshops annually
- Maintain database of schools, garden projects and relevant agencies
- Co-author seasonal e-newsletters to SGTT mailing list
- Provide content for the SEED Program’s online presence to Online Communications Director
- Provide periodic tours at OAEC for school and school-related groups
- Maintain OAEC’s SEED library, curriculum and resource lists
- Collaborate with OAEC garden and nursery staff on plant donations to schools
3. Grow Strategic Partnerships with Organizations Serving Participating Schools
- Develop strategic partnerships with other organizations and agencies involved in ecoliteracy & school garden issues, including joining boards and advisory committees
- Tend relationships with historic collaborators and future partners
- Renew partnership with the Sonoma County School Garden Network
4. Outreach and Public Education
- Present at meetings and conferences throughout California
Support strategic digital & social media development
5. Program Development, Evaluation and Expansion
- Engage in program development with SEED Director & key OAEC staff
- Develop work plan and budget for the SGTT & Support Program
- Manage external evaluation process for SGTT & Support Program
6. Support SEED Program Director with Overall Program Goals
- Highlight exemplary longitudinal case studies for distinct regions and demographics
Gather data for Ecoliteracy Advocacy & Policy Project
- Support the Documentation Program by digitally documenting and archiving relevant images
Assist OAEC Development staff with writing grant proposals, LOI’s and reports
Provide supporting materials for grant proposals, including program budgets, participant evaluations, letters of support and images of ecologically designed living learnscapes
Assess the success of individual OAEC-trained school garden programs, and summarize information for grants and program development
9. Other responsibilities as an OAEC staff member
Attend and participate in weekly OAEC staff & committee meetings
Be available to support the organization’s overall success
BA or BS in education, ecology or related field
Teaching experience in public school systems
Teaching experience in the living learnscape
Experience teaching biointensive/organic gardening with youth
Experience providing professional development for educators
Program coordination & development experience
Experience with ecological design / permaculture design methodology
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong management and organizational skills
Confidence & motivation to work independently
Familiarity with and commitment to engaging in ongoing race, class, gender & privilege analysis
MA or MS in education, ecology or related field
Multiple or single subject teaching credential
Demonstrated success in community building and networking
Familiarity with popular education styles
Commitment to and familiarity with community organizing strategies
Facility to build relationships with diverse stakeholders
We are looking for someone who is flexible and energetic to participate in the dynamic process of a growing non-profit. We celebrate diversity, use consensus-inspired decision-making processes, and are committed to maintaining a supportive, diverse, honest and open working environment.
This is a full-time, non-residential position. Salary is up to $37,500 per year, depending on experience. OAEC offers a generous vacation plan and a Cafeteria Plan with health care options, but does not offer paid health insurance. Staff can participate in OAEC courses and events free of charge, use the OAEC facilities (pond, hot tub, sauna, etc.), harvest produce from our gardens, and eat meals at OAEC when working.
OAEC is committed to equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate based on an individual’s race, sex, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or on any other basis prohibited by law.
Please refer to www.oaec.org for background on OAEC and our programs.
We are accepting applications until 5:00 pm, Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Early application is encouraged. Qualified applicants please email a cover letter, resume, and list of current references to OAEC’s Administrative Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Please do not contact OAEC directly with questions or inquiries. We will notify you of application receipt via email.
Ongoing Opportunities at OAEC
HOURLY ON-CALL STAFF
The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center offers on-call kitchen and housekeeping jobs on an ongoing basis. These part-time jobs pay a starting wage of $14/hour. Preferably, kitchen and housekeeping staff live close to the Center.
To apply, send your resume and references to the appropriate manager below.
Cooks, Prep Cooks and Kitchen Cleaning
We are **NOT** currently seeking applicants for kitchen cleaning, cooks or prep cooks.
(707) 874-1557 x 107
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465
We are **NOT** currently seeking new housekeeping staff. Please check back to see when positions are available. Thank you.The housekeeping season runs from February through October. Ideal staff candidates are physically energetic, give attention to detail, work well alone and with others, and have good communication skills.
Please contact:Housekeeping Manager(707) 874-1557 x 110Occidental Arts and Ecology Center15290 Coleman Valley RoadOccidental, CA 95465
OAEC does not discriminate in hiring. We encourage people of any gender, race, ethnicity, sexual preference or identity to apply.