SchoolYard Habitat Program Manager

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School Garden Network, a 501c3 non-profit in Sonoma County, CA, seeks an experienced person to oversee the programming, coordination and implementation of our flagship SchoolYard Habitat program.  This position is an essential member of SGN’s staff and will work closely with SGN’s Program Director.  This part-time position is multi-faceted and requires excellent written and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

Essential Functions Include:

Program Development & Leadership
Oversee the development, selection &  implementation of new SchoolYard Habitat projects, up to 8 schools per year
Design, host and facilitate at least 1 professional development workshop for educators per school year with community partners and guest presenters
Create and perform presentations to current & potential partners and funders
Assist with the training and support of program volunteers
Curate & synthesize outdoor science curricula for grades K-12 to share with SGN partner schools, ie. for newsletters, website, social media, etc.
Maintain and build community partnerships

Program Administration
Review & refine application proposal & process for new schools
Select (with support of other SGN staff) new schools to work with each year
Mentor new & recently selected schools in the planning, development and establishment of the actual physical native plant habitat and outdoor classroom on the school’s campus.
Assist schools with irrigation design & installation
Manage workshop registration on Eventbrite
Oversee the evaluations of past and current SchoolYard Habitat projects
Co-create and support a community based Habitat Advisory Committee that provides program guidance
Assist the Program Director and Executive Director with development and implementation of fundraising efforts to support this program
Assist with the development of program-related grant proposals
Compile seasonal (December & June) program highlights & impact reports

Other Duties
Participate in staff meetings
Assist with other SGN community, fundraising and special events, as needed
Perform other SYH related tasks as identified by Program Director

Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:

Belief in the mission of School Garden Network
At least 2 years teaching experience in the classroom and/or leading outdoor science education programs for elementary and/or middle-school age children
Knowledge of California native plants and interest in deepening knowledge
Familiarity with  US Fish & Wildlife Services SchoolYard Habitat Program
Familiarity with Traditional Ecological Knowledge principals and/or interest in developing
Past curricular development experience strongly desired
Must be able to work independently without direct supervision
Must be able to collaborate with school administration, teachers, and parents to build effective teams.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Strong public speaking and program leadership ability
Understanding of and ability to install drip irrigation
Must have a demonstrated commitment to the mission of School Garden Network
Comfort using Google Suite applications
Comfort using Trello for project management, or a willingness to learn
Ability to use Eventbrite for managing workshop registration

You are a confident communicator, have strong writing, editing, and presentation skills and a wide degree of creativity. You have the proven ability to multitask, set priorities, develop a plan with metrics and see it through – and do what it takes to meet deadlines. You can deal with ambiguity and understand the importance of being flexible and adaptable. You thrive in a collaborative environment while taking the initiative and making things happen. You also have a good sense of humor.

Compensation and Benefits
Part time, exempt, position
Starting Rate is $25 per hour
Approximately 300-400 hours per school year, depending on funding

Mileage reimbursements will be available for work related tasks at a rate of .58 cents per mile. This rate is subject to change and is based on the State’s recommendation.

Primary Location:
This position is based in Sonoma County, CA.
Administrative work is done remotely; however, workshops, presentations, some meetings,  and school mentorship will be in person and onsite.

To apply for this position:
Please send a cover letter and resume to sue.davis@schoolgardens.org with “SchoolYard Habitat Job” in the subject line.

Application deadline is Aug 5, 2022 or until filled.

About School Garden Network 
Based in Sonoma County, CA, School Garden Network is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to grow healthy students, families, schools and communities through garden-based education.  More information about School Garden Network can be found at schoolgardens.org

To apply for this job email your details to sue.davis@schoolgardens.org