Farm to School Program Director

Location: 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (All day)

Job Opening: Farm to School Program Director (full-time position)

 

Available: August 1, 2013

 

Slow Food Baton Rouge

Slow Food Baton Rouge (SFBR) is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the promotion and development of a secure, just, and sustainable local food system in the Baton Rouge area.  SFBR provides educational programming and support for partner organizations’ youth and community gardens as well as community education activities through gardening, and urban agriculture/sustainable living workshops and trainings.  SFBR developed Baton Rouge’s first local food guide, highlighting restaurants, farmers markets, and food artisans that source local products.  The SFBR  annual farm-to-table event “Dinner in the Field” showcases the area’s celebrity chefs preparing local products along with an annual farm tour to better connect local farmers and consumers.

 

Slow Food Baton Rouge is developing “Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge”, a farm-to-school and food systems education initiative that includes incorporation of locally grown fresh foods into schools, plus in-class and after-school gardening and cooking educational activities.  This is a replication of the Austin, Texas based Sustainable Food Center’s “Sprouting Healthy Kids” program.

 

Job Description:  SFBR is seeking an energetic, capable individual to fill the position of Program Director of the “Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge” farm-to-school and food systems education program. 

 

Job Duties:

Duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the implementation and operations of  the “Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge” project
  • Overseeing the farm-to-school and food systems promotions and outreach
  • Coordinating SFBR volunteers, AmeriCorps Members, teachers, parents and support staff
  • Supporting SFBR grant writing and fundraising activities
  • Coordinating SFBR social media/communications, and networking
  • Assisting with other SFBR projects as needed

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • At least two years experience in project implementation and oversight, including hands-on gardening, and/or project management
  • Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture and/or education preferred; relevant work experience can be substituted
  • Strong work ethic, organizational skills, flexibility in schedule, and creative entrepreneurial spirit
  • Experience in community outreach and partnership building
  • Proficiency with website content management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, engaging personality, and sense of humor
  •  Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office proficiency

 

This is a full-time position and may require flexible hours. Slow Food Baton Rouge offers an excellent work environment, a competitive salary, and opportunities for educational experiences.  The position is available starting August 1, 2013. 

 

How to apply: Please submit your resume in either MS Word or PDF to cmotsenbocker@gmail.com. Include a brief cover letter telling us about yourself, how your experience and interest best suit you for this position, and what a sustainable local food system means to you. Please also include three  references with contact information.

Applications by email accepted through July 8, 2013 or until a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls please.