Farm to School Coordinator

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, February 24, 2017, 11:45pm



Gunnison, CO
United States

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Overview: Year round, contract position, 0.5 FTE, providing leadership, coordination, and strategic development of our district-wide Farm to School program, some direct teaching, and oversight and management of our Farm to School program staff.


Schedule: Starts April 2017. Flexible weekly schedule, averaging 20 hrs/week, though hours ebb and flow with the season and programming needs.


Compensation: $14,000 - $15,000 annually, DOE. One year contract, renewable.

Reports to:  Executive Director.


About Mountain Roots

Mountain Roots Food Project cultivates a resilient food system in the Gunnison Valley, Colorado by enhancing healthy connections between food, earth, and community. We foster knowledge, teach skills, and provide opportunities that ensure access to affordable, nutritious food that is regionally based and sustainably produced. As the leading local food systems initiative, we work to increase individual and community resilience and promote personal, community, and environmental health through programs in five focus areas: Food Culture & Education, Food Production, Food Security, Food Economy, and Food Policy.   We run a district-wide Farm to School program, established in 2010, manage a network of organic urban/community gardens, run targeted-access food security programs including Backyard Harvest and Cooking Matters, manage a multi-farmer CSA, and are launching a new community farm in summer 2017.


Position Description

The Farm to School Coordinator is responsible for:

Meeting strategic program goals, maintaining program budget, evaluating program impact / success.
Coordinating all education programming for the organization
Developing and teaching curriculum in the areas of science, nutrition, food systems, sustainable agriculture, small-scale food production, and food preparation in an interactive, outdoor setting
Managing all education staff, interns, and volunteers


Education priorities are currently youth environmental education for Pre-K through high school youth, though the Farm to School Coordinator may also lead/coordinate community workshops, professional development for teachers, or adult-level classes periodically.


During months when school is in session, (spring and fall) the F2S Coordinator works with teachers to design and lead garden-based lessons that are matched to grade level standards in many subjects (science and health/nutrition are dominant). Please note that this is a program requiring skills in curriculum and program design, ‘on-your-feet’ thinking, and an adaptive management style. This position offers critical support to teachers and students to ensure that a school can maximize the educational potential of the garden. The F2S Coordinator acts as a resource for teachers as they plan their own cross-curricular lessons in the outdoor classroom, and models skills that teachers need to feel comfortable using the garden to teach science standards.


During summer months, the F2S Coordinator position is responsible for designing and coordinating summer programming, ensuring that all Environmental Educators are prepared to teach camps/programs, and supported throughout the season.  The F2S Coordinator lead-teaches in the education programs – depending on expertise and availability.  Instructors are responsible for planning and designing their own daily activities, coordinating filed trips, and leading the summer camp, teaching groups of youth (grades K-5) on camper days in a fun and engaging way – the F2S Coordinator oversees the instructors and helps problem- solve as issues arise. 


2017 F2S Coordinator Responsibilities


Maintains “existing” goals as outlined in the Farm to School Program Plan
Works diligently towards implementing and achieving “striving” goals as outlined in the Farm to School Program Plan; assists with development of next year’s plan.
Manages the annual Farm to School Program Budget; assists with development of next year’s budget.
Assists with fundraising, including grant writing, program underwriting and special events as needed for Farm to School program.
Supervises and manages the education staff.  Maintain frequent communication with instructors and interns up/down valley. Act as a mentor for all education staff.

Coordinates schedule for education staff from April-October
Participates in staff hiring, training, performance reviews, management team meetings and planning, staff meetings

Works closely with principals and teachers to develop curriculum that supports classroom teaching in a range of curriculum areas (science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, etc) to build capacity with teachers to use the garden as an outdoor classroom.
Coordinates with classroom teachers all scheduling of classroom lessons and field trips as outlined in the Farm to School Education programming folder (Grades K-5)
Coordinates, directs, and organizes curriculum planning for education programming.  May write curriculum for educators, or work directly with educators as they write their own – giving the stamp of approval for any and all curriculum to be taught to the community.
Monitors, documents, and reports on all activities and extent of student and teacher participation through one-on-one meetings with director, staff meetings, and weekly progress reports. Completes learning assessments as needed to evaluate lesson and/or teacher effectiveness.
Participates in planning meetings with the school district administration around Farm to School programming as a whole.
Manages Summer Programming Registration, and ensures that all registration is communicated to educators.
Designs and implements new garden-related action projects through new after-school programming (Youth Farmer’s Market, Kids Cook!, food donation / service, youth leadership program, etc.) Continually seeks ways to expand the reach, depth, and impact of the program.
Coordinates with School Garden Coordinators on plot planning, seed types planted, and the use of the garden as an educational space.
Builds involvement in the school garden within the school and community, including teachers, administrators, students, parents, service groups, and community volunteers through active outreach.
Participates in garden workdays,  and Dig In, and close down days.
Helps to organize and attend Mountain Roots Staff meetings; participates in management planning meetings.
Communicates regularly with Executive Director to ensure mission and goals are achieved.
Applies adaptive management strategies to adjust program direction when feedback warrants.
Understands and meets all employee / staff guidelines, requirement, and standards of  Mountain Roots.
Works with relevant community partners to expand education programming. Maintains a positive relationship and regular communication with existing partners including Parks and Rec, GWSD; seeks new partners to increase impact or reach of program.
Keeps up to date on regional, state, and National Farm to School happenings as well as CEEP and CDE developments that might influence our trajectory.
Evaluates program success via pre/post surveys and other tracking methods, provide report and recommendations. Review the progress (for content, quality, effectiveness, level of finish, etc.) on the 3-year curricula cycle for summer programming. Provide a list of recommendations for next steps in restructuring  / redesigning for future years.
Provides a written quantitative and qualitative evaluation.
Makes a presentation to the Board of Directors providing review of F2S programming, next steps, goals, directions, etc.






Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field
At least 1 year of facilitation or teaching experience with K-12 youth
Working knowledge of and hands-on experience in small-scale organic / sustainable food production gardening
Experience in leadership, management, and staff supervision
Exceptional organizational skills; self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision
Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and ages; sensitivity toward cultural diversity
Transitions with ease between directly teaching children and working with teachers and administrators on program design and coordination
Strong interpersonal skills, including writing and public speaking
Computer and internet skills
Understand and support the mission of Mountain Roots Food Project


“Plus” Skills

skills in community or grass-roots organizing
cooking, food preparation and preservation
knowledge and/or experience in native species, permaculture, sustainable ag
have neighborhood connections and be comfortable talking to new people and passing along information
interest or experience in fundraising and development
leadership training
interest or experience in social media
ability to work creatively within a budget
Spanish language
Diversity training


Personal Characteristics:

Friendly, energetic, and enthusiastic, creative, flexible, energetic, and of good humor
Up-beat, compassionate, open minded, and good listener
Able to find value in everyone’s contribution and put people at ease, helping them feel safe, confident, valued, and connected to each other
Can embrace and work through conflict without escalating it
Able to supervise and lead others and provide constructive and supportive feedback
Willing and able to take direction from superiors, as well as volunteer and community constituency



How to apply:   

Please send the following to Holly Conn, Executive Director

Letter of Interest
Application, download from website and submit as a word doc no more than 2 pages in length
Contact information for two references


Please use “Farm to School Coordinator_YourLastName” in your subject line and in the titles of your attachments.


Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until 5 pm MST  March 1, 2017. Early application is encouraged.

How to Apply:

How to apply:   

Please send the following to Holly Conn, Executive Director

Letter of Interest
Application, download from website and submit as a word doc no more than 2 pages in length
Contact information for two references


Please use “Farm to School Coordinator_YourLastName” in your subject line and in the titles of your attachments.


Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until 5 pm MST  March 1, 2017. Early application is encouraged.