[act-ma] Job Opening: Educational Program Coordinator @ theMOVE

Dave Madan dave.madan at gmail.com
Thu Mar 29 11:59:14 PDT 2012


theMOVE <http://www.getoutma.org/> is seeking a dynamic, energetic person
to coordinate and lead our farm-volunteer workdays this season.  The
position is 40 hours a week, at the rate of $16/hour.  We are a young
organization, rooted in the values of economic justice and sustainability,
working to scale up the availability and accessibility of farm-volunteering
for diverse groups all across Boston, to encourage healthy living and to
inspire respect for the labor and land that sustain us.  If you know anyone
who might be interested, please forward this along to them.  Thank you!


 *JOB POSTING – Educational Program Coordinator @ theMOVE*

in PDF format @ tinyurl.com/themoveepc

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*POSITION: *Educational Program Coordinator       *ORGANIZATION: *theMOVE (
getoutma.org)

*COMPENSATION: *$16 per hour (no health, retirement, or vacation benefits)

*HOURS: *40 hours per week (flexible scheduling – will range 30-45
hours/week)

*DURATION: *May 1 through October 31 (start and end date are flexible)

*LOCATION: *Most work done remotely, meetings at home office in Central
Sq/Cambridge





*OVERVIEW*

theMOVE organizes farm-volunteer workdays for diverse urban groups
throughout Metro Boston, to connect folks hands-on with fresh food, and
with the labor and land that sustain us.  We do this to expose the
injustices embedded in our food system, and to inspire folks towards
healthy, sustainable lifestyles which promote relationships of respect
towards the people and places that produce our food.  We conduct heavy
outreach to attract new groups to the experience, we coordinate their trips
from start to finish, we lead reflective exercises to enhance the learnings
and exchanges folks gain, and we follow up with participants to encourage
next steps towards community engagement and sustainable living.  We focus
most of our outreach towards low income communities, people of color, and
youth.  We primarily work with schools and community organizations to set
up trips for their groups, but we also host occasional open sign-up trips
for individual adults and families.



In our 2010 pilot year, we engaged 150 participants, and in our 2011 launch
year, we engaged 320 participants.  .  This year, we aim to organize 48
trips serving 600 new volunteers.  We are seeking an energetic Educational
Program Coordinator to coordinate and lead our trips this season.



*CORE RESPONSIBILITIES*

The responsibilities of the position will vary, but will foremost comprise
the coordination of farm-volunteer trips:

(a)    match/schedule groups with appropriate farms, and plan out trips
using varied transportation

(b)    facilitate workdays, oversee the work, and keep volunteers motivated
and cared for (we will strive to have two staff members on all trips; the
program coordinator oversee at least 2/3 of them)

(c)     lead reflective educational activities (at times including
follow-up sessions at groups’ program sites)

(d)    administer a simple impact survey at end of trips, and tabulate data



Additionally, the educational programs coordinator will:

(a)    conduct outreach to community groups to get new audiences excited
about farm-volunteering

(b)    develop reflective/educational activities for use on trips, to
expand our existing curriculum

(c)     refer participants to further community engagement/education
opportunities, and develop systems to do so

(d)    support some fundraising and community event organizing efforts, as
needed



All duties will be heavily supported by the executive director, as well as
by the program assistant and volunteer staff.



*KEY QUALITIES SOUGHT*

Foremost, we’re seeking someone who is extremely hardworking – who deeply
enjoys the satisfaction of a finished product.  The ideal candidate should
also possess a high level of self-discipline and be capable of handling a
flexible work environment (home office for meetings, otherwise working
remotely), a flexible schedule (trips can occur at all times of the week,
though we schedule them according to our staff’s availability), and a
flexible task list (multi-tasking and taking initiative on new
projects).  Other
qualities sought:

   - Experience as an educator – especially in social/environmental justice
   contexts
   - Comfort and experience working with the diverse communities of Metro
   Boston, and to some degree relatable to our focal populations (urban Metro
   Bostonians, low income communities, people of color, youth)
   - Comfort with computer/web applications – especially Microsoft Office
   and Google Docs



*NEXT STEPS*

For more information about our work, see our “At a Glance” at
tinyurl.com/theMOVEglance and watch our introductory video at
tinyurl.com/theMOVEvideo.  If interested, please send a letter of interest
and resume to Dave Madan (dave at getoutma.org) with the subject “EPC
Application” describing why you are excited about this role and what you
can offer to it.  Thank you.
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