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- Posted July 13, 2021 at 3:00pm
- Deadline Open until filled
- Location Brattleboro, VT
- Type Part Time
Farm to School Coach for Food Connects
Come join our team! We’re expanding and deepening our programs and services. We are looking for a self-motivated Farm to School Coach to collaborate with our creative team and inspire school communities throughout the region.
Who We Are
Headquartered in beautiful Brattleboro, VT, Food Connects is a food-systems non-profit organization with two flagship programs. The Farm to School(FTS) program supports school implementation of food, farm, and nutrition education, strengthening their school nutrition programs. Our Food Hub delivers regionally produced foods to co-ops, markets, schools, and hospitals. We build strong relationships with schools, working in partnership to transform the food system. We are a dynamic non-profit organization with strong roots in the community and a commitment to challenging the status quo. Find out more about us here.
In Search Of
Are you passionate about local food? Do you believe in the importance of young people knowing where their food comes from and feeling empowered about growing and preparing their food? Do you want to support school food service professionals, administrators, and teachers in food systems change? Do you want to do meaningful work that supports our local agricultural economy while also ensuring access to nutritious food for local youth?
What You Will Do
In this position, you will serve as a motivational guide and knowledgeable resource for teachers, food service professionals, and school administrators to further develop and support Farm to School Programs throughout the region. You will build capacity for schools to improve food, farm, and nutrition education and increase local food purchasing and school meal participation. In support of your schools’ FTS teams, you may find yourself facilitating meetings, action planning, writing up newsletter articles, or organizing FTS events.
Within Food Connects, you will work closely with a team of two other coaches to build and strengthen existing programming and expand into new school communities.
Experience and Knowledge Needed
This position requires an organized individual who is excited about helping schools identify and reach their Farm to School goals. You should find supporting others energizing, as this position will not regularly work with students. Knowledge about gardening, local farms, and community food systems is useful but not required; there will be plenty of learning opportunities on the job!
The right candidate will be skilled at:
Building Collaborative Relationships: The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.
Effective Research: The ability to identify the information needed to clarify a situation, seek that information from appropriate sources, and use skillful questioning to draw out the information when others are reluctant to disclose it
Empowering Others: The ability to convey confidence in a colleague's ability to be successful, especially at challenging new tasks; delegating significant responsibility and authority; allowing employees freedom to decide how they will accomplish their goals and resolve issues.
Attention to Communication: The ability to ensure that information is passed on to others who should be kept informed.
Initiative: Identifying what needs to be done and doing it before being asked or before the situation requires it.
You will be meeting with school staff at locations throughout southeastern Vermont, and the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, so reliable transportation is a must (mileage reimbursement is provided). The work schedule is flexible, with school-based meetings a priority. There will also be occasional meetings and events on evenings and weekends, with plenty of advance notice.
Compensation and Benefits
This position has the following benefits after a 90-day introductory period:
Paid time off: vacation, sick, personal, and holidaysas outlined in the Employee Handbook
88 Hours of Paid Time Off - this is a combination of Vacation, Holiday Pay and Personal Days
20 Hours of Paid Sick Time
Short-term disability insurance
Access to vision and dental insurance
15% Employee Discount on Food Purchases
2% Retirement Match.
The compensation for this position is $16-18/hour, depending on experience. This is a part-time, non-exempt, 20 hour/week position.