Nutrition Educator
Reports to:
 Program Director
Employment Type: Full Time AmeriCorps Service Position
Location: Ashland,  Oregon office, Medford & Central Point elementary schools
Service Dates:  August 30, 2017 – July 31, 2018
Application Deadline: July 31, 2017

Position Summary
The Nutrition Educator will offer garden and nutrition education to elementary students to improve attitudes and behaviors related to agriculture and healthy eating. The Nutrition Educator will coordinate monthly Tasting Tables at 8 elementary schools offering samples of local, seasonal produce to inspire an appreciation for healthy food and providing classroom nutrition lessons to 5th grade students (60%). The Nutrition Educator will lead weekly after school garden clubs at three elementary schools engaging students in all aspects of growing food, inspiring a sense of place and connection to the school garden, and cultivating healthy living skills with real-world applications (40%).

Essential Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):

  • Provide long term one-on-one mentoring through individualized socioemotional & academic support
  • Prepare and serve samples of local, seasonal produce items to elementary school students.
  • Communicate with school administrators, teachers, kitchen staff and farmers.
  • Mentor and train volunteers and 5th grade students to assist in the Tasting Table program.
  • Provide monthly nutrition lessons to 5th grade students who assist with Tasting Tables
  • Submit to Federal Background Check.
  • Obtain an Oregon Food Handler’s Card (RVF2S will pay any associated fees).
  • Plan and lead weekly school garden activities integrating agriculture and healthy living skills.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings with the RVF2S Program Director.
  • Complete and submit all necessary UCAN/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
  • Attend and complete all UCAN/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, training's, team meetings, and national service days.
  • Wear AmeriCorps apparel and/or appropriate identifiers while performing service or attending official events.

Position Requirements:

  • Posses valid drivers license, good driving record and own transportation.
  • Possess or be willing to earn CPR/First Aid Card.
  • 17 years of age or older, at beginning of service term.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award.
  • Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying.
  • Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through UCAN and/or Project Host Site.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Have not previously served four terms in an AmeriCorps*State or National program. Members are only eligible for the equivalent of two full-time education awards in their lifetime. Applicants must disclose if they have ever been removed for cause from any national service program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who enjoys cooking, healthy eating, gardening and working with young people.
  • Experience and/or desire to work with school-age children.
  • Possess experience, skills, and knowledge of nutrition and food preparation.
  • Possess gardening/farming skills and knowledge.
  • Experience teaching in an outdoor setting.
  • Experience creating or adapting garden-based lessons and activities.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule

Service Conditions:

  • The Nutrition Educator will work out of the Rogue Valley Farm to School office located in downtown Ashland, Or. Most of the program activities will be located on school grounds throughout the Medford and Central Point school districts all within a 15-30 minute drive from the office.
  • Service involves food preparation, gardening and teaching. Lifting 30-50 lbs occasionally required. Creativity, flexibility and a positive attitude required. Outdoor programs during inclement weather likely.
  • Basic computer technology, excel, Google suite used regularly. Food preparation involves the use of knives, stoves, ovens and other cooking implements. Gardening requires the use of basic hand tools.
  • Personal vehicle is required to get to service site.

Member Benefits Include:

  • A taxable, monthly living allowance (before taxes, approximately $1,139).
  • Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members/leaders receive an education award of $5, 815. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used. Members that are 55 and older may transfer the award to one child or grandchild.
  • Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable).
  • Basic medical insurance (covers members only, not dependents; vision and dental not included).
  • Child care allowance for those who qualify.
  • Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities
  • Access to school garden produce when in season

Apply

  • Step 1: Apply through www.AmeriCorps.gov by clicking on “Advanced Opportunity Search” then search by Program Name: “UCA”
  • Step 2: Email your résumé and cover letter to the Project Host Site for this position – Melina Barker: melina@rvfarm2school.org. Please include the names & contact information for three references.
  • Step 3: Rogue Valley Farm to School will conduct all initial interviews and recommend a candidate for this position.
  • Step 4: UCA will interview top applicants recommended by the Project Host Site and approve final selection.

Download the position description here.

Questions about the position? Contact: Melina Barker at melina@rvfarm2school.org or 541-890-7004

Questions about the AmeriCorps program? Contact Jordan Jungwirth at United Communities AmeriCorps, Jordan.Jungwirth@ucancap.org or at 541-492-3919.

UCA values diversity and seeks to provide an inclusive and safe space that rejects intolerance. Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. UCA provides reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals and conducts all activities in fully accessible settings.


Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Employment Type: Full time
Location: Ashland, Oregon
Start Date: August 2017
Application Deadline: June 5th, 2017 or until filled

Position Summary
Rogue Valley Farm to School is seeking a skillful professional to lead the nonprofit organization under the strategic direction of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be responsible for daily operations, finances, fundraising strategies, programs, and personnel. The Executive Director will ensure the execution of RVF2S’s mission, maintain and build strategic relationships, and represent the organization to the community. This is an incredible opportunity for someone who is passionate about quality nutrition education programs for children and the community, and sustainable agriculture.

About Rogue Valley Farm to School
Established in 2009, Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S) educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals. We inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administration and management: Oversee the implementation of the RVF2S strategic plan through on-farm nutrition education, school garden, and farm to cafeteria programs. Support staff in developing relevant, collaborative projects and programs at the community, regional, and statewide levels.

  • Fiscal management: Develop and monitor the annual budget, oversee income and expenditures, prepare fiscal reports for the Board of Directors, and oversee payroll. Ensure that sufficient funds are raised to meet annual budget and cashflow needs with the cooperation of staff. Oversee grant and donor management, reporting, and relationships.

  • Staff management: Set the tone for a respectful and cooperative work culture that motivates employees. Recruit new staff as necessary. Assist staff in development of strategic work plans, facilitate professional development training opportunities; and complete annual evaluations.

  • Board relations: Work closely with the Board on development of organizational policies and plans. Provide the Board with regular updates on organizational activities and any developments that may significantly affect the organization. Attend Board meetings.

Required Competencies:

  • Demonstrated commitment to RVF2S mission and values of integrity, equity, and community
  • Fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Knowledge of nonprofit structure and governance
  • Excellent written and verbal communication as well as public speaking skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team environment
  • Exceptional facilitation, group dynamics, and group decision-making skills
  • Organized and diligent record-keeping skills with great attention to detail
  • Experienced community organizer with strong networking skills, able to develop trusting relationships with diverse individuals from different backgrounds
  • Flexibility and adaptability, able to meet the needs of a range of cultures, people, and organizations
  • Stress management and composure

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture
  • Commitment to continuous learning
  • Experience running small businesses
  • Experience with school administrations and school boards

Compensation

  • Competitive salary dependent on experience; $45 - 49k
  • Benefits include flexible schedule and work environment, medical care stipend, and generous leave policy
  • The Executive Director is an at-will employee, exempt from overtime

Working Conditions

  • RVF2S encourages all employees to continue our tradition of integrity by representing the organization's mission and modeling the behaviors that the organization teaches. We value our employees’ loyalty and honesty and we encourage open communication. We strive to provide a rewarding employment environment.
  • The Executive Director can expect a flexible working schedule that includes occasional evening and weekend work hours. The Executive Director is expected to budget, schedule, and track work time to achieve an appropriate work-life balance. The organization has a great office space near downtown, the bike path, and public transportation.

Apply

Please apply by emailing a single pdf file to board@rvfarm2school.org. Please include a cover letter including the experiences that qualify you for this position, a resume, 2-3 writing samples including a grant narrative, and three professional references.

Download the position description

Rogue Valley Farm to School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, marital status, or sexual orientation.