Position: PACT Grow to Learn Program, Lead Educator
Organization: The PACT Urban Peace Program
Posting Date: March 2nd, 2020
Employment Type/Term: Seasonal contract position, 40 hours per week for 10 weeks from April 20th, 2020 – June 26th 2020
Location: PACT Urban Farm at John Polanyi C.I., 640 Lawrence Ave. W., North York, ON M6A 1B1 (periodic workshops at GTL Urban Orchard in Rexdale and partner feeder schools)
Reports to: PACT Director of Operations
Compensation: Flat rate of $18 / hour, 40 hours per week working Mon-Fri
PACT Urban Peace Program Organization Overview:
The PACT Urban Peace Program is an award-winning registered Canadian charity dedicated to working with, supporting and empowering underserved and at-risk young people as well as other vulnerable populations. PACT does this through the development and delivery of high quality innovative and youth focused programming including life and job skills projects, schoolyard urban farms and life coaching, supported by partnerships with the youth justice system, schools, as well as other community partners and funders. PACT values and embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, gender identities, perspectives, and skills. We encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.
PACT Grow to Learn Urban Farm Overview:
The PACT Grow-to-Learn (GTL) Urban Farm and Food Initiative teaches about and connects schools and communities to organic food, agriculture and the environment while also providing thousands of pounds of fresh organic produce to food banks and other under-resourced school and community based programs and individuals each year. The program creates safe inclusive experiential learning environments and delivers curriculum linked workshops in outdoor living classrooms that also serve as community engagement and feeding hubs in low income neighbourhoods. While addressing some of the immediate and local needs, the program also acts as a catalyst in raising awareness of important issues related to environmental sustainability, healthy eating/nutrition, food insecurity, and hunger. GTL also actively supports meaningful volunteer, practicum, co op placement and entry-level employment opportunities for local students as well as at-risk young people referred from other related agencies and schools, opening doors to a career path in the growing environmental / urban agriculture and sustainable food sector.
Reporting to the Director of Operations, the GTL Lead Educator will provide a single point of contact while overseeing, scheduling, coordinating, delivering, promoting and documenting all garden and orchard based educational activities, workshops and related programming provided by the PACT program during the 2020 growing season. Managing an assigned budget, they will be responsible for purchasing, preparing and applying all required materials and equipment to support PACT’s GTL educational activities and workshop delivery. The Lead Educator will actively communicate with the host and feeder school communities to promote the use of the farm as a living classroom and to support the integration of the garden and workshops into relevant curriculums and classroom activities. The Lead Educator will also continue to develop and add to the existing proprietary GTL workshop and educational activities documentation including detailed instructions, teacher notes, and summer programming along with designing new workshops (e.g. food preserving workshops for community members) and activities based on demand and feedback from the various communities PACT serves.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Curriculum Linked, Culinary and Environmental Workshop Delivery and Development:
- Create step by step easy to follow instructions and corresponding teachers notes (specific for Grades 1-12 as applicable) for the ten most popular GTL workshops.
- Respond to all incoming GTL educational and workshop related inquiries and booking requests in a timely and professional manner, following up to ensure all required information is communicated, received and fully documented.
- Co-manage the PACT GTL Google calendar, booking/scheduling all educational activities including workshops, farm tours, and teacher/student led activities based on weekly capacity and program schedule.
- Deliver all required GTL curriculum linked (Grades 1-12), culinary (supported by the PACT Cooking Instructor) and environmental hands-on workshops (with a focus on the core ten most requested) within a safe, vibrant, welcoming, inclusive, collaborative and high quality experiential learning environment.
- Facilitate and actively promote (attend school/staff events and meetings etc..) the use of the GTL farm as a living classroom by all host and partner schools/teachers by supporting integration of garden and workshops into relevant curriculums and classroom/after school culinary extracurricular activities wherever possible.
- Track and report on all required statistics and data related to educational/workshop activities and student visits on a daily basis, update the related online spreadsheet and provide monthly activity reports to the GTL Program Manager.
- Purchase, prepare, manage and organize all required materials and equipment to deliver all workshops and educational activities throughout the season.
- Manage assigned GTL educational and workshops budget, tracking all pertinent information, purchases and receipts, and updating the related online spreadsheet.
- Provide farm tours to new school based groups (e.g. grade nine classes) as required.
- As practical and possible, leverage, lead, train and motivate select, qualified and vetted volunteers, co op placement students, practicum students and community members, to support the delivery of GTL workshops, programs and other educational activities.
- In support of parents attending the weekly GTL Community Compost Exchange, farmer’s market and meal, design and lead children’s activities from 3pm-6pm on Tuesdays from June-October.
- Develop new workshops and/or workshop components for following season based on feedback and demand of participants.
- Access Zipcars as required in support of program and to transport materials and equipment.
School, Community and Stakeholder Relations:
- Represent PACT in a professional and courteous manner at all related activities, events, meetings and in all interactions with participants, school staff, students, volunteers, guests, community members, funders, the general public and all other community partners and stakeholders.
- Always promote an anti-oppressive, inclusive, safe and equitable environment that respects diversity.
- Working together with all the the other core GTL staff, ensure that all volunteers, student and work placements are being fully supported, trained, supervised and leveraged productively with assigned tasks in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.
- Working closely with all the other core GTL staff, ensure that all student participants, school staff, guests and community members are fully supported and supervised in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.
- Takes all reasonable care and necessary precautions to protect his or her own health and safety, that of co-workers and all others under their supervision, by complying with, communicating and demonstrating knowledge of all policies, procedures and safe practises established by PACT and the GTL program.
- Maintain regular communication with all applicable TDSB teachers, staff and students at host and feeder schools to keep them connected to and informed about the GTL program.
- Identify new champions and coordinate/ conduct garden promotion (e.g. outreach presentation, morning announcement, attend staff meetings) to increase use, volunteerism and overall ownership of garden by the host school community.
- Attend periodic GTL and PACT meetings, trainings and professional development activities as required.
- Help plan, facilitate and attend PACT fundraisers/events and other community based events throughout the year representing GTL as schedule permits.
- Collect, track and provide workshop and educational related case studies, testimonials, photographs, and success stories to support the PACT website, blogs, annual impact reports, newsletters and funding proposals.
- Create and conduct questionnaires and evaluation surveys to assess and document positive impact of GTL workshops and other related educational programming/activities.
- Post-secondary diploma or degree in education or teaching with a minor OR a degree/diploma in a related field of study including environmental science, sustainable agriculture, food systems etc.
- Minimum one year of direct teaching experience
- Knowledge and experience delivering hands-on educational programs for children/youth
- Experience documenting, designing, and developing hands-on community and/or school based educational, environmental and/or culinary programming/workshops
- Experience managing a small budget and purchasing required materials to deliver educational programming
- Experience collecting, tracking and reporting on required statistics and other important program data
- Knowledge and experience working with young people with various special needs a definite asset
- Knowledge of and experience with organic and school / community gardening an asset
- Knowledge and skills in food safety, healthy cooking and nutrition an asset
- Knowledge of and experience with food in-security issues and programming an asset
- Demonstrated capacity and sensitivity working with challenging, at-risk and underserved individuals and communities experiencing marginalization, mental health issues and poverty an asset
- Demonstrated ability working effectively in both a self-directed and team environment
- Demonstrated initiative, leadership, flexibility and creativity
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong administrative and organizational skills and attention to detail
- Demonstrated proficiency in the Google Suite of cloud based applications: Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Drive etc.
- Demonstrated ability and discretion in protecting the privacy of others and dealing with sometimes delicate and confidential information
- Must complete full vulnerable sector police criminal reference check
- Valid driver’s license and access to car an asset
- First Aid and CPR training an asset
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