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Cooking & Gardening Coordinator – Community Food Action

Community Food Action takes a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to food justice in our neighborhood. We embed hands-on food education into local institutions, develop community leadership, and create opportunities to grow, purchase, eat and compost good food. We aim to model community-responsive solutions to inequities in the food system.

Position Outcomes and Sample Tasks

Outcome 1

FoodCorps members have the capacity and resources to carry out their action plan goals of hands-on learning, healthy school meals, and building a school wide culture of health.

Sample Tasks

  • Serve as service site supervisor to 2 FoodCorps members for 11 months/year.
  • Carry out Community Food Action’s responsibilities as a FoodCorps service site
  • Assist in recruitment, selection, and training of members
  • Support service members in planning lessons and activities. Co-facilitate activities as needed.

Support members in obtaining supplies, equipment, and space at school and office to carry out their Action Plan

Outcome 2

Community Food Action cultivates effective and responsive partnerships with minimum of five neighborhood schools.

Sample Tasks

  • Coordinate meetings and communication with school administration and teachers
  • Maintain active presence at wellness councils and school meetings and events
  • FoodCorps Action Plans are created with input from schools and school stakeholders are kept up to date on progress.
  • Plan and facilitate 8 annual workshops and professional development for students, parents, and teachers

Outcome 3

The 170 Farm Stand is a social and vibrant place for hands-on learning about seasonal eating and composting. Farmers Markets for Kids carries out its projected number of workshops, administers lessons with fidelity, and is responsive to community needs.

Sample Tasks

  • Manage Farmers Markets for Kids operations including set up, participant recruitment, workshop delivery, food safety practices, and breakdown
  • Maintain equipment and supplies necessary to workshops
  • Accurately complete and maintain participant logs, paperwork, and records
  • Co-facilitate workshops with Educators
  • Train and supervise Educators
  • Coordinate composting drop off program with partner
  • Serve as program representative at meetings with funder and network of grantees

Outcome 4

Activities are tracked and success is monitored to ensure that projected outputs and outcomes are achieved; adjust accordingly. Assist program in assessing needs, opportunities and threats.

Sample Tasks

  • Salesforce data entry
  • Implement debriefs, surveys, interviews, and focus groups
  • Support Director with grant reporting

Outcome 5

Community members and partners are engaged through outreach and communication so that they know our work and how to connect with it.

Sample Tasks

  • Develop outreach and promotional materials
  • Plan and facilitate presentations, workshops, and tabling
  • Create communications content for e-newsletter, website, and social media

Outcome 6

Carry out program and organizational administrative tasks and procedures so that program activities are planned, resourced, and executed according to high standards.

Sample Tasks

  • Plan agendas, facilitate, and take notes as needed in staff and partner meetings
  • Develop program timeline and work plans
  • Manage expenses and reimbursement

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 2-3 years’ experience working with children in formal settings required; school-based experience strongly preferred
  • Experience planning lessons and facilitating hands-on education through cooking, gardening, or composting required
  • Experience working in or engaging with a low-income community-based setting required
  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field preferred
  • Previous supervisory or leadership experience a plus

Preferred Competencies Include:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and proven ability to coordinate with partners including school teachers and administration
  • Knowledge of or enthusiasm about food issues as related to healthy living and uplifting diaspora culinary traditions as an alternative to western diets; personal experience facing the negative aspects of the food system preferred
  • Committed to principals of racial, social, and economic justice
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaker strongly preferred
  • Organized, upbeat, and flexible individuals strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge or experience with Popular Education theory of learning a plus
  • Solid written communication skills
  • Ability to work with frequent interruption, to make the best of limited space and supplies, and to simultaneously supervise a variety of tasks.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, problem solve and be flexible
  • Bronx or Upper Manhattan native or resident preferred
  • Physical Requirements: The position requires working outdoors in all weather conditions, standing and walking for extended periods, and carrying heavy and bulky items
  • Intermediate computer skills including Microsoft Office and web-based applications

Salary, Schedule & How to Apply

Salary and Benefits: Competitive salary, depending on experience. New Settlement offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 401(k).

The Coordinator is expected to start the week of June 18th.

Please send a pdf of your cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Cooking and Gardening Coordinator: YOUR LAST NAME”. EEO/AA





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