Farm to School Coordinator
Job status: Part-time, 20 hrs/wk
Location: Sierra Harvest office and various school sites in Western Nevada County
About Sierra Harvest
Sierra Harvest is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening community through fresh, local, seasonal food. We train dozens of farmers, organize hundreds of community events, and educate over 9,500 school children. We envision a thriving local food economy and a network of financially viable farms providing good food for the community, where health and wellness is the norm and people of all ages are engaged in growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing fresh food. We are creating a place where farmers thrive and residents of all ages have access to nutritious, whole food.
The Farm to School Coordinator works closely with the Sierra Harvest Farm to School staff, school administrators, teachers, farmers, students, and families to strengthen the connection between farm-fresh food and the community’s health and wellness. Key responsibilities include coordinating Farm to School (FTS) programming at assigned schools and assisting with the overall FTS program including school gardens and the Foothills Fresh school food program.
The FTS Coordinator must excel at building relationships, demonstrate exceptional communication skills, and be skilled at managing complex workflows while organizing multiple priorities. They must be a strategic thinker that enjoys working in a fast-paced environment with highly motivated, reliable, professionals who have a strong drive to create a lasting positive impact for the community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Farm to School Liaison
Point person for coordinating and promoting FTS activities at assigned schools
Attend mandatory meeting first Monday of each month
Deliver Harvest of the Month to schools and coordinate classroom distribution
Coordinate communication and logistics for farm field trips, guest chef days, and farmer visits
Set up and staff garden cart at each school for 8 weeks in the fall
Farm to School Program Support
Assist FTS Director with program implementation
Communicate with farmers, schools, volunteers in person and via email, phone and text
Coordinate Harvest of the Month logistics between farmers and FTS team
Prepare promotional materials including newsletters and marketing materials
Plan small school events such as farmer visits or new menu item tastings
Provide administrative support for the Foothills Fresh school food program
Assist with grant administration, tracking, and reporting
Participate in professional development and share learnings with the FTS team
Attend to special projects as needed
Skills and Qualifications
Strong initiative and commitment to Sierra Harvest mission
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Persistence, and ability to build relationships with teachers and school staff
Superior time management, prioritization and follow through
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Ability to engage students’ attention
Experience working with diverse groups
Flexibility (of mind and body)
Skilled in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
Commitment to honest, open communication
Knowledge of local food, farm, and gardening resources is a plus
Access to a reliable vehicle for travel to schools and transporting Harvest of the Month
If you do not meet all of the job skills or qualifications, please tell us why you might be a good fit anyway
This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs@sierraharvest.org with “Farm to School Coordinator” in the subject line.
Able to work on a computer including sitting or standing at a desk for extended periods, reading a computer screen, and manually operating a keyboard.
Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 40 pounds.
Sierra Harvest is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status. Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.