KCCG is hiring!

KCCG is hiring two new positions - Director of Development and Schoolyard Gardens Preschool Coordinator
To apply, see job descriptions below.
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Director of Development

Kansas City Community Gardens seeks an experienced non-profit development professional for its open Director of Development position. This person will be responsible for raising the organization’s $1.2M annual operating budget, as well as any capital funds needed, through government/foundation/corporation grant funding; individual giving and major gifts; and fundraising events.

This person will also be responsible for public-facing communications through the organization’s website, social media channels, monthly newsletter and e-mail communications, and printed collateral.

The Director of Development will report directly to the Executive Director and oversee the Grant Writer and Media Coordinator. This position also works closely with the Board of Directors and leads the organization’s new Young Professionals Board, who is responsible for helping to promote the organization by increasing public awareness, as well as helping to plan the organization’s fundraising events.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

-3-5 years Non-Profit Development experience

-Grant Writing

-Sponsorships

-Individual Giving

-High level of organization

-Ability to lead and delegate diplomatically

-Strong oral and written communications skills

-Knowledge and experience with non-profit marketing

-Storytelling

-Social media

-Web content

-Print collateral

-Ability to build relationships with people from all backgrounds, including staff, funders, and clients

Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000, commensurate with experience

Please submit Cover Letter and Resume to courtney{at}kccg.org no later than December 2, 2018. No calls, please.

Schoolyard Gardens Preschool Coordinator

Kansas City Community Gardens, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has an opening for a Preschool Gardens Coordinator.  KCCG empowers and inspires low-income households, community groups, and schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area to grow their own vegetables and fruit. The Schoolyard Gardens program partners with over 200 area schools to develop and coordinate vegetable gardens on school grounds.

Position Description:(full time – 40 hours/week) The Preschool Gardens Coordinator will assist the Schoolyard Gardens Program Director by working with metro area preschools in developing, coordinating, planting, maintaining and harvesting food-producing gardens located on school grounds with the purpose of increasing students’ knowledge of gardening, nutrition and healthy eating habits. Early exposure to healthy eating promotes a healthier childhood and future lifestyle. This position will require the Preschool Gardens Coordinator to tailor garden activities to enhance preschool learning.

Salary range: $23,000 to $24,000/year (starting Salary)

Reports to: Schoolyard Gardens Program Director

Responsibilities:

Maintain and assist existing preschool Schoolyard Gardens:

  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with staff at existing preschool Schoolyard Gardens
  • Enroll preschools annually for program participation
  • Assess the condition of existing preschool gardens and work with preschool staff to identify needs
  • Work with preschool staff to develop planting plans and garden preparation
  • Coordinate age-appropriate garden activities and curriculum for staff to use to enhance garden growing and learning
  • Assist preschool staff and students with garden planting
  • Conduct site visits and implement follow-up plans to facilitate a successful garden

Develop new preschool gardens:

  • Recruit and sign up preschools for program participation
  • Evaluate the preschool sites and assist preschool staff in garden site selection
  • Work with preschool staff to prepare a garden development plan that will outline the needed actions to prepare the site for gardening
  • Assist the preschool staff with the garden bed installation

Obtain and distribute educational materials:

  • Lead schools in KCCG’s 9 week garden series, Sprout in the Garden, to increase students’ and garden coordinators’ knowledge and understanding of the garden
  • Assist with the development of preschool curriculum and age-appropriate garden activities that can be used in the garden and during classroom learning time
  • Assist Schoolyard Gardens team in leading presentations, trainings and workshops specific to schoolyard gardening for preschools

Collect data and help maintain program records:

  • Keep complete records on all preschool gardens
  • Assist in tracking seed and plant orders
  • Collect program data as required by grant
  • Assist Schoolyard Gardens Team in preparation of program reports

Assist with Schoolyard Gardens Blog and Website Resources:

  • Write blog posts pertaining to Schoolyard Gardens

Participate in the overall operations and mission of Kansas City Community Gardens: To empower and inspire low-income households, community groups, and schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area to grow their own vegetables and fruit.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Areas of needed skills, knowledge and interest:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Vegetable Gardening preferred
  • Organizational skills and record keeping
  • Interest in working with preschool aged children and their community members, especially those in the urban core
  • Community organizing/community development
  • Communications: public speaking, presentations, written communication
  • General office/computer skills
  • Ability to assist with garden constructions
  • Ability to work in all seasons/extreme temperatures
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus, but not required

Qualifications/Experience

  • College degree in relevant field (early childhood education, nutrition, community development, social work, horticulture etc.)
  • Vegetable gardening experience
  • Educational experience (teaching/training at some level)
  • Experience working with low-income persons
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and ability to provide proof of vehicle insurance.

Please send cover letter and resume by December 3, 2018 to syg {at} kccg.org .

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