We’re hiring a Seed to Mouth Coordinator!

7.23.15-PlazaEast-Quiche_IMG_2590We are seeking a motivated and dedicated individual to manage our Seed to Mouth cooking program, which includes teaching 4-5 cooking classes a week and coordinating programming at multiple sites. In addition, the staff member would occasionally assist garden workdays and attend staff trainings and meetings as needed. The ideal candidate will have a degree in nutrition or health education and have a minimum of 1 year teaching experience. We are seeking staff members that have a real love of teaching, healthy eating and want to work creatively as a part of a passionate team. 

Successful candidates will also have a demonstrable track record of working effectively in diverse, low-income communities.


About Seed to Mouth
Our nutrition and cooking classes use food grown in our community gardens to teach youth how to cook and enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables and other whole foods. We encourage youth to adopt healthy eating and lifestyle habits, discuss where food grows and then create delicious and nutritious meals, which we eat together. We also cover topics such as food safety, knife skills, how to read recipes and measurement conversion.


• Provide a safe, secure space for students to share, learn and grow.
• Plan weekly cooking and nutrition lessons, including: the basics of food and kitchen safety, food preparation and making healthy choices
• Supervise youth in the kitchen, encouraging proper technique and gently correcting as needed.
• Support Power Hour, one hour of homework help (Willie Mays Clubhouse)
• Model positive and proactive attitudes, behavior, dress code, and language use
• Maintain accurate records, including attendance data, curriculum taught and program evaluations.
• Serve as point person for meal paperwork and food safety protocols
• Write monthly reports
• Communicate clearly with all staff on a weekly basis.
• Maintain positive relationships with parents, families, students and school faculty/staff.
• Coordinate programs across multiple sites and with multiple partners
• Assist with outreach to the community and volunteers.
• Supervise volunteers and teen interns who assist you in teaching classes and with garden maintenance.
• Update nutrition curriculum and lesson plans for garden and environmental education and BEETS (Band of Environmentally-Educated and Employable Teens) program
• Attend weekly staff meetings and partner meetings
• Support CommunityGrows general activities and operations.


Full time. You will split time between sites in the Western Addition and Bayview/Hunters Point (Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, Willie Mays Clubhouse)


DOE. This is a full-time, hourly position with benefits.


Required Qualifications
• At least one year of teaching experience or experience working with youth of all ages.
• Experience planning lessons and facilitating a highly engaging youth development program
• Strong knowledge of food preparation using fresh, season, local ingredients, and organic gardening practices
• Excellent classroom management skills.
• Experience supervising and managing volunteers/interns.
• Significant experience working in multicultural communities of color.
• Strong organizational skills and the ability to be flexible and work independently.
• Strong collaboration, mediation, and team-building skills.
• Passionate about healthy eating and cooking experience.
• Familiarity with theories of environmental justice.
• Must pass a live scan background check and TB skin test.


Desired Qualifications
• Nutrition/Nutrition education, health, culinary arts degree or three years equivalent experience
• Bi-lingual


Physical Requirements/Work Environment
• Ability to stand, stoop, reach and bend. Mobility of arms to reach, dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate large and small objects Bi-lingual
• Ability to stand for long periods
• Ability to walk long distances
• Ability to lift, push and/or pull objects, which may approximate 50 pounds
• Ability to work outdoors and tolerate varying weather conditions


CommunityGrows, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs, if any, at the time of application.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: Kelly ErnstFriedman, Director of Programs, Kelly@communitygrows.org