Far Rockaway Regional Coordinator

Position Type: Full-time

Reports To: STEM Programming & School Partnerships Manager and Advocacy & Community Engagement Manager

Duration: This role is funded through a grant from the USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production through 09/30/2024

Salary: $75,000 annual salary plus benefits (health, vision, dental, 403[b] plan with employer match)

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Please note that TFFJ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for religious or medical exemption will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

To Apply: Please email a resume and a cover letter to work@teensforfoodjustice.org. Include the words “Far Rockaway Regional Coordinator” in the subject

 

Organizational Overview

Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ) fights food insecurity and diet-related disease through school-based, youth-led hydroponic farming, providing local, sustainably-grown produce to food desert communities and building health equity for all New Yorkers and beyond. TFFJ trains youth as 21st-century, school-based hydroponic farmers — growing and distributing large quantities of fresh, affordable produce to their food desert communities — and as nutrition and health educators/advocates who can lead themselves and others towards healthier futures.

 

Position Overview

TFFJ seeks a passionate individual with a strong sense of community, an interest in working with youth, and a desire to support our small but growing organization as we expand our school-based hydroponic farming and advocacy program to serve a total of four partner sites serving nine schools within Far Rockaway, Queens. 

Under the direction of TFFJ’s STEM Programming & School Partnerships Manager and our Advocacy & Community Engagement Manager, the Far Rockaway Regional Coordinator will lead outreach to community partners throughout the Rockaway Peninsula; oversee the operations of TFFJ’s community food distributions; support our curricular day STEM content engagement with students and teachers; and coordinate all school- and community-related outreach and engagement initiatives. 

Please note: This role requires ongoing travel between the following four partner school sites, in addition to the locations of other community partners throughout the Rockaway Peninsula: 

  1. Far Rockaway Educational Campus (farm was built in 2021-22): 8-21 Beach 25th Street, Queens NY 11691
  2. Scholars’ Academy (farm will be built in 2022-23): 320 Beach 104th Street, Rockaway Park NY
  3. MS 53 Brian Piccolo (construction timeline TBD): 10-45 Nameoke Street, Queens NY 11691
  4. PS 183 Dr. Richard R. Green (construction timeline TBD): 2-45 Beach 79th Street, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

Responsibilities and Essential Functions

Community Outreach (~40%)

  • Support TFFJ’s Advocacy & Community Engagement Manager by developing, organizing, and publicizing community outreach events at all sites with students and teachers in collaboration with school administration, community stakeholders, and funders.
  • Lead presentations and tours of the Far Rockaway Educational Campus hydroponic farm for prospective community partners.
  • Connect and build relationships with community-based organizations and organizing groups in new and current school communities; identify new community engagement opportunities.
  • Organize and maintain event tracking and community outreach debriefs.
  • Maintain TFFJ’s community outreach budget for the region and track all outreach event data.
  • Provide key training and outreach to identified schools and community partners throughout the Rockaway Peninsula.
  • Work with selected administrators at each school partner site to plan for the eventual transition of outreach and food distribution responsibilities after a three-year period. 

Community Food Distribution (~30%)

  • Work with TFFJ’s Farm Operations Manager and Advocacy & Engagement Manager to lead and manage the operations and finances of TFFJ’s ongoing school-based food distributions in the Rockaway Peninsula, starting with TFFJ’s farm site at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus.
  • Work with TFFJ’s Farm Operations Manager and Advocacy & Engagement Manager to conduct customer and logistics research within each school partner site community to determine how to best operationalize a food distribution in each area. Research variables include viable price points, types of crops, financial barriers, and distribution partner options.  
  • Work with each site’s Farmer-Educator, School Food Manager, and partner organizations to enhance student and cafeteria staff engagement with TFFJ during school hours.
  • Identify new and viable community distribution partners.
  • Manage all food distribution data.

STEM Integration Support (~20%)

  • Support TFFJ’s STEM Programming & School Partnerships Manager in promoting and managing school involvement with the curricular and after-school program as an educational resource, including overseeing communication between, faculty, program staff, and farm staff. 
  • Implement Hydroponic Grow Carts lessons at each identified school partner site. 

Program Evaluation Support (~10%)

  • Support the administration of TFFJ’s annual evaluation methodology for the curricular day and afterschool program for all schools with large-scale hydroponic farms. 

Required Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s Degree, ideally in education, public health, food studies, nutrition, environmental studies, social services, or community development.
  • 5+ years of relevant management experience, preferably in education, food, or a related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and self-manage around multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and be a team player.
  • Passion for education, food justice, youth empowerment, and food advocacy.
  • Must be able to clear a required DOE background check.

An ideal candidate will:

  • Bring energy and passion to classroom and community events.
  • Be able to collaborate with diverse groups and be able to maintain a professional and respectful relationship with students, TFFJ staff, teachers, mentors, funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Seek ways to collaborate with the TFFJ program at sites with TFFJ staff, teachers, school administration, community partners, and funders in order to streamline and improve systems and processes.
  • Confidently initiate and maintain relationships with students, teachers, mentors, families, and community members at TFFJ school sites.
  • Be able to provide their own transportation (partial reimbursement provided).

TFFJ embraces inclusivity and wants our employees to be as diverse and multifaceted as the communities in which we operate. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture but also our reputation and the organization’s achievements.

TFFJ’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and diversity applies to all aspects of employment: recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; and terminations. TFFJ does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, sex/gender (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, unemployed status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. 

To apply, please email a resume and a cover letter to work@teensforfoodjustice.org. Include the words “Far Rockaway Regional Coordinator” in the subject. 

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