Education Programs Manager
Arizona Sustainability Alliance (AZSA) Mission
To create and support cutting-edge, project-based sustainability solutions in Arizona
- AZSA has five priorities: Conservation, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Food Systems, Urban Forestry, and Cities
- AZSA priorities and projects are run by staff and volunteer staff
- Projects and programs are overseen by Program Managers and volunteer Project or Program Coordinators
- AZSA has many projects and programs across Conservation, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Food Systems, and Urban Forestry
- The Cities Priority has City Liaisons who do not directly run projects but work to build relationships with cities and communities to support projects
Vision and Mission
AZSA’s education programs crosscut the Priority Areas. AZSA’s current education programs fall within the Sustainable Food Systems Priority and Urban Forestry Priority.
- Sustainable Food Systems Vision: Through community engagement, education, and project-based assistance, empowering vulnerable communities and creating equitable, affordable food access throughout Arizona.
- Sustainable Food Systems Mission: To mitigate the impact of food insecurity in vulnerable communities, while educating about nutrition, food growing methods, and the value of local foods through meaningful partnerships.
- Urban Forestry Vision: An Arizona with a tree canopy that mitigates extreme heat and improves air quality.
- Urban Forestry Mission: Increase the tree canopy in vulnerable, low canopy areas throughout Arizona to make communities more resilient.
Overview – Sow It Forward
Sow It Forward provides vertical aeroponic gardens to vulnerable and Title I K-12 schools to improve access to fresh, healthy produce and provide unique opportunities for students to engage in garden-based learning directly from their classrooms. Vertical gardens are low maintenance, water-efficient, and mobile, providing flexibility for educators and students to grow food anywhere on their school campus. The program was first piloted in 2017 in two first grade classrooms in Tempe, Arizona and has since expanded to encompass over 80 gardens in 35 K-12 schools across the Phoenix Metro Area. Each school receives three vertical gardens to create a vertical farm, providing ample produce to start school farmers markets led by students. Students may sell produce at the school farmers markets to raise funds to cover the continued cost of garden maintenance each year. Alternatively, students may donate produce to their school community in a farmers market setting.
Overview – Food Tech for the Future
Food Tech for the Future (FTF) is an innovative program that addresses both the lack of healthy food and STEM education for K-12 students in the Phoenix Metro Area by bringing food computers—digitized tabletop hydroponic greenhouses—to vulnerable and Title I schools. Piloted by AZSA in 2019 in three schools and expanded to 13 additional schools in 2020 and 2021, this program has successfully engaged over 500 students. Each food computer is controlled by a Raspberry Pi microprocessor connected to temperature, humidity, and CO2 sensors, LED lights, a camera, and fans. The Raspberry Pi is controlled through computer programming so students can build computer science expertise and practice coding skills to design and monitor the growing conditions of each hydroponic greenhouse. This unique program provides students with access to healthy, fresh produce grown in the classroom while helping students to develop STEM knowledge and skills that are directly applicable to higher education attainment and workforce development.
Overview – Arizona Urban Forestry Education Initiative
The Arizona Urban Forestry Education Initiative engages K-12 educators from low-income and Title I schools with low tree canopy and limited access to green space across the Phoenix Metropolitan Area in how to teach students about urban forestry in Arizona. Urban forestry is rarely covered in K-12 curriculum and no other comprehensive training is available for Arizona educators to learn how to teach their students about this topic despite the direct connection to public health. With a successful pilot in 2021, 80 K-12 educators were trained using the Arizona Urban Forestry K-12 Curriculum, the first of its kind in the state, and provided the opportunity to apply to bring their students on field trips to local urban green spaces to deepen their knowledge of urban forestry in Arizona. In 2022, a new cohort of educators will be trained and provided the opportunity to apply to plant trees on their school campuses.
Objective – Education Programs
Engage youth, educators, and school communities in meaningful sustainability learning opportunities by providing hands-on programs, training, and educational resources
To ensure the success of all aspects of AZSA education programs (design, implementation, and evaluation) by working with educators, youth school districts, community partners, and other constituents
- Collaborate with AZSA Programs Director to develop and maintain curriculum, training materials, and other educational resources across the education programs
- Coordinate recruitment of schools, districts, and educators to participate in the education programs
- Facilitate professional development experiences for educator participants
- Collaborate with AZSA’s Programs Director and Chief Operating Officer to develop and execute Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), contracts, and other legal documents required to establish and maintain school and community partnerships
- Coordinate in-person and/or virtual site visits as needed
- Acquire and distribute programmatic materials
- Plan, track, and report education programs expenses
- In coordination with AZSA’s Programs Director, collaborate with appropriate AZSA departments to fulfill the objectives of the programs
- In coordination with AZSA’s Program Director, collaborate with appropriate AZSA departments to create, plan, and implement new education programs across the AZSA priorities
- On-site visits with the partnered schools to assist with support at certain critical moments during the program and when requested by schools
- Assist with any additional needs of the non-profit, as they arise
Ideal Skill Set and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in education and/or sustainability/environmental field preferred, or a degree related to the core job duties; other relevant experience and education considered
- Proven experience as a Program or Project Manager
- Able to effectively utilize project management tools i.e. Trello, Microsoft Project, Monday.com, etc.
- Experience in curriculum and educational resources development and standards alignment
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Enjoys public speaking and presenting; ability to professionally articulate to diverse audiences
- Experience in collecting, managing, analyzing, and reporting evaluation data
- Experience collaborating with multiple cross-sector partners
- Experience with hybrid (virtual and in-person) programs with educators and youth
- Foster an innovative environment to create impactful solutions
- Excellent time management and organizational skills
- Self-starter who is able to work independently and as a team member
- Enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
- Experience in performing effectively in a fast-paced environment with a variety of responsibilities subject to quickly changing priorities
- Intermediate or higher level proficiency in Google Workspace/Microsoft Office and other office productivity tools, with the aptitude to learn new software and systems
- Experience planning and reconciling budgets
- Able to have a flexible schedule to accommodate the needs of the education programs and organization
- Strong interest in knowledge of mission-driven or non-profit organizations
- Background knowledge in sustainable food systems, urban forestry, and/or environmental education, preferably in Arizona, is a plus
- Experience working with educational institutions is a plus
- Bilingual in Spanish is a plus
Compensation for Full-Time Employment
Benefits include paid holidays, generous paid time off, and 100% paid employee medical insurance, vision insurance, and dental insurance.
While all staff positions are remote, this position requires the person to physically reside year-round in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. This position requires periodic fieldwork, site visits, and other necessary in-person activities in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.
AZSA does not cover relocation expenses
All offers of employment at Arizona Sustainability Alliance (AZSA) are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates.
An offer of employment for the Education Programs Manager requires a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card from AZDPS prior to the hiring date.
To apply for this opportunity, email a pdf of your cover letter and resume/cv to: [email protected]
Applications will not be accepted through any other means.
This position will remain open until filled.
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