National School Garden Program Manager

Reporting to the Director of the National School Garden Program and based in Denver, CO, the Program Manager will provide technical assistance and development of resources for school garden programs in Slow Food chapters and schools in diverse communities across the country.


We are looking for someone who is flexible and energetic to participate in the dynamic process of a growing national program.

Responsibilities include:
  • Work with the Director to create workshops, training and resources for school garden leaders within Slow Food chapters
  • Engage with Slow Food chapter leaders to train them and their volunteers on how to start, manage and grow a school garden program
  • Identify programs and develop materials (manuals, teaching guides, evaluation) to be used in school gardens programs, such as Youth Farmers Markets, Garden to Cafeteria and Produce for Pantries
  • Work with the Director to design a training program to show Slow Food chapter leaders how to support a school garden program at multiple sites
  • Identify and cultivate new partnerships and help connect the Slow Food USA program to other like-mind programs
  • Prepare quarterly progress reports to share with National office and core partners
  • Help develop a web presence to share stories from the field
  • Help create a database structure to collect information from chapters about their garden programs
  • Assist the Director in developing and implementing an evaluation program for use with chapters
  • Promote the Slow Food USA National School Garden Program at conferences and other external venues
Required Qualifications:
  • BA or BS in education, ecology, environmental science, food systems or related field or equivalent experience
  • At least two years of experience as a Garden Leader or an equivalent position at a school with responsibilities including engaging students in the garden, managing volunteers and working with teachers to implement a school garden curriculum
  • Experience providing professional development for educators and/or volunteers
  • Demonstration of work experience with a diverse community and workforce
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to travel to deliver programs and training
  • Competency in various computer skills including MS Office
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Confidence and motivation to work independently
Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least five years combined experience: 1) as a Garden Leader or an equivalent position at a school; and, 2) as a Coordinator/Supervisor overseeing garden leaders and the programming at multiple school garden sites. Responsibilities include providing professional development classes, managing volunteers, and developing programs, curriculum, and protocols to expand the use of school gardens within the food culture of a school district
  • Other related garden, farming, culinary, or education experiences that are relevant to this position and that would distinguish the candidate
  • Demonstration of successful grant writing, grant management, implementation of a grant, and evaluation experience at local and/or state levels
  • Demonstration of partnership development in the local community to expand the capacity of the gardens, to bring key stakeholders to the gardens and to engage segments of the population not typically associated with school gardens
  • Commitment to and familiarity with community organizing strategies
  • Competency in using various social media outlets for marketing and communications
  • Multilingual

This is a full-time position. Salary is $35,000 to $40,000 per year, depending on experience. Slow Food USA offers a generous paid time off package and paid health care options.

Slow Food USA is committed to equal employment opportunities. We do not discriminate based on an individual’s race, sex, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or on any other basis prohibited by law.

To Apply:

We are accepting applications until 5:00 pm MST, Friday, June 13, 2014. Early application is encouraged. Qualified applicants should prepare as one document (pdf):
a) Cover letter of 1-5 pages that provides a detailed narrative of your qualifications for this position
b) Resumé
c) List of 3 relevant references with all necessary contact information

Please email your materials to with “Program Manager: National School Garden Program” in subject line and the above document (pdf) as a single attachment.

Resumés without detailed cover letters will not be considered. Please do not contact Slow Food USA directly with questions or inquiries.

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Slow Food USA offers internships year-round to current undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates. The internships follow three cycles: Fall, Spring and Summer, located in the national office in Brooklyn, NY. Start and end dates are flexible, although typically our Fall internships begin in September, our Spring internships begin in January, and Summer internships in June. A minimum 15 hours per week is required for all cycles. Fall and Spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit. Any available internships are listed here.