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REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens that grow successful students. To achieve this, we do two things – build learning gardens in low-income schools, and train teachers to use gardens for academic instruction. We have recently launched an aggressive, 4-year growth plan that will expand our impact to 15 cities across the U.S. In July 2016, we launched a regional office in Charlotte, NC to serve school districts in North and South Carolina. Additional regional offices include Texas, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Southeast, as well as a National HQ office in Washington DC.

At REAL School Gardens, each staff member contributes to an inclusive work environment by valuing other people regardless of differences and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Our work is guided by our core values, qualities we seek in new team members.  Get to know more about our culture and benefits too.

Also, we’re always looking for volunteers. To volunteer in our Fort Worth, TX or Washington D.C. offices, please contact info@realschoolgardens.org.

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Landscape Architect, Design and Construction
Location — Atlanta, GA
Employment Type — Permanent
Job Listed — June 29, 2018

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position Title:            Landscape Architect, Design and Construction

Location:                    Atlanta, GA

Reports to Title:         Regional Executive Director, Southeast

FLSA Status:              Exempt

Job Type:                   Full-Time, Regular Staff Position

Position Overview

This position will manage the design and construction of outdoor learning laboratories in Atlanta, the Carolinas, and may serve other regions across the REAL School Gardens partner network and will collaborate with the Regional Executive Directors to manage projects remotely, with approximately 35% travel.  The ideal candidate is an experienced landscape architect with the ability to motivate and coordinate the efforts of hundreds of volunteers for turn-key, one-day build events.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Deliver excellent products and services consistently

·         Provide an exemplary level of customer service

·         Design and manage construction of multiple new outdoor learning labs each year

·         Guide and supervise school partners throughout the planning process

·         Generate documents for permit applications and acquire all necessary permits

·         Request bids from contractors, select contractors, and manage the contractors on site

·         Ensure engineered design work is implemented with fidelity

·         Develop and manage outdoor classroom project budgets and related expenses and work within a defined budget to execute projects

·         Manage teams of volunteers and direct staff during installation events

·         Lead project planning events and meetings

·         Coordinate the ordering and acquisition of all materials

·         Generate timely project reports and documentation

·         Develop tools and documents for on-boarding partners

·         Collaborate effectively with a variety external stakeholders and staff across regions and functions

·         Take an active role in selection of new school partners

·         Lead several smaller scale outdoor learning lab renovations each year

 

QUALIFICATIONS :
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·         Team and project management experience

·         Knowledge of construction processes and procedures

·         Knowledge of permitting process

·         Ability to manage multiple projects remotely

·         Well organized and detail-orientated

·         Superior written and verbal communication skills

·         Highly motivated, self-starter

·         Desire to work in a dynamic environment and contribute to a growing organization

·         Experienced with Microsoft Office

·         Experienced with AutoCAD and Abode Creative Suite

·         Other duties as assigned

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

·         A four-year college degree and 3-5 years’ work experience

·         Registered landscape architect, and/or degree in landscape architecture

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•         Ability to work after hours, as needed, and on weekends during projects

•         Ability to lift up to 40 pounds

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
he work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•         Normal demands associated with a deadline-driven office environment

•         Open office environment where the noise level is generally moderate

•         Daily contact with external customers, vendors, colleagues, associates, supervisors, and staff at all levels of the organization

•         Daily contact with teachers, administrators, and staff at all levels of a partner school and school district.
TRAVEL:

·         Applicant should expect to travel approx. 35% of the time, with significant air travel to various regions required during projects

·         Travel within home region is also required during projects

 

To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, work samples, and salary requirements to our job site here: https://ikrut.com/microsite/pages/REAL%20School%20Gardens/default.html 

 

Salary and benefits are competitive.

Position Title:     Development Director
Location:            Southeast Region– based in Atlanta, GA
Reports to Title:  Regional Executive Director
FLSA Status:      Exempt
Job Type:           Full Time – Regular Staff Position

Position Overview

Working in partnership with the Regional Executive Director and the national development team, the Development Director develops and executes comprehensive fundraising strategies that increase revenue and visibility for REAL School Gardens in the Southeast Region. The Development Director is responsible for securing new revenue from foundations, corporations, individuals and public funding sources and overseeing regional fundraising operations.  They have significant direct revenue goals, in addition to sharing collective responsibility for the overall regional revenue goal, and are responsible for ensuring optimal partnership/donor cultivation and stewardship to successfully secure, grow and renew gifts.

The Development Director reports to the Southeast Regional Executive Director and works closely with National Fundraising Directors, fundraising staff in other regions, and the Director of Marketing & Communications to exceed fundraising goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES 
The Development Director will have a variety of responsibilities, including and not limited to:

  • Execute a comprehensive fundraising plan to secure new partnerships with foundations, government agencies, local corporations, school districts and individuals for the Southeast Region.
  • Implement local development strategies, including prospect research and qualification, outreach, partnership development, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Generate and manage the region’s pipeline of funding prospects; leverage Executive Director, Education team, Board of Directors and National Fundraising Directors strategically to cultivate the broadest, most productive partnerships possible for the organization.
  • Manage grant-seeking process for the region, including writing, proposal submissions, agreements, reporting and reconciliation.
  • Identify and secure public funding opportunities by cultivating relationships with state and local government contacts (e.g. Board of Education, city, county and state government, etc.)
  • Partner with National Director of Corporate Partnerships to cultivate, solicit, and steward corporate funders in the region.
  • Renew and grow existing partnerships to achieve ambitious fundraising goals for the Southeast Region; cultivates meaningful relationships with partners and ensures they are stewarded with excellence. Lead development and implementation of new tools and processes that will increase local fundraising capacity and drive revenue.
  • Coordinate donor database activities for the region; ensure contacts with funders are recorded and coded accurately for reporting.
  • Provide regular reporting on activities and progress to Executive Director and National Fundraising Directors. Collaborate with the Director of Marketing & Communications to develop collateral to support local sales, stewardship and reporting.
  • Plan and execute local fundraising events as needed
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • A four-year college degree and minimum 5-7 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or business development with a track record of securing six-figure gifts and expanding existing donor relationships over time.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, and listening skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of partners/donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Strong strategic planning, project management and organizational skills required.
  • A professional and resourceful style; an ability to manage multi-faceted projects and a capacity to perform well independently in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment are essential.
  • Ability to learn quickly, manage multiple tasks, and work in an environment of growth.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors/Advisors.
  • Fluency in Raiser’s Edge or similar donor database(s).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to get your hands dirty and the heart to embrace the REAL School Gardens mission and core values.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Open office space that fuels collaboration.
  • Fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; noise level is moderate.
  • Daily contact with external customers and colleagues at all levels of the organization.

TRAVEL
Ability to travel throughout Georgia, regionally, and nationally as needed.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements through our jobs site at https://www.ikrut.com/microsite/pages/REAL%20School%20Gardens/default.html
Salary and benefits are competitive.

 

UNPAID SUMMER INTERNSHIP – May-August, 2018

 Description of Experience and Skills

Experience and/or Specialized Skills to be Provided (List experience and skills unpaid intern is seeking to gain through this arrangement):

-Experience in the charitable grant cycle, including: research, development, writing, and proofreading

-Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge development tool

-Interpersonal development and donor-relations skills

-Practice in content creation and publication of online materials

-Understanding of various non-profit development program models

-Comprehension of non-profit budgeting and operations

-Research-based data gathering and analysis

 

General Activities (List general activities that will be performed in order to provide the experience and skills referenced above):

-Researching charitable foundations and grant opportunities

-Drafting initial grant proposals using boilerplate language

-Updating and maintaining Raiser’s Edge records

-Shadowing staff in meetings with potential donors, elected officials, community partners, etc

-Finalize and publish the “Veggie Board Instructional Guide” online

-Participating in national conversations around staffing, organizational structure, and updates

-Participating in local conversations around budgeting, pipeline and finance

-Research studies that show ties between our program elements and academic achievement

Please send inquiries to amacaulay@realschoolgardens.org

 

 

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