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REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens that grow successful students. We work with a school community to build a rich outdoor learning environment in just one day, and then guide teachers through the outdoor lessons and teaching techniques that make their learning garden as important to academic success as a library or a computer lab. To date, our organization has reached more than 100 schools, 4,000 educators and 100,000 students.

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.

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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POSITION DESCRIPTION -- Two positions available, one in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, one in Washington D.C.

Position Title:                      Director of School Partnerships
Reports to Title:                  Regional Executive Director
FLSA Status:                       Exempt
Job Type:                             Full Time, Regular Staff Position


About REAL School Gardens

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, 5-year growth strategy and are looking to expand our impact in Texas, the Mid-Atlantic, the Carolinas, and new regions across the country.

Position Overview

The Director of School Partnerships manages regional district and school accounts and relationships, ensuring consistency and excellence of all products and services.  This position supports the Regional Executive Director to recruit new district partners and is responsible for renewing existing partnerships.  The Director of School Partnerships works closely with the national Director of Training and Curriculum Development and manages a team of Instructional Coaches who develop curricula and provide coaching to teachers in our partner schools.  The Director of School Partnerships reports to the Regional Executive Director. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of School Partnerships will have a variety of responsibilities, including and not limited to:

Managing the Network of School Partnerships in the Region:

  • Achieve annual partnership goals/sales goals by supporting recruitment of new districts and school partners and renewing existing partnerships
  • Plan and execute recruitment and retention strategies for new and existing partner districts and schools, such as conducting market research, organizing meetings, and planning events 
  • Respond to district RFPs and negotiate contracts and memoranda of understanding
  • Lead the school application cycle
  • Build meaningful relationships with school and community leaders throughout the region
  • Provide thought leadership on experiential learning and professional learning for teachers 

Implementing School Partnerships in the Region:

  • Ensure REAL School Gardens programs meet the highest quality standards in program design, implementation, customer service and management
  • Manage the regional instructional team and ensure fidelity to the REAL School Gardens growth plan and model
  • Manage program evaluation, usage of data, and results reporting internally and externally
  • Create and manage annual plans, budgets, and reporting 

Contributing to Strategy, Growth, and Impact

  • Contribute to the long-term vision, strategy, growth, and impact of REAL School Gardens
  • Identify opportunities and challenges relating to school partnerships and develop
  • Stay abreast of current issues in early childhood and elementary education as they relate to REAL School Gardens mission
  • Work on teams to develop new initiatives, programs, and products
  • Support the development team in education-focused proposals and reports


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.

  • Knowledge of district and school operations
  • Well organized and detailed early starter
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Desire to work in a dynamic environment and contribute to a growing organization.
  • Flexible and adapts well to change.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • At least 7 years experience in public education, including experience as an elementary school teacher
  • A post-graduate degree in a relevant field of study is preferred
  • Experience managing successful teams
  • Sales experience preferred
  • Experience leading teacher professional development
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365

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 and on weekends as needed
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds

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.

  • Normal demands associated with a deadline-driven office environment.
  • The noise level is generally moderate.
  • Daily contact with external customers, vendors, colleagues, associates, supervisors, and staff at all levels of the organization.

TRAVEL

  • Willingness and ability to drive to various locations in the region, three or more days per week, with some travel in-state and occasional out-of-state travel

Salary and benefits are competitive.

Before applying to this position please view our privacy policy. 

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POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position Title:                      Instructional Coach

Location:                             Washington, DC

Reports to Title:                   Regional Executive Director or Director of School Partnerships

FLSA Status:                       Exempt

Job Type:                             Full Time, Regular Staff Position

About REAL School Gardens

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 everywhere to use gardens for academic instruction.  We have recently launched an aggressive, 5-year growth strategy and are looking to expand our impact in Texas, the Mid-Atlantic, the Carolinas, and new regions across the country.

Position Overview

The Instructional Coach works side-by-side with teachers during class, showing them how to use the learning garden to increase academic achievement in Science, Math, and Language Arts. This position develops engaging hands-on, outdoor lesson plans and curricula and helps organize and lead training sessions with teachers who are eager to learn how to teach their students outside. The Instructional Coach represents REAL School Gardens at conferences and events and speaks passionately about our mission and our REAL results.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The Instructional Coach will have a variety of responsibilities, including and not limited to:

  • Plan, schedule, and deliver the following:
    • Teacher Professional Learning Workshops.
    • Instructional Coaching Sessions.
    • Special events and programming.
  • Write lesson plans and modules in multiple content areas using the 5E instructional model.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships at the school level to ensure learning gardens are embedded in each school’s culture.
  • Support garden enhancements and “Big Dig” garden installations.
  • Advocate for experiential learning.
  • Encourage and increase school participation in regional programming, including events, website, and social media.
  • Generate content for website and social media.
  • Contribute to operational planning and implementation.
  • Collect and enter data related to program outcomes.
  • Prepare reports and maintain accurate records.
  • Present at local, state, and national conferences.
  • Communicate clearly and consistently with school staff and community members.
  • Provide schools with educational and horticultural expertise.
  • Supervise volunteers and interns as needed.
  • Collect photos, stories, and student work.
  • Represent REAL School Gardens in the community.

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.

  • Well organized and detailed early starter.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Desire to work in a dynamic environment and contribute to a growing organization.
  • Flexible and adapts well to change.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish is desirable.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • A four-year college degree in a relevant field of study is preferred.
  • Recent experience as an elementary classroom teacher.
  • Range of teaching experience across grade levels and content areas.
  • Experience leading teacher professional development.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365

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 and on weekends as needed.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

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.

  • Normal demands associated with a deadline-driven office environment.
  • The noise level is generally moderate.
  • Daily contact with external customers, vendors, colleagues, associates, supervisors, and staff at all levels of the organization.

TRAVEL

  • Willingness and ability to drive to various locations in the region, three or more days per week, with some travel in-state and occasional out-of-state travel

If the selected candidate is currently under contract, a start date after the end of the school year will be determined. Salary and benefits are competitive with compensation of experienced classroom teachers in the region.


Before applying to this position please view our privacy policy. 

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Position Description

The Marketing and Communications Manager will support the department Director across a wide range of duties.  The person in this position will interact with every team, and collaborate with every regional office on a wide range of projects to effectively position REAL School Gardens’ brand, products, and services. 

With top-notch writing, excellent project management skills, and a strong desire to help teams achieve their goals, the person in this position will help REAL School Gardens execute local and national programs while also building a strong national brand around experiential learning outdoors.  If you’re ready to cut your teeth on new types of projects and challenges every day, and grow alongside a fast-growing organization, we’d love to meet you.  The kids shouldn’t be the only ones learning something new every day. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Marketing and Communications Manager will work closely with the Director to:

  • Write press releases and pitch media stories
  • Identify and pursue outlets and tactics to effectively reach and activate core audiences
  • Write for the website and update website content
  • Write and schedule newsletters, eblasts, invitations, and fundraising appeals
  • Help develop branded materials and shepherd projects through inception, design, edits, approvals, and production
  • Work closely with external designer to create compelling visual content
  • Curate and create social media content
  • Edit documents carefuly to catch typos and ensure clear, effective, and consistant communications.  Documents include press releases, web pages, informational one-sheets, staff bios, pamphlets, presentations, speeches, collateral, and fliers -- even job descriptions like this one.
  • Accurately capture, articulate, and interpret feedback
  • Communicate, negotiate and maintain timelines and budget (where appropriate) to internal and external stakeholders
  • Plan and execute video content for a variety of platforms.
  • Oversee photographers and manage imagery storage and dissemination
  • Plan and manage communications outreach initiatives
  • Produce, brand, and staff events
  • Message train staff and spokespeople
  • Order and ship necessary materials to support regional events
  • Effectively organize, catalog, and distribute existing materials for easy retrieval and use.
  • Track spending against budget
  • Support special projects undertaken by the Director, Marketing and Communications that require research, materials preparation, and project management.
  • Answer telephone calls, emails and requests for information for the organization.
  • Perform general administrative tasks and other duties as needed, supporting Director, Marketing and Communications.  

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. 

  • Exceptional writing, editing, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Excellent project management skills, able to manage many multi-phase projects with multiple stakeholders and across different deadlines
  • Detail oriented with an ability to organize others a big plus
  • Fluency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Web-publishing and online distribution software a plus.
    • Experience in the education world a plus
    • Sense of humor, a “How can I help?” attitude, and endless flexibility
    • The ability to react quickly to changing needs in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, dynamic environment 
    • Have demonstrated strong initiative and problem solving skills and an understanding of marketing’s role in driving sales, fundraising, and supporting partnerships 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

  • A four-year college degree and/or equivalent work experience.
  • At least two years of related professional experience;
  • You may have had experience of the following: Public Relations, Publicity Manager, Brand Marketing Manager, Brand Development Manager, Marketing Manager, Product Manager, Product Marketing Manager, Communications Manager, Marcomms, Partnership Marketing, etc. 

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. 

  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends for special events.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

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. 

  • Normal demands associated with a deadline-driven office environment.
  • The noise level is generally moderate.
  • Daily contact with external customers, vendors, colleagues, associates, supervisors, and staff at all levels of the organization. 

TRAVEL 

  • Travel within the U.S. 2-3 times per year. 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to recruiting@realschoolgardens.org. Please include the job title and preferred location in your subject line. Salary and benefits are competitive.