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Job Opening

  • Subject: [cg] Job Opening
  • From: AKLEIN7@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 13:29:50 EDT

Job Description

Capital District Community Gardens Description:
Capital District Community Gardens is a regional nonprofit community service organization that has been helping local residents improve their neighborhoods through community gardening and urban greening programs for more than 25 years.  CDCG is dedicated to growing stronger communities through horticultural projects in urban neighborhoods and currently manages 34 cooperative neighborhood gardens.

The organization's purposes are: 1) to preserve and conserve natural resources and the environment 2) to beautify urban environments through greening, landscaping, and street tree planting 3) to provide leadership for the universal acceptance of fruit and vegetable gardening, as it serves nutrition, physical fitness, and family recreation 4) to promote volunteerism, to aid in the development of a sense of community and 5) to educate communities in gardening and urban greening and to provide horticultural skills training.

Education Center Project Description:
Capital District Community Gardens has begun a major planning effort to create a regional Garden Education Center and Greenhouse that will provide hands-on horticultural education and skills training.  The center will enable educational programs to be conducted in classroom, greenhouse and garden settings. The facility will also house a horticultural library with a wide range of materials, including computer-based media.  Educational programing would include horticulture, gardening, greening, and nutrition instruction, and market growing skills.  The targets for these programs would be school-aged students (with a special focus on inner-city youth), higher education (with certification and job training programs), and special populations (seniors, physically challenged, developmentally disabled).  The land for this project (almost two acres) is located on Eighth Street in Troy, providing easy access for Albany and Rensselaer counties.

The Education Center Planner will be responsible for all aspects of the planning and creation of a new Greening Education Center for Capital District Community Gardens.  The Education Center Planner is a new full-time position for CDCG or could be accomplished on a consulting basis.  Once the Education Center is complete, this position could translate into the position of Center Director.

Responsibilities Include:
• Oversee all aspects of the development of the programming for the Center.
• Research similar programs locally and around the country.
• Conduct a community planning process to determine the users for the Center.
• Determine the physical needs of the Center (building, greenhouse, outside growing areas).
• Assess the feasibility of the various educational programming for audience and sustainability.  (Job training, elementary education, certification programs with local colleges, adult education).
• Conduct a needs assessment for each potential programming area (staffing, space, equipment, costs, funding).
• Assist in the creation of educational materials for the Center.
• Establish working partnerships with potential collaborators (education institutions and youth programs).
• Develop and implement a strategy for funding the start-up phase and future sustainability of the Center.  Develop a marketing plan, generate publicity materials, identify grant opportunities, submit funding applications, solicit donations and in-kind services from local businesses, institutions and individuals.
• Work with government officials, businesses, schools, universities, the media and others to marshal support for the Center and Capital District Community Gardens.
• Recruit and organize volunteers and interns to undertake various aspects of the planning effort.

Required Skills:
Proven track record in marketing, business or planning for a start-up project or organization. Experience in environmental education, planning, fundraising, or community organizing.  Successful candidate will be a self-starter with excellent written and oral communications skills as well as strong organizational abilities.  Leadership, flexibility, creativity, positive interpersonal relations with diverse segments of the population, ability to manage several projects simultaneously, commitment to service area of the Capital District, ability to conceive and implement program ideas.

For More Information:
Contact: Amy Klein, Executive Director
Capital District Community Gardens
295 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180
518-274-8685 (phone)
518-272-2744 (fax)
aklein7@aol.com (e-mail)

Amy Klein
Executive Director
Capital District Community Gardens
40 River Street *(our new address)
Troy, NY 12180
518-274-8685 phone
518-272-2744 fax

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