LA Troka: Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición is LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes’ new nutritional and cultural mobile education program. This mobile program promotes health and nutrition, engages students in explorations of Mesoamerica, and encourages students to connect to their cultural heritage. Through hands-on garden, culinary, art, and history activities, LA Troka empowers students to make healthy food choices and inspires students to prepare healthy foods at home, while making cultural connections.
Under the direction of the Curator of Education, the Manager of LA Troka: Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición will develop and facilitate a mobile teaching curriculum for K-12 grade students aligned to California State Content Standards. The Manager will work collaboratively with one other program team member to plan, coordinate, and facilitate K-12 grade education workshops at offsite locations during school, afterschool, and weekend hours.
The program manager will develop a standards-based curriculum with teaching objectives, corresponding learning outcomes, and student assessment. Together, the program team will also be responsible for drafting narratives, budgets, grant reports, and collecting and interpreting program data. The two program employees will execute a robust community engagement calendar.
Candidates should have prior K-12 grade teaching experience and familiarity with Mesoamerican history, art, and culture or an interest in food history and urban gardening.
Job Duties & Responsibilities
The Program Manager will manage the implementation of the LA Troka: Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición program, including the following:
- Create K-12 grade lesson plans with a focus on student-centered inquiry-based dialogue and cultural history as it relates to LA Plaza’s mission, education department goals, and grant objectives. Utilize a variety of instructional techniques and strategies, with an emphasis on hands-on explorations. Ability to create and implement lessons grounded in Common Core, California State Content Standards, and Visual and Performing Arts Standards.
- Oversee program budget and manage supplies and inventory. Maintain accurate and up to date data, records, and budgets. Collects and interprets student and program data. Draft content for budgets, narratives, reports, and grant applications.
- Facilitate hands-on experiences with a focus on inquiry-based exploration and discovery in various community sites during school, afterschool, and some weekend hours. Utilize a variety of teaching methods and learning modes for both individual and small group instruction; including students with special needs.
- Connect with libraries, afterschool programs, parks, community centers, schools, and community festivals to schedule program visits that align to grant goals and program mission. Develop rapport and build relationships with school sites, community centers, afterschool programs, libraries, nonprofit partners, parents, families, and site coordinators. Coordinate a comprehensive community engagement plan and calendar that works with target audiences.
- Work collaboratively to set up and break down mobile unit for K-12 grade student workshops: organize, clean, and maintain equipment and supplies. Maintain cleanliness and organization in all program areas; including the upkeep of equipment, program vehicle, and storage areas. Coordinate quarterly maintenance of program vehicle.
- Comply with organization and site (including school district and county) policies and follows procedures.
- Open to flexibility as it relates to program design and implementation, actively assesses efficiency and effectiveness to promote program development.
- Assist with the Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program and fills in for program instructors as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned and provide support to other LA Plaza Education Department programs, including: Guided School Tours and Workshops, Family Days, and Teacher Training Sessions.
The ideal candidate will be a passionate and energetic individual with the following abilities:
- K-12 grade teaching experience
- Passion for working with children, K-12 grade
- At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in education, history, anthropology, arts education, environmental studies or related field and 1-2 years’ equivalent experience in teaching and educational programs
- Interest in food history, Mesoamerican culture, and urban gardening
- Excellent public speaking skills with individual and large group audiences
- Must demonstrate cultural knowledge and sensitivity
- Bilingual oral and written communication (English & Spanish)
- Familiarity with Mexican and Mexican American culture and ethnic diversity of Los Angeles
- Ability to work as a team member in a dynamic, complex environment, and organize time and workload effectively
- Proficient in MS Office applications and familiar with database programs
- Ability to work outdoors
- Successfully pass background security check
- Able to travel to and from community sites driving large commercial business vehicle
- Valid California driver license, reliable personal transportation, and automobile insurance are required
- Current First Aid and CPR certification
- Once hired: must be current with TB Testing and Live Scan Fingerprinting
- Ability to perform the physical requirements of the job, including frequent standing, walking, bending, kneeling, crouching, lifting, pulling, and carrying up to 30 pounds
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time
- This position is 40 hours per week. Schedule will vary throughout the week. Must be flexible and willing to accommodate requested work hours. Must be available Monday – Friday for frequent afterschool program hours, from 11am-7pm or 12pm-8pm depending on the site and distance from LA Plaza.
- Must be available on select weekends throughout the year for community events.
Salary: $40,000 annually
LA Plaza offers a competitive compensation package that includes:
- Individual health, dental, and vision care
- Free parking
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.