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 Assistant of LA Troka: Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición will assist with every aspect of program implementation. The Assistant will work collaboratively with the program manager to plan, coordinate, and facilitate K-12 grade workshops at offsite locations during school, afterschool, and weekend hours.
Duties for this position include: setting up the mobile unit for K-12 grade student workshops; organizing and cleaning equipment, supplies, and program vehicle; and facilitating hands-on standards-based workshops. The Assistant will also assist with data collection, interpreting data, ordering supplies, managing inventory, and report writing. 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 Assistant will provide support to all areas of the LA Troka: Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición program, including the following:
- Assist with drafting K-12 grade lesson plans that complement the program mission and grant objectives; as well as utilizes a variety of instructional techniques and strategies, with an emphasis on hands-on inquiry-based explorations. Ability to create and implement lessons grounded in Common Core, California State Content Standards, and Visual and Performing Arts Standards.
- Facilitate hands-on workshops with a focus on inquiry-based exploration and discovery in various community sites including: libraries, afterschool programs, parks, community centers, schools, and community festivals. Utilize a variety of teaching methods and learning modes for both individual and small group instruction; including students with special needs.
- 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.
- Assist with managing supplies and inventory, processing orders, and updating budget.
- Assist with collecting and interpreting student and program data. Assist with grant reports, budgets, and grant applications.
- 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.
- 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 efficiently 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:
- Experience working with K-12 grade students
- 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
- 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: $32,000 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.