LA Troka: Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición is a mobile program that 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 and the Program Manager, the Assistant of LA Troka 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: loading and unloading 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, ordering supplies, and managing inventory. The two program employees will execute a robust community engagement calendar at various sites.
Candidates should have prior K-12 grade teaching experience and familiarity with Mesoamerican and indigenous history, art, and culture.
Job Duties & Responsibilities
The Assistant will provide support to all areas of the LA Troka: Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición program, including the following:
1. 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 California State Content Standards, and Visual and Performing Arts Standards.
2. 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. Facilitates an atmosphere of creative learning by engaging students and families with program and organization mission.
3. Maintain a good driving record and hold a valid Class C Driver License in order to operate and drive large business vehicle. Work collaboratively to maintain the upkeep of program vehicle.
4. Work collaboratively to set up and break down mobile unit for offsite K-12 grade student workshops: load and unload program supplies, organize, and clean equipment and supplies.
5. Assist with managing supplies and inventory, processing orders, updating budget, collecting and interpreting student and program data.
6. 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.
7. Ensures compliance with sanitary and safety standards and policies (adopted by LA Plaza, school districts, Los Angeles County, and other offsite locations).
8. Actively assess program efficiency and effectiveness and practice flexibility as it relates to program design and implementation in order to promote program development.
9. Assist with the Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program and fills in for program instructors as needed.
10. 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 and a passion for working with children and families
• At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in education, history, anthropology, arts education or related field
• Interest in Mesoamerican and indigenous history, art, and culture
• Excellent public speaking skills with individual and large group audiences. Bilingual oral and written communication (English & Spanish)
• Must demonstrate cultural knowledge and sensitivity
• 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, organize time and workload effectively, and adapt to changing work priorities
• Proficient in MS Office applications and familiar with database programs
• Ability to work outdoors
• Successfully pass background security check. Once hired: must be current with TB Testing and Live Scan Fingerprinting
• Maintain a good driving record, hold a valid Class C Drivers License, able to operate large business vehicle to and from community sites
• Maintain reliable personal transportation and automobile insurance
• Current First Aid and CPR certification
Work is performed largely outdoors at offsite locations, including: school/community gardens, school grounds, libraries, community parks, community centers, and afterschool sites.
Some administrative work and workshop preparation is performed onsite at LA Plaza.
This is a physical, fast-paced, outdoor position that involves frequent standing, walking, bending, kneeling, crouching, lifting, lowering, pulling, and carrying up to 30 pounds.
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.
Please send resume and cover letter, demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to [email protected]