Manager, Mobile Arts Program –
Edible Teaching Garden & Culinary Arts Program
Under the direction of the Curator of Education, the Manager of the Mobile Arts Program will develop and facilitate a mobile teaching curriculum in local communities. This three-year grant-funded mobile program will bring hands-on experiences to local communities that inspire children and families to explore urban gardening, healthy eating, food history, and the process of garden-to-table.
The Manager of the Mobile Arts Program will plan, coordinate, and facilitate K-12 grade garden and culinary education workshops at offsite locations. The Manager will develop a standards-based curriculum with teaching objectives, corresponding learning outcomes, and student assessment. This position also entails working closely with the Mobile Arts Assistant to execute a robust community engagement calendar. The Manager will also be responsible for drafting narratives, budgets, grant reports, and collecting and interpreting program data.
Candidates should hold a master gardener certificate and/or a background in culinary arts, as well as prior K-12 teaching experience.
Job Duties & Responsibilities
The Manager of the Mobile Arts Program will manage the implementation of the mobile garden and culinary initiative, including the following:
- Create K-12 lesson plans with a focus on student-center 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.
- Oversee program budget, managing supplies and inventory, and coordinating a comprehensive community engagement plan that works with target audiences.
- Facilitate hands-on experiences with a focus on exploration and discovery in various community sites including: libraries, 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.
- Collect and interpret student and program data. Draft content for budgets, narratives, reports and grant applications.
- The ideal candidate will be a passionate and energetic individual with the following abilities:
- K-12 teaching experience
- Certified Master Gardener or comparable education
- At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, history, arts education, or related field and 1-2 years’ equivalent experience in informal teaching and educational programs.
- Interest in food history and the process of garden-to-table
- 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
- Proficient in MS Office applications and familiar with database programs
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Ability to work outdoors
- Successfully pass background security check
- Able to travel to and from community sites using business vehicle
- Valid California driver license, reliable transportation, and automobile insurance are required
- Available to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends (as needed)
- Ability to carry up to 30 pounds
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time
Salary starting at $40,000 with commensurate of experience.
LA Plaza offers a competitive compensation package that includes:
- Individual health, dental, and vision care
- Free parking
- Non-match 401K plan
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.