Website: www.paideiaschool.org/about-paideia/careers-at-paideia

Paideia is an independent pre-K through 12 college-preparatory school in the Emory University area of Atlanta of over 1,000 students. The curriculum consists of extensive offerings in English, social sciences, mathematics, foreign languages, natural and physical sciences, art, and music. Class size averages 15 students. The Paideia farm is located off campus in East Atlanta and encompasses several acres of growing spaces and livestock pastures.  We have developed a diversified farm system that promotes both functional biodiversity while growing fruit and vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, and shiitake mushrooms. We also have an apiary and a small herd of dwarf Nigerian goats.

 

The Paideia Farm and its companion projects in the local urban agriculture community serve as an educational platform to support the school’s curriculum. They connect students to where their food comes from, with a core focus on food justice. They provide opportunities to address issues of equitable distribution by providing healthy food to families in our communities in a system of mutual aid. In this model, the Paideia Urban Ag program creates bridges to diverse communities with a sliding scale CSA, through the Grassroots Growers Alliance, and in collaboration with the Thomasville Heights and Price Middle School farms.

 

For more information about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, our focus on both social and emotional learning with rigorous academic offerings and opportunities for extra curricular learning, please visit our website at www.paidieaschool.org.

 

Required Skills and Experience: 

Candidates must have a minimum of a BA or BS. A degree related to the fields of horticulture or agrarian science is preferred. Knowledge in crop rotation, organic certification, and goat husbandry is also preferred. Candidates should have a minimum of 4-5 years of experience in the classroom and running a farm, and have experience managing a small team and numerous volunteers.

 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

This is a full time position with occasional evening and some weekend work. The Urban Agriculture Coordinator’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

 

Farming:

  • Working with (and supervising) one farm manager and one farm assistant to cover all farm tasks throughout the year
  • Seed sowing, weeding, mulching, irrigation, harvesting, washing, packing, and food distribution

 

Education:

  • Collaborating with teachers, principals, and administrators across the school to support program development
  • Connecting students to the farm by supporting classes, clubs, and programs at all (K-12) grade levels
  • Developing grade-appropriate farm-focused curriculum
  • Working with teachers to support classroom curriculum with hands-on activities on the farm and coordinated in-classroom programming
  • Offering short, intensive Urban Ag classes to high school students in January term and a long term class during the year
  • Managing the goat herd, the farm’s organic certification, composting, and community garden areas as a educational platform
  • Supporting STEAM projects and providing service-learning opportunities for students at all grade levels
  • Connecting students to various food justice efforts around Atlanta by supporting volunteer opportunities related to the Urban Ag program

 

Community:

  • Planning Paideia family farm workdays (e.g., sweet potato harvest, strawberry picking)
  • Connecting students to diverse urban agriculture communities by supporting activity days and guest speakers
  • Supporting on-farm development and team-building opportunities for faculty and staff
  • Connecting teachers, students, and parents to the farm with volunteer opportunities on select school days and occasional Saturdays
  • Writing an annual report for the Head of School

 

Application Notes:

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A benefits package is offered for benefits-eligible positions. The Paideia School is an equal opportunity employer.

 

As a condition of employment, all employees hired after August 19, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and able to provide proof of such vaccination.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references via our online application.

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