Education Director – Phillies Bridge Farm Project – New Paltz, NY

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$45,000 a year

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  • US work authorization (Required)

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Education Director at Phillies Bridge Farm

Located on 65 scenic acres in New Paltz, NY, Phillies Bridge Farm Project (PBFP) is a non-profit working farm. As one of the first non-profit CSA’s in the region, Phillies Bridge is known not only for its delicious veggies, but also for a consistent dedication to its founding principles of sustainable farming, education, and food justice.

Position Overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and self-starting educator to join our team as education director. In 2021, Phillies Bridge expanded its educational offerings to include more year-round programming for children. We are looking for someone who will nurture the growth of our existing programs, and be inspired to develop additional programs as the need arises.
As the lead for education at Phillies Bridge, the education director is responsible for carrying out PBFP’s educational programming including our summer camp, after-school, field trips, adult education and more. A passion for developing and implementing hands-on, nature-based curriculum is a must, as this position is responsible for curriculum development for our children’s programs. The education director will also hire and oversee all additional education staff.
While there are preferred qualifications for this position, there will be opportunities for learning on the job. If you are interested and passionate about doing this work, we want to hear from you!
Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement curriculum for all existing children’s programs and assist adult educators with curriculum development when needed, making sure all programming presented is appropriate for the topics selected.
  • Advertise, schedule, book, and manage all registrations for education programs including summer camp, after school, school field trips, parent-toddler programs, homeschooler classes, and adult/public education workshops.
  • Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of education staff.
  • Recruit adult educators and workshop presenters
  • Be on site during all child-based programs on the farm.
  • Monitor supply inventory for education programs, and order necessary supplies while adhering to the organizational budget.
  • Oversee and monitor annual education and organizational budget in conjunction with the farm manager, office manager, and board of directors.
  • Write grants and spearhead new strategies to fund educational programming.
  • Maintain relationships with current funders and reapply in a timely manner for funding opportunities, including grant report submissions upon completion of funding.
  • Establish goals and objectives for the education department in conjunction with the board of directors.
  • Inspire and design new programs and activity days for students PK-12th grade (in accordance with New York State Common Core Learning Standards) and relating to farm activities, incorporating the mission as much as possible.
  • Maintain relationships with local school district(s), adhering to legal partnership(s), as well as with SUNY New Paltz.
  • Manage transportation of students in conjunction with the school bus garage.
  • Maintain copy for the education portion of the website (to be uploaded by the office manager.)
  • Chair a board committee in education, recruiting and involving community members and volunteers.
  • Participate in board meetings and committee meetings, mostly during evening hours.
  • Contribute to the monthly newsletter in the form of advertising for education programs, as well as content related to farm and nature-based education.
  • Maintain animal habitats and care for animals during the work week (M-F) spring through fall.
  • Monitor inventory of animal supplies such as hay, shavings, feed. Fill and replenish as necessary throughout the year.
  • Plan and maintain education gardens throughout the year, from starting plants to end-of-season tasks.
  • Maintain valid CPR & First Aid certification as determined by the Ulster County DOH
  • Submit permit applications, and manage facilities and grounds, ensuring DOH regulations are followed during education programs.
  • Maintain courteous and professional relationships with all program parents, through both phone calls, in person meetings, and emails.
  • Review and accept scholarship applications, maintaining meticulous records of recipients and awarded amounts.
  • Attend regular leadership meetings as necessary, coordinating with and working alongside the other organization department leaders in order to contribute to organizational development and strategic conversations as the voice of the education program.
  • Must be able to pass background check.


Employment Terms

This is a full time position of approximately 40 hours per week with a salary of $45,000. A free CSA share from June-November is also included. The education director must be available to work weekdays and some evenings throughout the summer (during school vacation), weekday afternoon/evenings during the school year, and one weekend per month. Monthly board and committee meetings are typically remote and scheduled in the evenings.

Preferred Qualifications*
3-4 years experience developing and implementing youth education programs
Highly motivated and energetic with passion for farm-based and nutrition education, local food and agriculture
Exceptional leadership and staff management abilities and experience
Spanish speaking
A demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society and food system, and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage across difference
Experience teaching a variety of audiences in a variety of settings
*Excellent computer and office skills including G Suite

*Essential Functions:

Must be able to maintain visual and auditory awareness of a group

Must be able to negotiate various types of terrain on the farm and in the forest

Must be able to communicate (both written and verbal) clearly and effectively with staff, participants, and other constituents

Must be able to lift and carry heavy tools, supplies, animal feed, and amounts of up to 50 lbs

Phillies Bridge is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and encourage BIPOC and LGBT+ individuals to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $45,000.00 per year


  • 8 hour shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • New Paltz, NY 12561: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: One location

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Application response rate: 67%

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