Director, Grow to Learn NYC: The Citywide School Garden Initiative

Project Information

GrowNYC’s Grow to Learn Director leads Grow to Learn NYC: The Citywide School Garden Initiative. Grow to Learn was established in 2010 as a public-private partnership between the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, GrowNYC, NYC Parks Department and the Department of Education as well as other government and non-government partners with a mission to inspire, promote and facilitate sustainable gardens in all NYC public schools ( Working under the direction of the Executive Director and Open Space Greening Director, the Grow to Learn Director will work with city and state agencies, non-profits, corporations, and other interested parties to ensure NYC’s public schools have access to the resources needed to start and sustain a garden program.

Director, Grow to Learn

The Director is the point person for information gathering and distribution to help schools create and utilize school gardens as learning tools. The Director works with government and non-government partners to foster communication, cooperation, and collaborative efforts designed to help teachers, parents, kids and communities build, sustain, and integrate gardens into New York City’s public schools. The Director guides and implements the strategic program vision; supervises staff members; administers a mini-grant program; builds coalitions; conducts fundraising; and oversees communications, including press, social media, website management, targeted outreach, and school inquiries. The Director is responsible for coordinating citywide school gardening resources, including identifying best practices in professional development and curriculum integration; developing informational tools; and promoting school gardening. In addition, the Director coordinates activities with Grow to Learn program partners at GreenThumb in the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and the NYC Department of Education’s Division School Facilities, Office of Sustainability and Office of School Food.

Qualifications include:

  • At least 5 years experience working in non-profit or government (with a focus in education and urban agriculture/gardening strongly preferred)
  • Undergraduate degree required with advanced degree in related area strongly preferred
  • Knowledgeable about New York City government and non-profit networks
  • Interest in and awareness of environmental issues with emphasis on education and horticulture
  • Experience in program or project management, including staff supervision
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, including public speaking, materials development and media outreach
  • Experience with fundraising and donor cultivation
  • Proven ability to build coalitions and develop new partnerships and programs
  • Highly organized with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, deadlines, and project responsibilities
  • Team player who works well with others as well as independently
  • Ability to work with a variety of constituencies, including government agencies and institutional partners
  • Proven sound fiscal management experience with the ability to create and manage budgets.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the city to meet with diverse groups and individuals, and to attend community meetings and events
  • Computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience in website editing and content management preferred
  • Second language skills strongly encouraged

The Grow to Learn Director position is full-time. Salary commensurate with experience.

GrowNYC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and hires without regard to race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation or physical disability.

GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. GrowNYC was originally created in 1970 as the Council on the Environment of New York City. Born out of the spirit of the first Earth Day, the Council was initially a policy-based organization, writing comprehensive reports about quality of life issues like air quality, traffic, and noise. Over the past 40 years we’ve worked to become more engaged with New York City and its citizens. Whether it’s operating the world famous Union Square Greenmarket, building a new community garden, teaching young people about the environment, or improving recycling awareness, if you’re a New Yorker, GrowNYC is working near you! For more information, visit us at

How to apply

Please submit resume, cover letter and three references by email with “Director, Grow to Learn NYC” in the subject line to by September 5, 2014.

New York City, New York
GrowNYC's Grow to Learn Director

51 Chambers Street, Room 228, New York, NY, 10007, US