The Manager of Nutrition and Garden Education

November 21, 2013
Palo Alto, CA
Education / Non-Profit
Organization Description:

Collective Roots is a non-profit organization based in East Palo Alto that employs a highly collaborative methodology for accomplishing garden and health education and food justice work with youth and adults. For additional information please visit

Position Summary:

The Manager of Nutrition and Garden Education oversees all youth-based and nutrition programs in a fast paced, team-based nonprofit organization. We seek a dynamic leader and innovator. This position will report to the Director of Programs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Implementation (40%):

  • Act as the lead instructor for Collective Roots multiple hands-on cooking and nutrition classesincluding class preparation and tear-down.
  • Teach garden- and nutrition-based lessons to children, teens and adults
  • Conduct one-time nutrition interventions to children and adults
  • Coordinate and train volunteers, AmeriCorps members and interns to teach nutrition-based lessons to youth and adults

Program Management (25%):

  • Ensure program deliverables are being met, manage staff supporting program deliverables and ensure program stays on budget.
  • Meet regularly with supervisor to ensure program deliverables are being met
  • Create and/or adapt, hands-on curriculum for preschool through high school garden-based learning and interactive, educational workshops
  • Collaborate with Manager of Community Initiatives to promote, plan and execute Cooking Matters classes at school and community sites.
  • Supervise one Americorps member, several interns and paid and volunteer health educators
  • Meet regularly with staff being supervised
  • Attend regular staff meetings and lead regular program meetings
  • Recruit and manage interns, staff and volunteers working with Collective Roots on youth and adult nutrition education

Program Evaluation (10%):

  • Compile internal evaluation metrics to document the effectiveness of programming and assist with regular reporting for grants supporting Collective Roots nutrition and garden education programming.
  • Utilize qualitative and quantitative methods to measure and evaluate Collective Roots’ nutrition and garden education programming
  • Compile and evaluate data to develop internal and external reports.

Community development and relationship building (10%):

  • Serve as primary contact for Collective Roots nutrition and garden education programming.
  • Identify and recruit school and community sites to hold nutrition education programming
  • Maintain existing Collective Roots partnerships
  • Participate in community outreach

Garden Maintenance (10%):

  • Assist with the management and maintenance of Collective Roots garden sites.

Fund Development (5%):

  • Assist the Executive Director in preparing grants to support Collective Roots nutrition and garden education programming


  • We are seeking a candidate with a master’s degree or equivalent experience in education, biology, nutrition, or a related field.
  • A Registered Dietitian’s license is highly desirable.
  • Spanish language skills are also highly desirable.


  • Candidate will have significant successful work experience in nutrition education, garden-based learning and community outreach.
  • He/she will have experience serving low-income, ethnically diverse populations.
  • A solid foundation in science education, public health and nutrition is essential.
  • Previous curriculum development, evaluation development and reporting, volunteer management, community development, non-profit, or other education related experience required.
  • Experience supervising staff, coordinating and overseeing programs is preferred.


  • Candidate will have proven work experience demonstrating successful program and project coordination, management skills and teaching skills.
  • He/she will have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with students, parents, teachers, staff, nonprofit board and Collective Root’s partners.
  • The ideal candidate will be bilingual in English/Spanish with proven leadership and problem solving skills.
  • He/she will demonstrate a track record of successful collaboration and community building.
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Google platforms is essential with other digital media and technology skills a plus.
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December 06, 2013
Palo Alto, California
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