Employment Offered

Date Submitted:

Farm Name:
Common Ground Farm, Inc.

Dutchess, Orange

Position Title:
Education Manager

Position Description:

Common Ground Farm is seeking a full-time Education Manager to lead, manage, and oversee all education programs, including Preschool on the Farm, programming for homeschoolers, Farm Camp, Farm to School educational programming, and adult workshops. The Education Manager will lead people of all ages to learn about fresh food, farming, and will help grow engagement and understanding of the natural world.

The Education Manager will oversee the planning and development of all educational programs, including scheduling, overseeing registration, lesson planning, coordination, communication, promotion, evaluation, and hiring and supervising additional staff when needed. The Education Manager will inherit a variety of successful programs, but will have the freedom to design and deliver additional mission-aligned programs as well.

The Education Manager will be responsible for setting the education budget and will be expected to meet program and revenue goals. The Education Manager will work with the Executive Director to apply for grant funding as well as set tuition fees and create proposals for new programs. The Education Manager will need to track and monitor all education related data and will be asked to provide information to support fundraising efforts.

Common Ground partners with many community organizations on various projects, and the Education Manager will need to be able to coordinate and engage with community partners as it pertains to programs. The Education Manager will attend weekly staff meetings and monthly board meetings, and will have the opportunity to work with other staff members in long-term planning and projects that overlap with education (like coordinating educational programs on the farm, events, etc.), as well as work with a Board liaison in order to develop new programs.

The Education Manager will lead all aspects of Farm Camp--our largest education program--including ensuring that all state and health requirements are followed, hiring, training, and supervising Farm Camp staff, managing enrollment, overseeing weekly staff meeting and planning sessions, communicating with families, providing outreach for scholarships, purchasing and managing supplies, seeking feedback and making adjustments based on responses received.

As a farm rooted in creating equal access to food and food education in our community, we seek applicants who have a deep interest in leading farm-based education, and who share our belief that these programs should be accessible and available to all people.

Job Qualifications:


At least 3 years of general teaching experience

Experience leading outdoor, farm, and food-based education programs

Excellent leadership ability and desire to manage teams to cultivate engagement and creativity

Attention to detail, experience building efficient systems, and record keeping

Excellent work ethic, positive attitude, and flexible thinking

Ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion

Outstanding communication (oral and written) skills; share and accept feedback in a team environment, share education updates on our newsletter and through social media

Comfort with teaching people of all ages

Commitment to our shared vision of ensuring that all people in our community have access to farm-based education, regardless of income.


Basic Spanish language proficiency

Basic knowledge of art and art-based education

Familiar with growing vegetables

Schedule: This is a year-round salaried position set at 40hrs per week. The work week is Monday-Friday with occasional additional Saturdays/Sundays for weekend family and adult programming.

Compensation: $41,600 salaried, full time at $20 per hour, paid vacation, holidays, and sick time, healthcare stipend, U-Pick, 25% off all CGF education programs, and 2 tickets to all CGF events.

How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to sember@commongroundfarm.org. Please write 'Education Manager' in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. We will begin the first round of interviews the week of April 5th.