Big Green is dedicated to building a nationwide network of learning garden programs to ensure that all kids have a healthier future. We believe that real food has the power to improve the health and well-being of every person and create a more sustainable future. Every day, more than 250,000 children walk on to a Big Green schoolyard - and the organization continues to grow! Learn more at https://biggreen.org/
The Curriculum Manager is responsible for overseeing Big Green’s two major curricular offerings - Garden Bites and Real Food Lab - as well as our broader K-12 garden-based education initiatives (GBEI). The Curriculum Manager designs educational materials and provides direct support to regional teams on implementation of all curriculum and GBEI activities, programs, and processes.
This position calls for a self-motivated, highly organized, and communicative individual. The Curriculum Manager will work closely with the Director of Programs and Evaluation as well as the national management team to support all program plan development and implementation. This position reports to the Director of Programs and Evaluation (DPE).
- Design and administer internal processes that support current and future curricula.
- Write and edit Big Green lessons - including Garden Bites and Real Food Lab - as needed.
- Work with regional teams and school district personnel to ensure that the curricula are aligned to academic standards and can be readily adopted.
- Design and lead trainings for all participating regions and new staff, as well as our national teacher network. Provide continued support and engagement through Schoology and Google Classroom training sites.
- Support regional teams in the implementation of current and future GBEI activities through the development of materials and trainings.
- Work with the DPE to align curriculum and all GBEI activities to Big Green’s logic model.
- Spearhead the direction and expansion of GBEI working in close partnership with the DPE.
- Manage all national curricular and academic partnerships.
- Identify programmatic barriers and opportunities within the initiative. Develop actionable solutions with associated tactical plans that address these barriers and/or opportunities.
- Provide 1:1 support to regional program teams during the first year of executing new GBEI programs and activities, including regional teacher trainings and school recruitment.
- Work with the Evaluation Manager to design and support evaluation requirements for existing and new curriculum tracks as well as existing and new grant requirements. Utilize evaluation findings to make improvements to the initiative.
- Work with National Garden Manager to support food literacy outcomes through the development and curation of lessons, recipes, and activities that align with growing seasons.
- Serve as a national leader in the school garden sector by maintaining positive relationships with non-partnered organizations and joining leadership committees, as identified.
- Identify and curate resources, curricula, lessons, and activities from other organizations and governmental agencies in Big Green’s national database in support of GBEI.
- Work with Program’s national management team to:
- Set regional program goals.
- Support regions on the implementation of regional program plans and tactical plans.
- Design and implement the national Program Team standard program model.
- Manage the overall national Program Team budget and advise on regional budgets to programmatic activities.
- Other duties as assigned, to help move forward our organization’s mission and impact.
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
- 3-5 years of teaching experience, preferably in K-12 public schools.
- Demonstrable experience with curriculum and academic program design, ideally in Title 1 schools, low-income schools, or school-day integrated programs
- High level of comfort with lesson mapping and academic standards alignment, specifically Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
- Familiarity with public school district approval processes for academic curriculum and lessons.
- Experience with evaluation of teaching or curriculum efficacy.
- Highly organized with strong attention to detail.
- Competency in project management.
- Effective, proactive communicator.
- Strong working knowledge of concepts related to health & nutrition and food systems.
- Extensive knowledge of best practices in school-garden support and effective pedagogy.
- Experience teaching adults and coaching peers.
- Strong leadership skills, including experience with peer-to-peer support.
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, team environment.
- Flexible and self-directed.
- Enthusiastic about teamwork.
- Ability to multi-task and manage several major projects at once.
- Experience working with diverse populations, including youth and adults.
- Degree in Education or Curriculum Development
- Understanding of program design and evaluation; past experience with program build-out and new program development.
- Small-scale school or community gardening experience.
- Understanding and sensitivity to issues surrounding food access and food insecurity.
- Proficiency in WordPress or other website content management systems.
Big Green offers a competitive salary and benefits package. To apply please fill out the form below and attach your resume and cover letter.
Big Green is an Equal Opportunity Employer.