Director of Farm Education

Operations · Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Department Operations
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $50,000/year


The Director of Farm Education oversees the operations and educational programming at Grow Pittsburgh’s Farm sites.  This includes the Urban Farm Apprenticeship Program, the Urban Farmers In Training Program and supporting Farm Education’s workshop series.  Responsible for the overall visioning, strategic planning, and success for Grow Pittsburgh’s Farm Education Programming and farm site: Braddock Farms, Shiloh Farm, The Frick Greenhouse, and Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery 

Direct Reports: Braddock Farms Manager, Greenhouse and Farm Manager, and the Farm Education and Outreach Coordinator 

- Manage Farm Education and Outreach Coordinator, Braddock Farms Manager and Farm and Greenhouse Manager
- Nurture a collaborative team culture among farm education staff
- Navigate and mediate any challenging issues that come up at production sites in collaboration with Farm Managers and Executive Director
- Develop and oversee evaluation metrics and data collection for workforce development, production and general education work.
- Support Grow Pittsburgh values and ensure that our commitment to social justice is reflected in programming and internal practices
- Actively facilitate visioning for programs in alignment with Grow Pittsburgh mission
- Oversee and conduct presentations, educational tabling, and relevant events as it relates to workforce development, food access, and production
- Participate in general Grow Pittsburgh meetings, committees and initiatives
- Participate in public meetings on behalf of Grow Pittsburgh’s Farm Education team
- Collaborate with the Executive Director for the development and continued improvement of Garden Dreams site and programs
- Actively oversee Farm Education’s overall budget 
- Lead tours of Grow Pittsburgh’s Farm Sites as necessary for programming or fundraising with the direction of the Executive Director

- Final oversight of all part-time hiring for the Farm Education and Production team
- Collaborate with farm managers for yearly on-farm events. 
- Responsible for ensuring farm managers keep Grow Pittsburgh’s Food Safety plan up to date to keep in compliance with food safety regulations - including Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and - Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
- Responsible for ensuring Grow Pittsburgh is up to date with all nutrition programs for income - including EBT, FMNP, and Food Bucks
- Responsible for managing the Farm Education and Outreach Coordinator to facilitate Grow Pittsburgh’s produce distribution to food apartheid areas of Pittsburgh, including managing farmer’s markets and pop up farm stands
- Understand regulations surrounding markets and produce sales.
- Create and manage systems for staff to track production metrics
- Assist with Farm Tasks as needed to support the ongoing farm operations, including farm stands, seedling sale, and deliveries.

Educational Programming:

Youth Development
- Oversee the development and implementation of youth workforce development programming - including Urban Farmers in Training and Youth Markets
- Collaborate with the School Garden Program Manager to assist the School Garden Team and the Education and Outreach Coordinator to facilitate Urban Farmers in Training Lessons.
- Collaborate with the School Garden Program Director and the Farm Education and Outreach Coordinator to convene the Youth Garden Summit Council to facilitate the Annual Youth Garden Summit with regional partners.  
- Collaborate with the School Garden Program Director to establish and manage relationships with outside contractors and consultants as they provide service to UFA, UFIT and General Education programming.
- Supervise the Farm Education and Outreach Coordinator for the implementation of PASA’s Pre-Apprenticeship Program in the Pittsburgh region.
- Work closely with partner groups associated with production sites and workforce development programs

General Adult Education and Engagement
- Work with farm managers in collaboration with Community Projects team to create and run Farm Education workshop series - both backyard farm school and more production-oriented workshops
- Oversee workshare process with Farm Managers
- Oversee community feedback processes for farm sites: including focus groups, surveys, and community meeting with assistance from Farm Education team

- Experience managing and supervising a large and diverse team
- Experience in community organizing and outreach required
- Experience with field-based educational programming preferred 
- Passion, experience and/or interest in food growing
- Outgoing, friendly and confident in public speaking and individual relationship building
- Proven commitment or connection to Homewood, Point Breeze, Braddock, Wilkinsburg and greater Mon Valley region preferred 
- Independent self-starter
- Experience working on teams with multiple internal and external partners
- Passion for Grow Pittsburgh’s mission to teach people how to grow food and promote the benefits gardens bring to our neighborhoods 
- Nights and weekends regularly required
- Ability to defuse confrontational situations and navigate partners’ cross purposes 
- Ability to think critically 
- Excellent planning and organizational skills, including the ability to plan events, organize workers, delegate tasks and set strategic priorities
- Ability to do physical and labor-intensive work in all weather conditions for up to 4 hours.
- Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds
- Access to a reliable vehicle
- Must also be comfortable driving the company vehicle as needed for large purchases and deliveries
- Must attain Pennsylvania child abuse clearances
- Proficiency with social media, Powerpoint, Google Drive, Excel, Salesforce, and Wordpress a plus

Data shows that women and minority candidates more frequently do not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you!


The hiring range for this position is $50,000 - $55,000/year.  Great benefits package, including health, vision and dental coverage. 

Equal Opportunity Employer: Grow Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or belief.  We encourage a diversity of candidates to apply for the position.


Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter via the hiring portal. Applications can also be submitted by mail to: Grow Pittsburgh Atten: Denele Hughson 6587 Hamilton Ave #2W Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

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  • Location
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation