Education Director

Reports to: Executive Director


Reporting to the Executive Director the Education Director (EdD)is responsible for designing, planning and executing the Green Plate Special education programming. The EdD is the lead for all programs, on-site (GPS) and off-site (partner schools).

The EdD works with the Executive Director (ED) and Garden Manager and Educator (GME) to maintain the health and proper organization of supplies and equipment in the kitchen classroom and garden. The EdD collaborates with all GPS staff to create a planting and maintenance plan that supports GPS programming. In addition to hands-on teaching, the EdD works with the Executive Director to facilitate communication with youth, their families and commnity program partners.

The EdD compiles and tracks relevent program data and youth learning outcomes, enabling the ED to evaluate and ensure effectiveness in programs and proper steward resources.


Leadership & Management:

  • This is a supervisory position providing leadership and support to seasonal and part-time program
    educators as well as program volunteers and adult interns
  • Lead hiring, onboarding, and training for seasonal staff, including ongoing mentorship and professional
  • In tandem with GME, lead Program Volunteer Trainings
  • Brings equity, justice and anti-racism practices to all aspects of GPS operations and programming
  • Participates in overall organizational development and planning


  • Develop and evaluate current and new program plans and curriculum for experiential, place-based,
    equity-focused, garden-to-table education programs

  • Plan and create youth engagement activites, talking points, set-up, prep, harvest and shopping outlines
    for all classes

  • Center and engage youth from an asset based framework: lift up what all youth bring and contribute as
    an integral part of program delivery

  • Foster a restorative approach to conflict and behavior management

  • Center and engage with the families and communities that youth participants live within, recognizing
    and valuing the many cultures and experiences that youth bring to GPS

  • Choose recipes and collaborate on updates for them with other programming staff

  • Support GME’s Volunteer work by:

    • overseeing sign-in/out by all Volunteers and Interns

    • providing contact information for all support team members on each set-up list

  • Work closely with the Garden Manager and Educator (GME) in all aspects of garden decision making –
    planting, growing, maintaining - as an integral part of program needs

Internal Support:

  • Along with programming staff and Office & Development Assistant (ODA), oversee kitchen food
    inventory and purchase needs

    Shared among staff:
    • Set-up and Clean-up of all program sessions
    • Chicken Care
      • Occasional emergency weekend support as required
    • Garden support and maintenance
    • Weekly office and kitchen cleaning

External Support:

  • Along with other GPS Staff and Volunteers, help to oversee and support community partner off-site
    school gardens
  • Attend community and school meetings that offer opportunities for collaboration
  • Communicate with parents and families signed up for classes and camps
  • Collaborate with other GPS Staff on marketing and outreach for programs
  • Some evening and weekend hours will be required for programming, special events, as well as some
    volunteer work parties
  • Green Plate Special’s office is closed for all major holidays (see employee manual for complete

Salary and Benefits

  • This position is based on the GPS Program Site and is a full-time position. Since this position requires
    some travel to off-site locations within the Seattle area, a reliable form of transportation is required for
    yourself and any required teaching materials
  • Exempt position, $57,000-$62,000 annually
  • Health care benefits, paid sick and personal leave


  • Experience developing and implementing educational opportunities for middle school and teen youth
  • Experience in one or all: environmental education, food justice, or sustainable urban agriculture


  • Bilingual in one or more of these: Spanish/English, Somali/English, Mandarin/English

To apply

  • Submit a resume/CV and cover letter to:
  • Review of applications will begin on 22 February
  • Preferred start date: 22 March
(206) 602-6845
2115 25th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

On the corner of 25th Ave S and S. Walker, next to the 2100 Building

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