|Title:||Project Associate for Gardening Education|
Number of Vacancies: 1
Area of Consideration: Open to the Public
Position Status: Full-time, Regular
Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS0095/9
Salary Range: $60,542 - $67,505
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Location: 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008
Brief Description of Duties
The Project Associate reports to the Assistant Farm Manager of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education (CUAGE) of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and is an integral part of the visionary team of Land-grant professionals dedicated to improving quality of life and economic opportunity through urban agriculture and gardening. Consistent with the Land-grant mission of CAUSES, the Project Associate has two primary responsibilities: project implementation and community outreach and education. This includes coordinating outreach in two Wards of the District of Columbia; assessing community needs related to urban food production, food preparation and value addition, food distribution, and waste and water management; developing, implementing and assessing educational programs in urban agriculture and gardening education to address identified needs; and collaborating with community partners, including District and Federal agencies, schools, non-profit and private sector organizations to achieve identified goals and objectives.
The incumbent must be a team player, work effectively and efficiently with diverse constituencies, including populations from different cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds; maintain professional competencies and skills required for professional practice; and ensure alignment of programs and educational projects with the strategic objectives of CAUSES and UDC. The Project Associate is expected to be self-motivated, outcomes-driven, work well under pressure of deadlines, and be familiar (or familiarize themselves) with the policies, procedures, and regulations of CAUSES, UDC, and program sponsors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Serves as the Lead contact for community outreach and education in two of Washington DC’s Wards
- Coordinates all community outreach and education activities within two of Washington DC’s Wards
- Develops and implements agriculture and gardening workshops and other education and training programs that address identified community needs related to urban food production.
- Works with the Assistant Farm Manager, project specialists and project assistants in the Center for Urban Agriculture and other CAUSES Land-grant Centers to advance college-wide goals.
- Uses a variety of available delivery modes to provide educational programs that advance knowledge of urban agriculture, gardening, and their benefits to communities and individuals.
- Collaborates in research, evidence-based program improvement, and communication and implementation of research results as directed by the Assistant director of CUAGE, the Assistant Farm Manager, and Project specialists.
- Develops and maintains an awareness of the benefits of urban agriculture and gardening education by involving residents and organizations in program planning and implementation.
- Collects information and data on the impact of gardening and shares information with program sponsors, advisory groups, and other appropriate stakeholders as directed.
- Completes reports, including program outcomes and achievements, plan of work, and other documentation needed to assess program effectiveness.
- Maintains professional competencies and skills to operate programs efficiently and effectively.
- Works effectively and collaboratively with CAUSES faculty and staff, students, volunteers and program participants.
- Serves as a resource for educators, community groups, and residents of the District of Columbia.
- Monitors and evaluates demographic trends for use in program development and implementation.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in agriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, botany or related field relevant to gardening and agriculture, Master’s preferred.
- A minimum of three years of experience in increasingly responsible community education positions, a strong work ethic and love of sustainable agriculture.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Information to Applicant
Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME local 2087 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.
Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).
Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.
Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit official proof at the time of application.
Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B). This position is also ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Residency Preference: A person applying for a position who is a bona fide District resident at the time of application for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.
Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.
Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.
Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.
Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Talent Management only.
Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Talent Management at (202) 274-5380.
The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: https://www.udc.edu/human-resources/equal-opportunity/ .