Food Discovery Coordinator - London (Self employed)

The Country Trust

Central London

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract 07929937028 Vicki Leng

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Wednesday, 20th November 2019  

For all recruitment information please go to our vacancies page on our website.

Previous applicant need not apply

Please note: we do not accept CVs without a completed application form

Location: Homebased but working with schools around central London and farmers on the outskirts of London

Reports to: Food Discovery Manager

Responsible for: Delivering The Country Trust’s Food Discovery programme to initially three schools in central London over the academic year 2019-20. The post holder will be responsible for planning and delivering growing and cooking sessions for children, teachers and parents, organising playground markets, organising visits to local farms, coordinating visits to schools by local food producers, and planning and running harvest feasts. The job has a great potential to transform lives.

You will be based from home but travel to various schools and farms to deliver the programme, and you will be the local face of The Country Trust in the area to schools and farmer hosts.

The role is essentially term-time and the post-holder will be able to manage their own work-load.

*NB: In our experience this role may not always enable you to undertake a school run before starting work. School holidays - we are keen to explore the potential to support a limited number of school holiday programmes for disadvantaged children, though recognise this may not be feasible for all coordinators

Ideal Candidate:

You will have considerable experience (min. 2-5 years) of successfully delivering programmes to primary age children. You will have a real love and knowledge of food, farming and the countryside. You should be a competent cook and gardener, ideally with experience of running these activities with schools and/or other groups. We are looking for a self-motivated, well-organised, creative individual skilled at helping children of all backgrounds and abilities to succeed. Ideally, you’ll be at ease with the farming and landowning community and very aware of the responsibility of bringing children onto real working farms. You’ll be a team player but confident enough to work within a dispersed team reporting to a manager based elsewhere in the UK.

Training: You will be provided with training in Country Trust delivery including Health and Safety, and Safeguarding standards and expectations

Key Responsibilities

  • Act as the local face of The Country Trust, representing our values and helping to achieve our outcomes, bringing the working countryside alive for those children least able to access it through delivering high quality, transformational activities and visits
  • Plan and implement growing areas on school grounds including simple composting systems where appropriate.
  • Introduce Food Discovery to teachers, teaching staff, pupils and parents inspiring and motivating them for the year ahead.
  • Work with the class teacher to plan how to most effectively embed Food Discovery into classroom learning, and how to monitor and evaluate impact (working with the FD team to implement best practice).
  • Undertake risk assessments for all the activities you lead (working to the CT’s H and S Policy) and ensure that all our activities are consistently safe and high quality, and that schools and farmers receive and are aware of all necessary documents covering risk assessment, liabilities, safeguarding, health and safety etc.
  • Plan and deliver safe, high quality, engaging cooking and growing sessions, playground markets and harvest feast for children, teachers and parents ensuring all children can participate fully.
  • Identify and recruit suitable host farms and estates for farm visits
  • Attend preliminary visits and offer support to farmers and teachers in the preparation of risk assessments and planning educational activities for a planned farm visit.
  • Report regularly on number of sessions and visits undertaken and planned, number of children involved, evaluation of visits, accidents and incidents, near misses etc.
  • Help our fundraising team to maintain relationships with existing funders including providing information for reports to existing funders on activity delivered, and looking out for fundraising opportunities.
  • Help our Communications team to raise our profile in the media by keeping them informed of visits, activities and opportunities, supplying information as required and uploading photographs.
  • If agreed, attend and represent the CT at seminars, meetings, etc and be able to showcase and promote the work of the CT.
  • Prepare regular financial, evaluation and activity reports in a timely fashion, as required by the Project Manager and the funder.
  • Attend team meetings as required.
  • Prepare regular financial, evaluation and activity reports, and be able to manage and plan activity within a budget.
  • Always be looking for fund raising opportunities, and report these to the central fundraising team. Help our fundraising team to maintain relationships with existing funders including providing information for reports to existing funders on activity delivered.
  • If agreed, prepare, promote and deliver a CPD session for teachers.
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers for a range of roles if necessary – supporting activities etc. (working to CT polices and standards).

Key Expectations

  • Keen and skilled at sharing knowledge about food, the countryside and farming
  • Experienced at working with primary age children
  • A positive and passionate work attitude
  • A desire to show pride in all aspects of their work
  • A flexible approach with a willingness to adapt to changes
  • An ability to work using your own initiative both independently and as a competent, effective, empathetic team member
  • Always treating others with courtesy, dignity and respect
  • Committed to the purpose and values of The Country Trust

The closing date for this role is midnight on November 20th 2019, with interviews on 29th November 2019.

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