Good School Food Instructor

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



United States



A Jones Valley Teaching Farm Instructor leads all aspects of the organization’s program, which

includes designing and delivering innovative standards-based curriculum and coordinating the day

to day management of a Teaching Farm at one of our seven partner schools.

Working with our energetic, high performing team, Instructors develop content that is relevant and

effective in an urban public school district serving many students from low resourced communities.

This work requires a high degree of professionalism and a collaborative spirit at the school-level. A

successful candidate must possess extraordinary interpersonal skills as well as strong management,

organization, and communication skills.

Jones Valley Teaching Farm

Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 2012, JVTF launched Good School Food (GSF), our in-school food-based education model, in a

pre-K- 5 Birmingham City School. We have since expanded this program to seven partner schools,

including five in one distinct pre-K- 12 feeder pattern in the Woodlawn community.

Good School Food is designed to improve education and health outcomes for students. We achieve

this by building out extensive Teaching Farms on school campuses, and providing our partner

schools with full-time Instructors who collaborate with teachers to develop and deliver programs

and curricula that align food and nutrition concepts with learning goals in math, science, social

studies, engineering, and language arts.

Professional Responsibilities

● Basic processes and procedures: Consistently shows up prepared and on time and is

available in person, on the phone and through email. Maintains a professionalism when

communicating and follows set channels of communication across the organization.

Follows protocols outlined in the policy guidelines/handbook. Adheres to school system

rules, administrative procedures, local board policies, and state and federal rules and

regulations that are a regular part of a public school system.

● Advocate: Seeks to understand the organization’s core purpose and develops a deep

understanding for it. Actively communicates, supports and protects this purpose. Maintains

effective relationships with external stakeholders, including school staff, parents, community

members and other constituents.

● Environment: Creates and maintains a positive collaborative environment around them that

is supportive and respectful of others and their ideas. Is an effective team player. Actively

participate in Jones Valley Teaching Farm staff meetings and professional development.

Effectively communicates the school activities to colleagues in order to be better supported

in his/her role.

● Improvement and Refinement: Is relentlessly committed to the pursuit of constant

reflection, improvement and refinement of our work.


● Create a safe, structured and warm learning environment for all students modeling respect

and curiosity for learning, while encouraging students’ interests and talents

● Collaborate with Jones Valley Teaching Farm staff and partner school faculty in the

development lessons that are integrated with classroom teaching and core academic


● Design and deliver in-school lessons for students in grades pre-K- 8th grades

● Design and lead after-school programs

● Design and deliver innovative summer programming

● Document lessons and programs, and implement assessments effectively and consistently

● Provide written feedback on lessons and programs demonstrating a commitment improving

program quality and rigor over time

● Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and the partner school community to generate

excitement around Jones Valley Teaching Farm sites and programming

● Directly manage and lead a Teaching Farm Fellow (an AmeriCorps Vista service member)

● Maintain detailed Education related records and reports and submit on time

● Actively participate in weekly education team meetings, observations, and check-ins

Teaching Farm

● Create a superior outdoor learning environment, maintaining a high standard of aesthetics

and productivity

● Manage all aspects of the Teaching Farm site including: crop production, soil health,

landscaping, storage organization

● Lead a Teaching Farm Fellow in the implementation of sustainable farming practices

● Passionately lead students in the care of the Teaching Farm with a specific focus on farm

skills development

● With supervision from the Farm Director, manage maintenance repairs and improvements

of equipment and facilities

● Maintain detailed Teaching Farm related records and reports and submit on time

● Actively participate in weekly Teaching Farm meetings and check-ins

What We Look For

● Believers in the power of education and food

● Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

● A positive and constructive attitude

● Self-direction and self-motivation

● An openness and drive for learning, assessing and improving your work, and the ability to

hear, reflect upon and implement feedback

● Undergraduate degree in related field preferred

● A minimum of 1-3 years experience teaching youth

● Demonstrated experience or interest in lesson and curriculum development

● Demonstrated experience or interest in organic and sustainable growing practices

● Must be capable of participating in the physically demanding needs of gardening and

landscape work

● Criminal background check and a valid driver’s license required

Duration and Compensation

Jones Valley Teaching Farm Instructor position is a year-round, full-time position with a 3-month

probation period. Competitive compensation packages include salary, health benefits, and paid


Application Information

To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé with “Jones Valley Teaching Farm Instructor” in the

subject line to In this cover letter, please highlight previous relevant experience(s).

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.


Competitive compensation packages include salary, health benefits, and paid


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply