KITE'S NEST IS HIRING!


Kite’s Nest is a center for liberatory education in Hudson, NY. We create safe and supportive learning environments that nurture the confidence, skills, joy, and collective leadership of young people while building justice and equity in our communities. We teach to provide much-needed spaces of hope, healing, and safety for youth to engage in relevant and joyful learning, to support young people in finding their own meaningful paths forward, and to contribute to radically positive personal, social and structural transformation.

We are currently looking to fill teaching positions for these classes offered in Fall 2018 or Winter/Spring 2019 (read below for more information):

We are hiring for these positions (click or scroll down to read full descriptions):


Position: Outdoor Adventures teacher
Dates: Sep. 17 - Oct. 23, 2018; March 26 - June 2, 2019. Tuesdays, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Application deadline: Rolling


Kite’s Nest is seeking a teacher for our after school Outdoor Adventures class.

Ideal candidates have:

  • A passion for outdoor education and exploration.
  • Comfort leading activities with youth in outdoor environments, and knowledge of best practices and safety protocols; CPR, first aid, and wilderness education certifications ideal.
  • Understanding of Hudson area and surroundings.
  • Interest in supporting children with little outdoor experience, and ability to work with/connect with youth from a range of backgrounds.
  • Experience teaching or working with youth ages 8-14.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a co-teacher for this after school program during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.
  • Planning weekly activities, field trips, and curriculum.
  • Working closely with Kite’s Nest Education Director, meeting regularly to review class plans and progress
  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings


Class description: In Hudson we’re surrounded by nature, but a lot of us spend our time only in the city! This weekly after school space is about exploration and adventure as we get to know the natural and wild spaces around us. We’ll spend time with the Hudson Sloop Club, getting our feet wet and taking boats out onto the Hudson River. We’ll go out into the woods, facing survival skills challenges and building tree forts. We’ll track animal prints, learn to identify bird songs, and gain skills for outdoor navigation. We’ll visit the River City Garden, getting our hands dirty in the soil and growing food. Our weekly trips will be a chance to explore our own questions and curiosities, confront our fears of the outdoors, and discover new hideaways and secrets in our city’s backyard.

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Resume
  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience
  • A sample class plan outline, including some discussion/facilitation questions
  • Three professional references

Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and disabled candidates to apply.


Position: Assistant Data Arts teacher
Dates: September 17 - December 16, 2018. Tuesdays, 9:30am - 3:00pm.
Application deadline: Rolling


Kite’s Nest is seeking an Assistant Teacher for a full-day data arts course for students between the ages of 8-14.

Ideal candidates have:

  • An ability to tell stories with data, and to think both statistically and visually.
  • A background in art (visual art, sculpture, digital arts, textile, etc.)
  • Comfort working with statistics, spreadsheets, data sets and algorithms.
  • Experience working with youth ages 8-14.
  • An interest in the power of data and art, and a passion for communicating information visually.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the Assistant Teacher for this weekly full-day, semester-long course.
  • Supporting the planning of weekly activities, curriculum and class materials.
  • Working closely with Kite’s Nest Education Director, meeting regularly to review learning goals and class plans.
  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings.


Class Description: We are living in a time of Big Data. More information is being collected and stored about us than ever before, raising important and complex questions about the future of privacy and ethics. In this class we’ll weave together math, art and philosophy to take control of our own data. We’ll develop our data literacy skills, become our own data collectors and artists, and dive into some of the deep questions of our time. Becoming data collectors: How many times do you feel like you’re hungry in a day? When in the day do you usually feel tired? What can we learn about ourselves by becoming our own data collectors? Together we’ll count, measure, and map the data trails of our own lives, learning how data can be a powerful tool for better understanding ourselves and for making decisions. Developing data literacy: We’ll learn to work with numbers and statistics, learning skills around spreadsheets and making superhero charts. We’ll work to make sense of math and simplify numbers through painting and sculptures, taking complex issues and breaking them down into visuals. We’ll uncover some of the key ways that journalists and politicians can use data to confuse us, and discover the positive and transformative power of data when its owned and understood by the people. Asking the big questions: Who owns our data? How do we navigate privacy, security, ethics and consent on the internet? What access to our information should our government have? What about private companies? How do we distinguish between “fake news” and “real news”? How can data help us to address pressing social issues and build a better world?

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Resume
  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience
  • A sample class plan outline, including some discussion/facilitation questions
  • Three professional references

Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and disabled candidates to apply.


Position: Spanish Immersion teacher
Dates: January 28 - June 2, 2019. One day per week (to be determined), 9:30am - 3:30pm
Application deadline: Rolling


Kite’s Nest is seeking a lead teacher for a 15-session, full-day, creative and interactive Spanish Immersion course for students between the ages of 8-14.

Ideal candidates have:

  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • Experience teaching, designing curriculum, and leading creative activities for youth.
  • A passion for creative and immersive approaches to teaching language, including interactive activities, field trips, arts projects, games, songs, etc.
  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc.
  • Classroom management experience.
  • The ability to work in a multi-age classroom (ages 8-14), supporting a range of developmental levels.
  • A respect for children, and an interest in Kite’s Nest’s mission, pedagogy and work.
  • Connection to other Spanish-speakers in the community and region.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the lead teacher for this weekly full-day, semester-long course.
  • Planning weekly activities, field trips, curriculum and class materials.
  • Working closely with Kite’s Nest Education Director, meeting regularly to review learning goals and class plans.
  • Working closely with a collaborating teacher.
  • Creating a positive group learning environment, with a balance of structure and student agency, and independent and group learning.
  • Documenting student progress, providing class assessments, maintaining student portfolios and attending parent-teacher conference.
  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings


Class Description: In this language immersion class, we’ll go on field trips, engage in creative arts activities, play games, read and write and sing... in Spanish! The best way to learn a language is to dive in. Each week we’ll spend the day together playing, learning, laughing, and messing up in a language we’re learning together. We’ll cook and share meals together in Spanish, learning the names of ingredients and figuring out how to follow and give directions. We’ll go on field trips to visit local community spaces and restaurants, learning about various Spanish-speaking cultures and histories around the world and in our own community. We’ll meet with folks from the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement who are organizing with and for immigrants in our communities, and learn about the issues facing Spanish-speaking immigrants in our own city and county. Writing to pen pals in Spanish-speaking countries will give us a chance to practice our writing and communication. We’ll play games, watch movies, learn the Spanish words to our favorite songs and write songs of our own; create art projects, make media, produce our own teaching tutorials, and perform skits and plays. Throughout all of our games, activities and trips, we’ll build our vocabulary and grammar, develop basic skills in pronunciation and conversation, and hone our ability to communicate across languages when we can’t understand. All Spanish levels welcome.

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Resume
  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience
  • A sample class plan outline, including some discussion/facilitation questions
  • Three professional references

Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and disabled candidates to apply.


Position: Stop Motion & Claymation teacher
Dates: January 28 - June 2, 2019. One day per week (to be determined), 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Application deadline: Rolling


Kite’s Nest is seeking a teacher for a 15-session, after school Stop Motion & Claymation class.

Ideal candidates have:

  • Experience producing stop motion and claymation films.
  • A passion for youth arts.
  • Experience designing curriculum and teaching/leading activities for youth ages 8-14.
  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc.
  • Skills in classroom management.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as lead teacher for this 15-session after school program.
  • Preparing weekly class plans, screenings and curriculum.
  • Meeting weekly with Kite’s Nest Education Director to review class plans and progress.
  • Set up and clean up of classroom.
  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings


Class description: Have you ever wondered how animation movies are made? How to turn a drawing into a movie? In this weekly after school class we’ll dive into the art of stop motion animation, learning to make our own short movies. We’ll build characters and construct mini worlds out of paper, clay, and objects we find around the room. We’ll watch inspiring stop motion films like Coraline, Gumby and James & The Giant Peach. Then we’ll direct our own animation masterpieces, learning to make storyboards, write scripts, create voiceovers and edit videos. At the end of our time together we’ll host our own short film festival!

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Resume
  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience
  • A sample class plan outline, including some discussion/facilitation questions
  • Three professional references

Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and disabled candidates to apply.


Position: Spa Science teacher
Dates: January 28 - June 2, 2019. One day per week (to be determined), 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Application deadline: Rolling


Kite’s Nest is seeking a teacher for a 15-session, after school Spa Science class.

Ideal candidates have:

  • Expertise in herbalism, botany and biology, and experience making natural products (lotions, sprays, face masks, soaps and remedies).
  • Experience designing group projects and leading activities for youth ages 8-14.
  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc.
  • A passion for self-care, community care, youth wellness and health justice.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as lead teacher for this 15-session after school program.
  • Preparing weekly projects, activities, field trips and curriculum; set-up and clean up.
  • Meeting weekly with Kite’s Nest Education Director to review class plans and progress.
  • Sourcing/gathering materials and supplies.
  • Set up and clean up of classroom.
  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings.


Class description: In this class we’ll transform our classroom into our own weekly spa and apothecary, learning to take care of ourselves and each other by creating our own lotions, sprays, face masks, soaps and remedies. We’ll learn to identify plants and their healing properties, transforming the plants around us into powerful and delicious medicines. We’ll travel to different farms and gardens, meeting and learning from local herbalists and medicine-makers. Each week we’ll mix and make concoctions as we learn to take care of our own bodies and emotions, our friends and families, and each other.

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Resume
  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience
  • A sample class plan outline, including some discussion/facilitation questions
  • Three professional references

Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and disabled candidates to apply.


Position: How Stuff Works teacher
Dates: January 28 - June 2, 2019. One day per week (to be determined), 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Application deadline: Rolling


Kite’s Nest is seeking a teacher for a 15-session, after school How Stuff Works class.

Ideal candidates have:

  • A passion for DIY electronics, engineering, and mechanics, a love of problem-solving, and a curiosity about how things work.
  • Ability to creatively and clearly communicate/break down basic scientific and engineering principles to youth.
  • Experience creating design challenges and designing hands-on group projects.
  • Strong organizational skills, including class planning, preparing material/supply lists, etc.
  • Experience teaching/leading activities with youth ages 8-14.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as lead teacher for this 15-session after school program.
  • Planning weekly class plans and preparing activities.
  • Meeting weekly with Kite’s Nest Education Director to design curriculum and review class plans.
  • Gathering and sourcing materials and supplies.
  • Set up and clean up of classroom.
  • Preparing for an end-of-semester Exposition, and attending all staff trainings.


Class description: What makes an engine run? Have you ever taken apart a computer or a phone? How do batteries work? What’s under the hood of a car?  Inside the radio? Can I fix my own broken stuff? How can we learn the skills to repair and rewire the mechanical and electrical appliances in our lives? In this after school maker space you’ll learn by working with machines, small motors, and electronics. Through design challenges you might be asked to build a catapult, an electromagnet, or a rubber band car. You’ll work in teams to explore and build simple machines, learning new mechanical, electrical and engineering skills along with the math and science concepts behind them.

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org:

  • Resume
  • Short cover letter demonstrating your interest in the position and relevant experience
  • A sample class plan outline, including some discussion/facilitation questions
  • Three professional references

Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and disabled candidates to apply.


Position: Administrative Assistant (Part-time)
Begins: May 21st or August 21st, 2018 (flexible)
Application deadline: May 12, 2018
*We are accepting applications until this position is filled.


We are looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant to join our team. Kite’s Nest is a small organization, currently run by a core of 2 full-time and 2 part-time staff members; each semester we are joined by a host of educators and volunteers. We are looking for someone with excellent organizational skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, and ideally has experience with graphic design and/or social media. We are looking for a candidate who works efficiently and independently, while also engaging in a deeply collaborative environment. They must be adaptable, positive and comfortable interacting with children and families.

The Kite’s Nest Administrative Assistant will play a vital role in the organizational ecosystem. They are responsible for running a well-organized office space, as well as providing key support to each of our lead staff and to our teaching staff. This includes managing incoming communications, client and donor data systems, materials and supplies purchasing and accounts, scheduling, billing, student enrollment, independent contractor paperwork, documentation systems, marketing & pr, as well as oversee maintenance of Kite’s Nest’s equipment. Additionally, they will assist with our bi-annual fundraising campaigns, including email, direct mail and thank you cards. The Administrative Assistant will work most closely with Kite’s Nest’s Executive Director and will participate in bi-weekly staff meetings.

Responsibilities include:

  • Office Management
    • Develop and maintain office systems and supplies
    • Keep supplies stocked and office equipment in working order
    • Interact with families and visitors coming to the office with questions
    • Assist with scheduling logistics for lead staff
  • Registration and enrollment coordination
    • Respond to enrollment inquiries from prospective students
    • Manage data entry and CRM systems for students and families
    • Communicate with families regarding financial aid, payment and billing
    • Compile demographic data for students and financial aid
  • Communications and Marketing Assistance
    • Check @kitesnest email and phone accounts and respond to general inquiries
    • Coordinate volunteer intake systems
    • Event and program promotion: post to local event listings, blogs etc.
  • Documentation Assistance
    • Weekly or daily photo uploading and archiving in Adobe Lightroom
    • Provide note-taking support during important meetings
  • Finance and Development Assistance
    • Assist with basic bookkeeping systems
    • Manage expense reporting/receipt tracking from staff
    • Data entry for donor CRM systems
    • Manage thank you card system and tracking
    • Manage logistics of direct mail campaign
    • Occasional support with grant applications
  • Additional tasks as directed by Leadership Staff.


Ideal candidates have:

  • Strong proficiency with basic web applications and computer software, at ease with technology, and able to learn quickly. Proficiency with some of the following programs preferred, but not required: Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Lightroom); Squarespace; MailChimp; and common social media platforms. Must be proficient in Google Applications, Microsoft Office Suite and Mac Operating Systems.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and people skills.
  • An affection for systems and spreadsheets, and a special knack for details.
  • Ability to work independently -- to manage your own time, tasks, and projects -- as well as to work collaboratively.
  • Flexibility, and comfort working in a small organization; willingness to help with a range of tasks.


This will position begin with an average of 20 hours per week, with room to grow into a full-time position over time, and can begin either on May 21st or August 21st (flexible). Pay is commensurate with experience.

Please email the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org to apply:

  • Resume
  • A letter demonstrating your interest in the position and your relevant experience
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references.

Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and disabled candidates to apply.


Position: Greenhouse Program Manager
Dates: Flexible start date: October 2018
Application deadline: May 18, 2018
*We are accepting applications until this position is filled.
 

Since 2014, Kite’s Nest has run the River City Garden, an urban community garden and sustainability education site in Hudson. In 2018 we are launching the North Bay ReGeneration Project, which will engage and employ local youth in the development of a year-round educational greenhouse and small greenhouse-based business at the garden. The greenhouse will function as a community space and learning center for local youth, residents, and gardeners, expanding operations and infrastructure at the River City Garden. The greenhouse will also include demonstration-scale innovative sustainable technologies, including radiant tube heating and photovoltaic electric heating systems, vertical aquaponic systems, mushroom logs and water recycling systems. By providing meaningful employment and training to a core group of teenagers, the North Bay ReGeneration Project centers local youth as food justice advocates, garden educators, and community leaders.

We are seeking a Greenhouse Program Manager to develop and oversee all aspects of this exciting new project. The Greenhouse Program Manager will work closely with Kite’s Nest’s Executive Director and Education Director to manage greenhouse operations, develop leadership and job training curriculum for youth staff, and to develop a business plan for a small greenhouse-based enterprise.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage greenhouse operations
    • Establish greenhouse systems, including watering systems, seedling nursery set up, supplies purchasing, etc.
    • Oversee daily operations, including: growing vegetable and herb seedlings, decorative plants and native perennials; ordering, scheduling, seeding, planting, fertilizing, watering, insect and disease control, establishing/monitoring plant growth environments, and monitoring greenhouse conditions.
    • Work closely with Kite’s Nest Executive Director to develop and maintain greenhouse and program budgets.
    • Communicate regularly with other garden users and projects, including community gardeners and compost collection project.
  • Oversee, train, and support Youth Staff
    • Oversee 3-8 youth staff (teenagers) after school and on weekends to maintain greenhouse operations.
    • Maintain consistent communication with Youth Staff, establishing clear expectations and standards while giving them the tools, encouragement, and mentoring to succeed.
    • Collaborate with Kite’s Nest Education Director to provide meaningful leadership skills training and professional development training to youth staff, in addition to urban agriculture and science education skills development.
  • Work with Youth Staff to develop a greenhouse-based business
    • Work with youth staff to develop a budget, business plan, marketing plan, evaluation measures, and operations plan for a small greenhouse-based business
    • Support youth staff in growing and selling vegetable and herb seedlings, decorative plants and native perennials
    • Support youth staff in growing and selling vegetable and herb seedlings, decorative plants and native perennials
  • Provide garden education programming
    • Support Youth Staff in serving as garden educators and mentors at the weekly after school Roots & Rebels Garden Club for children of all ages.
    • Collaborate with Roots & Rebels Garden Club adult educators to organize activities in the greenhouse.
    • Host occasional school groups and visitors for tours of the greenhouse and workdays.

Ideal Candidates have:

  • Experience with urban agriculture and food production; experience with greenhouse systems required.
  • Experience working with teenagers, especially in a youth-led programming environment; an ability to develop meaningful relationships of mutual respect with youth.
  • An interest in working in a multicultural, multilingual, and intergenerational community environment and an ability to work with a wide range of volunteers.
  • An interest in supporting the launch of a new project, with strong organizational skills, particularly around developing new systems and procedures.
  • An ability to work independently and to seek out support as needed or required.
  • An understanding of the connections between environmental injustice, racial injustice, food insecurity, and generational trauma impacting communities; and a passion for environmental justice, community food security, and urban environmental sustainability.

This position will be 20-30 hours per week, beginning in August 2018 (flexible start date). Seasonal changes will create fluctuating hours over the course of the year. Pay is $16.50/hr. Position could grow to become full-time.

Please email the following materials to hello@kitesnest.org to apply:

  • Resume
  • A letter demonstrating your interest in the position and your relevant experience
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references.

Kite’s Nest is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and disabled candidates to apply.