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


Position: Urban Garden Educator
Dates: Fridays, May 4 - June 3, September 21 - Oct 26, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Application deadline: April 20, 2018
 

Since 2014 Kite’s Nest has run the River City Garden, an urban community garden and sustainability education site in Hudson. The garden is home to a diverse community of growers and families, and to our weekly drop-in after school garden program called the Roots & Rebels Garden Club. The Roots & Rebels Garden Club, run in partnership with the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, welcomes kids between the ages of 5-15 each Friday during the Spring and Fall growing seasons.

We are seeking an Urban Garden Educator to lead our seasonal after school youth drop-in garden program. Ideal candidates have experience with urban gardening and experience teaching or working with children. This position has the potential to expand into more teaching hours in future seasons.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the lead teacher for this weekly after school drop-in program, with support from additional staff and garden volunteers, on Friday afternoons 2:30pm - 5:30pm, during the Spring and Fall growing seasons.
  • Design and plan hands-on garden activities, including preparing garden beds, planting and harvesting crops, plant-based art activities, outdoor games and play, for children ages 5-15.
  • Set up for weekly activities, and clean up after each program.
  • Create a positive and joyful outdoor learning environment, with a balance of structured activities and open play.

Ideal candidates have:

  • Experience with urban gardening and working in a community garden context.
  • Experience teaching or working with children and teenagers; comfort planning and designing hands-on activities and curriculum.
  • A comfort with wildness and spontaneity, and an ability to manage it safely. An ability to adapt and improvise based on the needs and energy of the group.
  • An ability to collaborate and communicate with a diverse team, including garden volunteers, assistant Teen Staff, and other youth workers.
  • An interest in working in a multicultural, multilingual, and intergenerational community garden environment.
  • A passion for community food security and food justice, and an interest in sustainable growing methods.
  • Experience with non-punitive approaches to conflict resolution and classroom management.

Pay is $75/per class. A materials and snack budget will be provided.

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

  • A letter demonstrating your interest in the position and your relevant experience.
  • Names and contact information for 2 professional references.

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


Position: Summer Social Justice Educator
Duration: June 25, 2018 - August 10, 2018
Application deadline: May 12, 2018
 

Every year we run the Social Justice Leadership Academy (SJLA), a five-week summer leadership training for 25 teenagers (ages 13-19) based on the principles of social justice and youth-led change. SJLA brings together local teenagers from different backgrounds, primarily youth of color growing up in Hudson. Over the course of five weeks, youth develop meaningful relationships of trust and mutual support, identify issues impacting their community, gain critical tools for political analysis, create art (music, film, radio, poetry) to express their ideas, gain leadership skills, and connect with inspiring people and organizations.

We are seeking a Lead Educator to join our team for this summer’s Social Justice Leadership Academy. This summer position can be either part-time or full-time, depending on availability and experience.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in collaborative program planning from June 25 - July 5; participate in periodic planning meetings before then as available, (remotely, if necessary).
  • Participate in daily programming of the Social Justice Leadership Academy: Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 3:30pm, from July 6  - August 10
  • Collaborate with a team of educators to design, plan and lead curriculum, including hands-on workshops, group discussions, arts projects, experiential learning activities and field trips.
  • Help to coordinate partnerships and field trips with other youth organizing groups, social justice organizations, artists and art organizations, and inspiring projects in the Hudson Valley, the Capital Region, and New York City.
  • Participate in daily setup, clean-up, and feedback and planning sessions.

Ideal candidates for this position have:

  • Experience with social justice education, community organizing/activism, and/or art as a tool for liberation (including work related to anti-racism, decolonization, gender justice, immigrant justice, environmental justice, community organizing, youth-led social change, etc.)
  • Familiarity with experiential, project-based education and curriculum design.
  • A deep respect for teenagers, and enjoys working with teenagers; an interest in supporting young people in developing their own passions, leadership skills, and pathways forward.
  • An ability to serve as a role model to youth, to build meaningful relationships, and to bring positive energy and enthusiasm to a group environment.
  • An ability to work in a very collaborative environment, led by a multi-racial collective of educators, and a commitment to supporting healthy communication and group dynamics.
  • Interest in being part of a program that is powerful, meaningful, and transformative for everyone involved.

This position ranges from 20 - 40 hours per week, depending on availability, from June 25, 2018 - August 10, 2018, as well as several planning meetings before July (can be done remotely). Pay is commensurate with experience. If applying from outside of Hudson, we can assist you in finding temporary housing.

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: Summer Program Food Coordinator
Duration: July 2, 2018 - August 10, 2018
Application deadline: May 12, 2018
 

Every year we run the Social Justice Leadership Academy (SJLA), a five-week summer leadership training for 25 teenagers (ages 13-19) based on the principles of social justice and youth-led change. SJLA brings together local teenagers from different backgrounds, primarily youth of color growing up in Hudson. Over the course of five weeks, youth develop meaningful relationships of trust and mutual support, identify issues impacting their community, gain critical tools for political analysis, create art (music, film, radio, poetry) to express their ideas, gain leadership skills, and connect with inspiring people and organizations.

We are seeking a Food Coordinator to join our team for this summer’s Social Justice Leadership Academy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Prepare daily lunches for 35 people for this five-week program, (Monday - Thursday), ensuring that meals are on time according to program schedule.
  • Participate in periodic planning meetings before July 2nd (remotely, if necessary).
  • Plan menus, making sure that our meals are both high-quality, healthy, and also appealing to teenagers.
  • Work with Teen Staff to assist in all kitchen operations, including meal preparation, serving, dishwashing, cleaning and kitchen maintenance.
  • Create a kitchen environment that is professional, productive, clean and safe, while also welcoming and supportive to youth.
  • Collaborate to prepare meals for field trips and special events, including a large community event at the end of the program.
  • Work with Kite’s Nest Executive Director to manage kitchen budget, place orders, process food donations and manage inventory.
  • Must be able to work in a hot kitchen and lift boxes of food weighing up to 40 lbs. 

Ideal candidates for this position have:

  • Experience working in commercial kitchen environment.
  • Experience and comfort planning and preparing healthy meals for 35+ people.
  • An interest in working with teenagers, and a deep respect for youth; experience working with youth strongly preferred.
  • A belief in food as a tool for building community, and a passion for food justice.
  • An interest in being part of the Social Justice Leadership Academy, a program that is powerful, meaningful, and transformative for everyone involved.
  • An ability to make incredibly delicious food!

This position ranges from 20-30 hours per week, from July 2, 2018 - August 10, 2018, Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend runs to the grocery store or farmer’s market. Pay is $18/hr.

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: Administrative Assistant (Part-time)
Begins: May 21st or August 21st (flexible)
Application deadline: May 12, 2018


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
 

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.