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Default Education Manager, Edible Teaching Garden & Culinary Arts Program

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes serves the public by providing educational experiences through public programming and exhibitions that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Mexicans, Mexican Americans and all Latinos in Southern California. LA Plaza opened to the public in 2011 in two renovated buildings located in the downtown Los Angeles historic core. Established by the County of Los Angeles, LA Plaza operates as a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors and is partially funded through the County’s cultural arts program. LA Plaza is a Smithsonian affiliate museum. More information is available at

The Edible Teaching Garden & Culinary Arts Program provides K-12 students with interdisciplinary workshops that interweave history, mathematics, language arts, and science. Through explorations of sustainable urban gardening and vegan recipes, inspired by Mexican and Mexican American cuisine, students practice healthy eating and nutrition. Activities incorporate mindfulness and multisensory experiences.

Under the direction of the Senior Curator of Public Programs and Education, the Education Manager will work as a team member in the Education Department to realize the goals of the Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program. The Manager will have a supervisory role with assistants, volunteers, and interns.

Alongside other program staff, the Manager will provide K-12 grade garden-based education workshops to students. The Manager must work cooperatively with the Culinary Arts Teacher to develop a seasonal standards-based interdisciplinary curriculum with teaching objectives and corresponding learning outcomes. The Manager will be responsible for spearheading the maintenance of the Edible Teaching Garden.

Candidates should have a Master Gardener Certificate, prior K-12 grade teaching experience, an interest in history and food of the Americas, and an interest in sustainable urban gardening.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

The Education Manager of the Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program will be responsible for the following:
  1. Plan and facilitate hands-on instruction in garden workshops for K-12 students during week days and select weekends. Workshops focus on native plants, composting, harvesting, and urban gardening. Utilize a variety of teaching methods and learning modes for small group instruction; including students with special needs.
  2. Spearhead year-round garden planning, seasonal planting, and daily maintenance of Edible Teaching Garden: research and select culturally relevant plants to install in garden, plant and harvest, fertilize soil using organic methods, compost, prune fruit trees, execute crop rotation as needed, and maintain vermicomposting. Order and maintain materials and supplies, such as seeds/transplants, soil and tools. Manage garden storage, potting bench, and supplies needed for student workshops. Utilize knowledge of care and proper use of tools and equipment used in the development and maintenance of the garden and orchard.
  3. Collaborate with LA Plaza Education staff in the conceptualization, research, design, and editing of standards-based curriculum. Draft K-12 grade lesson plans that complement the program mission and learning objectives, as well as a variety of instructional techniques and strategies.
  4. Work collaboratively with Culinary Arts Teacher and Culinary Assistant to set up and break down the Edible Teaching Garden and Culinary Arts Program workshops: organize, clean, and maintain equipment and supplies. Maintain cleanliness and organization in all program areas; including the upkeep of garden and storage areas.
  5. Demonstrate flexibility as it relates to program implementation, actively assess efficiency and effectiveness to promote program development.
  6. Support other LA Plaza Education programs, including LA Troka: Sembrando Cultura y Nutrición, and fill in for program instructors as needed.
  7. Develop and maintain budget. Track expenses and program data.
  8. Comply with organization policies and follow employee procedures.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned and provide support to other LA Plaza Education Department programs, including: Family Days and Teacher Training Sessions.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate and energetic individual with the following abilities:
  • At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in education, history, anthropology, environmental studies or related field and 1-2 years’ equivalent experience in K-12 grade teaching
  • Must possess a completed Master Gardener Certificate
  • Interest in Culinary Arts
  • Ability to work as a team member in a dynamic, complex environment, and organize time and workload effectively
  • Ability to work outdoors
  • Familiarity with Mexican and Mexican American culture and ethnic diversity of Los Angeles and must demonstrate cultural knowledge and sensitivity
  • Excellent public speaking skills with individual and large group audiences
  • Bilingual oral and written communication (English & Spanish)
  • Proficient in MS Office applications and familiar with database programs

Physical Demands
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the job, including frequent standing, walking, bending, kneeling, crouching, lifting, pulling, and carrying up to 30 pounds
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time

  • This is a Full-Time, non-exempt position.
  • This position is 40 hours per week. Regular work schedule is Monday – Friday from 7:30am-4:00pm in accordance with year-round student workshops.
  • Must be available on select weekends throughout the year for LA Plaza’s Family Day Series and other weekend community events.

Salary: $45,000-$50,000

LA Plaza offers a competitive compensation package that includes:
  • Individual health, dental, and vision care
  • Free parking
  • 90-day introductory period
  • Optional Direct Deposit, of paycheck
  • Non-match 401K
  • Optional AFLAC coverage

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter, demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to
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