Community Education Manager



About No More Empty Pots

No More Empty Pots (NMEP) is a grassroots non-profit corporation that connects individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action. No More Empty Pots’ vision is to support communities in becoming self-sufficient and food secure through collaboration and adhering to core values of education, stewardship, and sustainability.

position description

No More Empty Pots seeks a people-oriented manager with strong management skills and curriculum or program design experience to join the team. The NMEP Community Education team is responsible for community-facing food growing and cooking education programming. Programs typically integrate STEAM components – science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and are often formatted in response to community requests for programming that meets the needs of a certain group of participants. The manager must be able to support a wide variety of long-standing community partnerships as well as develop new, strong collaborations. This position is the team lead for the Community Education team including oversight of program operations and compliance, responsibility for tracking and Maintaining the budget for the team, taking the lead on people management for the team, working with other team leads to coordinate programming, and setting and meeting data-driven program goals as established and updated throughout the year. The position reports directly to the CEO.

40% people management

  • Coordinate internal and external program partners to deliver Community Education programming and communicate expectations to all stakeholders including managing contracts and agreements
  • Staffing, supervising, and training all Community Education team personnel including staff, interns, and volunteers to ensure clarity and accountability for roles and responsibilities
  • Respond to stakeholder feedback about programming, staff, and program partners including providing mediation
  • Performance management for CWTP staff including providing feedback, professional development training, and ensuring that staff are supported in meeting performance goals
  • Lead weekly team meetings, trainings, one-on-ones with team members, and other activities to support
    clarity and teamwork

40% program management

  • Guide the Community Education team to make program and curriculum developments that will improve community-based learners’ educational and self-sufficiency outcomes while meeting both internal organizational and external partner expectations
  • Set data-driven targets to reach and operate Community Education programs at capacity
  • Ensure that all Community Education programs’ requirements are met, stepping in to fill gaps beyond the scope of this specific job role as needed
  • Ensure compliance with internal and external program requirements including making updates to materials and meeting all internal and external reporting requirements
  • Ensure collection and reporting of all data needed for both internal and external program monitoring and improvement purposes
  • Supervise operation of all Community Education programs and projects including management of contracts and MOU’s with partner organizations, coordination of shared programming with other NMEP team leads, identifying, developing, and managing opportunities to provide programming in the community, and serve as the primary staff on pilot programs as necessary

10% financial management

  • Budget management for the Community Education team including all project and program budgets
  • Ensure that the team’s financial documents are submitted in compliance with company policy including receipts, requisitions, invoices, and other sensitive documents
  • Oversee team member’s resource management and requisition activities, ensuring budget-conscious and values-driven resource management
  • Follow and set team and company policy and targets to support the organizational goal to close books by the third of the following month and drive the Community Education team to reach financial self-sufficiency

10% administrative

  • Attending or leading supervision and team meetings, responding to email and communications, professional development

other duties as assigned

  • All NMEP staff are expected to prioritize people and a focus on relationships while maintaining high standards of program delivery and using sustainable budgeting and time management practices.


required qualifications

  • Curriculum development and teaching background; bachelor’s degree in education or social science discipline
  • 3+ years management experience including training staff, leading team meetings, planning programming, managing a budget, and making data-driven, mission-focused decisions
  • Familiarity and skill to work with comprehensive food systems and STEAM subjects including amateur culinary and nutrition; home, school, and community gardening; comfort using new and experimental technology
  • Familiarity with the food system concepts such as zero-waste and seasonality, professional familiarity with the Omaha Metro local food system, and skill to integrate values-driven goals such as zero-waste and using local food
  • Experience and skill to work with vulnerable populations and create supportive learning environments
  • Experience and skill to appropriately handle sensitive financial and HR information
  • Proficiency in Google Suite and Microsoft Office including Excel
  • Must be available during program hours and during required staff meetings and events

Preferred Skills, Qualities, and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Education or related discipline
  • Experience and skill to productively manage a classroom using trauma-informed care principles and to teach these skills to supervisees
  • Valid First Aid or other safety certifications
  • Valid ServSafe or nutrition certification or degree
  • Conversational Spanish fluency

FYI Competencies

Communicates Effectively

You’re comfortable using a broad range of communication styles, and you choose appropriate, effective ways to communicate to different audiences in diverse situations. You show this competency when you:
communicate in a respectful tone and manner
listen actively and communicate effectively with others
use effective cross-cultural communication skills
be impeccable with your word,  speak with integrity, say what you mean

cultivates innovation

You use information from a variety of sources—including personal experience and your own observations—to identify and solve problems. You take pride in your work and strive for excellence to achieve the best possible results. You show this competency when you:
generate ideas for improvement
pay attention to the quality of your work
try innovative ways to get things done
evaluate work results for effectiveness
persist when difficulties arise
recognize the human, interpersonal and technical sides of a problem
access, analyze and apply knowledge and skills from various disciplines
think critically, strategically, and creatively

builds networks

You work cooperatively and collaboratively with others to achieve collective goals. You plan, implement, manage and measure projects and tasks in a timely and directed manner. You put this competency into practice when you:
establish priorities to meet deadlines and communicate in a timely manner regarding deadlines
accept and provide feedback in a constructive and considerate way
share information and encourage others to do the same
support and motivate the group to perform at its best
show accountability to the team and follow through on your commitments
be respectful of others’ time, work styles and responsibilities
choose ethical courses of action
build equitable relationships

demonstrates self-awareness

You use sound judgment to meet or exceed workplace guidelines, standards and expectations. You acquire and apply new knowledge and skills in all of your experiences. You show this competency when you:
recognize your rights and responsibilities
abide by workplace policies and procedures
show a willingness to continuously learn and grow
request assistance when needed or when utilizing others’ abilities, knowledge and/or strengths would increase effectiveness of productivity
attempt not to take others’ actions personally, recognizing everyone has biases and references past experiences when determining how to best proceed
adapt to changing work priorities and workplace practices
carry out multiple tasks or projects at the same time by prioritizing based upon impact and interdependencies
practice self-compassion and avoid self-abuse and negative self-talk

situational adaptability

You recognize how your beliefs, ethics and actions fit within the context of a greater community. You show this competency when you:
know your personal convictions and strive to put them into practice within the context of the situation or task
accept responsibility for your own actions and perceive how they might be interpreted by others
shows respect for others’ rights and diverse ideas when determining how best to respond to a situation
consider the broader implications of your decisions rather than reacting reactively in the moment – think long-term, not short-term
do your best every day, but recognize your best may very due to factors inside and outside of your control

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

  • Frequently operates a computer and other office equipment and supplies
  • Frequently moves about in a commercial kitchen, gardens, and other community-based locations
  • Frequently moves supplies weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Frequently positions self to reach products stored on high or low shelves
  • Frequently works in indoor conditions
  • Occasionally works in outdoor conditions or in natural environments when facilitating activities such as farm or garden tours
  • This person frequently communicates with staff, students, volunteers, vendors, guests to the program, and others about program and organizational operations, policies, and products. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate and relevant information in these situations
  • This person must be able to work effectively in environments that are often loud, cramped, or unpredictable temperatures
  • Must be able to discern between acceptable and unacceptable product and cleanliness standards in a food service setting


  • Full-time, permanent


  • Commensurate with experience, starting at $38,000 annually

reports to

  • CEO

to apply

To be considered for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to No More Empty Pots at jobs@nmepomaha.org . Be sure to include why this position with No More Empty Pots is a good fit for you.
No More Empty Pots does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.
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