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COGdesign logoA Yard & A Half has been a long-time supporter of the Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design. After 16 years of connecting designers to under-resourced communities throughout Eastern, MA, COGdesign’s co-founder and Executive Director, Lucia Droby, is moving on. No one can fill Lucia’s shoes, but we hope that you will  help us to reach the best candidates for the position of Executive Director.

If you have experience managing communuity-based organizations, we would love to hear from you. Otherwise, we hope you’ll share the job description below with your own networks.

Executive Director – Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design (COGdesign)

Founded in 1997, COGdesign is a non-profit service organization offering quality landscape design for community-based groups; meaningful professional experience for student and practicing landscape designers; volunteer opportunities for those interested in strengthening communities by creating and improving neighborhood green spaces.

Position: Executive Director (ED), reporting to the Board of Directors, will have overall operational responsibility for the COGdesign’s programs, staff, volunteers and execution of its mission.

Leadership, Program and Management
•    Collaborate with Board to maintain continuity of mission and to develop, evaluate and execute strategic plan.
•    Work with Board President to plan Board meetings.
•    With Board input, initiate and coordinate landscape design projects, including matching designers with sites and facilitating communication and deliverables between designer and client.
•    Oversee COGdesign’s participation in installation and maintenance of projects with the Planting Brigade and green-industry partners.
•    With Board committee, manage and evaluate program performance including completed Projects and Planting Brigade volunteer activities.
•    Oversee work of staff and volunteers.

Outreach and Communication
•    Provide regular updates and recommendations to the Board of Directors.
•    With appointed committees, plan, publicize and execute special events including Project Showcase and other events based on strategic plan priorities.
•    Oversee and evaluate communications and strategies for email, social media, blog, marketing, PR and print including periodic newsletter to COGdesign supporters.
•    With Webmaster, provide oversight and content for COGdesign website at http://www.cogdesign.org.
•    Collaborate with Development Committee to identify and pursue strategic alliances with volunteers, partner agencies, municipalities, grant makers, donors and prospective project sites.

Financial and Fundraising
•    With Finance Committee and Treasurer, develop and monitor annual budget, oversee all federal and state tax filings and reporting.
•    Provide financial oversight and reporting to Board with Finance Committee.
•    With Development Committee, initiate and execute strategies to grow earned and contributed revenue (fund-raising).
•    With Development Committee, sustain, implement and grow outreach to business and individual donors.

Qualifications
The Executive Director is committed to COGdesign’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership and management experience. In addition, other qualifications include:
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills with excellent interpersonal skills.
•    Organizational management with the ability to coach staff and volunteers, manage and develop teams to achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget.
•    Action-oriented, self-directed, entrepreneurial, and adaptable.
•    Ability to work effectively independently from a small office and in collaboration with people from diverse economic backgrounds.
•    Track-record of broadening a donor base, and initiating, developing, and sustaining deep relationships with a broad and diverse constituencies.
•    Marketing, public relations, grant-writing and fundraising abilities.
•    Demonstrated interest or experience in landscape design and implementation, and an understanding of the benefits these bring.

Please contact, before March 31st, 2014:
•    Diane Aronson: aronsons (at) comcast.net
•    Carolyn Edsell-Vetter: carolyn (at) ayardandahalf.com

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In the process of funding our worker-cooperative, we found ourselves making the case again and again for the economic and social value of coops. This little infographic shares a little of what we learned about the cooperative difference:

Infographic on economic and social impact of cooperatives

Data from:

http://teamworks.coop/pdf/taking_root_june2012.pdf 

 

http://www.cooperativefund.org/sites/default/files/CFNE%20and%20the%20Cooperative%20Response%20to%20Economic%20Crisis.pdf

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/how-cooperatives-are-driving-the-new-economy/just-the-facts-what-s-so-good-about-co-ops

http://www.esopinfo.org/infographics/economic-power-of-employee-ownership.php 

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/are-baby-boomers-ready-to-exit-their-businesses

http://community-wealth.org/strategies/panel/coops/index.html

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Selected as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Winning Workplaces” for our open-book management and innovative employee development, A Yard & A Half Landscaping is a landscape design-build company committed to sustainable and organic practices. Beginning in 2014, we will also be a worker-owned cooperative!

We are seeking qualified people to join our Maintenance department. Besides the qualifications described below, we are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic to share new ideas, enjoy a challenge, and take pride in their work.

We offer competitive wages, and a safe work environment with excellent growth potential, including the opportunity to become a future cooperative worker-owner.  Paid holidays and vacation, medical and dental benefits, and Simple-IRA retirement plan. Tuition reimbursement for approved courses.

Gardener

Responsibilities include:

  • Organic maintenance of residential landscapes, including weeding, hand-pruning, etc.
  • Safe operation of power equipment, trucks, and trailers.
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction with job performed.
  • Assisting crew leader in timely completion of work assigned.
  • Positive attitude toward work, customers, and crew leader.
  • Keeping truck equipment and garage supplies organized.
  • Contributing ideas and opinions to assist with crew and company decision-making.
  • Performing work in accordance with high quality and company standards.

Minimum Qualifications:

Valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record.

Ability to work in all weather and lift 50 lbs.

2-3 years prior landscaping/gardening experience, or equivalent education.

Spanish-English bilingual preferred.

Maintenance Crew Member – Entry Level

Responsibilities include:

  • Organic maintenance of residential landscapes, including mowing, weeding, hand-pruning, cleaning hardscapes, etc.
  •  Safe operation of power equipment, trucks, and trailers.
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction with job performed.
  • Assisting crew leader in timely completion of work assigned.
  • Positive attitude toward work, customers, and crew leader.
  • Keeping truck equipment and garage supplies organized. Contributing ideas and opinions to assist with crew and company decision-making.
  • Performing work in accordance with high quality and company standards.

Minimum Qualifications:
Valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record.
Ability to work in all weather and lift 50 lbs.
Spanish-English bilingual preferred.

Send resume & cover letter to  info@ayardandahalf.com to apply.

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Job Posting from City Sprouts:
CitySprouts is a nonprofit school garden organization that partners with public schools to integrate academic and environmental education in the schools and neighborhood. CitySprouts provides every Cambridge Public School, elementary through 8th grade, with on-site gardens that function as outdoor classrooms; on-going maintenance and development of these outdoor classroom gardens; support to teachers in integrating their classroom curricula outside to the school garden; and a summer internship program for youth ages 11-14.
The Garden Coordinator is a seasonal position, spring through fall. The Garden Coordinator maintains the physical space, supports teachers’ use of the garden for teaching during the school year, and leads one section of the 8-week summer youth internship program.
Qualifications
• Experience teaching children in a public school setting, preferably outdoor education
• Experience working with middle school-aged youth
• Experience managing a food-growing garden
• Working knowledge of organic gardening practices
• Strong communication and organizational skills
• Ability to do physical work outside
• Access to a car or truck for occasional use
Job Responsibilities
Maintain schools’ outdoor classroom gardens as an educational resource for teachers and the school community
– maintain an attractive & functional garden space with a variety of edible crops, flowers, native species, and specialty plants throughout the growing season, using best practices in organic gardening
Encourage & support teachers’ use of the CitySprouts garden for instruction
– serve as the garden “expert” to the school community
– coordinate use of the growing space for teachers, school staff and community partners, ensuring that children at all grade levels have access to garden experience
– provide technical support to teachers as they develop garden-based extensions to classroom lessons and units
– document teachers’ garden use at each school
Lead teams of middle school youth in CitySprouts summer program
– teach gardening skills and food production skills, harvesting and cooking skills, and civic engagement & leadership skills to school-based teams of youth in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
The Garden Coordinator is assigned to three school gardens (serving 3 elementary and one middle school community), allocating approximately 8 hours/week to each school with additional time each week for team projects.
Seasonal: April 1 – Nov. 30, 30 hours/week Reports to: Cambridge Program Director Base $17 per hour
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Kim Goldstein by Friday, July 13th: kgoldstein@citysprouts.org

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Gardener wanted

Gardening crew volunteering ay the Rose Kennedy Greenway

We’re expanding our team!  Selected as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Winning Workplaces” for our open-book management and innovative employee development, A Yard & A Half Landscaping is a landscape design-build company committed to sustainable and organic practices.

We are seeking qualified applicants for a gardening position with out horticultural maintenance crew. Besides the qualifications described below, we are looking for individuals who are self-motivated, have strong communication skills, and take pride in their work.

Compensation includes:

Safe work environment with excellent growth potential. Competitive wages, performance-based incentives, and profit-sharing. Paid holidays and vacation, medical and dental benefits, and Simple-IRA retirement plan. Tuition reimbursement for approved courses.

Responsibilities include:

  • Organic maintenance of residential landscapes, including weeding, hand-pruning, etc.
  • Planting and transplanting of trees, shrubs, and perennials.
  • Installation and maintenance of container plantings and roof gardens.
  • Safe operation of power equipment, trucks, and trailers.
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction with job performed.
  • Working closely with account manager, customers, and office staff.
  • Positive attitude toward work, customers, and account manager.
  • Keeping truck equipment and garage supplies organized.
  • Contributing ideas and opinions to assist with crew and company decision-making.
  • Performing work in accordance with high quality and company standards.

Minimum Qualifications:
Valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record.
Ability to work in all weather and lift 50 lbs.
Spanish-English bilingual and prior landscaping/gardening experience preferred.

Send resumes and cover letters to:
A Yard & A Half Landscaping
26 Thayer Rd., Waltham, MA 02453
fax: 781-788-8854
email:  info (at) ayardandahalf.com

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Now Hiring!

winning workplaces banner

We’re expanding our team!  Selected as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Winning Workplaces” for our open-book management and innovative employee development, A Yard & A Half Landscaping is a landscape design-build company committed to sustainable and organic practices.

We are seeking qualified applicants for an additional Project Manager and several positions on our maintenance crews. Besides the qualifications described below, we are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic to share new ideas, enjoy a challenge, and take pride in their work.
Compensation for all positions includes:
Safe work environment with excellent growth potential. Competitive wages, performance-based incentives, and profit-sharing. Paid holidays and vacation, medical and dental benefits, and Simple-IRA retirement plan. Tuition reimbursement for approved courses.

Project Manager

Responsibilities include:

  • Meeting with customers on site, estimating project costs, and preparing customer contracts
  • Scheduling subcontractors as needed for accepted contracts
  • Scheduling delivery of job materials and equipment through operations manager
  • Reviewing plans with crew leaders to ensure that customer specifications are met
  • Managing and training crew leaders in proper operating procedures, timely project completion, and quality standards
  • Preparing weekly work schedules
  • Estimating and preparing job change orders
  • Following up with customers to determine customer satisfaction at project completion
  • Approving final customer billing
  • Evaluating estimates to actual job costs
  • Developing new sales
  • Participating in management team to make company decisions

Minimum Qualifications:
Two years’ experience with cost estimating and landscape construction, or equivalent educational experience.
Valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record.
Proficiency in Spanish and strong computer skills preferred.

Maintenance Crew Members

Responsibilities include:

  • Organic maintenance of residential landscapes, including mowing, weeding, hand-pruning, cleaning hardscapes, etc.
  • Safe operation of power equipment, trucks, and trailers.
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction with job performed.
  • Assisting crew leader in timely completion of work assigned.
  • Positive attitude toward work, customers, and crew leader.
  • Keeping truck equipment and garage supplies organized.
  • Contributing ideas and opinions to assist with crew and company decision-making.
  • Performing work in accordance with high quality and company standards.

Minimum Qualifications:
Valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record.
Ability to work in all weather and lift 50 lbs.
Spanish-English bilingual and prior landscaping/gardening experience preferred.

Send resumes and cover letters to:
A Yard & A Half Landscaping
26 Thayer Rd., Waltham, MA 02453
fax: 781-788-8854
email:  info (at) ayardandahalf.com

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