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  • 11/24 Friday
    Family Matinee | Nature Film
    12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Grace Farms Tour
    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
    Friday Tea Tasting
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Season of Light | Songs of the Season
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament
    2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    11/25 Saturday
    Birdwatching at Grace Farms
    10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Open Art Studio for Kids
    10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Practicing Silence | The Quiet Circus
    10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    Season of Light | Pura Vida Mailbox Brigade
    12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Family Matinee | Nature Film
    12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Grace Farms Tour
    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
    Birdwatching at Grace Farms
    3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    11/26 Sunday
    Season of Light | Pura Vida Mailbox Brigade
    12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    11/29 Wednesday
    Grace Farms Tour
    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
    Journey Into the World of Tea
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    12/01 Friday
    Friday Tea Tasting
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Family Matinee | Nature Film

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Public Hours | Grace Farms is closed November 23 for Thanksgiving and reopening November 24

Careers

Open Positions

Pastry Externship

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

This externship provides an opportunity to learn the inner workings of a Community Food Hall. In addition, students will gain an introduction to a career in baking and pastry arts. Students working through their academic programs will create a schedule that fulfills enough hands-on hours to receive their credit. Extern for credit, via an accredited institution.

The student will be working hands on with a professionally trained Pastry Chef, learning the history, fundamentals, flavors, techniques, and science behind one of the world’s oldest traditions.

Student will aid in daily pastry production, including, but not limited to:

  • Preparing and baking goods for morning service.
  • Making sure goods are ready for service in a timely manner, and displayed in a way that is aesthetically pleasing.
  • Educating the Front of House team on ingredients, and any allergies that may be triggered by any food items.
  • Preparing work stations for daily service operations.
  • Preparing items for next day service.
  • Staying on top of upcoming events, and any products that may be needed.
  • Checking inventory, and learning how to track food use and waste, as well as helping with food donations.
  • Testing out new recipes, as well as developing recipes of their own.
  • Understanding the kitchen environment, and helping in other departments when help is needed.
  • Working with the sustainability team on harvesting crops, and getting an insight on the relationship between agriculture and culinary arts.
  • Learning professionalism and ethics in the workplace.

 

Qualifications

  • Students must be 18 years old and be willing to undergo a background check.

Apply

Culinary Externship

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

This externship provides an opportunity to enhance your education experience and learn the inner workings of a Community Food Hall. In addition, students will gain an introduction to a career in baking and pastry arts. Students working through their academic programs will create a schedule that fulfills enough hands-on hours to receive their credit. Extern for credit via an accredited institution.

The student will be working hands on with professionally trained chefs, learning basic cooking fundamentals, flavors, techniques, and proper safety and sanitation procedures.

Student will aid in daily production, including, but not limited to:

  • Preparing and baking goods for morning service.
  • Proper plating and serving food in a timely manner.
  • Educating the Front of House team on ingredients, and any allergies that may be triggered by any food items.
  • Preparing workstation for daily service operations.
  • Preparing items for next day service.
  • Staying on top of upcoming events, and any products that may be needed.
  • Checking inventory, and learning how to track food use and waste, as well as, helping with food donations.
  • Learning composting procedures.
  • Testing out new recipes, as well as developing recipes of their own.
  • Understanding the kitchen environment, and helping in other departments when help is needed.
  • Working with the sustainability team on harvesting crops, and getting an insight on the relationship between agriculture and culinary arts.
  • Learning professionalism and workplace ethics.

 

Qualifications

  • Students must be 18 years old and be willing to undergo a background check.

Apply

Tour Coordinator

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Community Initiative Director, the Architecture Programs Coordinator is responsible for the booking, planning, and execution of private and public tours of Grace Farms Foundation’s cultural space and award-winning River building. S/he will provide excellent communication and hospitality with all guests through both, a high-level of attention to administrative detail, as well as the capacity to Guide a tour. This is an ideal part-time opportunity for candidates who have a background in and passion for architecture, contemporary art and who want to align their skills with a mission-driven organization.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate all tours at Grace Farms including responding to inquiries, managing the tour Guide schedule and relevant Guide meetings, organizing catered lunches, and other logistics associated with private tours.
  • Guide tours of Grace Farms, as needed.
  • Ensure a smooth tour experience on the day of the event, by greeting guests, collecting payments, readying staff, overseeing lunches, and serving guests in any other way needed.
  • Create online bookings, work orders, invoices, contracts, etc. with support from the Events Team.
  • Work cohesively with internal team members and preferred external vendors as tour needs and requests arise.
  • Maintain accurate tracking systems for the Community Initiative Director, including updating our CMS with tour contacts and obtaining registration information.
  • Generate reports and summary documents from event and registration software as needed for the internal team.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree, or commensurate experience in a similar capacity.
  • Must have extensive architectural expertise and a passion for modern architecture.
  • Event planning and coordination experience preferred.
  • Desire to be trained as a tour Guide.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to execute with a high degree of professionalism and excellence, especially under pressure.
  • Track record of collaborating with multiple departments to accomplish goals.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and Outlook. Strong consideration given to candidates with knowledge of CMS systems, in particular PatronManager.
  • Expected days and hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10am – 3pm. Must be able to work independently. Some work can be done remotely.

 

Personal Characteristics

  • Friendly, warm, appreciative, hospitable, someone who sounds like they care in their voice, speaks clearly and at a pleasant pace, doesn’t overwhelm easily
  • Teachable spirit – willing to be trained with the Grace Farms Foundation language and vision, enthusiastic for the work of Grace Farms, as well as the place
  • Serves as an ambassador in their community

 

Professional Characteristics

  • Organized, professional, mature
  • Be able to work cross functionally with other teams: events, hospitality, accounting, communications, Commons staff
  • Strong administrative skills: tour and lunch scheduling, guide scheduling, tour invoices, guide invoices via Google sheet, Excel spreadsheet, TeamUP

Apply

Events Manager

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Events, the Senior Events Manager will serve as part of a team that drives project-related strategic planning and execution of Grace Farms Foundation programs and events. Event management, oversight and implementation are central to this position.

This is an opportunity for someone passionate about social justice to work in a dynamic, ever-developing environment. The ideal candidate enjoys working in the event and not-for-profit sectors and has experience working across departments to execute seamless events. In particular, the Senior Events Manager will work with Initiative Directors in the areas of Nature, Arts, Justice, Community, and Faith so personal interest and/or experience working with government entities, not-for-profits, or justice-related organizations is preferred.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Execute all major aspects of event management from planning through completion for Initiative-based conferences, workshops, trainings, performances and other events.
  • Direct and coordinate event-related correspondences with partners, vendors, contractors and key staff, including budget management, contract negotiation, on-site staff coordination, and logistics.
  • Manage talent and speaker communications and preparations (i.e. travel and hotel bookings, schedules).
  • Serve as Day-of Coordinator responsible for ensuring successful event attendee experience.
  • Coordinate facility needs and manage all event details such as décor, catering, entertainment, transportation, equipment, invitation lists, and collateral.
  • Use planning documents to create room bookings, work orders, space grids, and managing tasks. Maintain event documentation.
  • Work with operational departments to ensure all teams are aware of event details and can support large events as needed including, but not limited to, hospitality, safety/security, food and beverage, production, AV/IT, and facilities.
  • Ensure compliance with insurance, legal, health and safety obligations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Event Management, Business Development or Communications preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years event planning, not-for profit, or marketing events experience.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, and the ability to execute with a high degree of professionalism and excellence, especially under pressure.
  • Proven track record of bringing the collaborative work of different stakeholders and interests to a common goal and result.
  • Passion and interest in social justice, human rights, and trafficking, especially in a nonprofit environment, strongly preferred.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Excel. Strong consideration given to candidates with knowledge of CMS systems, in particular Patron Manager.
  • Requires a flexible schedule with weekend and evening work.
  • Experience in artist advance / relations, production, and contracts is also preferred.
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs, bend, climb stairs, and stand for an extended period of time.
  • We are a highly collaborative space so you must be a flexible, nimble team player!

Apply

Line Cook

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Grace Farms is looking for a team player to join our tight-knit Commons team. Current shifts include weekday lunch service and weekend lunch service. Farm to table menu that changes seasonally. Looking for a roll up your sleeves no nonsense team player with cooking experience that likes working in a family friendly environment where everyone pitches in.

  • This team member will be responsible for serving all products with friendly, individualized attention.
  • Prepare food items on the main kitchen line including positions at the grill, flat top, oven, and pantry for breakfast and lunch service.
  • Storage organization and helping clean the kitchen.
  • Sanitation training and safe food handling skills a must.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of High School degree with culinary degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 2-5 years of line cook/prep experience.
  • Must be fluent in English.
  • We are open Tuesday-Sunday to the public for breakfast and lunch. Must be able to fill rotating shifts including weekends. May also be scheduled for occasional evening events.
  • Must have reliable transportation (we do not have bus or train service).

Apply

Staff Accountant

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

The Staff Accountant will be responsible for compiling and maintaining up-to-date and accurate financial information and preparing financial statements to surface to Foundation leadership. This individual will work under the supervision of the controller and maintain financial reports, records, and general ledgers; prepare and analyze Fixed Assets; and perform general bookkeeping. S/he will also handle inventory, internal budget reconciliations, and other special projects as they arise.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a financial and analytical mind to put their skills to work for a dynamic and evolving mission driven organization. Candidates must be flexible to work in our fast paced, open environment and have a service oriented disposition.

Responsibilities include:

  • Prepares consolidated internal and external financial statements by gathering and analyzing information from the general ledger system and from internal departments.
  • Maintains and balances an automated consolidation system by inputting data; scheduling required jobs; verifying data.
  • Analyzes information and options by developing spreadsheet reports; verifying information.
  • Prepares general ledger entries by maintaining records and files; reconciling accounts.
  • Prepares payments by accruing expenses; assigning account numbers; requesting disbursements; reconciling accounts.
  • Develops and implements Fixed Assets accounting procedures by analyzing current procedures; recommending changes.
  • Answers accounting and financial questions by researching and interpreting data.
  • Provides accounting support for mergers and acquisitions by reviewing financial information; converting data to general ledger system; obtaining supplementary information for preparing financial statements.
  • Protects organization’s value by keeping information confidential.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Accomplishes accounting and organization mission by completing other tasks as they arise.

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of accounting analytical experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting. Active CPA a plus!
  • Knowledge of FASB and GAAP rules and regulations
  • Strategic thinking
  • Discretion and ability to maintain confidence in open office environments
  • Ability to influence and persuade
  • Knowledge of ERP systems and related technologies
  • Excellent time management and organizational ability
  • Ability to multitask and meet constant deadlines
  • Willingness to work long hours, when necessary
  • Strong work ethic
  • Detail oriented, professional attitude, reliable
  • Strong problem solving, documentation and research skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to interact with employees in a professional manner
  • Ability to speak and write English fluently
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Ability to perform mathematical computations such as percentages, fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division quickly and accurately
  • High proficiency in QuickBooks, Intermediate Excel, and Word required
  • We are a highly collaborative space so candidates must be flexible, nimble team players!

Apply

Freelance Graphic Designer

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

The Freelance Graphic Designer will execute project-related work for a minimum of 6 hours per week between January 1 and March 1, 2018. This individual will work with the Communications and Marketing team to complete internal and external communications. Though not required, we welcome freelancers to work from our inspiring place in New Canaan, CT. Occasional on-site meetings may be necessary depending on the nature of the design projects that arise. Candidates must have access to Adobe Creative Suite software in order to apply for this position.

Interested candidates should send a resume and portfolio materials to careers@gracefarms.org.

Responsibilities include:

  • Prepare design concepts and layouts for the Foundation’s print and digital collateral, retail items, and other relevant communication materials. This may include event-related collateral, interior and exterior displays, powerpoint presentations, graphics for social media posts, and graphics for e-newsletters
  • Modify and update existing brand templates for Foundation collateral
  • Responsible for creating Foundation’s annual report, including graphs and infographics
  • Follow established guidelines for all designs and adhere to standards
  • Develop print specifications, request proposals for printer bids, and prepare pre-press files for digital and offset printing
  • Track print orders and arrange for receiving printed materials on time
  • Coordinate with IT team and Communications and Marketing team to test digital collateral

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent design experience required
  • Strong experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat in Macintosh environment
  • Experience working with offset and digital print vendors
  • Strong conceptual, typographical, and color management skills. Ability to adapt to a brand’s guidelines and aesthetics
  • Experience collaborating with internal teams to create public-facing projects
  • Ability to concept and help implement digital campaigns
  • Experience with a range of design projects
  • Comfort with interactive motion graphics and experience with interactive Powerpoint and Keynote presentations is a plus
  • Please note that we are a highly collaborative space so candidates must be flexible, nimble team players!

Apply

AP Analyst

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

The Accounts Payable Analyst will be responsible for supporting the Controller and Assistant Controller in all aspects of the Accounts Payable function. This will be accomplished by completing payments and controlling expenses by receiving, processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices. In this role, the Accounts Payable Analyst will be the key person in making sure all payments are made on time, are accurate, and meet all organizational policy and procedures.

Grace Farms has a warm and professional culture and this role interacts with our various teams to ensure quality financial reporting. An ideal candidate will have a customer service oriented approach to their work and enjoy with working with internal teams and external stakeholders.

Responsibilities include:

  • Review all invoices for appropriate documentation and approval prior to payment
  • Sort and distribute incoming mail
  • Prioritize invoices according to cash discount potential and payment terms
  • Process check requests
  • Match invoices to checks, obtain all signatures for checks and distribute checks accordingly
  • Enter invoices for payment
  • Manage check runs, maintaining records
  • Maintain lists of payables as well as a general ledger
  • Create and distribute monthly financial reports
  • Audit and process credit card bills
  • Maintain inventory files
  • 1099 maintenance
  • Respond to all vendor inquiries
  • Reconcile vendor statements, research and correct discrepancies
  • Assist in month end closing
  • Maintain files and documentation thoroughly and accurately, in accordance with company policy and accepted accounting practices
  • Execute special projects and additional clerical duties as required

Qualifications

  • 5-10 years of Accounts Payable and/or full charge bookkeeper experience
  • High school diploma required. Undergraduate degree in Accounting/Finance a plus.
  • Fluency in QuickBooks required
  • Intermediate Excel (vLookups, Pivot tables) and Word strongly preferred
  • Experience with CMS systems such as Patron Manager a plus

The ideal team member:

  • Must have a strong work ethic
  • Must be well organized and a self-starter
  • Must be able to follow standard filing procedures
  • Detail oriented, professional attitude, reliable
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong problem solving skills, basic accounting principles knowledge, documentation skills, research and resolution skills, data analysis and multi-tasking skills
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable accounts payable/general ledger systems and procedures, financial chart of accounts and corporate procedures
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to interact with employees and vendors in a professional manner
  • Ability to speak and write English fluently
  • Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and high volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness
  • Ability to perform mathematical computations such as percentages, fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division quickly and accurately

Apply

Technical Director

Full Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Grace Farms Foundation is looking for an entrepreneurial spirit to join our team and develop the Technical Director function from end-to-end. S/he will work under the direction of the Director of AV/IT and will work in collaboration with all five Initiative Directors, Events, Operations, and other teams across the Foundation to ensure high-quality events, performances, and programs. The right candidate will be accomplished in the field, demonstrate expertise in thinking across a broad range of technical equipment and functions related to production, and relish in the technical details. In addition, the right candidate will bring their fresh vision to our new and dynamic cultural and community space.

The TD is responsible for all of the technical aspects of GFF events, performances, and programs including:

  • Operating, maintaining, and safeguarding the technical assets located in all volumes on the Grace Farms property, including supervising the use of sound, video, and lighting equipment by artists, guest producers, and nonprofit partners.
  • Determining the necessary technical supports, including the specifications, costs and usage of equipment applied to a wide variety of performing arts events, professional workshops, fundraisers, and other projects.
  • Candidate must be proficient in at least one primary technical skill, i.e. Projection, Lighting, Sound, Carpentry, and/or Stage Craft.
  • Ensuring that identified technical requirements and characteristics of the facility are communicated to and abided by vendors, clients, and guest producers.
  • Researching new processes, techniques, and professional developments to introduce at GFF.
  • Providing innovative technical solutions and proposals for all GFF production related events and production processes.
  • Monitoring the condition of equipment, including arranging for repair and replacement of equipment with AV/IT, performing preventative maintenance as necessary, and optimizing technical storage systems onsite.
  • Working with internal staff to recruit, train, and assign contracted technical staff or production companies for individual events. Encourage teamwork and ensure professionalism in all technical related work at GFF.
  • Collaborate with the Events team and Initiative Directors on production-related advance work and expenses for related event budgets.
  • Scheduling and attending technical planning meetings, rehearsals, and events as necessary.

Qualifications

  • 5-7 years of technical direction experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theater, MFA preferred.
  • Weekend and evenings are required.
  • Proven experience handling the full scope of the role from technical details to conceptual/long-term vision of programming within a space.
  • Deep understanding of sound (digital), lighting, and video engineering within the live performance realm. Electrical knowledge and set carpentry are highly desired, but not required.
  • Rigging, deck electrics, gaffer and carpentry experience will strengthen candidacy.
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs, bend, climb stairs, and stand for an extended period of time.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Understanding of signal flow and knowledge of audio/video cables, connector/adapters, video recording media, and event production techniques.
  • Knowledge of relevant technical software (CAD, Ableton Live, QLab, pro tools, etc.)
  • Ability to work within a diverse and dynamic team. We are a highly collaborative space so you must be a flexible, nimble team player!

Apply

Dishwasher

Part Time

Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Rd. New Canaan, CT

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Commons Manager, the Dishwasher position is responsible for maintaining cleanliness and sanitation standards using machine and manual cleaning methods. This position is responsible to help to keep the kitchen running smoothly by making sure everything is clean, tidy, safe and hygienic. Will help with prepping menu items for service or catering orders. The Dishwasher fulfills any other duties the director, manager or shift supervisor assigns.

Located at 365 Luke’s Wood Road, New Canaan, CT 06840. MUST have reliable transportation, as we are NOT near public transportation. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with the Commons Manager and other team members of the Commons and Grace Farms.
  • Complete a thorough training in hospitality, food service and production for the Commons
  • Sort and rinse dirty dishes, glass, tableware and other cooking utensils and place them in racks to send through dish machine.
  • Sort and stack clean dishes. Carry clean dishes to cook’s line and other proper storage areas. Rewash soiled dishes before delivering.
  • Change dishwater in dish machine
  • Wash pots, pans and trays by hand.
  • Remove trash and garbage to dumpster.
  • Set up or break down dishwashing area.
  • Clean and roll/unroll floor mats.
  • Fill/empty soak tubs with cleaning/sanitizing solutions.
  • Sweep/mop floors.
  • Assemble/disassemble dish machine.
  • Sweep up trash around exterior of restaurant and garbage dumpster daily.
  • Conduct general restaurant and restroom cleaning as directed.
  • Wipe up any spills to ensure kitchen floors remain dry.
  • Notify manager any time dish machine wash or rinse cycle falls below safety standard temperatures.
  • Maintains the highest quality, consistent product standards.
  • Follows all MP drink and food recipes and procedures.
  • Follows sanitation procedures directed by the manager on staff along with other duties as directed by manager or shift supervisor on duty.
  • You are just as important as any team member, treat customers and team members with respect and courtesy.
  • Unloading deliveries to the kitchen
  • Organizing the storeroom
  • Reports all customer complaints to manager on duty.
  • Responds proactively to prevent customer service situations.
  • Maintains efficient, friendly service
  • Attend weekly Operation and Safety meetings
  • Maintains regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.

Qualifications

The Dishwasher will be thoroughly committed to the Grace Farms Foundation’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience, ideally with non-profit experience. Experience and other qualifications include:

  • Minimum High School Degree preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years of commercial dishwashing experience with three-bay sinks and sanitation methods.
  • Must be a citizen of this country or possess a valid work permit.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions.
  • Able to count accurately
  • Willingness and ability to work hard labor.
  • Runs errands, when needed, to pick up supplies and/or product.
  • May work special events, as needed.

Apply

Volunteer


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Grace Farms Foundation welcomes volunteers year round. We always have a need for different skills and talents. Please apply below if interested in volunteering.

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