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  • 09/21 Friday
    September Community Dinner
    6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Protecting Wildlife | New Strategies to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    09/22 Saturday
    Birdwatching at Grace Farms | Fall Migration
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Open Arts Studio for Families
    10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Grace Farms Tour
    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
    Exploring Nature | Restoring Native Meadows
    2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    09/25 Tuesday
    Astronomy for Families | Harvest Moon
    8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    09/26 Wednesday
    Grace Farms Tour
    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

September Community Dinner

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Careers

Open Positions

Content Manager

Full Time

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

Responsibilities

This role will partner and collaborate with the Communications & Marketing team and various other stakeholders to manage the content strategy and calendar for various audiences. This will include developing content from strategy to execution, across multiple channels with a particular focus on our website, but also will include, social media, emails and newsletters, podcasts, letters, presentations, and reports. An ideal candidate understands how to tailor a message for a particular communications channel and achieve engagement. S/he understands how to manage the cadence of brand content through an organized content calendar and has experience successfully optimizing content for digital platforms.

These channels need your creative eye and storytelling abilities, specifically:

  • Web – Create a new content creation schedule for the website, write SEO-friendly and engaging copy, manage blog strategy, work with consultants including web development and SEO team, analyze visitor engagement.

Podcast-Storyboard, coordinate the execution of the material and interviews, write the questions, and oversee the editing process to ensure the final product matches the original vision.

  • Newsletter – Oversee the content, create editorial content calendars, analyze timing and response rates, and work with the internal marketing team to achieve overall communications & marketing goals.
  • General Communications Materials – Assist with writing pamphlets, annual reports, on-site collateral, Board of Directors materials and presentations.
  • Foundation Program Materials – Work with Marketing Managers & Initiative Directors to create ancillary content opportunities around our rich programming and events cycle

Your professional expertise will also ensure that:

  • All content is organized into a calendar based around upcoming milestones, initiative programs, focus themes, and cultural/community moments
  • Our materials are consistent and in accordance with the editorial style guide
  • Technical content is messaged clearly and on-brand
  • All communications channels are meeting their goals and are benchmarked against industry standard metrics
  • The Foundation stays on top of industry trends and best practices so our communications stay fresh and relevant

Qualifications

  • 7+ years of creative design and direction experience. Track record of in-house roles preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required with focus in English, Design, Communications, or Marketing preferred.
  • Experience with collaborative editing processes that integrate distinct voices and styles into a cohesive and compelling final piece.
  • Strong, proven leadership skills and highly developed interpersonal skills to lead multiple stakeholders to positive outcomes.
  • The ability to think strategically and creatively with visual and written content.
  • Experience leading projects in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities, demands, and timelines.
  • A strong understanding of brand development and creating consistency across multiple marketing channels.
  • Track record of executing against deadlines with a high attention to detail.
  • Fluent working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.

Please, also include a portfolio highlighting your creative and editorial capabilities along with your resume and cover letter.

Apply

Graphic Designer

Full Time

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

Responsibilities

This role will collaborate with our Communications & Marketing team to prepare design concepts and layouts for the Foundation’s multi-channel visual communications. This will include: print collateral for daily operations, site specific design, retail items, PowerPoint presentations, event-related collateral, interior and exterior displays, graphics for social media posts, graphics for e-newsletters, and any future communications channels that creatively support our brand and mission awareness.

Ideal candidates will enjoy an opportunity to create simple and effective design solutions to complex communications needs, and will find the opportunity to elevate our brand in small and large projects, from template modification to the Foundation’s annual report. Each design will be guided by a strong understanding of the Foundation’s values and aspirations, presenting a strong concept and harmonious aesthetic.

You will also be responsible for infographics, charts, and nuanced ways of communicating outcomes of the Foundation’s work.  You will enjoy creating mood boards and storyboards, and understand how to bring a project from ideation through rounds of feedback to completion on deadline, including the coordination of print production and press ready files.

Your professional expertise will also ensure that:

  • All designed assets are created with a meticulous attention to detail, meeting requirements for color, balance, material, size, and aesthetic.
  • All established guidelines for all designs are followed so that we can maintain our notable brand aesthetic.
  • Print projects are press checked, produced within budget
  • All digital collateral is tested internally with our team in collaboration with other departments as necessary prior to being launched to the public.

Qualifications

  • 5 years of creative design experience specifically in a client-facing/consumer brand environment.
  • BA in Graphic Design required.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite and MailChimp.
  • HTML is a plus
  • Interactive motion graphics and experience with interactive Powerpoint/Keynote presentations are a plus.
  • Success in environments that require attention to detail while managing multiple projects and deadlines.

Apply

Tour Guide

Part Time

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

Responsibilities

The Tour Guide will serve as an integral part of Grace Farms’ Communications team. The Tour Guide is a contract position that will be responsible for leading groups through Grace Farms Foundation’s cultural space and award-winning River building. The Tour Guide must be flexible and available for Standard Tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:45 to 2:15pm, and additional Private Tours on an as-needed basis. This is an ideal contract opportunity for a candidate who has a passion for architecture and wants to align their skills with a mission-driven organization.

The Tour Guide must be able to give a thoughtful, detailed explanation of the origins of Grace Farms, its architectural details and design process, and its permanent art installations. The Tour Guide is expected to be able to explain the mission of Grace Farms Foundation, its five initiatives, and current programs.

  •  Guiding Standard Tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:45pm to 2:15pm, as needed.
  •  Guiding Private Tours for guests, as needed.
  •  Attending required meetings for updates,  as necessary.
  •  Providing excellent communication and hospitality to all guests.
  •  Walking for 90-minute tour sessions in various weather conditions.

Qualifications

An excellent candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or have commensurate experience in a similar capacity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A willingness to study, learn, and educate others.
  • A high-level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to execute with a high degree of professionalism and excellence, especially under pressure.
  • Friendly, warm, appreciative, hospitable, speaks clearly and at a pleasant pace.
  • Teachable spirit willing to be trained with the Grace Farms Foundation’s language and vision, enthusiastic for the work of Grace Farms, as well as the place.
  • Professional, mature, and able to navigate guest interactions with ease and flexibility.
  • Interest in architecture and the work of Grace Farms Foundation.

Apply

Events Manager

Full Time

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

Responsibilities

In the Events Manager role, you will serve as part of a team that coordinates and executes programs and events in support of our place and five initiatives: Nature, Arts, Justice, Community, and Faith. You will be responsible for program logistics, and the oversight and implementation of all the details that go into making these events a success.

Our environment is not a typical corporate events space. Our clients are not-for-profits, community partners, government entities, and our own internal Initiative Directors. You will be part of a team with a strong collaborative work ethic that is passionate about putting their events management skills to work in a mission-driven environment.

  • Execute all major aspects of event management including, planning through completion for conferences, workshops, trainings, performances and other events
  • Direct and coordinate event-related correspondences and meetings with internal teams, partners, vendors, contractors and key staff, including on-site staff coordination and logistics
  • 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 budgetary, contractual, insurance, legal, health and safety obligations
  • Create reports or documents from event and registration software, as needed
  • Serve as coordinator responsible for ensuring successful event attendee experience, including seamless communication and training of hospitality team members

Qualifications

  • Preferred Bachelor’s Degree in Event Management, Business Development or Communications
  • Minimum of three (3) years of event planning for cultural, community, or not-for-profit spaces
  • Strong interpersonal, administrative, and communication skills, coupled with the ability to execute with a high degree of professionalism and excellence, especially under pressure
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Excel. Mac skills preferred
  • Strong consideration given to candidates with knowledge of CMS systems, in particular Patron Manager
  • Requires a flexible schedule with weekend and evening work
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs, bend, climb stairs, and stand for an extended period of time
  • Background check is required

Apply

Part-Time Landscaping

Part Time

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

Responsibilities

  • Landscaping tasks & using landscaping tools including, mowing grass with riding mower, working with lawn trimmers, leaf blowers, sprayers and hand tools
  • Snow removal, using of snow blowers and shovels
  • Using all required safety equipment and operating in a safe manner
  • Repairs of landscaping equipment
  • Unloading and loading materials onto & off of trucks/ golf carts
  • Moving furniture and setting up rooms for events & programs
  • Helping with garage and storage organization/ maintenance
  • Helping with work order items
  • Learning new tasks, reading instructions for light machine use, and helping put things together, when needed
  • Support current staff as an extra set of hands to get complicated tasks completed

Qualifications

The Facilities’ team member will be thoroughly committed to the Grace Farms Foundation’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience, ideally with not-for-profit experience. Experience and other qualifications include:

  • Must have at least 3 years of landscaping experience
  • Minimum High School Degree Required
  • Legal Authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Highest level of integrity defined as being incredibly ethical, professional, responsible, truthful, authentic, honest, and fair
  • Background or experience in landscaping, construction, or mechanical trades
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Action-oriented, proactive work ethic; a desire and talent to forecast and solve problems
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Compensation:  This is an hourly, non-exempt part-time, year round position.  Starting pay ranges from $18/hr. based on experience and other qualifications.

Apply

Volunteer

Archives Assistant Volunteer

Part Time

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

Responsibilities

  • Scan cataloged newspaper and magazine collections
  • Upload digital copies of scanned items to Bynder for approval by Administrators
  • Maintain proper care and maintenance of all documents and artifacts handled
  • Assist with future relocation of archives room contents to new location
  • Additional duties as necessary

Qualifications

Skills Needed

  • Basic computer skills including using a scanner and uploading documents
  • Flexible to changing situations, including communication with staff members working remotely
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Able to work independently and in a group environment
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Must be able to lift boxes of 40 lbs. or less, climb a stepladder, and handle fragile items
  • Interest in archives/museums

Skills Preferred

  • Ideal candidate possesses experience in a library/archive/museum setting
  • Experience with library/archive/museum/photo software

Apply

Arts Initiative Volunteer

Part Time

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

Responsibilities

Schedule | Saturdays from 10:30am – 2:30pm (with a 30 minute break)

Grace Farms Foundation’s Arts Initiative seeks volunteers to support the weekly Open Arts Studio for Families program where young artists, ages 3 to 10, and their adult guardians, are invited to spend time together experimenting with new materials and techniques.

Arts Initiative volunteers will assist with preplanned programs as directed by the Arts Initiative Curator. 

Volunteers receive a 50% discount on food and beverage in the Commons

Apply

Garden Volunteer

Part Time

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

Responsibilities

Schedule | Flexible

Seeking a garden volunteer to provide hands on assistance with the garden, including weeding, watering, and general maintenance as directed by garden manager.

Individual must enjoy working outside and learning about vegetable and flower gardening.

Must be responsible and trustworthy to care for plants and gardening equipment.

Volunteers in the garden receive a 50% discount on food in the Commons.

Apply

Event Volunteer

Part Time

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

Responsibilities

Schedule | Flexible (primarily evenings)

Seeking an event support volunteer to assist the hospitality team at specific Grace Farm events.  Tasks include greeting, ushering, ticketing and more.

Scheduled events usually take place during week nights, but volunteers will receive monthly emails to announce event opportunities.

Enjoys attending Foundation programs in the areas of Nature, Arts, Justice, Community, and Faith

Responsible and dependable

Volunteers for events are fed when volunteering for more than 4 hours

Apply