Thaden School offers an integrative educational program that provides students with a broad foundation in the sciences and humanities, enabling them to move across disciplines and explore their dynamic connections, inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our core curriculum, we offer three signature programs — Wheels, Reels, and Meals — that allow students to combine multiple fields of study and engage with our community in ways that foster a sense of civic and global responsibility.
Thaden’s Meals program for food education introduces students to the scientific, economic, and cultural dimensions of the plate. Lunch itself is an essential ingredient in a Thaden education: students have a full hour to nourish not only the body but also the mind over meals that advance the educational mission of the school. And much of that food for thought will be grown on campus and prepared by students in our teaching kitchen so that they can better understand the nature of our regional food systems and all that goes into the making of a meal. To support the continuing development of our Meals program, we invite applications for an additional Food Education Specialist position. Reporting to the Director of Campus Life, Food Education Specialists work closely with the school’s leadership team and faculty to develop the vision, infrastructure, partnerships, and resources needed to advance the goals of the Meals program.
About the School and the Region
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose and responsible global citizenship. At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms: a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’s indexed tuition program further supports the creation of a balanced learning community where many perspectives, talents, and interests come together.
Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville’s emerging Arts and Market District, the school is walking distance from the town square, Brightwater Culinary Institute, the future site of Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts, and a variety of other educational resources. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program, the school has engaged a nationally renowned team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The design and construction of the campus will be complete before the school commences its third academic year in 2020. During its first two academic years (beginning in the fall of 2017), Thaden School will operate in a combination of temporary and permanent structures located on a 5-acre portion of its campus.
The school serves students from all parts of the growing and diverse region of Northwest Arkansas, which also includes Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, and a number of other townships. With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museumof American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail System, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University ofArkansas, the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system. For more information about the region and its resources, see the website for Finding NWA.
Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.
Work with other Food Education Specialists, Director of Campus Life, and Director of Culinary Services to create and implement a diversified crop plan for the ½ acre Thaden teaching garden
Assist in caring for the Thaden school flock of hens
Manage the greenhouse and school garden as learning laboratories and production spaces
Implement procedures to ensure the safe handling of food grown on campus
Help to develop and manage a system to compost food waste from the dining facilities
Work collaboratively with faculty members, including specialists for the other signature programs (Wheels and Reels), to develop and implement garden- and kitchen-based curriculum for students in grades 6 through 12
Collaborate with faculty in sciences, arts, and humanities to create engaging and impactful learning experiences for students
Lead trips for students that introduce them to food systems throughout the region
Manage the teaching kitchens as interdisciplinary learning laboratories
Offer classes in the teaching kitchens using produce from our teaching gardens
Engage the NWA community by offering workshops and classes in the evenings and on weekends
Experiences and Qualifications
Passion for sustainable agriculture and the ability to share knowledge and skills with students of all ages
Experience in intensive small-scale vegetable production with a preference for organic or certified naturally grown vegetable production
Expertise in sustainable agriculture production methods
Knowledge of regulations and proper techniques for post-production handling of produce (GAPS certification)
Experience managing a medium scale composting operation
Enthusiasm for leading classes, workshops, and volunteer workdays
Applications should include a resume and a vision statement (about 500 words) that explains how the candidate would approach the development of Thaden’s Meals Program, including illustrative examples of potential programs, projects, and activities. The cover letter should also address salary requirements, if any. Applications must be submitted to Marcus Chang at email@example.com by January 31 for full consideration. The start date is negotiable, but must be no later than July 1.
The school will cover travel and related expenses for those who are invited to travel to the region for interviews.
Salary and benefits will be competitive within the independent school sector. Pre-employment background screening is required for all positions.
Thaden is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.
About Thaden School
A new independent school in the downtown Bentonville, Thaden opened in August 2017 with grades 7 and 9 and will grow incrementally over the next four years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. The school offers a challenging and balanced educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship. Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.