Youth Program Manager

Job Locations US-MA-Springfield
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(4/1/2021 11:54 AM)
Job ID
2021-1801
# of Openings
1
Category
Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Type
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Gardening The Community

Overview

Founded in 2002, in Springfield, MA, Gardening the Community (GTC) (gardeningthecommunity.org) is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. GTC works with youth to grow food on vacant lots and organizes to expand healthy, affordable food access in the Mason Square neighborhoods of Springfield. GTC’s vision includes building a vibrant, healthy food system with just and equal access to it – one that recognizes and addresses inequity, so racism no longer determines the health or well-being of a neighborhood or community.

 

GTC is a fiscally-sponsored organization of TSNE (tsne.org).

Responsibilities

The Youth Program Manager directs and manages GTC’s youth development program and supports young people engaged with GTC in becoming strong, confident leaders who think critically about the world around them, understand the importance of access to healthy and locally grown food for all families, and advocate for food and racial justice.

  • Implement the process of youth coming into the program, including application materials meeting with both youth and their parents/guardians, and seasonal orientations;
  • Supervise and direct the daily on-site participation of youth involved in GTC, including all aspects of farming, Farm Store and market sales, Farm Share management (including the bike delivery team), organizing and community engagement activities;
  • Support the leadership development of youth within GTC through coaching and mentoring and creating positive experiences that challenge youth to learn and grow;
  • Recruit youth to participate on the GTC Board, Committees and at organizational events;
  • Implementation of a year-round youth learning and leadership development curriculum;
  • Contribute to the implementation of a healthy eating/cooking curriculum;
  • Manage monthly youth timesheet reporting, invoicing and distribution of youth stipend checks;
  • Direct the youth summer job application process including building a strong partnership with New England Farm Workers;
  • Coordinate and distribute a monthly youth calendar;
  • Ensure annual youth participation in program evaluation and self-assessment and reflection; developing and implementing entrance and exit surveys;
  • Assist the Assistant Youth Director in ensuring that parents and guardians are well informed about their child’s participation in GTC and are knowledgeable about the program and youth activities;
  • Assist with other organizational activities including fundraising, events, and office management as appropriate;
  • Lead GTC’s youth community engagement team with efforts ranging from social media posts to neighborhood flyering, door knocking, tabling and representation at community events;
  • Assist with the development of seasonal food justice workshops for residents on topics including food insecurity and its related outcomes, causes and solutions;
  • Assist GTC with attending outreach events around the city and strengthening neighborhood connections;
  • Staffs the GTC Farm Store for at least one shift/week.

Qualifications

We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Experience growing food;
  • 2 years of experience supervising youth (aged 12-19) in youth organizing or a youth development context;
  • Experience supervising paid or volunteer staff and working with diverse communities;
  • Demonstrated experience in project or program coordination;
  • Demonstrated experience in community outreach or engagement work;
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and to the mission of GTC;
  • Ability to relate easily to middle and high school aged youth and to support their growth and development as leaders;
  • Interest and familiarity with issues relating to local food, food justice, and sustainable agriculture;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including comfo;rt with public speaking;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of the Springfield community;
  • Ability to build and sustain individual and community relationships;
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred; Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel or design related software.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.

 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits

 

Location: Work will be performed in Springfield, MA. Work is not eligible for remote work.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $15.00/hr and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost Guardian Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/Gardening the Community envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

 

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Gardening the Community will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  

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