Under the direction of the Associate Director of Wellness, the Urban Agriculture Manager will ensure program execution aligns with department goals, strategy, budget and expectations. The Program Manager holds direct supervisory responsibilities for the Urban Agriculture program staff and coordinates all incoming contractors. The Program Manager translates policies and initiatives into program applications. They are responsible for guiding the vision and operational components of the APCH Urban Agriculture Program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Works with AD of Wellness to set overarching vision and direction for the program. Sets ambitious goals and tracks progress towards achieving them.
- Brings new and fresh ideas to the AD of Wellness with the goal of the APCH Urban Ag program being a leader for programming and service in the South Central LA Community
- Recruits, hires, and trains a strong and diverse team; ensures current staff are supported and challenged to maximize individual strengths and assets. Ensures new staff are successfully on-boarded and developed professionally and as advocates for the goals and objectives of the NUA program.
- Serves as an organizational culture leader and promotes a strong collaborative team culture reflective of a commitment to service and integrated fully with the vision and mission of A Place Called Home.
Educational Programs and Curriculum
- Develops and plans Urban Agriculture curriculum and lesson plans and leads weekly classes for children ages 8 through 21, and occasionally for parents and/or other community members.
- Oversee and plan maintenance of APCH’s garden sites, including planning, planting and cultivation of crops, composting, garden repairs and installations.
- Coordinate with the Associate Director of Wellness on garden to table program components including related classes, budget and garden planning.
- Participate in the planning and execution of the APCH annual Health and Garden Expo and other Wellness Department events.
External Partners and Relationship Building
- Create and oversee volunteer projects in all the APCH garden sites on a regular basis.
- Work with the AD Wellness and program staff in expanding the APCH Learning Garden and building a gardening community with neighbors and community partners.
- Represent the APCH Learning Garden to clients, parents, community members and benefactors
- Orders, inventories, and budgets for all necessary supplies for the program.
- Oversee Urban Agriculture budgetary line items, expenditures and tracking.
- Prepare monthly metric reports.
- Adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards and values at all times.
- Perform other tasks as necessary.
The Urban Agriculture Program Manager will be an individual who carries high personal and professional standards, is high energy by nature, and enjoys partnering with others to achieve successful outcomes. To be successful in this role the Program Manager will focus on achieving excellence of service and performance in the five core competencies identified by the agency:
- Integrity & Trust
- Learning & Development
As a Manager in this role, they will also be expected to excel in the five management competencies of:
- motivating others
- managing systems
- work quality and innovation
The Program Manager will embrace the APCH culture of a learning organization and strive to constantly improve upon systems and services for the benefit of our employees and our constituents; and will be demonstrably committed to their own ongoing personal and professional development. Our culture encourages individuals to speak up, we respect diversity of thought, and we look to our staff to be candid with concerns and constructive suggestions. Together, we can continue to take APCH to even higher levels of excellence and service to the community.
Technical and Performance Skills
- Excellent Oral and Written Communication
- Customer Service
- Time Management
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
- Dedicated to excellence
- Detail-Oriented and Resourceful
- Innovative and Creative
- Microsoft Office Skill
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in related field
- In-depth knowledge of gardens and garden maintenance
- 3-5 years’ experience in garden instruction and working with at-risk youth from elementary to high school levels
- Some training in culinary arts, or equivalent experience in food service
- Servsafe Food Handlers Certificate
- Some supervisory experience preferred
Physical and Mental Demands
- Able to work in a dynamic and high noise level environment typical of a youth center
- Walking, standing required on daily basis
- Sitting and use of hands/vision for computer work for extended periods of time
- Lift up to 50 pounds occasionally
A Place Called Home provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including but not limited to pregnancy), gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, military and veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship national origin, age, physical and/or mental disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, A Place Called Home complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
Background screening required.