SEE-LA,

Program Manager, Seasoned Accelerator

Posted
2 months ago
Employment type
Full-Time
Location
Los Angeles

TITLE: Program Manager, Seasoned Accelerator
STATUS: Full-time, Exempt
REPORTS TO: Senior Manager, Farmers’ Market Programs
LOCATION: 85% Telecommuting + Occasional on-site (Los Angeles)
COMPENSATION: $62,400-$75,000 year
BENEFITS: 14.5 paid holidays / year, 160 hours PTO / year for first two years (increases year 3), paid health, dental and vision insurance, 403b retirement plan
SCHEDULE: 40 hours/week, Mon-Fri, may require working nights and weekends as needed

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY:
Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) is the largest mission-driven operator of farmers’ markets in Southern California and a leader in improving food access and nutrition education. Our programs include:

  • Six farmers’ markets: Atwater Village, Central Avenue, Crenshaw, Echo Park, Hollywood, and LA River Farmers’ Market (2022).
  • Benefits and Incentives Program that ensures that our markets serve as a venue for WIC and CalFresh redemption, partners with organizations to advocate for food access, and manages Market Match: a system which provides fruit and vegetable vouchers for CalFresh participants.
  • Bring the Farmer to Your School program, in which local California farmers have provided engaging sessions about local agriculture to children at Title I schools for over 15 years.
  • Pompea Smith Good Cooking Buena Cocina Nutrition Education Program, which offers hundreds of nutrition education and cooking demonstrations across South LA each year.

PROGRAM SUMMARY:
Supported by federal U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) and Wells Fargo, the Seasoned Accelerator works with food and beverage entrepreneurs selected from our network of farmers’ markets and community partners to provide comprehensive services and technical assistance that create and maintain quality food-sector jobs and support food and beverage business growth and sustainability.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Under supervision from the Senior Manager, Farmers’ Market Programs, and with support from the Seasoned Accelerator Program Associate, the Program Manager will act as the first point of contact for active program participants and alumni, provide case management services for participating food entrepreneurs, manage contracts, deliverables and relationships with our team of business coaches, coordinate service delivery with our business coaches, instructors and community partners, manage data and document collection for monthly grant reporting, and help ensure that the program meets funder requirements. Additionally, this position will work closely with the Senior Manager, Farmers’ Market Programs in developing and operating a 6-month pilot branch of the Accelerator based on strategies and templates currently used by the program, focused on BIPOC women food entrepreneurs, and scheduled to launch in 2022.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Seasoned Accelerator annual cohort and BIPOC Women Entrepreneur pilot project.

Outreach & Communications

  • Marketing, outreach, and communications operations for all aspects of the program.
  • Develop promotion materials via Canva platform and in collaboration with Graphic Designer for print and digital posting and distribution.
  • Provide presentations to recruit participants and educate our community stakeholders and local food entrepreneurs about the Seasoned Accelerator.
  • Develop and publish newsletters and email blasts to share resources and opportunities with our network of food and beverage entrepreneurs.

Case Management

Work with each entrepreneur in the cohort to facilitate their experience and evaluate their progress.

  • Track and document participant progress.
    • Conduct midway and post program participant surveys with support from the
    • Program Associate.
    • Conduct monthly check-ins with participants.
    • Field information requests from program alumni.
  • Coordinate linkage to services with partner organizations.
  • In collaboration with Program Associate, manage the Accelerator’s Google Classroom learning space.

Event Coordination

  • Coordinate all aspects of planning program-related events, including but not limited to Webinars and occasional public events* (as public health restrictions allow*).
  • Supervise Program Associate’s Zoom Webinar, attendance tracking, and event invite system.
  • Schedule and prep speakers and presenters for Webinars and other relevant events.
  • In collaboration with Senior Manager of Farmers’ Market Programs and Program Associate manage all aspects of event planning and operations.

Grants Compliance and Records

  • Maintain program digital files and support grant reporting and accounting.
  • Collect documents, receipts, and invoices that are required for grant reports.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Manager, Farmers’ Market Programs track program budgets.
  • With support from the Program Associate collate all key program documentation including Webinar recordings, surveys, digital and print assets, photography, and participant and program partner narratives.
  • Ensure files are maintained in compliance with funder requirements and with support from the Program Associate.
  • Ensure collection of key documents from program participants as required by funders and with support from the Program Associate.

Program Development and Strategy

  • Assist with program strategy and growth.
  • Work closely with Senior Manager Farmers’ Market Programs to develop and plan launch of 6-month Women entrepreneur program pilot.
  • Engage with Senior Manager, Farmers’ Market Programs, and potential community partners to enrich and further develop the program.
  • Collaborate with Senior Manager, Farmers’ Market Programs in representing the program with current and potential funders.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A minimum of three years of applicable professional experience
  • A minimum of one year experience in program and/or project management.
  • A working knowledge of basic business and food business operations, experience working with small-business owners, and/or experience managing or owning a food business.
  • Experience with planning executing communications and community outreach strategies.
  • Effective written and spoken communicator.
  • Experience tracking budgets over $50K.
  • Experience managing multiple tasks and working with competing deadlines.
  • Comfort with working independently.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Zoom, social media, and Google suite.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Multilingual; particularly Spanish proficiency.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience working with Community Development Corporations.
  • Experience working with underserved, low-income communities.
  • Experience conducting surveys and assessments.

To apply

Please submit cover letter and resume via email, fax or mail to:
E-mail: employment@see-la.org (Subject Line: Program Manager, Seasoned Accelerator)