SCLT is seeking a Community Growers Director

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Community Growers Director – Job Description

Organization Description: Community Land Trust (SCLT) provides access to land, education and other resources so people in Greater Providence can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable, and healthy food is available to all. Each year, over 2,500 people benefit from SCLT’s programs which include community gardens, youth employment and education, garden leadership training, food growing and nutrition workshops, and new farmer development.

Position Summary: The Community Growers Director is responsible for planning and coordination of all community grower programming including management and development of new community gardens; facilitating the Providence Market Growers Network; coordinating SCLT’s seasonal workshop schedule and urban agriculture Neighborhood Hub sites; and various seasonal programs and events. This position will report to SCLT’s Executive Director.

Job Duties:

Manage existing and develop new community gardens;

  • Facilitate Providence Community Grower’s Council – an advisory body for SCLT’s community gardens programming.
  • Resource Distribution – compost, seeds, fish emulsion, garlic, manure, mulch.
  • Oversee garden leader leadership development – promote, facilitate and document garden leader meetings and supporting leaders to deal with garden management issues and conflict resolution.
  • Oversee garden maintenance contract and gardener maintenance activities.
  • Manage plot assignment and payment process including records maintenance.
  • Project Management for garden infrastructure improvements and new garden construction.   Oversee construction contractor, new gardener participation, and volunteers. Includes gardener recruitment.
  • Provide technical assistance/workshops/site visits for other organizations working to build new gardens.

Facilitate the Providence Market Growers Network;

  • Schedule, facilitate and document meetings with Providence Market Growers Network.
  • Arrange for technical assistance for farmers.
  • Oversight of all SCLT urban farm leases – ensure adequate maintenance and arrange for technical assistance as needed.
  • Manage development of marketing curriculum. Recruit participants and oversee SCLT staff or contractors responsible for in-classroom and on-site farmers market training.

Coordinating SCLT’s seasonal workshop schedule;

  • Work closely with Outreach Manager ensure that all new gardeners have sufficient access to beginning organic growing and other workshops.
  • Recruit and schedule volunteer workshop leaders.

Coordination of SCLT’s urban agriculture Neighborhood Hub sites;

  • Coordinate Spring Hub Day at 4 sites – scheduling workshops and resource distribution.
  • Work with 4 HUB leaders to develop and implement outreach strategies. Identify and make arrangements to meet unique community resource and education needs.

Other programs and events;

  • Coordinate Urban Agriculture Spring Kick-Off.
  • Provide technical assistance and oversight to Providence Composts program.
  • Track and report program outcome data.
  • Support fundraising efforts as needed.
  • Represent SCLT at educational and other events.
  • Perform other tasks as required.

Job Requirements:  This position requiresweekend and evening availability.   This position requires the physical ability to move/lift heavy objects, to kneel/sit/bend on the ground, and work outdoors in hot or cold weather.

Schedule: 40 hours per week (full-time).

Qualifications, Skills, Experience Requirements:

  • 5-8 years professional work experience.
  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in related field.
  • Experience working in multi-cultural, multi-lingual settings.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Experience leading urban agriculture programs.
  • Experience in community organizing, leadership development and community development.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills – ability to make compelling written and verbal presentations.
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel and email.
  • Ability to attend to details while maintaining a broad vision.
  • Interested in continuously improving programs and work processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple work tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Committed to producing an excellent work product.
  • Dedicated to maintaining a positive culture among co-workers and community members.

The Community Growers Director must positively and professionally represent SCLT in community collaborations and with many of our constituents and partners. The successful applicant will be inspired by the work, interested in serving the public, motivated to go the extra mile, and respectful of different points of view.

Minority and bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged. Salary is $38,000-$46,000 annually based on experience, with full benefits and generous vacation package. SCLT is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please address cover letter and resume by Friday, June 13, 2014 to Margaret DeVos, SCLT Executive Director, at jobs@southsideclt.org. Preferred start date is July 14, 2014.

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