Youth Leadership Program Manager, Green Village Initiative

Green Village Initiative is seeking an experienced program manager with skills in youth mentorship, fluency in food justice and antiracism, commitment to dismantling oppressive systems, and experience in urban farming or gardening to manage the Youth Leadership Program.

Green Village Initiative (GVI) is an urban agriculture organization in Bridgeport. Our mission is to grow food, knowledge, leadership and community through urban gardening and farming, to create a more just food system in Bridgeport. We recognize the importance of addressing the systemic inequities that cause poverty and hunger in our city and we are working towards a Bridgeport in which all people can access healthy, culturally relevant, locally grown foods at school, at work, and at home. We support Bridgeport’s school gardens, manage twelve community gardens and an urban farm and engage youth in leadership programming. Our programs engage thousands of community members in growing and consuming Bridgeport-grown food; all produce is grown without the use of harmful chemicals for the local community.

Position Responsibilities
We cultivate youth as agents of social change through urban agriculture. Youth are a growing force at Reservoir Community Farm and participate in regular workshops in food justice, leadership development, community building, and job skills. A Food Leader Advisory Group of enrolled youth and recent program graduates helps our team create the most valuable summer experience that we can for youth in Bridgeport.

This position consists of both indoor and field-based work, requiring the ability to multitask, work outdoors in hot and cold weather, conduct garden and farm work (including heavy lifting), and be part of a passionate team dedicated to helping each other achieve goals in creating a more just food system in Bridgeport.

This Program Manager will further develop and implement our year-round program strategy for our Youth Leadership Program. The program is multifaceted and includes: an intensive eight-week summer component in which we hire and train twelve Youth Farm Crew members, a year-round Food Justice Fellowship engaging up to four young people in organizing and activism, and monthly meetings for all youth to stay engaged in our mission and our work with partner organizations throughout the city and state.

This position will work with our partner organization CTCORE-Organize Now! to further develop and implement our Food Justice Fellowships. This includes developing and leading Youth Fellows through a curriculum in food justice and community organizing and guiding Fellows through creating their own projects in research, organizing, or activism.

This position will work closely with our GVI’s Urban Farm Team during the summer to engage Youth Farm Crew in all farming activities including seeding, transplanting, maintaining raised beds and open space, leading tours and volunteer groups, and supporting our farm stand and workshop series.

Our Youth Leadership Program Manager will oversee our Youth Leadership Program Coordinator, up to four Youth Fellows annually, and up to twelve Youth Farm Crew members during the summer.

Specifically, this position is responsible for the following activities.

  • Work with partner organizations to develop and implement a Food Justice Fellowship curriculum and program design. Supervise two to four fellows continuously
  • Work with the Youth Program Coordinator to improve on our summer Youth Farm Crew program design and implement the eight week program: Supervise up to twelve High School Youth, coordinate workshops and field trips, and build youths’ skills in farming and leadership and knowledge in food justice.
  • Support youth leadership development; ensure that personal growth and safety of youth is top of mind throughout all programming.
  • Expand upon our curriculum that centers development of employment skills, community building, and personal growth.
  • Facilitate healthy relationships and conflict resolution among youth throughout programming.
  • Schedule and lead monthly opportunities for youth to engage in the work of GVI and partner organizations. This can include visits to other organizations and farms, meetings and group activities.
  • Solicit feedback from previous Youth Farm Crew members and incorporate into program design.
  • Work with partners and team to create and implement evaluation tools to assess program impacts.
  • Conduct broad, wide reaching recruitment for our Food Justice Fellowship and summer Youth Farm Crew opportunities, including through online and social media, community events, collaboration with high school administration, teachers and guidance counselors and through partner organizations.
  • Further develop and implement our application assessment tool to track all applications and document decision-making processes.
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships to meet annual goals and bolster program impact.
  • Represent Green Village Initiative at community events and meetings.
  • Conduct community outreach about our youth programs and other GVI programs.
  • Work collaboratively, towards shared goals, with the entire GVI Team, including our Farm Team, School Gardens Team, Community Gardens Team, interns, consultants and volunteers.
  • Support GVI’s gardens teams in cleanup days and garden builds as needed, including leading volunteers.
  • Assisting with volunteer groups and events at the farm or other GVI sites as needed.
  • Working with the Farm Team as needed, including: seeding, transplanting, prepping beds, and other farm activities.
  • Other activities as needed.

This is a Full Time position starting immediately and reporting to GVI’s Director of Operations. Compensation will be in the range of $17 to $19 per hour depending on experience.

Necessary Skills and Experience
The ideal candidate will possess:

  • At least two years project management experience
  • Experience supervising others
  • Experience working with High School aged youth of color in an urban setting.
  • Fluency in food justice and antiracism and interest in engaging, and continuing to learn alongside, young people in this work
  • Commitment to thinking critically around lived experiences within the contexts of race, class, gender and sexuality, and to dismantling oppressive systems
  • Experience working in community gardening, urban agriculture or food justice
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills; conversational Spanish is a plus
  • Proficiency in Google Suite and Microsoft Office and an ability to maintain and update data
  • Ability to develop and lead multiple projects independently and to seek direction when needed
  • Excitement to work in a fast-paced organization and to learn more about urban farming and non-profits
  • Ability to perform physical at garden work (e.g. bending, kneeling) including in extreme heat
  • A commitment to GVI’s mission and values and a sense of responsibility to the Bridgeport community
  • Access to reliable transportation

To Apply:
Send a resume and cover letter to info@gogvi.org.

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