Program Director, Windy City Harvest

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Job Status: 
To direct and support programmatic activities within the Windy City Harvest Department
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Oversee all programmatic aspects and dedicated staff of Windy City Harvest key program areas, including Harvest Corps, Youth Farm, Apprenticeship, and Short Courses.
  • Guide budget creation for all program areas and support budget tracking and communication.
  • Inform the creation of new programs and the evolution of existing programs to meet the evolving needs of Windy City Harvest participants, the food system, and the communities we serve.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with existing and emerging program, donor, and community partners.
  • Ensure clear, consistent communication and project management with internal Chicago Botanic Garden partnerships, particularly Development and Communications.
  • Represent the Chicago Botanic Garden in the media, at national and international conferences, and on local service boards.
  • Participate in Garden-wide strategic planning initiatives, as requested.
  • Support the operations director in other areas, as needed.


Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.



Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Minimum of 10 years supervisory and/or progressively responsible nonprofit management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting, tracking, and reporting in a nonprofit setting.
  • Demonstrated experience building and sustaining positive and collaborative partnerships with diverse constituents.
  • Understanding and interest in promoting food, health, and jobs as a means to connect people in underserved communities with plants.
  • Prior experience with donor relationships and promoting an organization or program to a diverse audience.
  • A bachelor’s degree


Physical Demands: 
Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding. Participate in conference calls. Use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Be able to work in all weather conditions during site visits.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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