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Windy City Harvest Corps Manager

Requisition Number: 
Windy City Harvest
Job Status: 
The Harvest Corps manager employs 30 to 50 participants with barriers to employment per year in multiple cohorts to match them with employment partners. This jobs-training program is based on the Department of Family and Support Services Community Development Block Grant Transitional Jobs Program. The manager will build relationships with employers and recruitment partners. Windy City Harvest Corps training is on-the-farm training for 14 weeks, Monday to Friday, full time. Monday to Thursday are in-the-field training and Fridays are focused on environmental literacy and job search activities. Learn more about the Corps program at
Duties and Responsibilities: 

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

  • Follow the Department of Family and Support Services grant criteria and meet performance goals
  • Administer all grant compliance paperwork
  • Recruit participants from partner organizations
  • Hire 30 to 50 participants per year for three 14-week cohorts
  • Maintain consistent working relationship with employment partners—HR and supervisory staff in food-related industries
  • Assist participants in gaining full-time employment
  • Track participants for 30, 90, and 180 days after Harvest Corps with unsubsidized employer
  • Train and manage three to four seasonal Harvest Corps crew leaders and provide feedback
  • Provide Individual Employment Plans for participants (IEP) in coordination with staff social worker
  • Ensure all Harvest Corps participants are held to the Windy City Harvest standards agreement
  • Lead weekly Job Club and job-readiness training

 Key Garden Competencies

  • 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.
  • Candidate must be dependable, responsible, able to work independently, experienced with problem solving and adaptable to a flexible schedule.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Minimum of three years of experience managing a transitional jobs program geared toward ex-offenders and veterans
  • Demonstrated experience building successful relationships with program participants, employment partners, and recruitment partners
  • Experience implementing performance-based job training grants and meeting placement goals
  • Supervisory experience is mandatory, providing feedback and executing standards to crew leaders
  • Job-readiness training experience
  • Proficiency and experience in PowerPoint, Excel spreadsheets, and word-processing computer applications
  • Good communication skills, flexible and willing to work in a team environment
  • Able to work well under pressure and the capacity to stay organized and focused on employment placement for participants
  • Able to follow a production schedule to maintain relationships and follow up with participants, partners, and team
  • Position is 37.5 hours per week
Physical Demands: 
Office setting. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding. Use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 30 pounds. This position requires in city and suburbs travel via car and/or public transportion to meet with partners and attend trainings.
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.

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