Youth Farm Coordinator, Farm on Ogden (A-B)

Requisition Number: 
812
Department: 
Windy City Harvest
Job Status: 
Year-Round
Hours: 
Full-time
Reports to: 
Youth Programs Manager
Supervises: 
Youth Farm students, seasonal intern, volunteers
Overview: 
For almost 20 years, the Windy City Harvest Youth Farm has served as a vital youth-development program for high school students in and around the city of Chicago. This summer employment opportunity exposes youth to various issues around local food systems and nurtures leadership and community engagement through paid employment on an urban farm. The Program Coordinator plays a pivotal role in ensuring these general goals are met. This includes working as part of the larger Windy City Harvest team to ensure the program is of the highest quality and reflects the vision of the program through individual and community empowerment. This is a full-time, salaried position located at the Farm at Ogden in Chicago, working Monday through Friday.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role you will be responsible for the following: 

Program Administration

  • Train and lead a team including a seasonal apprentice, three-month full-time interns, Youth Farmers, and volunteers. Provide regular feedback to all direct reports.
  • Collect student documentation, including hiring documents, sign-in sheets, and case notes; and coordinate student pay
  • Coordinate procurement and delivery of materials necessary for program delivery and farm operations (i.e. plants, soil, building materials, student lunches, etc.)
  • Report and track program expenditures and support annual budget reports
  • Collect and organize written, anecdotal, and photographic documentation for education, publication, and reporting purposes
  • Participate in all training workshops and other requirements from partner agencies and the Chicago Botanic Garden

Community Engagement

  • Work in partnership with area high schools and nonprofit organizations to recruit Youth Farm participants
  • Assists in special events with partner organizations and the Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Coordinate and lead educational workshops, tours, and field trips for Youth Farm students and outside organizations
  • Serve as a resource for students and community members

Program Delivery

  • Lead Youth Farmers in farm work days and educational workshops (online and in-person) during spring, summer, and fall programming
  • Support Chicago Botanic Garden programming by leading work days and classroom activities with WCH adult programs, including Corps and Apprenticeship, as requested
  • Work with Chicago Botanic Garden team to plan and implement curriculum (online and in-person) for the season, focused on developing key social emotional skills and exposure to green careers
  • Maintain current knowledge of industry trends, practices, and policies relevant to department operations and share best practices with Chicago Botanic Garden team

Farm Production

  • Coordinate farm production with WCH Operations team, including (but not limited to), implementing crop plan, following production schedule, procuring supplies, planting and maintenance of vegetable production and ornamental areas, and distributing produce through WCH sales channels

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.
Qualifications: 

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

Community Engagement

  • Willingness to provide programming and outreach to multiple communities throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, and able to commute to several locations within the week or day. Familiarity with Chicago area a plus.
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) a plus

Program Delivery

  • Familiarity with issues surrounding local food systems
  • At least one year of experience working with young people in a mentorship or supervisory role and facilitating groups
  • Familiarity with structural and cultural contexts, and a desire for personal and community growth in these areas
  • Demonstrated experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds and ability to give clear, constructive feedback
  • Availability for evening and weekend work, particularly in May throughOctober

Farm Production

  • Strong knowledge of urban agriculture with at least one season of vegetable production experience preferred
Physical Demands: 
This is a diverse role with physical demands dependent on the season. Frequent outdoor work in all weather will be required. Ability to lift more than 50 pounds. Ability to stand/walk for more than eight hours a day. Ability to move from physical tasks to office work; driving significant distances in a day is required.
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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