Global Gardens Project Manager

The Global Gardens Project Manager will successfully promote and support the mission of JVS by providing day-to-day support for programming that serves refugee populations in the Kansas City area through urban gardening. The Global Gardens Project Manager will work with JVS Social Work Department and Refugee Social Services to assist refugees who are struggling with mental and physical health needs to obtain gardening experience in the United States.

Qualifications – Education and Experience

Combination of education and experience normally represented by a Bachelor’s Degree in social work or human service field required. Urban gardening experience required; transcripts and/or professional references will be requested. Minimum combined 1-3 years working with immigrant populations and/or low-income populations required. Previous experience working with refugees or foreign-born populations strongly desired. 

Position requires use of personal vehicle with mileage reimbursement. Valid driver’s license, insurance, and clean driving record is required. Use of cell phone is also required with partial reimbursement by agency.

Responsibilities/Duties

• Carry out all aspects of the grants funding Global Gardens Project, including Health Care Foundation grant, Get Growing KC grant, and Missouri Department of Agriculture grant.

• Develop community gardens in Historic Northeast neighborhood, in partnership with Cultivate Kansas City, Kansas City Community Gardens, and refugee community groups.

• Identify, obtain, and prepare plots for gardening, including working with the Land Bank of Kansas City, securing access to water, soil preparation and obtaining necessary tools and planting materials.

• Recruit participants through JVS programs and community outreach. Interview prospective participants and explain requirements of program. Determine which prospective participants to accept.

• Maintain a waiting list once participant slots are filled. Refer interested growers to other community gardens if appropriate.

• Coordinate monthly workshops – schedule interpreters, gardeners, and presenters.

• Train participants through workshops and individual support, both in the classroom and in the garden, including providing technical and material assistance, and information on healthy living/eating.

• Monitor crop output, grower participation, and healthy eating standards to accurately maintain participant database for grant reporting and evaluation. Conduct pre- and post-surveys with each participant for grant reporting purposes.

• Manage the finances of multiple grants; track program expenses accurately and collaborate with Financial Manager as needed for updates and reporting.

• Complete all required grant reports on time, with assistance from Director of Refugee Programs for data outcomes.

• Oversee volunteer groups and work days at garden sites.

• Assist with the promotion of Global Gardens in the neighborhood and with other refugee/immigrant service providers including website updates, social media, and flyer distribution.

• Plan and carry out an open house at the gardens once during the growing season, in collaboration with other JVS staff.

• Supervise the Global Gardens Project Assistant and ensure all aspects of garden site maintenance are carried out in a satisfactory manner.

• Identify future funding opportunities and work with JVS team to write grants.

 

Skills Needed

• Ability to work effectively with little supervision

• Ability to work effectively in an environment that is multi-cultural and multi-lingual

• Experience with urban gardening

• Experience teaching and working with community groups

• Ability to comfortably lift up to 40 pounds repeatedly and undertake physically demanding gardening work, sometimes in extreme weather conditions

• Ability to work a flexible schedule (including occasional evenings and weekends)

• Must have competent oral, written and interpersonal skills

• Strong computer skills and proficiency in Word, Excel, Access and internet-based communication.

• Must have a valid Missouri or Kansas Driver’s License and a verified safe driving record and reliable means of transportation for local travel. Must provide a copy of driver’s license.

 

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

This position requires some flexibility in schedule, with some weekends and/or evenings required. This position will primarily be a coordinator of services; During the growing season, approximately 50% of the job will be completed in office and 50% in the gardens. During the winter months, nearly all of the job will be completed in the office. Occasional travel to client homes, public service providers, and other service locations will be necessary. Use of personal vehicle is necessary with mileage reimbursement.

If you would like to apply for this position please e-mail  a cover letter and a copy of your resume to bwarman@jvskc.org.