Location: West Side of St. Paul
Type: Full Time, Salary position
Deadline: March 4th, 5:00 p.m.
GROWING FOOD TO DEVELOP YOUTH
Youth Farm and Market Project (YFMP) provides year- ‐round, youth development programming for youths ages 9 – 18,
utilizing experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens and greenhouses. We build youth leadership
through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food. Youth Farm and Market Project currently works in 3
neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, Lyndale and Powderhorn in Minneapolis, and the West Side of St. Paul.
YFMP employs a unique progressive programming model, where the outcomes of each program, Youth Farmers (ages
9- ‐11), All- ‐Stars (ages 12- ‐13) and Project LEAD (ages 14- ‐18), building upon the outcomes of the previous set. Our goals
are consistent through each program:
1) Build Young Leaders;
2) Promote Healthy Bodies and Minds;
3) Contribute to the Positive Identity of Children and Youth;
4) Create Neighborhood Connectedness and Opportunities for Contribution; and
5) Develop & Nurture Healthy Relationships.
We believe strong youth make strong communities – Youth are responsible and essential members of the larger
community and of YFMP as an organization.
We value and honor the diversity within our communities – We work to create diverse spaces that honor and value all
who are present within our communities.
Building connections is foundational to our work – Connections between young people and their peers; youth and
caring adults; youth and food; youth and community; youth and the earth.
We believe in long term relationships – Relationships with youth and their families over time is the foundation for
quality and impactful youth development.
We value a sustainable approach to life and food – By engaging youth in physical activity, as well as the growing,
distributing and eating of healthy local produce, we model a holistic approach to self and community.
We believe in local empowerment – Our locally focused work creates stronger communities and builds engaged
citizens. We support and partner with local businesses, grow local leaders, and provide local food.
The Neighborhood Program Director reports to the Associate Director and is responsible for the implementation of
Youth Farm and Market Project programs that accomplish our goals while embracing our philosophy.
Neighborhood Program Development, Management and Implementation (60%)
Design 8- ‐week summer program and three 8- ‐week school year programs (one in fall, two in winter/spring) to
provide experiences for youth to fulfill the mission and goals of the organization
Responsible for implementation of YFMP’s Youth Development curriculum (garden, nutrition, youth
organizing, youth leadership, and social development) for Youth Farmers (9- ‐11 year olds), All- ‐Stars (12- ‐13 year
olds) and Project LEAD (14- ‐18 year olds)
Hire, train and supervise summer staff, Project LEAD, and interns
Manage program budget
Develop and execute quarterly work plans that will be evaluated with the Associate Director
Farm and Food Distribution, including:
o Connect with neighborhood/community to provide land for YFMP farms, sites for markets, and
community farming experiences for kids
o Work with kids, other YFMP staff and community members to plan, cultivate, maintain, and harvest
urban farms and ensure kids know how to do a variety of farm tasks and gain other outcomes we
o Work with kids and community members to distribute produce specific to Neighborhood needs and
opportunities and ensure youths participation and ownership
Community Organizing and Involvement (25%)
Empower youth through allowing them active and meaningful participation in program development and
Participate in neighborhood and community events to connect with community members and partners
Utilize volunteers to accomplish goals of the organization and build community
Connect with community food systems to ensure kids understand a healthy food system
Work with youth to impact community in a positive way.
Organizational Support (15%)
Work with kids, staff, and community members to evaluate programs and incorporate results into future
Coordinate the integration of programming with grant proposals, reporting and funding requirements as
requested by the Executive Director
Assist the Executive Director with grants, reports and site visits as necessary
Work with Associate Director and other Program Directors to develop and refine overall program vision for
Qualifications: Several years of direct youth work experience required, experience working with diverse
populations, experience hiring and managing staff, as well as experience with community organizing. Prior
experience with program planning, implementation, as well as program management strongly encouraged.
Candidates should have strong organization skills, communication skills, and be competent in general word
processing and computer skills. Some proficiency in Spanish preferred. Valid drivers license required.
How to Apply
To apply please send cover letter and resume (highlighting experience with above qualifications) by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org; or mail to Hiring Committee, Youth Farm and Market Project, 128 W. 33
Street, Suite 2,
Minneapolis, MN 55408, no later than Friday March 4
, 5:00 p.m.; Members of under- ‐represented groups, as
well as people with connections, experience or knowledge of the West Side of St. Paul, are strongly encouraged
to apply. AA/EOE.