Minnesota: Youth Farm and Market Project seeks West Side Program Director

15 Feb
Location:  West  Side  of  St.  Paul

Type:    Full  Time,  Salary  position
Deadline:  March  4th,  5:00  p.m.

MISSION:
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.
YFMP  Philosophy
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
want
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
implementation

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
programs.

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
YFMP
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

info@youthfarm.net;  or  mail  to  Hiring  Committee,  Youth  Farm  and  Market  Project,  128  W.  33

rd

Street,  Suite  2,
Minneapolis,  MN  55408,  no  later  than  Friday  March  4

th

,  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.

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