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Long Beach Organic seeks Program Director

LONG BEACH ORGANIC
Program Director Position Announcement
Long Beach Organic is seeking a dynamic environmental activist to manage and develop all aspects of its community gardening and educational programs.

BACKGROUND:
Long Beach Organic is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable gardening practices and local food production in an urban environment. In urban areas, where our connection to the land that sustains us is easily forgotten, we seek to promote links to our food and environment and, in the process, foster a sense of community. Currently we manage four community gardens that serve over 100 families; help local schools develop organic gardens and gardening curriculum; offer an annual organic gardening workshop series; and operate a small nursery and demonstration food forest and garden.

The Program Director will work as a peer with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. The successful candidate will focus primarily on the management and improvement of our existing programs and the development of a new horticultural therapy program for at-risk youth. She or he will also perform a key role in the organization’s outreach efforts to raise the visibility of Long Beach Organic, expand its membership and volunteer base, and increase its services in low-income neighborhoods.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Development and maintenance of our community gardens, including procurement of supplies and materials;
  • Organize and lead volunteer workdays at our community gardens;
  • Orient community garden program participants and recruit volunteer community garden managers;
  • Coordinate, publicize and teach (and/or recruit local experts to teach) an annual organic gardening workshop series;
  • Help schools design and install organic gardens and develop gardening curriculum;
  • Teach school gardening classes (using a “train-the-trainer” approach);
  • Coordinate and publicize regular meetings of the Long Beach School Garden and Nutrition Coalition;
  • Help manage a small nursery and demonstration food garden;
  • Help develop a new horticultural therapy program for at-risk youth;
  • Community outreach (tabling at community events, attending community forums, etc.) to promote the benefits of organic gardening and supporting local (ideally organic) farmers and to increase the visibility Long Beach Organic;
  • Volunteer recruitment and training;
  • Help write grant proposals;
  • Help research and write articles for a quarterly newsletter.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong desire to foster sustainable urban environments;
  • Organic gardening/farming experience and commitment to organic methods;
  • General understanding of community food security issues;
  • Experience working with youth, particularly at-risk and/or low-income youth;
  • Knowledge of school gardening curriculum;
  • Strong written and oral communication and facilitation skills and an energetic and inclusive teaching style;
  • Program/project management and development experience;
  • Experience working with diverse populations;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and Publisher) software;
  • Networking and conflict resolution skills;
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor;
  • College degree in environmental discipline desirable;
  • Nonprofit work experience desirable;
  • Fundraising, particularly grant proposal writing, experience a plus;
  • Working knowledge of Spanish a plus;
  • Familiarity with Long Beach neighborhoods and environmental issues a plus.

COMPENSATION:
This is a full-time position with a $25,000 annual salary, full medical and dental benefits and a generous vacation allowance. There is potential for a salary increase after six months.

HOW TO APPLY:
Qualified applicants should send cover letter and resume by mail to Long Beach Organic, Attn: Hiring Committee, 1336 Gladys Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804 or by email to info@longbeachorganic.org. Deadline for applications is May 10.

Long Beach Organic is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Gregory Jocz
Executive Director
Long Beach Organic
1336 Gladys Ave
Long Beach, CA 90804
562/438-9000
www.longbeachorganic.org

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