24 May 2022

Full-Time Community Partner Gardens Coordinator

Kansas City Community GardensKansas City, Missouri, Missouri, United States

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Job Description

Community Partner Gardens Coordinator

Kansas City Community Gardens, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has an opening for a Community Partner Gardens Coordinator. KCCG empowers and inspires low-income households, community groups and schools in the Kansas City metropolitan area to grow their own vegetables and fruits. The Community Partner Gardens (CPG) program partners with over 300 Community Partner Gardens run by local nonprofit agencies and community groups to develop and coordinate vegetable gardens located throughout the KC metro area.

KCCG seeks to hire a diverse staff and believes diversity and inclusion strengthen our communities and workplaces. KCCG does not discriminate based on race, gender identity, religion, age, ethnicity, disability, military status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status or citizenship status.

Position Description: The Community Partner Gardens Coordinator will work with community agencies and organizations to promote, develop, coordinate, and support successful food producing gardens that will benefit low-income residents.

Salary range: Full Time, $28,000 – $31,000/year with full health insurance coverage, HSA account, paid 2 weeks’ vacation, paid sick leave, paid holidays, and retirement account (with employer match)

Reports to: Community Partner Gardens Director

Responsibilities:

1. Carry a caseload of existing Community Partner Gardens (CPG)
a. Build relationships with CPG leaders to understand and support their garden’s mission
b. Conduct garden site visits to identify needs and provide technical assistance to ensure garden success
c. Work with CPG coordinators to develop planting plans, community engagement strategies, and garden preparation/development plans
d. Coordinate resource delivery of seeds, plants, tilling, tools and supplies for garden sites

2. Develop and support new Community Partner Gardens:
a. Assist groups with site planning and development for new community gardens
b. Work with groups to identify garden mission and goals for engagement
c. Mentor emerging CPG Coordinators
d. Lead volunteer groups with raised bed and garden construction
e. Place orders and arrange preparation and delivery for lumber, soil and other construction supplies

3. Provide gardening education and technical assistance to garden coordinators:
a. Support CPGs in becoming self-sustaining by developing resources and activities gardens can use at their sites
b. Create a library of online resources, activities, instructional videos, and other tools
c. Lead and develop gardening workshops geared toward community gardens

4. Collect data and maintain program records
a. Work collaboratively with the CPG staff using Salesforce, Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Canva and other online collaborative platforms
b. Utilize Salesforce customer relationship management system to update and distribute enrollment forms, seasonal order forms, grant forms and invoices
c. Assist CPG Director with Sprout Grant and KC Grow Water Access grant distribution, record keeping and follow up
d. Keep complete digital records on all Community Partner Gardens
e. Assist in preparation of program reports

5. Participate in the overall operations and mission of Kansas City Community Gardens: To empower and inspire low-income households, community groups, and schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area to grow their own vegetables and fruit

6. Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
• Ability to communicate professionally both verbally and in writing
• Team player mindset—ready and excited to pitch in where needed, but also able to work independently on projects
• Proactive problem-solving abilities and thorough follow-through
• Capable and proficient with various software. Examples include client relationship management systems, Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Canva, iContact and other platforms
• Ability to interact in a professional, positive, curious, and confidential manner with others and to function as an ambassador of the agency in a wide variety of venues and circumstances
• Interest and desire to work with diverse communities across all of Kansas City
• Ability to assist with garden constructions, work comfortably outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and lift up to 50 lbs
• Vegetable gardening knowledge

Preferred qualifications/experience:
• Experience working with community gardens, horticulture, community engagement, education and outreach across all abilities and age span
• College degree in relevant field (social work, community development, horticulture, education, nutrition etc.)
• Vegetable gardening and community gardening experience
• Proven record in working with adults and youth from a variety of racial, cultural and economic backgrounds.
• Educational experience (teaching/training at some level)
• Experience working with non-profit organizations and volunteers

Additional Information/Requirements:
• This position is a full-time salaried position with excellent benefits.
• Candidates must own or have unrestricted access to reliable automobile transportation, provide proof of car insurance and a copy of a valid Missouri or Kansas driver’s license.
• Candidate must be available to work limited weekday evenings and Saturdays

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter in PDF format and send to: Anna Martin, Community Partner Gardens Director – anna@kccg.org. Application deadline: June 1 or until position is filled.

Job Categories: Local & Organic Food. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: community engagement, garden education, and gardening. Salary: 20,000 - 40,000.

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