Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Roots Program Manager - International Rescue Committee (Oakland, CA)

New Roots Program Manager

Location:US - CA -Oakland
Employee Type:Regular
Employee Category:Full Time

See the original job post here.


IRC’s New Roots program is designed to assist refugees to reestablish their ties to the land celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots in their new communities. Through community gardening, nutrition education and small-business farming, New Roots provides refugee farmers with the tools and training they need to grow healthy and affordable food and become self-sufficient. Across a network stretching from New York to Oakland, California refugees are revitalizing urban spaces, sharing their farming know-how with their new neighbors and providing healthy, fresh food to their families and communities.

The New Roots Program Manager is responsible for the overall vision, development and execution of the New Roots program in Oakland. He/she will oversee and manage all aspects of the program comprised of four key components: food secure resettlement, community gardening, urban farming, and agro microenterprise development. The Program Manager will work with staff, a team of volunteers and a network of community based organizations to ensure success of this program.  This position reports to the Development Manager.

  • Develop and execute a strategic plan for New Roots program in partnership with internal/external partners.
  • Monitor resource development, sustainability and planning activities for all New Roots program components.
  • Identify new sources of public and private funding for urban farming and food based programming.
  • Prepare grant proposals in collaboration with Development Manager for New Roots.
  • Drive innovation and impact to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Develop tracking system to ensure compliance and accurate and timely reporting on all New Roots grants, contracts and activities.
  • Develop and monitor New Roots program budget in close coordination with the Finance Manager and Executive Director.
  • Continually monitor, review and adapt existing New Roots business and technical training to ensure it meets clients’ needs.
  • Recruit, train and supervise New Roots program staff, interns and volunteers (as appropriate).
  • Coordinate with Resettlement leadership and staff to ensure food secure resettlement programming.
  • Continually identify new services/programs to enhance clients experience within urban farming and food based businesses.
  • Work with clients to help them advocate for themselves and the programs through creation of committees focused on various aspects of New Roots programming (e.g. land access)
  • Coordinate community and public events, educational opportunities, volunteer support, work days and other events which support and promote New Roots.
  • Conduct outreach to relevant community based organizations to continually identify new, innovative partnerships.
  • Manage and grow relationships with community partners, government agencies and private partners to develop and support a range of urban farming and food security health programming.
  • Represent IRC at relevant community events and conferences related to community gardening/urban farming.
  • Other related duties as assigned

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to Agriculture, Horticulture or Environmental Science or related fields required; Masters degree preferred.
  • Minimum three years of experience working with urban farming, food security/policy and/or community health programming.
  • Must possess strong English communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment.
  • Demonstrated success in designing, implementing and monitoring multifaceted programs.
  • Demonstrated success in designing and achieving advocacy initiatives/goals.
  • Experience working with diverse, low-income communities.
  • Preferred: Experience leading community-based collaborative.

Work Environment and Special Requirements:
  • Travel: 50% travel to surrounding areas;
  • Schedule: Able to work occasional weekends

Please apply at www.ircjobs.org (use this line for external advertising posts only)
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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.