Now Hiring! Community Programs Manager

UPDATE: the Community Programs Manager position has been filled.
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Anticipated start date: April 2016 (flexible start date)

Organization Description:

Backyard Growers (BYG) is a grassroots, non-profit organization helping to reshape Gloucester’s relationship with food. We provide resources and support to establish vegetable gardens at homes, housing communities, organizations, and schools. In the end we create life-long gardeners inspired by the power of growing one’s own food. For more information about Backyard Growers, please visit

Position Description:

The Community Programs Manager is responsible for the Backyard Garden Program, the Community Garden Program, public programs, and outreach. The Backyard and Community Garden Programs include approximately 130 backyard gardeners and 7 community/organization gardens. As a crucial member of the leadership team, the Community Programs Manager will work in close coordination with the School Programs Manager and the Executive Director. This position also requires supervisory duties of service members, interns, and volunteers. This position is an intensive educational and management opportunity.

Community Programs Manager responsibilities:

Program Leader

  • Manage outreach, applications, wait lists, and enrollment of new program participants.
  • Lead all logistical aspects of siting and building new gardens.
  • Ensure that organization garden sites have completed and implemented garden plans, and be responsible for the success of our community and non-profit organization garden sites.
  • Provide garden trainings in the square foot gardening method, and provide ongoing guidance, education and support to program participants and the general public.
  • Ensure that program participants are successfully growing food, following program guidelines, and following community garden rules.
  • Work effectively with our community and non-profit organization garden site partners to ensure effective communication and collaboration.
  • Maintain and develop new community workshops for our participants and the general public, and develop our annual calendar of program and events.
  • Manage outreach and program promotion; Communicate regularly with program participants.
  • Follow grant requirements, assess program needs, document procedures, create templates, and make purchases.
  • Track outcomes through data entry, surveys, and garden site mapping.
  • Manage the Get-a-Garden/Give-a-Garden donation program.
  • Assist as needed with additional events, which may include farmers’ markets, internship fairs, garden events and workdays, school lessons, workshops, and school cafeteria tastings.

Site Supervisor

  • Manage volunteer recruitment and database, and assist with minor development duties.
  • Strategically plan workdays to build volunteer engagement and work efficiency.
  • Align your program leadership work with your site supervisor duties so staff can effectively complete program tasks. Effectively determine how to delegate aspects of the above tasks to service members and interns.
  • Supervise two AmeriCorps service members, program interns, and volunteers, including:
  • Lead orientation, on-boarding, and in-house professional development
  • Develop and approve service/work plans with service member/interns
  • Develop procedures to ensure service plans are being followed
  • Effectively lead AmeriCorps/interns to implement programs and fulfill program objectives
  • Comply with AmeriCorps rules, paperwork, and evaluation tools
  • Time sheet approval, Weekly check-in meetings, Monthly staff meetings, Mid and final evaluations
  • Participate in AmeriCorps interviews and applicant decisions
  • Attend AmeriCorps supervisor training


  • Commitment to and experience in community work, education, and food justice.
  • Required two years experience working on a vegetable production farm and/or garden.
  • Comfortable working with groups of people of diverse ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience supervising, training, and team building with staff and volunteers.
  • High levels of organization, time management, work ethic, and leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Experience implementing community outreach initiatives.
  • Experience implementing educational programming with youth and/or adults.
  • Be eager to work hard and get dirty in all kinds of weather (cold, heat, rain, snow, wind).
  • An aptitude for physically demanding, fast-paced work (the ability to safely lift and carry 50 pounds repeatedly).
  • An aptitude for multitasking projects at various states of completion.
  • Eager to learn and able to solve problems independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional nights and weekends.
  • Flexibility to take on new assignments as opportunities arise.
  • Safe driving record, valid license, proof of car insurance and registration, willingness to drive a large work van.
  • Clean CORI/SORI.
  • Knowledge of Gloucester neighborhoods and communities a plus.


This is a full-time position. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Recruitment Process:

Please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to

Application closes on March 14. We will review all submissions, identify viable candidates and contact ONLY those individuals selected to continue in the search process. The position will be filled when desired candidate is found.

Backyard Growers is an equal opportunity employer.