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Youth Grow Program Director Position Description – May 2015


Position:         Youth Grow Program Director
Reports to:     Executive Director
Supervises:     Youth Grow Program Manager, Teacher Outreach Coordinator

The Program Director directs the Growing Gardens’ Youth Grow program which teaches children how to grow, prepare and learn to love eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide program vision and oversight
  • Develop community partnerships
  • Supervise and support Youth Grow Program Manager and Teacher Outreach Coordinator
  • Develop, write and manage foundation and corporate grants
  • Develop and manage program budgets
  • Represent Growing Gardens at relevant conferences, community events and networking opportunities


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Community Development or related field
  • Demonstrated experience developing, organizing and managing programs
  • Demonstrated successful grant writing experience
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in teams
  • Demonstrated experience supervising paid staff and volunteers
  • Previous paid work experience teaching elementary school age children
  • At least two-years of food gardening experience
  • Demonstrated experience creating and managing program budgets
  • Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet and data management
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Creative problem-solving abilities

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Community organizing and understanding of Asset Based Community Development
  • Ability to speak and write Spanish
  • Strategic planning and long-range program development
  • Meeting facilitation and conflict resolution
  • Master’s degree in field related to this position

Other Requirements

  • Prior program management experience
  • Physical ability to walk, lift, bend and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Flexible schedule to meet a variety of job responsibilities
  • Valid driver’s license

Hours: Youth Grow Director’s position is 0.5 FTE with flexible work schedule; potential to become full-time position
Salary and Benefits:  Salary range is $20-$26/hour; Benefits include fully-paid employee health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave and retirement plan
Deadline to Apply: June 12, 2015

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Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter with applicant’s name in a PDF filename to
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Growing Gardens
2203 NE Oregon Street
Portland, OR 97232

Growing Gardens is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees, participants or volunteers with regard to age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or physical ability.

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