Direct, coordinate, implement, and ensure goal and objective achievements for the City of Cleveland's Summer Sprout community gardening program. Work in conjunction with the county Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Educator, Master Gardener Volunteers, and the Cleveland Department of Community Development. This position primarily entails administrative functions including maintaining an Excel database with garden contact information, soil test results, land lease information, and project notes. This database is shared with the City of Cleveland and must always be accurate to ensure compliance with EPA and City of Cleveland guidelines; planning, budget creation, obtaining budget approval, budget monitoring, making project recommendations, and monthly reporting are also core responsibilities of this position; support approximately 200 gardens and 3,700 gardeners by collecting new and annual renewal garden applications, facilitating the bid and purchase process for garden supplies, coordinating annual tilling services, ordering and facilitating the delivery of soil and hummus, ordering and facilitating the delivery of lumber for raised beds, ordering and facilitating the distribution of plants and trees, and planning and implementing the annual garden leader kick-off event where this position provides a year-in-review project presentation; serve as the bridge between the City of Cleveland, OSU, and community gardeners, communicating directly with City of Cleveland Department of Community Development administrators, City of Cleveland Land Bank administrators, OSU fiscal managers, local agriculture businesses, volunteers, and gardeners on a regular basis; effectively communicate with diverse (ethnic, professional levels, etc.) audiences, and manage change when necessary to meet project outputs. Supervise two summer interns and assign tasks, deadlines, and monitor work schedules; provide outreach and marketing and conduct infrequent site visits to provide networking opportunities and share best practices; assist the ANR Educator in planning workshops and the Dig In! community gardener training program; coordinate special tours and maintain the Summer Sprout website.
Additional Information for Applicants::Position is in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience; three to five years of direct experience in program/project management; effective verbal and written communication skills working with diverse audiences and in urban settings; ability to manage multiple administrative tasks including monitoring budgets and managing databases according to contract and within sensitive timelines.
Ability to work under a model of continuous program improvement including program evaluation; ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends; ability to travel frequently throughout the City of Cleveland with a reliable source of personal transportation.
Target Salary: $16.35 - $18.27 Hourly
Job Category: Administrative and Professional
Job Appointment (FTE%):
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