About Us

CommunityGrows (CG) co-cultivates healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income, diverse communities. Through outdoor, environmental and nutrition education, we help high-needs youth, especially those living in public housing in San Francisco, develop the confidence, skills and experience to live a healthy life and become leaders in their communities. Each year we engage over 1,300 kids through our garden and cooking programs.

We are a grassroots organization that has served the community for the last 23 years. Cultivation of healthy youth takes time and we continue to build support and solidarity with deep relationships amongst our community partners. CommunityGrows is committed to diversity and equity. Our values include: co-powerment, restorative justice, social justice, food justice, active listening, leadership building, love, compassion, respect, nature, community, resiliency, and peace. (Learn more about our tenets and values here.)


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BEETS Program Manager (BPM)

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BEETS Program Manager (BPM)


Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the BEETS Program Manager develops, manages, and runs a youth development program serving low-income youth of color (aged 15 to 20) in San Francisco. The BEETS Program Manager plans for and carries out an environmental education, food justice and job readiness curriculum. The BEETS Program Manager is responsible for the life cycle of the program including recruitment, hiring, training, delivering curriculum and evaluation. The BEETS Program Manager also cultivates and maintains relationships with partner organizations within the Bay Area.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrable track record of working effectively with youth of color in low-income communities, experience in youth development programs and passion for food, social and environmental justice. The best candidate will have a true love for working with young people and be excited about supporting their growth and learning.


Program Implementation & Evaluation (75%)

  • Develop and manage the BEETS Program, including creating environmental education and job readiness curriculum
  • Teach and lead BEETS shifts and workshops
  • Provide case management for all BEETS interns including educational attainment, employment and career counseling, safety and harm reduction, housing, and mental health services
  • Develop and implement ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the BEETS Program through pre- and post- surveys and interviews to ensure program outcomes and objectives are met
  • Assist in the management of Koshland Garden and other sites where needed.

Supervision (10%)

  • Meet weekly with ED and communicate regularly with all CG staff, providing BEETS updates at the weekly staff meeting
    Recruit, hire and retain BEETS participants
  • Train, supervise and promote leadership development for all BEETS participants
  • Train and supervise BEETS Program volunteers and interns

Partnership Development and Collaboration (8%)

  • Establish collaborative relationships within the community and provide outreach to community based partners, local government, high schools, community colleges, universities, and other agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to set up projects, workshops, field trips and recruitment for the BEETS Program
  • Serve as an effective spokesperson for CG representing the programs’ values to all partners and the general public

Administration (7%)

  • Track and report BEETS hours and assist ED with payment and timesheet issues
  • Assist in maintaining HR documentation, records and reports, as requested by the ED
  • Assist with background checks for all BEETS interns and volunteers
  • Assist CG in grant fulfillment, reporting and budget tracking
  • Establish a social media presence with BEETS in conjunction with the ED

Required Qualifications

  • At least two years experience teaching youth ages 15-20 and working with diverse populations
  • At least one year experience coaching and mentoring young adults
  • At least one year experience supervising employees, interns, and volunteers
  • Experience in urban agriculture or gardening or food education
  • Experience in program design, organization and facilitation skills in line with youth development best practices
  • Knowledge of restorative justice and environmental and social justice principles
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Strong collaboration, mediation, and team-building skills
  • Ability to work at approximately two Saturdays per month during BEETS session
  • Strong writing skills and computer proficiency
  • Pass a background check and a TB test prior to start date

Desired Qualifications

  • At least two years of program or project management experience in youth development, garden based education or social justice programming
  • Bilingual in Spanish
  • Experience living and/or working in the Western Addition
  • BA or higher or equivalent experience, in relevant field (environmental studies, science, urban agriculture, sociology, etc.)
  • Possess a valid CA driver’s license
  • First Aid and CPR Certification

Physical Demands

  • Able to navigate multiple sets of steps
  • Bend, stoop, kneel, sit and/or stand for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Able to sit in front of a computer for up to five hours per day, inputting data/answering e-mails, etc.

Work Environment

  • Must be able to navigate local travel
  • Must be able to work outdoors in different and sometimes inclement weather conditions
  • Must be able to teach in a garden setting, which may be dusty or dirty, or have slippery surfaces

Commitment to Diversity

CommunityGrows, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity in our organization because we believe that having a diverse team will make us stronger and more successful in achieving our vision and goals. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs, if any, at the time of application.

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time position. Full benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 10 holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave.


$42,000-$46,000/year depending on experience.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter by August 3rd, 2018 to Application review will begin the first week of August.

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