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Executive Director

About Us
CommunityGrows (CG) co-cultivates healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income, diverse communities. Through outdoor, environmental and nutrition education, we support low-income children and youth of color, especially those living in public housing in San Francisco, develop the confidence, skills and experiences to live a healthy life and become leaders in their communities. Each year we engage over 1,400 kids aged 5-25 through our garden, cooking and workforce readiness programs.
We are a grassroots organization that has served the community for the last 25 years. Cultivation of healthy youth takes time and we work hard  to develop and maintain 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.)

 

Position Summary

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for leadership and strategy for CG, ensuring that programming meets the organizational mission and is working to achieve its vision. Reporting to the Advisory Board (AB) and Tides Center (CG’s fiscal sponsor) the ED maintains operational responsibility for CommunityGrows’ staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The ED must develop and maintain deep knowledge of the youth development, environmental education and environmental and food justice fields, and the core programs, operations, and strategic plans of CommunityGrows. The ED promotes community building in relation to the mission of CG.

The ideal candidate is someone with a passion for environmental and food justice. They understand that outdoor-based education is a source of joy and healing. They interrogate and lift up the structural inequities like racism, classism and ageism that the communities we work with experience and appreciate how our programs help support young people to navigate and challenge those injustices. The ideal candidate is great at team building and supporting staff. They are experienced fundraisers and financial managers. They are from San Francisco and are familiar with the Western Addition/Fillmore and/or Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods. The ideal candidate does not have to have everything listed in this job description, but they are willing and excited to collaborate and learn.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide organization leadership including strategic planning to ensure vision and mission is consistent in programming, policies and structures
  • Develop and manage the fundraising plan, including writing grants and engaging donors and government funders
  • Create a safe and inclusive space for all staff to feel supported and valued, including supporting staff in saying no when needed and prioritizing self care
  • Prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion within all aspects of programming and organizational policies, procedures and practices. In particular, ensure that work is intentionally approached and evaluated through an intersectional lens that examines the power and privilege of staff, youth, and partners.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong AB; maintain regular communication with AB and committee chairs, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing local operations
  • Ensure effective systems to track data and effectively communicate progress to the staff, AB, constituents, and funders in line with their requirements; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Work with the staff, Tides, and the AB in preparing and managing yearly budget; has final responsibility to assure that CG operates within budget guidelines and is compliant with federal, state and local regulations and reporting requirements
  • Oversee and manage the recruitment and retention of AB members, including identifying strengths and skills of Board members and supports their varied contributions to the mission
  • Represent the mission, values and vision of CG to agencies, organizations, and the general public

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and prioritize
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Grant writing skills
  • Excellent fiscal management skills and experience
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and culture
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, environmental justice, food justice or equity issues
  • Must possess a valid CA driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

  • MBA, MA or higher (or equivalent lived experience) in nonprofit management and/or organizational development
  • At least 2 years in nonprofit management, program management or organizational development
  • At least 2 years in fundraising development and grant writing
  • Successful management of an organizational budget over $400K
  • Knowledge of WordPress and Salesforce
  • Proficient in Spanish
  • Experience working or living in Western Addition, Fillmore and/or Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods.

Hours, Benefits and Compensation

This is a full-time position. We offer full benefits, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance; 10 holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave. Salary range: $65,000-$80,000 DOE.

Application instructions and start date

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to info@communitygrows.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the hope of the new ED starting April 1st.

Organizational Relationships

ED will interact on a daily basis with CG staff, contractors, volunteers and interns. Will have significant interaction with school personnel, including principals, teachers and staff. Will also be working episodically with partners and friends of CG, potential and current funders and donors, politicians, audiences at advocacy events, housing development residents and staff, neighbors in the communities we serve and members of the CG AB.

Physical Demands

Able to sit in front of a computer for up to seven hours per day
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.

Work Environment

Must be able to navigate local travel
Must be able to work outdoors in different and sometimes inclement weather conditions

Commitment to Diversity

CommunityGrows, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. 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 accommodations 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.

Open VISTA role: Community Engagement Coordinator

Scroll down for the application link. Please read all the information about the VISTA Program requirements.
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Join CommunityGrows as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program!

With support from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), CommunityGrows (CG) will be hosting an AmeriCorps volunteer as part of the VISTA Program. The CG VISTA will help build our capacity and increase our impact by strengthening engagement and commitment in four primary communities: our volunteers; our participants and their families; our funders and supporters; and our partners and neighbors.

Learn more about the VISTA Program here.

Requirements for the VISTA Program

Benefits of the VISTA program include a $24,120/year living allowance, $5,575 post-service education award (to be used toward future education or towards payment of federal student loans) OR a $1500 end of year stipend, health care benefits, professional development opportunities, and 10 personal and 10 sick days. Visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/resources/vista-healthcare-options for more information about VISTA healthcare.

In order to apply for VISTA, the following minimum qualifications must be met:

– Be at least 18 years old upon entering VISTA training. There is no upper age limit.

– Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status.
Not be listed in the National Sex Offender Registry database as having been convicted of sex-related crimes.

– Be willing to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check.

– Be in a position to offer full-time service for one year beginning April 15, 2020 and ending April 14th, 2021.

– Be able to relate previous education, training, military, or work experience, and demonstrate other relevant skills or interests necessary to perform a specific VISTA assignment.

– Be willing, to the maximum extent practicable, to live among and at the economic level of the low-income people served by VISTA projects.

– Understand that VISTA is a full-time 12 month commitment and are required to serve an average of 40 hours per week.

– VISTAs are allowed to attend classes; however their studies must not interfere with VISTA responsibilities. A VISTA must discuss taking classes with his/her supervisor before enrolling. If classes do interfere, the VISTA may be asked to either withdraw from the course(s) within one week or asked to end their service.

– VISTAs are allowed part-time outside employment; however under no circumstances may a VISTA member be an employee of or a contractor for the sponsor or project to which he/she is assigned to.
–  VISTAs cannot be subjects of legal proceedings (civil or criminal) that may consume time needed for VISTA assignments. VISTA service cannot be used to satisfy service requirements of parole or probation.

– Complete the online VISTA Pre-Service Orientation Training by April 15th, 2020.

About CommunityGrows

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.)