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Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager at Santa Clara University - 14499

Job Title: 
Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager
Santa Clara University
95053 Santa Clara , CA ,
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Position Title:Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager

Position Type:Regular

Salary Range:
$24.17 - $27.78/hour; commensurate with experience

Pay Frequency:HourlyPOSITION PURPOSE
The Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager is the garden manager of the Forge Garden and is responsible for leading the Center for Sustainability’s sustainable food systems programs. The Program Manager leads a team of 5-7 direct reports composed of professional staff and student employees, positively impacting the Center for Sustainability goals through the management of sustainable food systems education, garden operations and outreach programming, and student leadership development.

The ½-acre Forge Garden is a production, teaching, and research garden, Certified Organic by CCOF, and a hub for showcasing and engaging our campus with small-scale sustainable agriculture.

The Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager directly supports Goal 2 of the University’s strategic plan: fashioning a more humane, just, and sustainable world. The position contributes directly to the Center for Sustainability’s goals to develop a culture of sustainability among faculty, staff, students, and guests, to enable faculty and students to use campus as a living laboratory for developing local and global solutions, to engage our community to practice responsible consumerism, and to support SCU’s goals to reach climate neutrality.

This position reports to the Director of the Center for Sustainability.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Manage the ½-acre Forge Garden as an organic production, teaching, and research garden.
• Manage strategic partnerships and cross-campus collaborations to advance sustainability in academics, operations, and campus life through educational academic and co-curricular sustainable food systems programs.
• Provide instruction about sustainable food systems.
• Manage sustainable food systems community programs and foster relationships with community partners
• Supervise, mentor, and build a learning-oriented team
• Manage administration of the sustainable food systems program.
• Other duties, as assigned

Specific ResponsibilitiesManage the ½-acre Forge Garden as a Certified Organic production, teaching, and research garden.

• Lead the apprentice team to coordinate and document all garden activities at the Forge including greenhouse management, planting, cultivation, healthy soil practices, composting, and harvest.
• Maintain detailed, and organized documentation required to retain CCOF Organic Certification.
• Oversee harvest for weekly donation based farmstand, pop-up farm stands and student pantry donations.
• Oversee greenhouse propagation for semi-annual plant sales.
• Work with faculty to use the garden as laboratory space, support student and faculty garden-based research projects.
• Manage garden animals (chickens, bees, and fish).
• Ensure a safe learning and working environment including meeting food safety standards and University Operations safety guidelines.
• Manage garden-based activities to foster an inclusive and inviting space for faculty, staff, students, and community members (e.g. engaging mission-aligned programs, events, and weekly farm stands).

Manage strategic partnerships and cross-campus collaborations to advance sustainability in academics, operations, and campus life through educational academic and co-curricular sustainable food systems programs.

• Work with each of the Schools and Colleges, Centers of Distinction, Dining Services, Residence Life, Student Life and University Operations, etc. to integrate garden-based sustainable food systems into the curriculum and campus life.
• Collaborate in partnership with stakeholders across campus and the community to drive sustainable food systems at SCU through inclusive programs aimed at reducing student food insecurity, increasing sustainable food procurement, and reducing food waste. For example, lead SCU’s campus and neighborhood fruit tree gleaning program in collaboration with Facilities and Auxiliary Services.
• Exercise judgement and discretion and proactively analyze and evaluate existing systems/processes.
• Work with the Director and student interns to establish goals and metrics for each program and event.
• These initiatives often happen at times other than 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday.

Provide instruction about sustainable food systems.

• Develop curriculum and lead lectures and discussions to educate students about sustainable agriculture.
• Develop a comprehensive garden workshop and training series for University employees, students, and community members.
• Support Urban Agriculture Practicum and other Forge Garden-based courses.

Manage sustainable food systems community programs and foster relationships with community partners

• Supervise management of school garden sites in collaboration with the Garden Educator (development of garden plans, budget allocation, and garden programming).
• Work with campus and community stakeholders to develop a long-term plan for our school garden program, including financial stability, educational and social justice goals, and community engagement strategies.

Supervise, mentor, and build a learning-oriented team

• Supervise professional staff (1), student Garden Apprentices / Fellows (4-6), and Summer Garden Interns (10).
• Lead a learning-oriented team by providing mentorship and coaching as well as embedded learning opportunities to support their professional development. Scaffold their responsibilities to support their success while enabling opportunities for safe “failures”.
• Organize volunteer recruitment plans and programs including volunteer work days, community days, and outreach events.
• Develop leadership opportunities for students that cultivate a robust community, e.g., serve as Advisor for The Forge Garden Club, supervise recurring leadership opportunities like Glean Team Leaders, Monday Meal Cooks leads.

Manage administration of the sustainable food systems program.

• Research and maintain working knowledge of best practices related to garden-based sustainable food systems operations, academics, and outreach.
• Participate in the Center’s budgeting process; manage the program budget.
• Lead a goal-oriented, data-driven program. Routinely track key performance indicators to ensure alignment with University, Center, and program goals, e.g., crop production, number and types of classes held at the Forge, number of event attendees, number of workday participants.
• Participate in ongoing strategic planning to drive forward SCU’s sustainability and justice goals
• Facilitate convenings of the Sustainable Food Systems Advisory Board to strategize a long-term plan for campus food systems, rooted at the Forge Garden.
• Collaborate with the Sustainability Manager on communication strategy to ensure marketing and communication synergy across the Center, including educational and marketing content for posting on social media, digital screen displays around campus, fliers, etc.
• Contribute to the Center for Sustainability’s e-newsletter and website with sustainable food systems content (e.g. garden photos, growing tips, and data).
• Serve as point of contact for incoming and outgoing communications regarding the Forge Garden and Sustainable Food Systems programming (e.g., consistent notifications to the Forge Garden email list regarding seasonal produce and upcoming events).
• Participate in fundraising and donor engagement activities.

Additional Responsibilities

• Other duties and special projects as assigned.

PROVIDES WORK DIRECTION

• Staff

• Garden Educator, Garden Fellows (1-2, currently in development)

• Students

• Garden Apprentices (4, 10-hrs/week), Summer Interns (10, 10-hrs/week), Food Systems Research Fellows (2, 10-hrs/week)

• Volunteers

• Workday and event volunteers (often include students as well as faculty, staff, and community members of all ages).

GENERAL GUIDELINES

• Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services.
• Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices.
• Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services.
• Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives.
• Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow.
• Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions.
• Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.
• Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.

Education & Experience: 

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.

Knowledge

• Working knowledge of garden infrastructure including greenhouse operations, irrigation systems, tillage systems, compost systems, etc.

• Knowledge of and extensive experience with vegetable, flower, perennial, and fruit tree cultivation.

• Understanding of the topic of sustainable food systems and food justice with the ability to lead workshops, lectures, and discussions.

Skills

• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including experience speaking publicly and delivering workshops

• Demonstrated experience in project, program, and/or organizational management

• Supervisory experience with garden workers, educators, and volunteers

Abilities

• Commitment to sustainable agriculture and education

• Ability to maintain detailed, and organized documentation required to retain CCOF Organic Certification

• Demonstrated ability to cultivate collaborative interpersonal relationships with internal and external constituencies, especially students

Education

• Bachelor’s degree required with an emphasis in environmental studies or sciences, plant science, horticulture, sustainable agriculture or food systems or a related field preferred.

• Master’s Degree and/or additional certifications (e.g., Master Gardener, Master Composter) preferred.

Years of Experience

• 3 years experience in sustainable farming or gardening, and demonstrated skill in tasks described above are preferred.

• Experience of full-season farm or garden management or co-management including crop planning and production, soil and weed management, drip irrigation system use and maintenance, equipment and machinery maintenance, record keeping, orchard management and post-harvest handling preferred​​.

• Experience working in a Certified Organic operation preferred.

• 2 years experience conducting garden-based education and community outreach preferred.

• At least one year experience supervising staff, student employees, and/or volunteers preferred.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a cover letter with their application and resume.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

• Ability to lift and move moderately heavy objects, up to 65 lbs. safely.

• Frequent kneeling and bending of knees and back required.

• Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.

• May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.

• May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.

• May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

• Indoor and outdoor office environment

• Offices with frequent interruptions.

UNIVERSITY OPERATIONS
The Operations division is a team that is tasked with providing an exceptional campus environment to the faculty, staff, students, and visitors of SCU. We are successful as a team when we:

• Put the needs of our customers first

• Constantly improve and innovate the way we conduct business

• Construct a positive work environment that allows our team to work together and thrive

We focus on our customers by emphasizing availability and providing professional, dependable service. We improve and innovate our business through performance analysis, leveraging Technology, and employee training. Finally, we construct a positive work environment by emphasizing the importance of teamwork and communication.

We expect all members of our team, new and veteran alike, to advance the ultimate goal of providing an exceptional campus environment by succeeding in these three critical areas.

Application Instructions: 

To Apply Visit: https://apptrkr.com/2774062

EEO Statement
​Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see https://www.scu.edu/title-ix/policies-reports/

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Jenna Elliott, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043, jrelliot@scu.edu, , http://www.scu.edu/title-ix. Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services https://university-operations.scu.edu/campus-safety/crime-reporting/. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its' commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the https://www.scu.edu/phonebook/Department-of-Human-Resources, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at iahluwalia@scu.edu.

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services https://university-operations.scu.edu/campus-safety/crime-reporting/. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

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