Program and Operations Manager, Victory Garden Initiative - Milwaukee

Victory Garden Initiative, in Milwaukee WISCONSIN, is a non-profit
organization that builds communities who grow their own food, creating an
ecologically sustainable, socially just and nutritious food system.
 
We are a small, dynamic and rapidly growing organization seeking the right
set of people to take the organization to greater level of success. This is
an exciting time to get involved in the creation a local, sustainable,
nutritious, socially just food system for all, by working with a leading
Milwaukee food organizations.
 
Job Posting: Program and Operations Manager, Full-time benefited position
with competitive salary
 
Description: The Program and Operations Manager is responsible for
developing, implementing, and evaluating high quality programming for
Victory Garden Initiative, bringing the organization’s mission and vision
to fruition. The Program Manager works with other program staff to ensure
all programs meet their goals and contribute to Victory Garden Initiative’s
excellent reputation in the community.
 
Reports To: Executive Director
 
Essential Duties:
Program Management:
Manages program budgets, writes grants, manages relevant grant reporting
Responsible for program evaluation
Participates in strategic planning and program development
Sets program timelines and tracks progress of all programs and projects;
reports monthly to the Board of Directors
Maintains schedule of all classes and events
Program Coordination:
Responsible for the coordination of the following programs: Victory Garden
Blitz, Food Leader Certificate Program, Move Grass Class, Fruity Nutty
Campaign, Garden Mentor Program, Community Potlucks
Develops and leads training events for communities outside Milwaukee
Serves as primary point of contact for Victory Garden Initiative programs,
volunteers, and events
Outreach:
Develops outreach strategy and ensures adequate marketing of all programs
and events
Trains volunteers and staff to conduct effective outreach
Speaks on behalf of VGI to community groups, classrooms, etc
Develops partnerships with community organizations and government agencies
Develop and implement strategy to engage diverse program participants
Volunteers:
Recruits new volunteers and ensures good volunteer experience
Develops and implements volunteer training procedures
 
Characteristics:
Ability to multi-task and manage stress
Attention to detail, well organized
Excellent time management skills
Nimble and flexible; adaptable to fast-changing work environment
Comfortable meeting new people and developing relationships
Excellent work ethic; ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to problem-solve and work independently, as well as be part of a
team
Infectious enthusiasm for Victory Garden Initiative’s mission
 
Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree
Passion for social change, specifically with the food system
Experience with gardening, cooking, and permaculture
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Valid drivers license and ability to drive a truck
Experience working with diverse populations
 
To apply, send your cover letter, resume and three references to
gretchen.mead@victorygardeninitiative.org by April 15th.