Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens (BEETS) Program Manager

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 11:00pm



San Francisco, CA
United States

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About Us

CommunityGrows 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.

The Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens, or BEETS, is a youth development program for teens (15-20 years old) to develop life and job skills through caring for our local gardens and positively contributing to the community. BEETS learn how to maintain gardens, grow & eat healthy food, work with a diverse group of peers, and positively impact the community.  


Reporting to the Director of Programs (DoP), 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 DoP and communicate regularly with all CG staff, providing BEETS updates at the monthly 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 DoP

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

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