Forward to a friend Tweet this Share this on Facebook Share:

Home | Job Postings

JOB POSTING

Position: Operations Manager--Urban Agricultural Setting
Organization: Hamilton Victory Gardens
Location: Hamilton, Ontario

THE ORGANIZATION:

The mission of Hamilton Victory Gardens (aka Hamilton Sustainable Victory Gardens Inc.) is to increase access to healthy, nutritious and culturally-appropriate fresh produce for individuals/families in need and to promote community engagement and social inclusion as community members work together to improve food security. This mission is being realized through a form of "urban agriculture" by constructing raised garden beds on unused urban land throughout the Greater Hamilton Area. Dedicated volunteers plant and maintain the garden sites and then harvest the fresh produce, which is all donated to local food banks and food programs for distribution to their clientele. In the past six years, 15 garden sites have been constructed throughout the city, and over 175,000 pounds of produce have been harvested and donated.

Hamilton Victory Gardens has an Educational Program which provides hundreds of elementary and secondary school students during the spring and fall, and participants of Day Camps during the summer, with the opportunity to take part in “hands-on” experiences at local Victory Garden sites. The organization also partners with various local agencies to provide social/community inclusion opportunities for members of numerous diverse community groups (e.g. intellectually disabled, refugees/newcomers, international students) and offers "Give Back to your Community" experiences for teams of employees from local corporations and agencies.

For more information please check out our website at hamiltonvictorygardens.org

THE AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS MANAGER

Hamilton Victory Gardens is looking for a motivated self-starter who has excellent knowledge of urban agriculture (or gardening) and a demonstrated ability to grow a wide variety of vegetables from seed to harvest and maintain soil health using organic methods. At least two years experience in an agricultural setting would be a definite asset. She or he must work well both independently and as part of a team and have strong team leadership and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate needs excellent organizational and time management skills, and the ability to multi-task and handle a variety of challenges within a dynamic and changing organization in order to further the organization’s mission, impact, and effectiveness. Additional requirements for the successful candidate include the ability to commit for one or more years and the flexibility to work evenings and Saturdays as needed during the growing season.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordination - Coordinate, manage and monitor the day-to-day operations at all garden sites in the organization. Develop, implement and monitor effective planting and harvesting plans for each garden site. Monitor inventory of supplies and tools.
  • Supervision – Support garden site coordinators by providing consistent guidance, expertise and administrative support. Manage and give direction to summer student interns. Oversee and assist garden volunteers as required.
  • Human Resources – Work with the Board to plan the use of human resources. Assist in: recruitment and placement of required Interns and volunteers; establishment of organizational structure; and delegation of tasks and accountabilities. Establish work schedules.
  • Best Practices - Improve processes and policies in support of organizational goals. Formulate and implement policies and procedures to maximize output. Monitor adherence to rules, regulations and procedures, including Health and Safety policies.
  • Communication – Facilitate coordination and communication between support functions. Maintain regular communication with supervisory personnel and chairs of HVG committees. Maintain comprehensive records and reports related to operation of garden sites. Represent Hamilton Victory Gardens, as required, at community events and media opportunities.
  • Strategic Input - Liaise with Board of Directors. Provide input in the development of strategic plans for operational activity. Assist in implementing and managing operational plans.
  • Board of Directors – Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings as required. Perform any additional duties as required by the Board.

QUALIFICATIONS

A successful candidate must have:

  • A minimum of two years experience as a Project Coordinator/Manager or other role leading an agriculturally-based program without direct supervision on a day-to-day basis
  • Good interpersonal skills to work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives, and the ability to empower, develop, motivate, and engage others in action
  • Creative problem solving skills and strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and experience with social media, Excel and additional computer programs.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle

Additional desirable assets include: formal education in agriculture/farming; experience with community building projects in the Hamilton area; experience in a non-profit environment.

Details: This is a full-time position starting on February 10th, 2017.

Due Date for Applications: January 31st, 2017

Contact: Please send resumes (with a cover letter) and/or questions to Bill Wilcox at:
hamiltonvictorygardens mask gmail.com*

We look forward to hearing from you!

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at GoodWork.ca.
 

Share this on Facebook   Tweet This!  Email this to a friend   Share this on LinkedIn   Add this to Google Bookmarks   Print this page

*Note: The e-mail address above has been masked to help prevent spam. Please copy the address and replace “mask” with @ .

Note: This posting is provided on an "As Is" basis and for general informational purposes only. People and Planet (also known as "GoodWork") is not responsible for the content, accuracy, timeliness, completeness, legality, reliability, quality or suitability of this posting. We do not screen or endorse the organizations or individuals involved. If you decide to accept an offer of employment, volunteering or any other arrangement, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against injury, abuse, non-payment or any other loss. Please read our full Terms & Conditions.

GoodWork ID: 37332       Date posted to GoodWork.ca: Jan 3 2017