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Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Program Coordinator, Community Gardening Initiative
Full-time. | Posted 3/28/14
Responsibilities include organizing, implementing, assisting and overseeing the development of strategic activities of the Community Gardening Initiative, to include: internal and external outreach; operations of on-site DBG community garden; analysis of one or more potential off-site community gardening projects; creation of educational development opportunities; and other efforts designed to promote community gardening in and around the Phoenix metro area. The Program Coordinator will strive to position the Garden as a leader in promoting best practices in community gardening throughout the Valley.
This is a newly created position, commencing in the second year of the pilot phase of the Garden’s community gardening initiative. During the first 12 months of this position, the focus will be on leading the process of analyzing the greater Phoenix community gardening “landscape,” to assess where needs exist and how the Garden can fill those needs in collaboration with existing community resources. The culmination of the first year’s work will be a series of recommendations to the Garden’s leadership about how to structure our own community gardening initiatives. During the second and subsequent years of this position, the focus will be on rolling out the Garden’s new community gardening program(s) and striving to assure the success of each project the Garden undertakes.
Key responsibilities include overseeing and directing staff and volunteers involved with the on-site DBG community garden to develop a day-to-day and long term operations plan for the successful and sustainable use of the garden space; documenting best practices observed in the Garden’s own community garden; organizing and facilitating meetings and communications with the internal steering committee and the garden subcommittees; recruiting and leading a task force to analyze various options for community garden programs, and framing options for Garden leadership to consider, to include communication with potential outside partner groups and organizations to assess the needs of the community gardening public, thus developing short and long-term strategies that address those needs; serving as Garden spokesperson for its community efforts and facilitating communication between community partners; designing, implementing, managing, publishing, and evaluating educational programs, workshops, or other materials that align with Community Gardening Initiative priorities, and which describe best practices for both internal and external use.
Requirements include a Bachelor level degree or equivalent experience; knowledge, training, and successful track record in community gardening and public outreach; proven leadership ability to inspire and manage a team and foster robust discussion among potential partners; knowledge of grass roots/public advocacy techniques related to community garden development; demonstrated ability to interact and communicate well with a variety of organizations and people including Garden and community leaders, staff, scientists, volunteers, advocates, academics, donors, city and county representatives, and the general public; demonstrated ability to design, implement, manage, and evaluate public participation in horticultural research initiatives; experience and success as program spokesperson in publications and in traditional and social media; familiarity with local and regional community garden resources and advocacy organizations; awareness of current literature, trends, and developments in community gardens; and experience with field work, often in challenging terrain and extreme heat.
The benefits of regular employment at the Desert Botanical Garden include a competitive benefits package*, complimentary family membership, employee admissions exchange, wellness initiatives and discounts.
Reasonable accommodation may be made, where necessary, to allow a qualified individual to perform essential job functions. Honored as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work by the Phoenix Business Journal, the Desert Botanical Garden is an equal-opportunity employer.
*subject to eligibility requirements