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Chicago FarmWorks Program Supervisor

Req ID: 6633
Location: Chicago - West Side
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: 6
Job Notes:


Summary: The Chicago FarmWorks Supervisor will manage urban farm operations both on and off farm.  The Chicago FarmWorks Supervisor will plan, coordinate and execute crop planning, site preparation and maintenance, plant care, harvesting, distribution, livestock care, and participant engagement. The Chicago FarmWorks Supervisor will manage communications and coordinate with wholesale customers, contractors, donors and volunteers, referring partners, employers and other partners.  The Chicago FarmWorks Supervisor will provide training and supervision to transitional job participants in keeping with our philosophy of care, providing evaluation and instruction in a supported, authentic work environment.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below. The Chicago FarmWorks Supervisor works collaboratively with internal and external partners to coordinate health, wellness, engagement, employment and community objectives for participants and residents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises daily activities for maintenance, production and distribution of produce, growing vegetables, flowers or other crops in accordance with participant interests, nutrition considerations and wholesale customer demand.
  • Supervises program staff, interns and volunteers, track training needed, and ensure quality services
  • Stays fully aware of contractual goals and committed program outcomes 
  • Ensures the accuracy and timely availability or data for funder reporting
  • Generates reports or assists in the generation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports and performance measurements both internally and to meet grant requirements
  • Attends workshops and conferences related to program development and quality service (such as:  communications, employee training, marketing, sales, and program management)
  • Assures the successful recruitment, orientation, enrollment, subsidized placement, curriculum, unsubsidized placement, retention services and reporting of Transitional Jobs participants in alignment with the Heartland Alliance Philosophy of Care.
  • Engages participants with regular hands-on experience and education; utilizes Heartland Alliance Philosophy of Care in engaging with participants.
  • Develops workshops and learning opportunities for participants, residents or other audiences.
  • Oversees program and contractual outcomes and provides necessary reports to internal and external stakeholders    as required.
  • Coordinates farm equipment, materials and supply purchasing.
  • Attends internal and external meetings and collaborates with community partners
  • Supports with resource development as needed; reads and comprehends contract requirements.
  • Ensures the implementation of organization and program/department policies and procedures. (e.g. personnel, financial, client eligibility, Standards of Professional Conduct, etc.).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies. 

  • Ability to identify and resolve problematic issues in a timely manner; demonstrated ability to problem solve and
  • develop alternative, creative, and/or innovative solutions
  • Ability to engage in conflict resolution and maintain confidentiality and objectiveness
  • Demonstrated ability in presentation skills and leadership of group activities
  • Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents
  • numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
    •     Ability to read and comprehend contract and budgetary requirements and ensure program outcomes targets are met.
  • Adaptability to changes in the work environment management of competing demands; Ability to change approach
  • or method to address and resolve scenarios; Ability to handle frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Responsive to management direction;
  • Ability to  involve others, coach for improvement, build in quality, and provide developmental support

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:  Associates degree and three years related experience required.  May give credit towards years of experience if attained a degree higher than a Bachelor’s degree.  Documented urban agriculture experience and program implementation, or management experience preferred.  Experience working with persons overcoming barriers to employment preferred.

Other Qualifications:   be able to independently travel throughout Chicago. May require weekend and evening hours.

Language Skills:  Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Strong interpersonal skills required. 

Computer Skills:  Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit and walk.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to lift at least 50 pounds
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to grasp, pull, push and drag.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The work environment is primarily outdoors, in variable temperatures and weather conditions.
  • The work environment includes livestock, including chickens, bees or other livestock.
  • The work environment is may not have electricity or other utilities.
  • The noise in the work environment is moderate.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.



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