APPETITE FOR CHANGE JOB DESCRIPTION

Program Facilitator – Youth Training and Opportunity Program (YTOP)

SUMMARY

Appetite For Change (AFC) is a nonprofit social enterprise in North Minneapolis whose mission is to use food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change. AFC envisions sustainable, equitable, local food systems, created, and led by thriving, socially connected families and communities. 

We are seeking a full-time Program Facilitator to work in the Youth Training and Opportunity Program (YTOP). The YTOP Facilitator recruits and mentors YTOP Interns and facilitates and implements the program. The YTOP Facilitator serves as an ambassador for AFC within the greater community. 

This is a full-time position, primarily working Monday through Friday, with some weekends based on need.  This person will be working approximately 40 hours per week during most of the year. The work is both in-person and virtually and takes place during day, evening, and weekend hours.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise and mentor youth participants at assigned AFC projects/partnerships including Community Cooks, Urban Agriculture, community organizing, youth training sessions, and other AFC or partner-led events 
    1. Build strong, healthy relationships with participants while maintaining professional boundaries 
    2. Lead in the delivery of quality programming and workshops that meet the goals of AFC and contracted partners 
    3. Supervise youth staff during events and programming, offsite events and on-the-job training sites 
    4. Community Workshops event preparation
      • Prior to each event, shop in stores for or harvest food from AFC gardens 
      • Ensure that all materials, information are present in advance of events
      • Communicate with participants and other program staff before and during the event
    5. Identify and attend community events to promote AFC’s services, restaurants, catering, trainee and employment opportunities at community events
    6. Staff AFC events and fundraisers as requested
    7. Educate the community about AFC’s work and promote involvement
    8. Transport youth to offsite events and on-the-job training shifts, as needed
    9. Educate others and adhere to all policies related to working and interacting with youth, such as: privacy, non-disclosure, professionalism, discrimination, harassment, etc.
  • Program Specialty:  Youth Recruitment and Success
    1. Recruit YTOP participants on an on-going basis 
      • Support the Bring-A-Friend model
      • Work with local agencies/partner organizations to identify potential YTOP participants
      • Reach out to prospective participants, explain our services, describe the program, send applications, and set up interviews
      • Conduct interviews partnering with a member of management
      • Select Interns (with management) and notify selected individuals of hiring decision
    2. Recruit other youth to participate in other programs, as needed
      • For example: Focus groups, workshops
    3. Manage data around YTOP participants enrolled in the program
  • Program Specialty:  Curriculum and Instruction
    1. Assist with the Development of the overall curriculum for the YTOP program
    2. Lead in the delivery of quality programming and workshops that meet the goals of AFC and contracted partners 
    3. Supervise youth staff during events and programming, offsite events and on-the-job training sites 
    4. Community Workshops event preparation
      • Prior to each event, shop in stores for or harvest food from AFC gardens 
      • Ensure that all materials, information are present in advance of events
      • Communicate with participants and other program staff before and during the event
    5. Identify and attend community events to promote AFC’s services, restaurants, catering, trainee and employment opportunities at community events
    6. Staff AFC events and fundraisers as requested
    7. Educate the community about AFC’s work and promote involvement
    8. Transport youth to offsite events and on-the-job training shifts, as needed
    9. Educate others and adhere to all policies related to working and interacting with youth, such as: privacy, non-disclosure, professionalism, discrimination, harassment, etc.
  • Program Specialty:  Community Involvement and Engagement
    1. Identify other organizations with similar goals for AFC to collaborate with 
      1. Coordinate activities and discussions with partner organizations to create momentum around policy-making and related initiatives
      2. Build and manage relationships with community partners 
    2. Recruit YTOP and other youth program participants on an on-going basis
      1. Promote YTOP activities throughout the community
    3. Support AFC volunteering efforts
      1. Coordinate and schedule community-affiliated events
      2. Oversee on-site volunteers
    4. Lead the Metro Food Justice Network initiative (Youth Action Team)
      1. Facilitate meetings and workshops for YTOP and community youth
      2. Attend to YTOP Fresh / Northside Fresh initiatives, attending meetings and performing follow-up tasks
      3. Build and manage relationships with Intern parents

SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Other duties as assigned by management and as needed to support the effective implementation of programs

 

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

Desired Education and Experience

  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience co-creating learning environments with youth, and a demonstrated teaching style reflecting compassion, wisdom, integrity, critical thinking and emotional intelligence 
  • Valid Minnesota Driver’s License, clean driving record and insurable
  • Experience working in North Minneapolis preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Able to recruit and oversee Interns; set objectives and work goals and standards, give direction, delegate to, and motivate Interns
  • Effective interpersonal, collaboration, and relationship-building skills to effectively work with a diverse variety of people and personalities in and out of the organization
  • Strong written and oral communication skills to effectively communicate in an educational and influential manner
  • Skilled at Microsoft Excel and Word/the Google Suite, email, internet-based research methods, and popular social media tools
  • Able to plan, prioritize, coordinate, manage own work and work independently
  • Detail-oriented, organized and applies effective time management skills in order to meet all deadlines
  • Able to learn new things and problem-solve creatively and as a team  
  • Able to mentor and work cooperatively with youth 
  • Understand confidential nature of organization and maintains confidence
  • Strong passion for the work of Appetite For Change and serving the community; Understanding of and investment in deconstructing systems of oppression

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS NECESSARY TO PERFORM THIS JOB

Incumbent must be able to:

  • Must be able to work both in-person and virtually day and evenings hours and be flexible in scheduling as the program requires
  • Work some evenings and weekends to attend and/or facilitate AFC events and workshops
  • Hear and speak in order to use telephone and communicate with people inside and outside of AFC
  • Stand for extended periods of time (6 – 8 hours per day) 
  • Sit at a desk, and use a computer mouse, keyboard, and monitor, for moderate periods of time (1 – 3 hours per day)
  • Perform garden-related physical activities to include: standing, walking, bending, twisting, kneeling, crouching, digging, planting, etc.
  • Manual dexterity for keyboarding as well as using gardening hand tools; hand and arm strength to perform gardening and farmer’s market-related activities  
  • Periodically lift and/or move objects weighing up to 35 pounds 
  • Independently get to worksites and travel between multiple sites across the community, including periodically drive program van to transport Intern team
  • Possess a current driver’s license, reliable transportation and valid insurance to travel around the Twin Cities
  • Applicants must be 25 years of age or older due to insurance requirements for driving


WORK ENVIRONMENT

In addition to office work, the work environment consists of outdoor work in all weather conditions at community gardens, as well as representing the YTOP by attending various community events.

PAY RATE:

$18 – $21 Per hour – DOQ

BENEFITS:

Health Insurance 

Dental Insurance 

Retirement (401k)

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Paid Holidays

Short Term Disability (STD) Insurance 

Vision Insurance

Life Insurance

Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

HealthiestYou – Telemedicine 

 

TO APPLY:

Send resume and cover letter to jobs@afcmn.org

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Appetite For Change

2520 N 2nd St #102
Minneapolis, MN 55411

AFC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Our Tax ID is 27-5112040. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


612-588-7611

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