Farm Program Manager - Community Health

The Farm Program Manager for the Farm at St Joe's Oakland will help to shape the future of this new, innovative program.  The will be responsible for managing and expanding current community health programs such as the Farm at St Joe's Oakland, the St. Joe's Farm Share program, community events, cooking classes, and internship and volunteer coordination. 

The Farm at St Joseph Mercy Hospital will be located on the west side of the SJMO campus. This new program will transform a construction site into a beautiful urban farm and garden. The 1.5 acre space is adjacent to the hospital and presents a unique opportunity to provide access to education, local fresh produce, and therapeutic gardens. There will be three distinct zones on the site: healing gardens, community gardens, and urban farm. The Manager will be responsible for the upkeep of the therapeutic spaces, creating and supporting a diverse community of gardeners, and for producing produce. There will be two hoop houses, outdoor growing spaces, ornamental gardens, and a farm stand. It is anticipated that the site will be fully constructed by 2022. The manager will be working closely with the Director of Farming and Healthy Lifestyles to create the infrastructure and programming.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Starts the St. Joe's Farm program at SJMO to increase food access, increase revenue for local farms, and grow a vibrant community of members from diverse backgrounds. Includes the following program-specific responsibilities.
  • Grow produce year-round
  • Develop and implement innovative marketing and communication strategies to increase participation in Farm and Education programs
  • Initiates and manage partnerships with local farmers.
  • Create a vibrant community hub where community members feel welcome and supported.
  • Create strong education resources and experiences for community members. Will include partnerships with local organizations and coordination with colleagues and food service.
  • Support clinic to community programming that will address food insecurity and nutrition education
  • Maintain the aesthetics of the site
  • Create therapeutic spaces
  • Manage SJMO Farm volunteer and intern program. Includes recruitment, training, oversight and appreciation. Oversee and direct education programming that will empower people to live healthier lifestyles. Will include,
  • Create and deliver cooking classes that engage and educate community members
  • Create a vibrant network of chefs and other local educators who will deepen programming
  • Maintaining food safety certifications
  • Clearly communicate The Farm’s mission and vision to all visitors and program participants through both verbal and written communication. Responsible for maintaining data collection plan to assess efficacy of programming and inform future program development.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE

  • Bachelor's Degree in programs such as Agriculture, Food Systems, Public Health, Social Work or a related field.
  • Experience in sustainable agriculture, Farm Share (CSA) Management, community health and sales and marketing.

Employees of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland enjoy…

  • Competitive compensation
  • Full benefits package including Medical, Dental, Vision, PTO, Life Insurance and Disability
  • Retirement savings plan with employer contribution
  • Opportunity for growth and advancement throughout SJMHS and Trinity Health

Visit www.stjoeshealth.org/careers to learn more about the benefits, culture and career development opportunities available to you at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.