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Job Detail: Youth Farm Collaboration Manager

About Pinellas Education Foundation:

The Pinellas Education Foundation is dedicated to accelerating achievement for all students through the effective mobilization of resources, relationships and innovation. The Foundation has been in existence for 31 years and regularly achieves national recognition as a leading education foundation in the country. Some of our signature programs include Enterprise Village and Finance Park and Take Stock in Children, which are all initiatives that got their start in Pinellas County Schools and expanded through partnerships to statewide and international impact. Pivotal to our success is our commitment to equity, collaboration, and innovation. It is through the combination of a commitment to our vision and mission, an effective board, strong staff, and key community partners that the Foundation continues to thrive and maintain high levels of success.
 
The Youth Farm Project at Enoch Davis is a youth empowerment initiative still in its formation stage. Following successful models across the country, the vision is for high school age youth to take on progressive leadership roles on an urban farm while being trained in entrepreneurship and business, leadership, job readiness, food systems and urban agriculture, and the culinary arts. Youth will learn through experience by producing, processing, marketing and distributing produce, receive stipends for their work, and be encouraged to take leadership positions for the farm, including serving on the Youth Advisory Board and Steering Committee. Youth will be encouraged to propose new projects and initiatives for the farm. Community leaders, organizations and mentors will provide guidance, resources and knowledge to help youth succeed. The structure of the initiative follows the Collective Impact Model, which is a framework to tackle deep-rooted and complex social problems as a structured collaborative. It involves government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations and citizens coming together to achieve significant and lasting change.
 
 

Position Summary:

 
The Youth Farm Collaboration Manager, under the direction of the Steering Committee and Youth Advisory Board, will have the opportunity to build a youth development and entrepreneurship program in collaboration with youth leaders and participants, as well as a range of organizational partners with expertise, experience, and programs in youth development, workforce development, and food systems. The project is still in early phases, with a 2019 summer pilot planned for 15 high school age youth at 20 hours a week for 6 weeks, followed by an anticipated full program in the fall. The position will be employed by the Pinellas Education Foundation and supervised by Pinellas County School District, but will work closely with the City of St. Petersburg, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County. It is expected that over time, the program will be replicated at multiple sites.
 
 
Position Responsibilities:
The Collaboration Manager will work with the Steering include but not Committee, Youth Advisory Board and Work groups to identify key project limited to: priorities and responsibilities at different phases of the project depending on available resources. The Collaboration Manager is responsible for the following:
 
Maintain Strategic Coherence of the Effort:
 
a. Accountability, Evaluation, & Guidance
  • Analyze and monitor progress (including Working Group progress) against specific strategies and goals identified by Working Groups
  • Continue to work with evaluation team to develop outcome indicators and performance measures to evaluate progress and to inform system improvement
  • Begin to collect indicators and develop data collection processes with evaluators
  • Encourage sharing of best practices among the Steering Committee members and the Working Group
  • Monitor outcome indicators and performance measures related to Working Group to evaluate progress and to inform system improvement

b. Knowledge Sharing, Overall Logistical Support

  • Foster one-on-one relationships with Steering Committee members, Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members, and other key stakeholders
  • Coordinate research and other activities currently underway by participants in the initiative
  • Encourage sharing of best practices among the Steering Committee members, YAB members and the Working Groups
  • Identify potential “quick wins” where Steering Committee can act quickly to advance a particular issue
  • Monitor and enable easy dissemination of Common Agenda and/or Blueprint for Implementation (if developed
  • Provide overall logistical support for meetings
 
Help Coordinate through the Steering Committee and Youth Advisory Board:
 
a. Management and Facilitation
  • Identify and raise issues/concerns with the Steering Committee and YAB
  • Assist development of agendas for Steering Committee and YAB meetings and other meetings as necessary
  • Create decks and materials for Steering Committee and YAB meetings and other meetings as necessary
  • Maintain a high-level perspective to guide and participate in Steering Committee and YAB meetings as necessary
  • Follow up and manage next steps that come out of Steering Committee, YAB and Working Group meetings, as necessary
  • Manage meeting logistics (e.g., dial-in, attendance, cancellations, etc.)
  • Consolidate Working Group updates for Steering Committee and YAB
  • Summarize meeting notes and next steps
 
Support Fundraising and Outreach:
a. Coordination, Communication & Policy
  • Engage with and/or facilitate community engagement with a broader audience, as appropriate, to build buy-in from additional stakeholders
  • Facilitate communication between the Steering Committee, YAB and Working Groups to understand challenges at the Working Group level and strategic coherence at the Steering Committee and YAB level
  • Develop external communications materials and a comprehensive community engagement and communications plan
  • Coordinate with other major initiatives in the community, as appropriate, to minimize redundancies and align strategies and actions
  • Note potential legislative agenda, policy, and funding recommendations with guidance of Working Groups, YAB and Steering Committee and serve as a go-between among the initiative and other partners advocating for particular policies
  • Respond to requests for information by community partners and allies as appropriate, in coordination with Working Groups, YAB and Steering Committee
  • Develop a plan for ongoing funding for the Youth Farm Project work
 
Establish and Support Working Groups:
a. Establish Working Groups
  • Work with Steering Committee and YAB to develop a list of priority Working Group members and Co-Chairs
  • Invite Working Group members through letter, calls, and 1-on-1 meetings
  • Orient Working Group Co-chairs and members to their role
  • Establish Working Group goals with the Steering Committee and YAB, and refine with Working Group Co-Chairs

b. Project Management, Facilitation, and Support

  • Guide Working Groups to develop specific goals, metrics, and implementation strategies based on the Common Agenda
  • Assist development of meeting agendas (i.e. provide draft agenda)
  • Assist co-chairs/develop meeting materials including presentation
  • Research topics relevant to strategy development
  • Develop talking points for Working Group co-chairs
  • Assist Working Group co-chairs with completing report-back to groups
  • Help Working Group co-chairs incorporate Steering Committee and YAB feedback on goals, metrics, and strategies
  • Follow up and manage next steps that come out of Working Group meetings
  • Plan and schedule Working Group meetings
  • Support Working Group co-chairs to facilitate meetings
  • Ensure attendee lists are up to date
  • Manage meeting logistics (e.g., video conferencing, attendance, lunch, cancellations, send final lists to admin staff etc.)
  • Print meeting materials and talking points
 
Management and support of the PTC Food Systems Center"
a. Oversight, management and support to the PTC Food Systems Center, including:
  • Maintain a schedule of courses offered at the Food System Center.
  • Facilitate activities between the Youth Farm participants and the Food Systems Center.
  • Implement community awareness activities to promote both the Youth Farm Project and the Food Systems Center coursework.
  • Maintain clear communications between Youth Farm participants, Food Systems Center staff and PTC administration.
  • Provide support to the Food Systems Center instructional staff as needed.
  • Facilitate the hiring of instructors for classes held within the Food Systems Center.

 

Position Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have established relationships with community leaders and/or residents in the South St. Petersburg CRA. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience and commitment to facilitating opportunities for youth to take on leadership roles in their community. He or she will have strategic planning experience as well as experience with Collective Impact projects and experience in food systems. A significant experience working within cross-sector collaborations is preferred. 
 
This position requires eight years of some combination of post-secondary education and experience in fields relevant to the position. Two years of experience should involve influencing and working closely with high-level leaders.
 
 

To Apply:

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter and resume to: https://www.pinellaseducation.org/youthfarmcm 

About the job

Location St. Petersburg, Florida
Field Administrative
Agriculture
Time Full-time
Date 21 April 2019

About the company

Company name Pinellas Education Foundation
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Contacts

Phone (727) 588-4816
Website https://www.pinellaseducation.org
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/pinellas-education-foundation/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pinellaseducation/

Address

Street 12090 Starkey Rd
City St. Petersburg
District Florida
Zip 33773
Country United States