Director Urban Farm
Internal Position Title
Director Urban Farm
In support of a new community development initiative to start an
urban agriculture center focused on food equity, food production,
wellness, and community partnerships, the College of Lake County is
hiring for an inaugural position to lead the effort. The Director
of the Urban Farm is the administrative leader responsible for the
center’s operations including cultivation of farm produce,
developing community partnerships, overseeing all programming,
liaising with CLC academic leaders regarding academic programs, and
collaborating with the Foundation for fundraising. The director
will report to the Executive Director of Community Programming. The
Urban Farm is a collaborative partnership between the Chicago
Botanic Garden and the College of Lake County, and both
organizations will participate in the ongoing work of the Center.
The director will oversee the current renovation of three existing
buildings on CLC’s Lakeshore Campus currently slated to be
completed in 2022. The director will provide oversight for all
programming, develop a sustainable financial model, supervise
onsite staff, guide the building of a 12-month growing facility,
and be responsible for developing consistent practices that align
with the College’s mission, strategic plan, administrative
practices, and values.
CLC offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits that currently
includes BlueCross/BlueShield of Illinois health, Delta dental and
Superior vision insurance plans, tuition support for employees and
qualified family members, three retirement plans, disability, group
and supplemental life insurance, health and dependent care flexible
spending account plans, a four-day work week in the summer (Fridays
off!), generous vacation, sick and personal time off and 13 paid
holidays each year.
The College of Lake County ( CLC ) is a comprehensive community
college located in northeastern Illinois committed to being an
innovative educational institution providing life-changing paths
for our students by offering exceptional learning
The college is widely recognized for student success, business and
community partnerships and for the achievements of our faculty,
staff and alumni. Long-known as an employer of choice in Lake
County, CLC was ranked #15 on the Forbes list of Top 100 Employers
in the State of Illinois for 2019.
- Master’s degree in horticulture or related field
- At least five years of experience as a program manager and
- Proven production and site development.
- Excellent organizational skills with meticulous attention to
- Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment
- Effective written and oral communications skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
- Experience managing budgets
- Proven ability to work effectively and constructively with
persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities;
demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse
academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of
community college students, faculty, and staff, including those
with disabilities; establish and maintain effective working
relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Successful securing and management of grants (application,
- Successful awarding of philanthropic funds on a project(s)
- Bilingual in Spanish and English
Expected Start Date
Special Instructions Summary
Applications are under review. The position will remain open until
The salary is competitive.
Total Hours per week
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekends, early
mornings and nights as necessary. Local and regional ravel required
on a regular basis.
Software Testing Required
Interview Process Requirements
The College of Lake County is an equal opportunity employer and has
a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, it seeks a broad
spectrum of candidates including minorities, women and people with
disabilities. EOE /AA/M/F/D/V
Summary of Essential Functions
Strategic Leadership and Planning (30%)
Project Management (15%)
- Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with employers,
vendors, professional associations, and community organizations.
Coordinate with Educational Affairs, Community and Workforce
Partnerships, and Foundation team members to launch programs,
monitor progress, and develop resources.
- Create development and marketing plans.
- Collaborate with the Foundation and the office of Resource
Development to write grants and participate in the cultivation of
- Develop a sustainable financial plan that will make it possible
for 50% of the Center’s annual costs to be met by earned
- Work in coordination with the Facilities department to address
campus infrastructure and maintenance needs, and the efficient use
of campus facilities.
- Develop and maintain the center’s budget.
- Collaborate with CLC leadership and vendors to support the
Center’s market and café.
- Position the College of Lake County for accelerated growth by
building short and long-term strategies that support the College’s
mission and strategic plan.
- Serve as the project lead during renovation and new
constructions phases at the Center.
- Ensure that all projects are delivered on time and within
- Develop detailed project and program plans, and track
Operations Management (50%)
- Supervise the center’s support staff as the onsite
- Engage in new business development, and maintain healthy
relationships with existing vendors and partners.
- Develop earned income streams such as new corporate campus
gardens, maintenance contracts, value-added food production,
product innovation and additional certificates and seminars.
- Anticipate community and organizational needs and structure the
programs to meet community needs.
- Function as the onsite administrator for daily decision making
as it relates to regular operations and emergency management.
- Collaborate with administrators and others to ensure
consistency and efficiency of program administration Communicate
with other administrators, staff, faculty, external stakeholders,
and various agencies as needed to coordinate activities and
programs, resolve challenges, and support positive
- Establish strong community partnerships in support of the
- Ensure alignment to services, programs, and product development
within the college’s mission and strategic plan.
- Demonstrate solid commitment to CLC values, goals, and equity
Other Duties (5%)
- Attend, conduct, and participate in meetings, seminars,
committees, and conferences.
- Perform other duties as required.
GENERAL ADMINISTRATOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Model College of Lake County Values at all times.
- Remain current and knowledgeable of all applicable Board Policy
and related procedures. Remain knowledgeable and comply with all
federal and state standards, and College Policies and procedures.
Assure proper internal controls within all levels of the division
or department, establish and utilize monitoring mechanisms and
assure regular training of managers/supervisors and staff.
- Accountable for division/departmental expense processing
including procurement of items and services, and accurate payroll
and attendance for the division or department. Assure proper
internal controls are in place, monitor and train staff.
Accountable for maintenance of departmental records per federal,
state and College of Lake County standards.
- Fosters regular clear and consistent communications within
division/department; assuring communications are messaged at all
levels of the division and/or department.
- Foster positive employee relations, assuring this is cascaded
throughout all levels of managers and supervisors within the
division and/or department, and that includes regular employee
feedback, recognition and progressive discipline where needed.
Assure timely and consistent performance evaluation processes are
followed at all levels within the division or department.
- Support the growth and development of personnel within the
division and/or department, assuring this support is cascaded
throughout all levels of managers and supervisors within the
- Exercise appropriate discretion and judgment; maintain
confidentiality of sensitive information and documents. Avoid
conflicts of interest. Report issues as they arise.
- Participate in Shared Governance; serve on institutional level
councils, commissions and/or committees. Foster the encouragement
of employees at all levels within the division/department to
participate in committees, councils, commissions and/or
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES :
College: Knowledge of college policies, procedures, and practices;
ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out
instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram form; ability
to perform all essential functions using safe work methods and
following safety regulations relating to job; knowledge of the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ( FERPA ).
DEPARTMENT / DIVISIONAL : Knowledge of Instructional policies,
procedures, and practices with the ability to answer work related
questions; and/or interpret and apply these guidelines correctly in
various situations; ability to solve issues and work with diverse
population, work with large crowds; ability to read and interpret
DECISION - MAKING and ANALYTICAL SKILLS : Ability to apply common
sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written,
oral, and diagram form; ability to interpret policy and establish
methods and procedures for ability to perform all essential
functions using safe work methods and following safety regulations
relating to job; ability to organize and express ideas, directions,
and data in a logical sequence to describe a process, or explain
procedures such as how to perform a task to someone else.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS : Well-developed public speaking and
presentation skills to effectively present materials to individual
students or groups; well-developed written communication skills;
ability to communicate effectively in a tactful and courteous
manner with a variety of people, including students, employees,
faculty, and the general public; ability to communicate effectively
verbally and written to work with a diverse workforce and student
population to prioritize and delegate projects, exchange ideas,
information and opinions effectively with others to formulate
policies and programs and/or arrive at decisions, conclusions or
solutions; ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with faculty, staff, other departments, students,
employers and the public; ability to manage interpersonal conflict
situations requiring tact, diplomacy and discretion.
PHYSICAL : Primary functions require sufficient physical ability
and mobility to work in classroom and office settings; to stand or
sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend,
kneel, reach; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate
amounts of weight – up to 30 pounds; to operate office equipment
requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including
use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange
The duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various
types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific
statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the
work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement
between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the
employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job
Posting Specific Questions - supplemental questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * Do you have a Master's Degree or higher in Horticulture or
- * Do you have at least five years of experience as a program
manager and supervisor?
- * Do you have proven production and site development?
- * Have you been successful securing and managing of grants
(application, award, management)?
- * Have you been successful being awarded of philanthropic funds
on a project(s)?
- * Are you bilingual in Spanish and English?
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