Director Urban Farm

College of Lake County
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 26, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time

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Posting Details

Posting Number S01441 Position Title Director Urban Farm Internal Position Title Director Urban Farm Department Community Programming Position Type Staff Job Family Administrative Job Summary
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 experiences.

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. Required Qualification
  • Master’s degree in horticulture or related field
  • At least five years of experience as a program manager and supervisor.
  • Proven production and site development.
  • Excellent organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • 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.
Desired Qualifications
  • Successful securing and management of grants (application, award, management)
  • Successful awarding of philanthropic funds on a project(s)
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
Posting Date 07/12/2021 Closing Date Expected Start Date 09/07/2021 Special Instructions Summary
Applications are under review. The position will remain open until filled. Pay Rate The salary is competitive. Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Location Lakeshore Total Hours per week 40 Work Schedule
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 Excel Interview Process Requirements Presentation EEO Statement
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%)
  • 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 major gifts.
  • Develop a sustainable financial plan that will make it possible for 50% of the Center’s annual costs to be met by earned revenue.
  • 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.

Project Management (15%)
  • Serve as the project lead during renovation and new constructions phases at the Center.
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on time and within budget.
  • Develop detailed project and program plans, and track progress.

Operations Management (50%)

  • Supervise the center’s support staff as the onsite administrator.
  • 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 relationships.
  • Establish strong community partnerships in support of the center’s programs.
  • 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 outcomes.

Other Duties (5%)

  • Attend, conduct, and participate in meetings, seminars, committees, and conferences.
  • Perform other duties as required.

  • 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 division/department.
  • 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 projects.

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 instructional documents.
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 information.

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 change. Posting Specific Questions - supplemental questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master's Degree or higher in Horticulture or related discipline?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least five years of experience as a program manager and supervisor?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have proven production and site development?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Have you been successful securing and managing of grants (application, award, management)?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Have you been successful being awarded of philanthropic funds on a project(s)?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Are you bilingual in Spanish and English?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript 2

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