International Rescue Committee Sacramento

New Roots Program Manager

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Posted On: Monday, 6th August 2018
Category: Social Services
Location: Sacramento, California
2020 Hurley Way, Suite 420, Sacramento, California 95825
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

IRC Background:  

The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has a presence in over 40 countries and 27 offices in the United States; the IRC leads the way from harm to home.   Domestically, our offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.

The IRC’s New Roots program is designed to assist refugees to reestablish their ties to the land celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots in their new communities. Through community gardening, nutrition education and small-business farming, New Roots provides refugee farmers with the tools and training they need to grow healthy and affordable food and become self-sufficient. Across a network stretching from New York to Oakland, California refugees are revitalizing urban spaces, sharing their farming know-how with their new neighbors and providing healthy, fresh food to their families and communities.


Job Overview:

The New Roots Program Manager is responsible for the overall management, growth and execution of the New Roots program in Sacramento. S/he will oversee and manage all aspects of the program comprised of four key components: food secure resettlement, community gardening, urban farming, and agro micro-enterprise development; will be responsible for oversight of New Roots grants, including budget management, reporting and compliance outcomes, in addition to grant writing and securing ongoing program funding; and will work with staff, a team of volunteers and a network of community based organizations to ensure success of this program.  The position is also responsible for new program development and the integration of New Roots programming within the Sacramento office, in addition to serving as a core member of the Sacramento leadership team.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of the New Roots grants, including successfully meeting programmatic goals, overseeing finances and budgets, supervising program staff, and monitoring program outcomes.
  • Oversee the New Roots farm site, including overall farm management, soil amendment, irrigation, planting/harvesting, refugee farmers, and crop sales.
  • Recruit, train and supervise New Roots program staff, consultants, interns and volunteers; Create job descriptions, staff development plans, and complete regular performance evaluations.
  • Responsible for completing accurate and timely reports for New Roots grants, contracts and activities.
  • Coordinate farm sales including post-harvest handling and food delivery to restaurants, local markets, and farm stands; Serve as a liaison between the refugee farmers and purchasers.
  • Manage and grow relationships with community based organizations, government agencies and private partners to develop and support a range of urban farming and food security health programming and identify innovative partnerships and opportunities.
  • Conduct outreach to refugee and immigrant community members interested in participating in the New Roots program; actively engage clients in New Roots programming.
  • Identify new sources of public and private funding for urban farming and food based programming; actively pursue in kind farm donations.
  • Write and prepare grant proposals in collaboration with Resettlement Director.
  • Coordinate with resettlement team to ensure food secure resettlement programming; oversee nutrition education curriculum and delivery; monitor client understanding of curriculum through the development of surveys and other monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Coordinate community and public events, educational opportunities, volunteer support, community engagement activities, work days and other events which support and promote New Roots;
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Resettlement Director

Position directly supervises:  New Roots Farm Coordinator, Market and Garden Specialist, interns and volunteers

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Sacramento Program staff, Volunteer Coordinator, Cultural Orientation Specialist

External:  Market and Restaurant owners, Parks and Recreation,


Job Requirements:

  •  Undergraduate degree in a field related to Agriculture, Business, Horticulture or Environmental Science, Nutritional Sciences or related fields required; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Minimum three years of experience working with urban farming, food security/policy and/or community health programming;
  • Experience in grants management and a proven track record in grant-writing/fundraising required (federal grants oversight preferred);
  • Must possess strong English communication skills (written and oral). Second language ability preferred;
  • Demonstrated success in designing, implementing and monitoring multifaceted programs;
  • Experience working with diverse, low-income, or immigrant communities preferred;
  • Valid driver’s license, active insurance, and ability to drive IRC box truck and vans.


Work Environment:

  • Position requires a mix of general office work and farm/garden field activities. Requires the ability to engage in farm and garden activities, as well as to drive the IRC vehicles.


Salary Range: $48,426- $55,000 yearly


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