Growing Hope in Ypsilanti, MI is hiring for a Program Director. Details below with  job description attached.

About the Position:
The Program Director is responsible for working in partnership with the Executive Director to provide organizational leadership for Growing Hope. This position will oversee and support a culture of high impact food justice programming that is explicitly anti-racist and centers the strengths, assets, and needs of Ypsilanti communities of color and communities facing barriers to accessing fresh, affordable food.

Specifically, the Program Director will oversee the strategic direction and grant writing for Growing Hope’s four impact areas: Farm & Garden, Youth & Schools, Farmers Markets, and Food Entrepreneurship. The Program Director will be the primary grant writer for the organization and is responsible for cultivating new grants, building and maintaining relationships with foundations, managing current grant budgets and timelines, and grant reporting. This position will provide support on the organization's written content including for fundraising and marketing. Additionally, this person will oversee Growing Hope’s anti-racism internal work, partnership development, and support Growing Hope staff professional development and growth.

Responsibilities Include:

Grants and Fundraising (50%):
Supports fundraising efforts through developing and overseeing multi-year grant strategy. Responsible for grant prospecting, grant writing, grant management, and grant reporting; support other fundraising efforts as needed (i.e. prospecting, communication, and relationship building with individual donors).
Program Leadership (35%):
Supervise Growing Hope’s Program Managers to fundraise, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate all programming. Oversees program revenue and expenses budgets; oversees grant funds and grant deliverables. Support program visioning and strategic planning to ensure programming is anti-racist, builds community capacity, and creates/maintains trusted partnerships.
Organizational Culture (10%):
Oversees anti-racism internal work; main liaison to board/staff anti-racism committee. Supports staff development through trainings, weekly staff meetings, and other opportunities for professional growth and organizational capacity building.
  *   Writing and Editing (5%):
Collaborates with Marketing and Development team to support written fundraising and promotional content (newsletters, appeal letters, annual report, etc.).


Strong writing and editing skills in multiple mediums and for many different audiences
Experience managing and supervising staff at multiple levels
Highly organized (e.g. tracking all aspects of grants, budgets, and program documents)
Lived experience and/or in-depth understanding of food justice and local food system issues
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and strategically with people from diverse backgrounds

Qualities that will enhance the application:

Demonstrated skills in grant writing, grant management, grant reporting and creating grant budgets
Understanding of non-profit grant/fundraising structure
Has experienced Growing Hope’s programs

Hours & Compensation: $49,000-$53,000 depending on experience. Full-time salaried with benefits including paid time off, and health insurance (medical, dental, vision). Due to COVID precautions this position is primarily remote with eventual transition back into the office in the future. This position will occasionally include evenings and weekends for meetings and events.

To Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. Preference given to applications received by May 14, 2021, but position will remain open until filled.

Growing Hope encourages people of color and individuals who possess an in-depth understanding of poverty or economic hardship to apply. We welcome a diverse pool of applicants and make employment decisions on the basis of merit. We do not discriminate potential employees based on race, creed, age, physical ability,  national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status. Accommodations will be made so that the application process and position is made accessible for qualified applicants.

Erica Bloom
Assistant Director
734.786.8401 Office
922 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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