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Youth Development Coordinator Teens for Food Justice +1 more

  • Date Posted May 10, 2023
  • Location New York, NY
  • Category Education / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description TFFJ is galvanizing a youth-led movement to end food insecurity in one generation and to break the cycle of diet-related illness that impacts low-income communities, particularly those of color. TFFJ trains youth as 21st-century, school-based hydroponic farmers — growing and distributing large quantities of fresh, affordable produce to their food desert communities — and as food and health justice advocates who can lead themselves and others towards healthier futures. Job description Salary Range:  $58,000 to $68,000 annual salary. Additionally, TFFJ offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance, plus a retirement 403(b) plan and substantial vacation.

Under the direction of the Senior Program Manager, the Youth Development Coordinator will: oversee TFFJ’s afterschool programs related to health, nutrition, food justice and advocacy; develop workforce development programs both internally and in partnership with existing school-based programs; assist with coordinating TFFJ’s weekly community food distribution programs; and coordinate all school and community-related outreach and engagement events. This role will also support the recruitment, training, and management of TFFJ’s interns and on-site program mentors.


Please note: This role requires regular travel between TFFJ’s New York City-based partner school sites, in addition to the locations of other community partners. Flexibility in working location is available with access to a shared office and remote work options; however, this role requires in-person and on-site work.  

Responsibilities and Essential Functions

Afterschool Program Coordination (35%) 

  • Coordinate TFFJ’s afterschool programming with teachers, Farmer-Educators and mentors at all partner school sites throughout the school year, by: 
    • Recruiting school-based faculty/teachers to co-lead afterschool programs at each school campus. 
    • Training Farmer-Educators, lead teachers, and mentors in afterschool program curriculum and facilitation, and site-based program management (such as attendance tracking, supply ordering, and expense tracking).
    • Regularly meeting with school-based staff and supporting their work related to afterschool program facilitation, goal-setting, evaluation, and student engagement.
    • Supporting afterschool curriculum development with a focus on hands-on and engaging activities related to hydroponics, food justice, health, cooking, leadership and advocacy. 
    • Planning and implementing TFFJ’s annual Student Leadership Conference, during which TFFJ students convene and showcase their food justice and advocacy projects. 
    • Identifying and participating in school- and community-based outreach and engagement events to include broader community and stakeholders in TFFJ’s work. 
    • Collecting and organizing program data such as student rosters, attendance, mentor agreements and stipends. 

Workforce Development Program Coordination (35%) 

  • Coordinate TFFJ’s workforce development programming with Farmer-Educators, teachers and school-based workforce development program managers by:
    • Creating workforce development activities, curriculum, and trainings for high school students in career and technical education programs, school-based workforce programs such as the Training and Opportunities Program (TOP), Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), Work, Learn, Grow (WLG) and others. 
    • Collaborating with Farmer-Educators and TFFJ’s Farm Operations Manager to coordinate workforce development program integration at each TFFJ site. 
    • Assist in managing and growing relationships with NYCDOE school-based workforce development programs (TOP, SYEP, WLG, etc.) and other school stakeholders with the goal of full management of these relationships.
    • Training TFFJ Farmer-Educators and other program staff on the workforce development program, facilitation, and site-based program management (such as attendance tracking, supply ordering, etc.). 
    • Collaborating with Senior Program Manager, Senior Farm Operations Manager and Farmer-Educators to identify workforce development opportunities within food distribution programs. 
    • Building capacity for campus produce distributions to be student-led and aligned with workforce development goals. 
    • Collecting and organizing program data such as student rosters, schedules, and hours. 

Community Food Distribution (15%) 

  • Support the coordination of TFFJ’s community food distribution programs across sites by:
    • Working collaboratively with TFFJ’s Farm Operations Manager and Farmer-Educators to evaluate site needs and distribution capacity. 
    • Managing and growing relationships with food distribution stakeholders within each school campus and broader community to maintain and establish partnerships. 
    • Screening potential food distribution partners to ensure community food distribution arrangements are of a high standard, impact and efficient for all parties.
    • Developing and maintaining free produce distributions for campus students, families, and staff across sites. 

Administrative Responsibilities (15%) 

  • Maintain organized work streams and ensure youth development programs are aligned with TFFJ’s overall program goals, mission and strategy by:
    • Preparing for and attending program team and all-team meetings.
    • Tracking expenses, preparing reports, and managing budgets across youth development program areas. 
    • Collaborating with the program and executive teams to prepare for and implement annual program evaluations. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Three to five years of relevant experience working with youth, food, nutrition or agricultural education, workforce development, community-based programming, social services or other related fields.
  • Experience supporting program implementation in a related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • The ability to successfully and empathetically engage various stakeholders, including youth, external partners, and internal, cross-department colleagues.  
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work independently while self-managing multiple priorities and deadlines. 
  • Passion for youth empowerment, education, food justice and advocacy. 
  • Must be able to clear a required background check. 

An Ideal Candidate Will: 

  • Have an Associate’s degree or higher. 
  • Bring energy, enthusiasm and empathy to TFFJ’s farm classrooms and youth programs. 
  • Be able to collaborate with diverse groups and maintain professional and respectful relationships with students, TFFJ staff, teachers, school administrators, mentors, interns, funders, and community and industry partners.  
  • Seek new ways for collaboration, partnership and programming across TFFJ sites with a specific eye towards developing young people as leaders in their communities, emerging STEM fields, and food policy and advocacy.


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