Neighborhood Empowerment Program Manager – FT

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Website Alchemist CDC

Description, Compensation and Benefits:

Wage: $20-$23/hour (~$41,600-$47840/annually) DOE

Benefits: 8 paid holidays/year + 1 paid volunteer day; sick and vacation (PTO). 100% company paid health, dental and vision insurance.

Description: Full time (32-40 hours/week-your choice) non-exempt. The Program Manager will report to the Executive Director (ED) and lead Alchemist CDC (Alchemist) in land transformation/reuse and community garden projects. The Program Manager will oversee the development and maintenance of 3-5 community sites. In addition, the Program Manager will develop data tracking systems and assist the ED to establish best practices for Alchemist projects including, but not limited to: strategic planning for projects, community engagement process, volunteer retention and outreach, and partnerships with regional stakeholders. Program Manager will carry out fund development for their program and manage support staff and interns as the program grows.

Worksite: Partial telecommute option, combined with on-site community work (estimated 50% of work can be completed remotely [likely 75% remote until end of pandemic], if desired). Due to the nature of the position, applicants must be local to the Sacramento area.

Current Projects: Pansy Community Garden Park (beginning construction soon), Oak Park Sol Community Garden (fully developed), Oak Park Art Garden (partially developed), Mirasol Village Community Garden (community engagement and garden operations only).


  • Manage relationships with private landowners, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, and the City/County of Sacramento.
  • Help the ED identify and create strategies for new projects and long-term sustainability of existing projects.
  • Manage project-specific Neighborhood Empowerment grants, contracts and relevant regulations as they relate to land-based projects (including budgeting, reporting evaluation data, and regulatory compliance).
  • Manage land-based projects’ day-to-day development and ongoing stewardship efforts including community engagement and educational programing, fund development and project budgets.
  • Develop and disseminate outreach and communications materials and messaging through various means including, but not limited to – door-to-door outreach (post-pandemic), social media, events, email, phone calls, etc., to ensure community involvement with projects.
  • Coordinate, recruit for, and carry out regular events, short term projects and volunteer work days.
  • Ensure the safety and appropriate use of project sites.
  • Develop and carry out a fund development strategy to sustain and grow your program, potentially including, but not limited to:
  1. Identify and complete applications for grant funding
  2. Solicit sponsorships and in-kind contributions from businesses/corporations
  3. Carry out/assist with fundraising events
  4. Cultivate individual donors
  5. Social media/Crowdfunding/“peer-to-peer” fundraising
  • Serve as the point of contact and primary coordinator for Alchemist’s Community Food Projects grant [A 4-year federally-funded project that encompasses all of Alchemist’s programs]:
  1.       Ensure other program managers, funded partners and consultants submit reports and billing and adhere to grant guidelines
  2.      draft and submit grant reports, compile project invoices with administrative support,
  3.      fulfill grant-deliverables related to the aforementioned projects,
  4.      develop and implement Neighborhood Empowerment strategy.
~ 15%
  • Create process documents, recruit/coordinate/track volunteers for your program, develop metrics to demonstrate project and programmatic progress for annual reporting and funding opportunities
~ 5% or as needed
  • Represent the organization at regional meetings and conferences.
  • Assist the ED with outreach/communication/posters/white papers, etc., for promoting your program.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience and competency (professional/volunteer/formal education) in a related field (such as Community Development, Public Health, Urban Planning, etc.
  • General knowledge of land use and planning principles
  • Motivated learner, eager to research and learn new concepts and skills
  • Experience working as a liaison, and attention-to-detail in project management tasks
  • Experience in community engagement and working with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Familiarity with non-profit work environment, and a positive, community-oriented individual
  • Self-starter and ability to work well independently, or in groups
  • Strong time management skills, ability to work flexible hours (some nights and weekends)
  • A plus if you are familiar with the history, demographics and geography of the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento
  • A plus if you have gardening, landscaping or horticulture experience or knowledge
  • Experience relevant to managing State or Federal grants/grant-funded projects
  • Preferably experienced in community engagement and working with diverse stakeholder groups

Application Instructions:

Send resume, cover letter and at least two professional references to: [email protected]

(Additional references may be requested of the selected candidate)

Alchemist CDC values diversity among its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Organization:

Alchemist CDC is a mission-driven organization that connects Sacramento area communities to land, food, and opportunity toward a vision in which all neighborhoods are vibrant, equitable, healthy, and diverse.

We are best known for enhancing the quality of life in under-resourced communities by improving access to nutritious foods, implementing community-supported public green spaces, and fostering economic self-sufficiency through business entrepreneurship.

Recognizing that community residents often have the best insight and ideas for addressing their own community’s needs, we see ourselves as building a trellis that provides the structure and support on which grassroots efforts can flourish and grow.