Program Manager Job Description – September 2014

Groundwork is seeking a Program Manager to lead and grow a variety of education and community initiatives.  The Program Manager provides overall leadership, development, management, and evaluation of Groundwork’s programs for youth, families, adults, and groups.  Reporting to the Executive Director, this position plays a key leadership role both internally and externally and directly manages staff, interns, outcomes, and collaborative efforts with local, state, and national partners.  The Program Manager hires, trains, manages, and develops program staff and interns. We are seeking a motivated, creative individual with the potential to grow with and within our organization.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead the implementation of a long-term programmatic vision that builds upon Groundwork’s strengths and increases its capacity to address the emerging needs of the community.
  • Direct the ongoing development, management, implementation, and achievement of Groundwork’s programs and their intended, measurable outcomes.
  • Ensure that programs are integrated, build upon organizational strengths, and support existing open space projects and environmental improvements.
  • Successfully establish, implement, monitor, and achieve annual business plans – including specific goals, budgets, hiring, performance management, evaluation, and outcomes.
  • Lead the strategic expansion of educational and community programming in Somerville and surrounding communities.
  • Supervise program staff, youth staff and interns, and maintain and grow key external partnerships to achieve mission.
  • Participate regularly in community events and collaborations.
  • Collaborate with local colleagues and organizations to develop and implement new and existing programs and to create systemic change in local and state-wide policies as it relates to Groundwork’s mission.
  • Assume other responsibilities, as needed.

Programs overseen include:

  • Green Team: an environmental education, leadership, and job training program for Somerville high school youth.
  • Schoolyard Gardens: a Farm to School program that cultivates healthy habits and promotes healthy eating, fitness, and environmental awareness among elementary and middle school students through school day and afterschool curriculum.
  • South Street Farm: a 16,000 square foot urban farm managed by the Green Team that produces food for sale and donation throughout the city.
  • Mobile Farmers Market: an affordable market that provides healthy, local produce at public and senior housing in Somerville.
  • Maple Syrup Project: an educational program for 2nd graders that produces locally harvested maple syrup
  • Additional community engagement projects to create new open space, provide stewardship of public land, and engage community in public processes affecting their city.

It is crucial that the candidate be a team player but also comfortable working independently and efficiently.  Groundwork Somerville has a small staff and the large amount of projects and programs accomplished are through collective action and goal setting as well as independent accomplishments.  It is important to focus on the “big picture” and how it can affect and promote environmental, economic, and social well-being for the community of Somerville, the Mystic River Watershed, and other Groundwork Trusts in the GWUSA network across the country.  Groundwork works to create and use replicable models for community-based partnerships that solve complex environmental and social justice problems.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Must share a passion for Groundwork’s values and vision;
  • 3 years of comparable management experience and excellent references;
  • Advanced training and/or prior work experience in youth education, job training, environmental studies, urban agriculture, public health, nonprofit management, and/or related fields;
  • Experience as a leader with overall responsibility for program success;
  • Experience in planning, designing, marketing, and evaluating education programs;
  • Experience in supervisory and non-supervisory staff management;
  • Experience working with/within school districts a plus;
  • Experience with developing curriculum, training programs, and evaluation tools a plus;
  • Experience with gardening, agriculture, permaculture and/or landscape design a plus;
  • Ability to work with multiple partners, including government, community groups, and individuals;
  • Demonstrated outstanding organizational skills along with strong oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Basic computer skills: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines and to handle multiple tasks;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues;
  • Be a self-starter and work well independently, as well as value collaboration;
  • Must be experienced working in multi-cultural, inclusive settings;
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus.


Compensation: Starting salary is $40,000/year.  Employee benefits include employer payment of 60% of health insurance and excellent paid time off benefits.  This position reports to the Executive Director and is an exempt, full-time position requiring some evening and weekend hours.  Groundwork Somerville provides excellent opportunities for advancement and growth within the organization.


Hiring Policy:  Groundwork Somerville is an equal opportunity employer.  We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.  City of Somerville residents are strongly encouraged to apply.


To apply:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please submit letter of interest describing your relevant experience and interests and your resume as a single PDF document by October 2nd, 2014 to: You may also mail your application to Groundwork Somerville, Attn: Human Resources, 24 Park St., #7, Somerville, MA 02143. If mailing an application, please email or call 617.628.9988 first. Applications may be submitted after the deadline, but are not guaranteed a response.


No phone calls please. Email inquiries may be sent to

Download the job description: ProgramManagerGroundworkSomerville_Fall2014.

Groundwork Somerville, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been making change happen in Somerville, Massachusetts since 2000. Through community engagement, environmental and open space improvements, fresh food access, youth education, and employment initiatives, Groundwork creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers residents to improve their quality of life. Groundwork achieves results by engaging the whole community – residents, youth, nonprofits, government and businesses – in the planning and realization of projects. With this collaborative approach, Groundwork ensures that all stakeholders are mutually invested in the outcomes, the key to stable neighborhoods and sustainable change.

Groundwork Somerville’s mission and operations are premised on the understanding that environmental conditions are inextricably linked to the economic and social health of a neighborhood, and that individuals’ health can be directly affected by race and income level. As a consequence, Groundwork is committed to “changing places and changing lives” through on-the-ground projects that help to transform local communities.  Groundwork’s mission is “to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.”