3374 Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator

Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator

Recruitment #PEX-3374-060613




Urban Agriculture Program - Project Description/Background

The Board of Supervisors established an Urban Agriculture Program to oversee and coordinate all of the City’s Urban Agriculture activities and adopt goals for the City related to Urban Agriculture. On July 16, 2013 the Board of Supervisors approved the plan to dedicate one full-time staff person to coordinate the Urban Agriculture Program assigned to the Recreation and Park Department. 


Urban Agriculture provides multiple benefits to San Franciscans including connecting City residents to the broader food system, providing green space and recreation, saving public agencies money, providing ecological benefits and green infrastructure, building community, and offering food access, public health, and economic development potential.  At least seven City agencies currently provide funding for urban agriculture activities, and there has been no formal coordination among all of these agencies.  The project objective is to provide a point person to coordinate work among city agencies and to meet clear and concrete goals in a one-year Urban Agriculture Program work plan, which will be finalized in fall 2013 and which will build upon the work done by an interagency working group in fall 2012.  Funding has been allocated for one (1) fulltime permanent exempt (from Civil Service) position and we anticipate that the funding for the position will be renewed.  The continuation of the position will be contingent on the success of the position and the program.  The Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator, with the guidance of the supervisor, Community Gardens Program Manager, and working group, will work toward meeting metrics for success for goals such as establishing a clear point of contact and website for a one-stop shop/Urban Agriculture Program “front door,” establishing urban agriculture resource centers, streamlining application and wait list processes for urban agriculture sites, etc.


The Board of Supervisors has requested that the Recreation and Park Department submit within six weeks of hiring:  (a) a first year work plan for the new Urban Agriculture Program coordinator with measurable goals, timelines, and evaluation metrics, and (b) an organizational chart or description detailing the reporting structure for the new position, including how the Urban Agriculture Program will interact within the Recreation and Park Department, alongside the Community Gardens Program, and with other agencies.  The Recreation and Park Department is also required to submit a report to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors no later than January 1, 2014.  The report should include (a) a summary of key urban agriculture achievements, challenges, and indicators from the previous year, including an official accounting of all City funding for Urban Agriculture and an inventory of local resources and programs relevant to Urban Agriculture in San Francisco, and (b) data on the progress the City made in the prior year towards meeting each of the Urban Agriculture Program goals. 

Essential Duties

  • Coordinate with other department representatives, with non-profit/community-serving agencies and with private entities on several of the one-year work plan goals where they impact and overlap with such groups
  • Convene and facilitate regular informal working group meetings with other city departments and stakeholders from the public to finalize and implement the one-year Urban Agriculture Program work plan
  • Coordinate with RPD’s Community Gardens Program Manager on several of the one-year work plan goals where they impact existing and potential RPD community garden sites
  • Set up first point of contact (name, e-mail, phone #, website with up to date information and links to other departments’ relevant initiatives or programs) for the new Urban Agriculture Program
  • Coordinate and/or oversee the order and distribution of supplies, tools and equipment for program when necessary
  • Receive and respond to urban agriculture-related requests and determine how they fit into the one-year work plan
  • Advocate for and support policies that support urban agriculture
  • Work with RPD’s Partnerships Division to pursue additional funding to support San Francisco’s Urban Agriculture Program
  • Provide quarterly reports to the Recreation and Park Commission on progress of the one-year Urban Agriculture Program work plan implementation
  • Provide mid-term and annual reports to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors on progress of the one-year Urban Agriculture Program work plan implementation

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND
  2. One year (2000 hours) of experience supervising, coordinating or directing volunteer services and/or community outreach services in an organization which provides services to the public.

Substitution: Additional experience supervising, coordinating or directing volunteer and/or community relations services, as described above, may be substituted for up to two years of the required baccalaureate degree on a year-for-year basis.


Desirable Qualifications  

  • Two - three years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of urban agriculture and community gardening, including the technical aspects of the gardening/farming itself as well as the social/community/organizational aspects     
  • One year of experience supervising, coordinating or directing outreach services in an organization which provides services to the public
  • Organized, strategic, systems thinker  
  • Meticulous attention to detail  
  • Excellent written and verbal communications, including public speaking 
  • Relationship building and networking  
  • Experience managing interagency groups/collaborations
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Successful experience meeting goals while working with city government(s)
  • Familiarity with San Francisco’s socioeconomic issues and their relationship to urban agriculture
  • Grant-writing, fundraising and development experience and success

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Please submit a detailed resume and cover letter which describes your qualifications and interest for the position including how you meet the Desirable Qualifications


Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Margarita Recinos, by telephone at 831-2786, or by email at margarita.recinos@sfgov.org

Selection Procedures

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

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All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability and Equal Opportunity Statement

The Recreation and Park Department does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in the admission and access to its programs or activities.  Persons with disabilities who might need accommodations during the application and selection process should contact Margarita Recinos (415) 831-2786; or in writing at the address listed on the job announcement as soon as possible after filing the application.


Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities are Encouraged to Apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer


Exam Type:  PE
Issued:  10/1/13
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-3374-060613

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