Hope Community

Program Assistant- Food, Land, and Community Program


Hope Community, is an innovative Community Development Organization with a 40-year history in the Phillips Community of South Minneapolis. Our housing/community revitalization strategies and partnerships create affordable housing in a community context integrated with indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. Community Engagement is central to Hope’s work. Hundreds of people each year are involved in youth and family activities, leadership and civic involvement, art and community projects, learning opportunities and community and cultural events. Hope’s Community Listening model has engaged over 4,000 people in small group dialogues about their community.




The Program Assistant position will support the Food, Land, Community program at Hope Community, Inc. with a specific emphasis on youth and family engagement and leadership development.  The Program Assistant will work collaboratively with program staff to design and facilitate inter-generational programming at our farm, in the kitchen and at the table.  Our farm includes three gardens with annual and perennial vegetables—where we grow, tend and harvest together.  Our kitchen is a vibrant resource for our community members—where we process, prepare and cook food together.  Our table is more than just a place where we share a meal and break bread—it is where we gather, connect and build connections, share our stories, experiences and wisdoms. Our program aims to 1) build food and land skills, 2) develop community leadership and capacity and 3) support social connections for resilient communities.




  • Engage—Engage, recruit and build relationships with youth and their families in our community food work–in our farm, in the kitchen and at the table
  • Facilitate—Plan, coordinate and lead inter-generational programming year-round, in addition to managing a special summer project with a team of teen interns
  • Support/Admin—Coordinate logistics and support for all programs (maintain records for contacts, communications, evaluation and documentation, pick up needed supplies, support volunteers, etc.)


Specific Duties


  • Attend program meetings and check-ins
  • Prepare for program, run errands, clean up/take down
  • Assist with Farm program—garden tasks, harvest, build infrastructure
  • Assist with Kitchen program—cooking tasks, preserve and share food
  • Assist with Table program—coordinate monthly skill-shares and community gatherings
  • Connect with community—build the base in our community food project, 1:1’s w/community members
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and reflections
  • Reflect, write, evaluate program goals and outcomes




  • Coordinating and leading youth and family programs
  • Growing and stewarding on urban farms, community gardens and other environmental spaces
  • Working in and with members of a diverse community (race, class, culture, gender, age, experience, education, ability, country of origin, language, sexual orientation, beliefs)
  • Mentoring youth in completing a project and developing goals and timelines



  • Strong collaborative approach to community work
  • Creative thinking, reflection, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to follow through on projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a variety of adults and youth in a public setting
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Ability to take direction and receive/integrate constructive feedback


  • Outgoing, personable, curious
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, creative, flexible
  • Self-motivated, accountable
  • Reliable, capable, committed to timely follow-through
  • Committed to working inter-culturally



  • Valid driver’s license and 3-years good driving record
  • Ability to communicate fluently with Spanish-speaking and/or East African community members


Position Scope


The Program Assistant is a part-time position (25 hours) year-round.


This position will require working conditions that include an office setting, outdoors and in the elements of our community gardens which require some physical labor, and out in the community connecting to residents and neighbors. The schedule will vary but will include working some evenings and weekends.  Wage is dependent upon experience and qualifications. 


The position will start mid- to late-February 2019.


To apply for position


Submit letter of interest, updated resume and a short essay (100 words or less) answering this question:


What is your first memory of food?


Send documents to: Jae Hyun Shim, Program Coordinator, Email: jhshim@hope-community.org

Deadline for interested applicants is Sunday, January 27th, 2019 5:00PM CST.

We will offer interviews late-January 2019.

The position will start mid- to late-February 2019.


Hope Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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