Urban Strategies Inc.
  • 16-Feb-2018 to 03-Apr-2018 (CST)
  • Urban Strategies - Minneapolis, MN
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Full Time

TITLE:                   Green Garden Bakery Education/Workforce Specialist


HOURS:                30-40 hours per week + Benefits (Schedule varies, specifically evening and weekend availability required)


REPORTS TO:      Heritage Park Associate Project Manager


LOCATION:           Heritage Park Neighborhood, Minneapolis, MN         



Urban Strategies is a 501(c) 3 corporation founded in 1978. The mission of Urban Strategies is to empower residents in distressed urban core neighborhoods to lead healthy, prosperous lives in thriving, self-sustaining communities. Urban Strategies plans and implements Human Capital building strategies designed to end the physical, social and economic isolation of obsolete and distressed communities by: 1) creating an attractive mixed income community and 2) supporting former low-income residents in progressing toward self-sufficiency. Urban Strategies uses innovative approaches to provide families with a broad and integrated set of supports as they make the transition to new housing and to economic self-sufficiency. Urban Strategies also collaborates with other community organizations to increase the human capital-building assets in the revitalized community. In Minneapolis, Urban's work is taking place within a newly redeveloped, mixed income housing community in the Heritage Park (HP) neighborhood in North Minneapolis. Learn more about Urban Strategies at www.urbanstrategiesinc.org


Green Garden Bakery Program Description:

Urban has determined that within HP its most successful initiative is Green Garden Bakery (GGB), a youth-run business utilizing produce from their youth garden. The program was founded in 2014 by youth in neighborhood who first recognized that after participating in a few years of cooking and gardening education they had acquired new skills. The youth wanted to capitalize on those skills by creating teen employment in the neighborhood. Youth developed a healthy vegetable based dessert recipe during cooking classes using vegetables in their garden and sold the green tomato cakes at a local festival and a co-op raising over $1,500. Since 2014, the youth have developed a business model and expanded their business. The youth continue to bake and sell green tomato cakes, along with additional vegetable baked good desserts that meet a variety of health and dietary restrictions and preferences. The program also expanded to include curriculum geared to younger youth so they would have the opportunity to join in skill-building through cooking and gardening lessons at a younger age. Now over 100 K-12th grade youth are engaged in GGB at some level. A group of highly invested teens have developed the GGB executive team to manage the programs decisions, and they lead sub-committees focused on finances, sales, baking and production, and communications and sustainability. With extensive support of collaborative community partners, Urban would now like to grow GGB. The primary focus of this position would seek to build professional development capacity within the current program structure as well as engage and supporting a wider audience of young adults and parents. Learn more about Green Garden Bakery at: www.greengardenbakery.weebly.com



Education and Workforce Specialist will work with teens and adults as a part of the Green Garden Bakery program. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting in the outreach and recruitment of program participants from the Heritage Park Neighborhood
  • Curriculum development, planning and facilitating a Green Garden Bakery workforce training program for 13+ surrounding workforce readiness, customer service, sales, marketing, and professional development (along side production specialist to facilitating skill-building around baking)
  • Training and management of Teen Sales Crew who have completed workforce training and specialize in Green Garden Bakery's pop-up sales and marketing
  • Coordinating group programming as well as one-on-one interventions for the 8-10 members of the Youth Executive Team (15+) surrounding academic attitude, career and college readiness, professional development, teamwork, task management, and decision making.
  • Assisting in the outreach and recruitment of adult residents who are interested in volunteering with Green Garden Bakery to build their resume and improve their skills, or are interested in finding a job in the food industry or are starting their own food micro business.
  • Recruiting and managing program partners, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and parent council
  • Maintaining necessary documentation for grant reporting and program evaluation


  • Modeling strong work ethic and teamwork for teen leaders and other program participants and partners
  • Bachelors degree in youth work, teaching, community development or related field
  • Or HS Diploma and a minimum of 5 years in the field
  • Ability to relate well with youth and adults from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
  • Good communication, verbal, written and listening skills
  • Computer skills needed include Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to pass a background check and drug screen
  • Valid driver's license and car
  • Optional: business, food industry, marketing/art, and/or gardening knowledge/skills are a plus
  • Optional: Somali or Oromo language skills are a plus
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