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Youth Program Manager

Youth Program Manager

Reports to: Program Director

Salary: $49,000-52,000

Benefits: Health and dental insurance; retirement plan with 3% match; professional learning opportunities

How to Apply: Send cover letter and resume to Melissa Wender at mwender@citysprouts.org


About CitySprouts

The CitySprouts mission is to cultivate curiosity and wonder for all children with hands-on science learning through urban gardening. Established in 2001, CitySprouts’ in-school and out-of-school time programs currently operate in partnership with 24 Boston and Cambridge public schools.


The Position

The Youth Program Manager oversees CitySprouts’ afterschool and five-week summer programs. This position reports to the Program Director. The program manager will have the opportunity to work with the Program Director in determining ways to expand and deepen the impact of our middle school program.

Key Responsibilities:

Program management

  • Oversee design and preparation for CitySprouts’ summer program, including recruitment, matriculation, supplies and sites
  • Oversee hiring and training of summer and afterschool staff
  • Manage staff to ensure a fun, safe, engaging experience for youth
  • Help design a structure to support a robust and growing afterschool program
  • Contribute to development and revision of program curriculum
  • Assist with tracking of program data and impact
  • Ensure that all programming supports and reflects the CitySprouts’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Partnership building

  • Identify and cultivate relationships with schools, community partners, alumni
  • Build connections to Boston and Cambridge peer organizations in the youth development space
  • Work with the Program Director and Development Director on grant reporting


  • Support youth in learning gardening skills and knowledge, and cultivate an interest in gardening
  • Assist the team in maintaining schoolyard learning gardens that grow a variety of edible crops, flowers, herbs, and perennials

Required Qualifications

  • Commitment to and interest in the CitySprouts mission
  • 3+ years working with young people, ideally middle school students, as an educator or youth development professional
  • Experience working with under-resourced schools and communities
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with schools and community partners
  • Strong interpersonal skills with youth, families, and peers that reflect cultural sensitivity, respect for differences, deep listening and clear communication
  • Ability and desire to work independently and as part of a team
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Detail-oriented, creative, resourceful, and ready to problem solve
  • Ability to design hands-on nature and garden-based STEM curriculum for youth
  • Committed to on-going learning and growth as an educator/youth worker
  • Readiness to do physical work outside, undeterred by inclement weather

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience leading afterschool and summer programs
  • Experience in program design
  • Multilingual, Spanish preferred
  • Gardening skills


CitySprouts strives to build a community of teachers, students and families united around public education, gardens and connecting children to the natural world. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are among the core principles that define our work, and thus we actively seek to build a team that is inclusive of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences.


CitySprouts does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or citizenship in any of its programs. It is CitySprouts’ policy to maintain a safe, educational and engaging work environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment in any form.


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