Posting: Program Manager

May 19, 2022

Detroit Food Academy is seeking a Full Time Program Manager to lead our food-focused, youth-facing Afterschool and Summer Leadership programs. Detroit Food Academy is a 501c3 nonprofit servicing Detroit youth ages 10-24 years old. Our programs have been mainly virtual since spring 2020 but we are excited to launch back in-person in fall 2022. We are currently seeking a Program Manager to lead our amazing youth educator team, interface with our community partners & sites, and to support the growth and development of our impactful youth programs. Location: 4444 Second Avenue & various other locations (local schools, community centers) Compensation: $45,000 - $55,000 with benefits OR commensurate with experience Benefits & perks: Some flexibility in schedule, some remote/work from home work; opportunities to grow/expand role. Flexible monthly healthcare & wellness stipend ($400 for individual, $800 for family), PTO after 90 days, 401k, access to technology and professional development funds as they are available. Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm availability, with some evenings and weekends needed.

About Detroit Food Academy Detroit Food Academy works with local educators, chefs, and business owners to inspire young Detroiters through entrepreneurial experiences rooted in food-- experiences which open doors, create connections, and cultivate confidence. From cooking delicious healthy meals for friends and family, to facilitating complex conversations with community, to developing artisanal food projects from scratch to market, students learn by transforming their ideas into reality. About the Role We are seeking a person who is passionate about both youth and food. They enjoy working on a team towards a larger goal, asking questions, and are interested in growing professionally and personally. They are very comfortable engaging youth and families, school and community partners and leading DFA staff. This person possesses solid leadership skills and is able to inspire and support the Classroom Facilitation team with confidently delivering high quality, youth-centered programs. This person would support both virtual and in-person programming.

The Program Manager works alongside the Executive Director of Programs to set the vision and goals for the program year. The Program Manager will also work with the leadership team to share program updates and data. This role is responsible for making sure afterschool and summer curriculums are developed and facilitated consistently across all cohorts, all year long, as well as co-leading their own individual program site alongside the rest of our facilitation team The Program Manager will lead our weekly Collaboration (staff) meeting and attend our weekly Huddle (leadership) meeting. The Program Manager will be present at community and school events and will actively recruit and engage new and long-term partners. Candidates for this position might not possess all of the qualifications listed here. DFA is committed to finding the right person who will be proactive in learning while on the job, practicing new skills, and strengthening existing ones. The right person is also willing to take an active role in improving an ever-growing organization, where flexibility and creativity are necessary.


Program Manager

  • Plan & develop curriculum for programs: Use the DFA program outlines to help plan all relevant lessons for the year, with the Executive Director of Programs
  • Help recruit, train and supervise program staff, support managing interns.
  • Build, manage and evaluate partner relationships - mentors, schools, food businesses, institutions, other orgs, etc
  • Daily as well as weekly supervisory responsibilities to ensure a high functioning, highly confident & effective Classroom Facilitator team.
  • Be on time and present for all programming, meetings, trainings, etc
  • Support recruitment and retention of youth; follow up with students and families as opportunities or issues arise
  • Support the sharing of data and record keeping for programming
  • Develop, maintain, and leverage relationships in the Detroit food, business, and community work worlds to connect our youth more fully with mentors, inspiring role models, and networks of support
  • Communicate quickly, effectively, and reliably with the DFA team by regularly responding to emails, text, calls, and Slack messages
  • Prompt questions, surface challenges, and identify opportunities to the DFA team in real-time



  • Serves as liaison between Classroom Facilitators and Delivery Team
  • Communicate with youth, families, and facilitators
  • Support management of kitchen supply inventory at Green Garage Classroom Facilitation
  • Facilitate an engaging, high-energy youth program in conjunction with your co-lead (virtual or in-person)
  • Work as a team to create a fun, inclusive, virtual and in-person learning atmosphere Qualifications
  • Positive attitude and experience mentoring and educating youth
  • Excellent leadership & management skills to inspire an engaging adult Classroom Facilitation staff
  • Solid foundation in culinary arts(can read a recipe, are familiar with kitchen equipment, have experience cooking recreationally), understanding of food justice
  • Access to a working, reliable computer and a fast, reliable internet connection that can support streaming video  conferences 
  • Reliable, consistent, and dependable team member
  • Effective, consistent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Systems thinker
  • Self-starter able to work independently
  • Able to give and receive instructions well
  • See opportunities to improve program better and act on them; ability to problem solve
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Open to feedback and growth
  • 2+ Years Experience working with youth
  • Passion for Detroit Food Academy’s mission and work
  • Self-driven, looks for ways to improve efficiency
  • Reliable transportation
  • Experience and comfort working as part of a team and independently on projects, especially remotely/virtually
  •  Experience using the Google suite including Drive, Slack


How to Apply

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to, using the job title as the subject line, by Monday, May 23, 2022.

In your cover letter, please answer the following questions with no more than 3-5 bullet points per question:

    1. Why do you want to work at Detroit Food Academy?

    2. What experiences or qualifications make you an ideal candidate?

    3. And, anything else you would like us to know.

Please also include:

‚óŹ a resume with applicable experience

Equal Opportunity Employment Policy: DFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, ability, weight, gender, sexual orientation or age. DFA gives full and fair consideration to applications from disabled persons and to provide appropriate training, development and promotion prospects to persons with disabilities. We strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


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