Assistant Director (Common Earth Gardens)
Louisville, KY, United States of America


Catholic Charities of Louisville is an apostolate of the Archdiocese of Louisville and member of Catholic Charities USA. We provide service for people in need, advocate for justice in social structures, and call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.

Catholic Charities of Louisville is the social-service arm of the Archdiocese of Louisville. We provide help and create hope for the poor and vulnerable through a wide range of programs, assisting clients of all races, backgrounds and beliefs. Our service area includes 24 counties throughout Central Kentucky.

Catholic Charities of Louisville was established in 1939 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) human service organization in 1993. It is one of over 160 Catholic Charities USA social service agencies in the United States.

Catholic Charities of Louisville has established three core values to represent us as an organization and are a gauge for how we work with each other as well as our clients and partners. They are Welcome, Strengthen and Empower.

Job Skills / Requirements


MISSION OF COMMON EARTH GARDENS: Common Earth Gardens collaborates with the diverse and multicultural community of Kentucky to increase land access to grow food, develop new farm businesses, and build healthy community networks.


The Assistant Director is a staff member of Common Earth Gardens (CEG), a program of Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc. The position is based in Louisville, KY. The position reports directly to the Common Earth Gardens/Common Table Program Director. The Assistant Director is responsible for managing Common Earth Gardens staff, running the day-to-day operations of Common Earth Gardens, as well as strategic planning for future growth. The Assistant Director is expected to be familiar with aspects of community organizing, farming and urban gardening, linguistically appropriate, trauma-informed and culturally responsive care, and providing management and leadership to staff that they supervise.


  1. Direct program development and growth and ensure that it aligns with the mission of Common Earth Gardens and uses an approach that is linguistically appropriate, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive.
  2. Guide and participate in strategic planning for Common Earth Gardens programs to ensure that all work is conducted through a lens of social justice and trauma informed care.
  3. Supervise, manage, support, and create a collaborative and positive work environment for Common Earth Gardens staff, consultants, AmeriCorps service members, and interns.
  4. Develop community garden and incubator farm programming that creates opportunities for participants to teach each other and meet the needs of participants through trauma informed care and guide them toward self-sufficiency.
  5. Create effective evaluation processes and implementation strategies with stakeholders. Ensure that evaluations/benchmarking systems are conducted through Healing Encounters and data is collected, organized, and analyzed to improve programming.
  6. Grow existing partnerships and establish new relationships with community partners and local experts to support CEG programs and coordinate and conduct trainings.
  7. Support Community Agriculture sites by:
    1. Redeveloping CEG’s site support process for growers to apply for support in establishing new community agriculture sites.
    2. Supporting new agriculture groups in identifying land, lease agreements, infrastructure needs, group management, technical growing assistance specific to Kentucky, and connecting to resources and partners for long-term independent success.
    3. Supporting existing community agriculture sites toward graduating from the CEG program and connecting with the Louisville agriculture network.
  8. Facilitate the Incubator Farm Program by:
    1. Guiding the development and implementation of Incubator Farm programming and curriculum with community partners.
    2. Providing technical training and market support, directing improvements and renovations on the farm, developing and conducting assessments with farmers.
    3. Overseeing partnerships with local, state and national organizations and agencies
    4. Supervising Farm Manager, when hired
    5. Facilitating relationships between neighbors and farmers to improve relations and increase positive security of the Incubator Farm Site.
  9. Guide staff to develop a volunteer base and build a system for communicating and scheduling with regular volunteers for assistance at gardens, as well as encouraging outreach and relationship development with growers
  10. Guide and collaborate with staff to manage social media, website, and program promotion
  11. Work with Program Director to develop and apply for funding opportunities
  12. Work with Program Director on program budget oversight and spending
  13. Represent Common Earth Gardens in the Archdiocese of Louisville and across the country at Food In Neighborhoods Community Coalition, Urban Agriculture Coalition, National Incubator Farm Training Initiative network, and other entities to connect with community partners and work toward a more just food system.
  14. Other related tasks as assigned by supervisor.


This work is performed in both office and outdoor settings.


  • Ability to accurately examine and analyze information
  • Ability to sit, stand, and walk for extended periods of time
  • Ability to walk up and down stairs
  • Ability to work outside in inclement and extreme weather
  • Specific vision abilities include close and distant vision
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work under pressure


BCS walk-behind tractor, small tillers, pick-up truck, lawn mower, electric drills and saws, garden hand tools, chipper-shredder, computer, printer, calculator, copy machine, fax machine, telephone systems, scanner and paper shredder


Bachelor’s Degree or higher, at least 5 years of community organizing experience, at least 3 years farming experience, and at least 2 years supervisory experience.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to those who are able to perform the essential duties of the job.


  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing in an effective manner
  • Must have experience working with people from different cultures and backgrounds and showcase cultural responsiveness, trauma-informed care, and sensitivity
  • Must be people oriented and relate to diverse populations
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Must be able to identify and manage hazardous situations at agriculture sites, meetings, and field trips
  • Must be highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Must have proficient PC skills including Microsoft Word and Outlook
  • The incumbent must be able to maintain the confidentiality of any information she/he encounters.

Education Requirements (Any)

Bachelor's Degree or higher, 5 years community organizing experience, 3 years farming experience, and 2 years supervisory experience

Additional Information / Benefits

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan

This job reports to the Common Earth Gardens/Common Table Program Director

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1