Associate Director of Operations and Farm Services

Mental Health Center of Denver
September 23, 2021
Denver, CO
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EMPLOYMENT VALUE PROPOSITION: Mental Health Center of Denver provides you with the support you need to help you develop a career in helping others succeed. We innovate, adapt, and leverage the diverse perspectives of the people on our team and the people we serve in everything we do.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS: The Mental Health Center of Denver values and is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to ending bias and discrimination in our community and ensuring equity within all aspects of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, transfer, or promotion opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

COMMITMENT TO PAY EQUITY: Mental Health Center of Denver is committed to fair and equitable hiring with salaries based on relevant factors, such as work experience, education, and certification/licensure (rather than wage history). Toward the principle of equal pay for equal work, we post and hire within defined hiring salary ranges.  We ask all applicants to carefully review the hiring salary range for each posted job opportunity, as we will not hire outside the predetermined range.

BENEFITS STATEMENT: All full-time, benefits eligible employees will be eligible for MHCD’s benefits plan. For a full description of benefit offerings, please visit:

COVID VACCINATION NOTICE: Under the COVID-19 mandate issued by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment on August 2, 2021, current MHCD personnel must be fully vaccinated, or be approved for exemption, no later than September 30, 2021. “Fully vaccinated” means two weeks (14 days) after receiving the final dose of vaccine. The “final dose” is the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or the single dose of a one dose vaccine (J&J). 

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POSITION SUMMARY: We seek a highly organized, detail oriented, reliable, self-starter for the position of Associate Director of Operations and Farm Services (ADOFS) for Child & Family Services at the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD). The ADOFS serves as a member of the Child & Family Leadership Team and contributes to visioning, goal setting, and financial management of operations and Farm Services for the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-being.  This position requires a strong practical knowledge of agricultural skills and farm management, a broad understanding of community food security, a passionate commitment to education, urban and sustainable farming in the Denver metro area and community building. The ADOFS will also oversee daily Child & Family operations, help develop and maintain an effective network of community partners and help promote community engagement through creative and inclusive means related to a solid operational infrastructure. The ADOFS supervises all farm staff, including farm apprentices and works closely with other MHCD staff and volunteer members who provide educational programming on-site.

HIRING RANGE: $87,000 - $93,000 per year

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Assisting Child & Family with all following functions:


  • Monitor program and team budgets, monthly; assist Child & Family Leadership in annual budgeting activities.
  • Develop and attend to infrastructure that supports the business operations of the Farm and Gardens team (i.e., policies and procedures, developing new lines of business to support sustainability, business intelligence reporting, billing workflows, contract monitoring, accounting, etc.)
  • Supervise the Farm and Gardens and other operations staff (i.e., aquaponics, farms, and gardens) providing both coaching and administrative supports (i.e., hiring, training, etc.)
  • Actively promote and facilitate the alignment, cohesion and communication amongst the Dahlia Farm and Gardens operations staff and the Child & Family clinical staff.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining a positive and an effective employee relations environment in the building.
  • Responsible for upholding and endorsing the coaching, growth and development of managers and staff. Oversee all hiring, coaching, disciplinary actions taken by supervisees.
  • In collaboration with Child & Family Leadership and community partners, develop and submit grant proposals for the farm and gardens program and generate revenue from both public and private sources.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to ensure compliance with all State and Federal laws, regulations, and Mental Health Center of Denver policies and procedures, including but not limited to supporting the organization’s efforts relating to equal opportunity employment.
  • Collaborate with Real Estate on capital projects which includes ordering supplies, communicating with staff, and connecting with third party vendors.
  • Participate as a safety captain and support the coordination of safety drills, trainings, and emergency situations.
  • Maintain Blazecast communication enrollment for community partners and supporting new partners with badge access. 
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned

EDUCATION: A relevant college degree, within the fields of organic/biodynamic farm management focused on agricultural education.

EXPERIENCE:  At least three (3) years of relevant work experience and a relevant college degree, within the fields of organic/biodynamic farm management focused on agricultural education. A minimum of three (3) years of supervisory and/or management responsibilities, including program development and/or project management. Experience in assisting budget development and grant writing is preferred.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree in sustainable agriculture education or related field.  Certification in organic farming and/or experience with biodynamic farming and permaculture.


  • Demonstrated ability to supervise an experienced multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural staff.
  • Passion for interacting with and educating community members, volunteers and staff of varied ages and backgrounds.
  • Knowledge and passion for community farming, food justice, food systems development, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of agricultural equipment use and safety.
  • Cooperative, service‐oriented attitude and ability to work independently and take initiative, set priorities, and see projects through to completion.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship development skills.
  • Ability to be open and flexible to new ways of working with diverse communities.
  • Creative skills and ability to experiment to attain new, better strategies, approaches, and
  • solutions to challenges.
  •  Flexibility and willingness to take on a variety of tasks along with an ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team environment.
  • • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Detail oriented.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Experience with soil and water management.
  • Experience with irrigation development and management.
  • Food safety training.
  • Technical knowledge and familiarity with irrigation construction, troubleshooting, and repair.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervision of farm and garden managers and other staff for the department.  

MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED: Computers (including laptop & remote access), calculators, fax machines, copiers, telephone and a variety of other office/clerical equipment.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. Required manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, calculators, the telephone, and other office and/or clerical equipment.

Typical Mental Demands: Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare professionally written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  This leadership position requires occasional evening and weekend hours.


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