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Project director, bc food systems network

POSITION POSTING Project Director, BC Food Systems Network Term: One year with possibility of extension Part-time: 30 hours (four days) per week to start Work from home office

Position Overview and Vision

The BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN) is a project on the Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI) shared platform. The BCFSN

The BCFSN has a 20-year history of grassroots engagement in BC around food systems and food policy. This has taken the form of networking and researching community-based projects and policy mechanisms that can help restore people’s connections with their food and their personal and community health. The BCFSN currently serves as: convenor of an annual conference; a sister organization to the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty; a consultant to the Provincial Health Services Authority on local food governance; and the backbone organization for a new collective impact initiative called Sustain BC. The BCFSN Steering Committee is in a process of discernment about optimal structures and ways forward for the organization and its programs.

As a project on the Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI) shared platform, the BCFSN functions as a branch or department of TCI, and the Project Director serves as the main contact between the BCFSN and the TCI Support Team and senior management. The BCFSN is responsible for strategic direction setting, conducting activities in the field and for staffing, basic administration, financial planning, and fundraising. Oversight is provided by a volunteer Steering Committee. The TCI Support Team is responsible for the administrative functions of payroll, accounting, financial reports, insurance, benefits administration, human resource management, and overall governance.

The Project Director will appreciate the moment and its opportunities and will bring both a strong vision for how the BCFSN can realize more of its potential and a strong set of management skills and tools to deliver results. The Project Director leads the BCFSN, developing key relationships, ensuring delivery of projects, and seeking out resource opportunities to ensure that the projects are well supported. The Project Director also leads a small staff team, manages communication and meetings with the Steering Committee, and supports the organization’s operations.

Key Responsibility Areas

Program Strategy and Content: 
The Project Director manages, supports and coordinates a network of individuals and organizations to achieve our vision and mission and makes strategic decisions in dialogue with the Steering Committee and Tides Canada. On a day-to-day basis, the Project Director’s role is currently largely focused on project delivery.

Organization and Program Management:
Under the direction of the Steering Committee, the Project Director is delegated the authority and responsibility to oversee all aspects of the BCFSN’s work. With the assistance of a part-time Operations Manager, the Executive Director is also responsible for BCFSN operational leadership, which includes:

  • General management and administration: program implementation, fund development (grant writing, fee for service, fundraising), operational supervision, regular project reporting, ensuring compliance with TCI procedures and funder agreements, internal and external communications (newsletter, website, listserv), and membership development
  • Financial administration: ensuring financial health of the BCFSN, which includes working with staff to draft budgets and financial statements from the TCI system for Steering Committee review and managing invoices and expense claims as required
  • Human resources management: supervising staff (and volunteers where applicable), liaising with contractors and ensuring all HR paperwork is up to date and in compliance with TCI procedures

    Qualifications and Experience

    Ability to visualize success for BCFSN and articulate the vision and inspire others (funders, TCI, Steering Committee, staff) as well as turn that vision into projects that ensure results can be delivered over the short, medium, and long term

    Undergraduate degree in an area that can usefully inform work in sustainable food systems (e.g. agriculture, food system planning, food/environmental studies, environmental sciences, public administration, law, political science, public health, social work or other relevant area of studies) or equivalent, such as 5+ years’ related program leadership experience and training

    Demonstrated/strong track record of successful project management experience

    Demonstrated/strong track record of successful facilitation or other process management experience (e.g. facilitation, conflict resolution, news media or social media)

    Non-profit management experience, including successful fundraising track record for departments or organizations in the $200,000+ per year budget range

    Human resources management experience supervising up to 10 employees and employees and ensuring contractors’ deliverables are met

    Governance experience (working with a volunteer Steering Committee or Board of Directors and supporting strategic planning and decision making)

    Financial management experience (general understanding of non-profit budgeting, accounting and financial statements)

    Proven interpersonal and relationship management skillset

    Strong English language communications skills including the ability to translate concepts effectively for many audiences and clear written communication style

    Strong computer literacy skills (e.g. Microsoft Office proficiency, basic website editing, ability to host online meetings, use of social media platforms for professional purposes). A working knowledge of TCI’s online portals and financial systems will be required, and can be acquired on the job.

    Demonstrated commitment to life-long learning


    Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. food system planning, food studies, agri-environmental sciences, geography, social work, interdisciplinary studies)

    Professional designation (e.g. Agrologist, Planning, Dietitian, Public Health Inspector)

    Work experience in the non-profit and/or advocacy sector

    Collective impact training (certificate or short course in the fundamentals)


    Anticipated start date: November 1, 2017 or as negotiated.
    Location: BC, from a home office. The Project Director needs to be able to get to Vancouver reasonably easily for occasional face-to-face meetings with Tides Canada, funders, or the Steering Committee.
    Salary: Range starting from $62,000 per annum (0.8 FTE), commensurate with experience; may be negotiated to include benefits.

    How to Apply

    Together with your resume, please forward a cover letter which includes your responses to the following questions:

    1. How did you hear about this position?
    2. What interests you most about this position?
    3. Briefly tell us how your education, skills and experiences are a good fit for this position. 4. Briefly tell us about your current/most recent job. Why are you looking for a change? 5. What excites you about the challenge of realizing sustainable food systems?
    6. How in the past, and how in this position, do you see yourself balancing the visionary, inspirational and fundraising side of this work with the practical, management and operational side?

    Please send your resume and cover letter with your responses to the above questions to Attn: BCFSN Steering Committee at by close of day on October 16, 2017. Please indicate “BCFSN Project Director” in the subject line of your email. Thank you.

Foodbank Community food hubs assistant

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank has new opportunities for three (3) Community Food Hubs Assistants. These are part-time contract positions and are responsible for tactically
supporting the implementation of change initiatives at our 13 locations, as well as supporting the ongoing maintenance of key elements that contribute to the Community Food Hub model.

Alongside the Community Food Hub staff and volunteers, the Hubs Assistant offers
support to resolve conflict, communicate with the main office as needed, implement and
maintain changes in policy, and gather feedback from our members.

More Specifically:
– Provide onsite support for Volunteer Coordinators when requested, for example, in helping to solve conflict, clarifying policy, or maintaining flow;
– Host or attend volunteer huddle to convey updates and hear feedback;
– Assisting the Hubs team in the implementation of initiatives like launching time zones, hospitality areas, or the choice-based shopping model;
- Acts as the staff representative at volunteer huddle meetings to give updates on policies, upcoming events, etc;
– Communicate back to the Community Food Hubs team regarding volunteer shortages, incident reports, and menu issues;
–  Attends sites as directed to provide support when coordinators are absent, or when specific policies need reinforcement;
– Participating in drafting or documenting current procedures or policies;
- Supports liaising with community partners.

- Familiarity with the GVFB Community Food Hub model and our policy documents is ideal;
- Effective interpersonal communication skills (written/oral), including active listening skills;- -Exceptional attention to detail;
–  Experience working in volunteer driven environments;
– Proven ability to problem solve and take responsibility to complete tasks in a timely fashion;
 Ability to pass a Criminal Record Check (Including for vulnerable persons sector);
 Proficiency in a language other than English considered an asset;

–  Significant experience working in challenging social environments;
–  Ability to work as part of an anti-oppression framework with people of diverse cultures, races/ethnicity, socio‐economic positions, ages, religions, genders, physical/mental challenges/disabilities, and sexual orientations;
- A valid and clean BC driver’s license;
- Courage and a sense of humour;
- Ability to sit and stand as needed and knows proper lifting techniques, up to 50 lbs when required.

Interested? We want to hear from you! Please email your cover letter and resume in
a one Word document to


Are you in love with farming but not the challenges of seasons or weather?  Do you want to live where home prices are a tad more affordable than the bustling city of Vancouver?  Do you love the Fraser Valley and all it has to offer:  biking, boating, fishing, skiing, camping, great food and lots of open space?

Giddy Up & Grow is a year-round operation located in an industrial warehouse in beautiful Mission, BC.   We harvest and deliver crops twice weekly to several large grocery retailers and juice bars in a diesel powered, refrigerated Sprinter van.  Our growing method uses vertical growing technology, ie racks and lights.  Our growing method is organic, sustainable and reliable.

  • Production: We have a well-developed production system allowing for year-round growing of shoots and wheatgrass
  • Social Media Presence: Giddy Up  has established and active networks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as a website.
  • Solid Customer Base: …and growing.

Giddy Up & Grow is seeking a motivated person(s) and take over ownership of the business.  Farming experience is not necessary as training will be provided.  Or add this business to your current farming business and expand into year-round growing.  The warehouse is great for starting seedlings and the refrigerated truck keeps your produce nice and cool.

If you are interested please email us  telling us a little about yourself and why this opportunity appeals to you.


Imagine your own small farm, a small cottage, fresh eggs from your chickens, growing, healthy organic vegetables and fruits…  If that sounds good to you, then maybe it’s time to stop dreaming, and take action!  Make your dream a reality by enrolling in the 2018 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture.
The UBC Farm Practicum can be taken as either a six-month (April – October), or as a four-month (April – August), experiential-learning program.  The program is part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), and is designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems.  The UBC Farm is a 24-hectare gem, the largest urban farm in Vancouver, British Columbia, and situated on a site with numerous research, educational, and community outreach activities.

Participants gain a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and a network of incredible people to support them along the way.  The main approach to learning within the program is hands-on practice.  Participants carry out seasonal farming activities with leadership provided by UBC Farm staff in the greenhouses, gardens, fields, orchards, and at our farmers’ markets. In addition, the program includes numerous guest speakers, field trips to various farming operations within the province, and access to a plot at the UBC Farm for individual and shared production.  Academic Credit is Available.

For more information, and to apply, please see the  UBC Farm Practicum website.  All applications received by October 2nd will be considered for Early Admission.  All applications for the Regular Deadline pool are due by November 5th.  Please note: You do not have to be a UBC student or post-secondary student.    

Practicum Open House at the UBC Farm is scheduled for September 16th, 12 pm – 2 pm to provide you with a forum to ask questions, meet current practicum students, and receive a tour of the site.  No registration is required.  Events also occurring at the Farm on Sept 16th include a special themed Farmer’s Market at the UBC Farm between 9 am – 1 pm, as well as a workshop on Soil Biology (10:30 am – 12:30 pmadvanced registration required).  To stay informed of our latest updates regarding UBC Farm Programming (including the Practicum Program), please sign up for our weekly newsletter.



An award winning non-profit social enterprise and registered charity, the mission of Potluck Café Society is to transform lives by creating jobs with on-the-job training for people facing barriers to traditional employment and improving access to healthy food for people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).

Potluck was founded in 2001 to help end the cycle of poverty in the Downtown Eastside community and address the needs of its most nutritionally vulnerable residents through solutions that promote employment and nutrition. Potluck works to create an inclusive and healthy neighbourhood through grassroots community economic development.

Potluck Café Society owns and operates Potluck Café & Catering to earn revenue to support our community programs and to provide employment opportunities in the Downtown Eastside. Fundraising, donations and grants comprise the balance of our funding requirements. Potluck is widely regarded as a social enterprise leader in Vancouver and abroad. Learn more about Potluck at and

We are seeking a driven, innovative and highly entrepreneurial Executive Director to provide strong leadership to our team of over 30 staff, and to take our organization to the next level. As Executive Director, together with an effective management team, you will manage an annual operating budget of $1.3M, split between dedicated resources to sustain and lead Potluck Café Society’s innovative community programs, and the remainder to oversee Potluck Café and Catering Inc.’s business operations.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Bring fresh and entrepreneurial vision and ideas across the organization to increase both business and mission impact
  • Ensure Potluck Café and Catering supports the mandate of the Potluck Café Society
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of Potluck Café Society and management of Potluck Café and Catering
  • Ensure financial sustainability of the organization
  • Ensure mission impact of the organization in both the Society and the Catering business
  • Drive revenue generation, fundraising and fund development
  • Hire, train, and lead staff and volunteers
  • Build strong collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders – employees, board members, partners, funders, and other organizations
  • Act as the primary spokesperson and face of the organization
  • In conjunction with the Board, ensure the integrity of the Society’s charitable mandate and actively participate in strategic and long-term planning for Potluck


  • Hands-on leader with a minimum of 5 to 8 years non-profit or charity leadership experience, preferably in social enterprise
  • Interest in food security, creating employment for people facing barriers, and in the well-being of the existing DTES community
  • Entrepreneurial with social enterprise or community economic development experience (or both) an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge of all facets of operating businesses and non-profits
  • Demonstrated experience in building community impact programs
  • Post-secondary qualification in business administration or equivalent combination of skills and experience, MBA is an asset
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fund development experience
  • Collaborative with the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships
  • Knowledge of community, political and socioeconomic issues, especially those affecting the DTES and Indigenous peoples.
Position:                      Executive Director
Reporting to:               Potluck Café Society Board of Directors
Compensation:            $70K to $85K (depending on experience and fit) plus Benefits

To apply: Please submit your Cover Letter & Resume to Potluck ED Search Committee. Potluck will continue to recruit for this position until we find a suitable candidate for our organization.

We thank you for your interest. We will acknowledge all applications. Interviews will be conducted during the recruitment period


Our Community Investments team here at VCH is currently looking for 2 new staff and I’m hoping you might be able to help us share these external postings for a Contract Administrator and Community Grants Coordinator, especially to anyone you think might be interested and a good fit.

  1. Community Investments Contract Administrator (Regular Full-Time)
  • Looking for a full-time Community Investments Contract Administrator (a financial and administrative coordinating role) for our grant programs. Looking for a blend of organizational, financial and community relations/communications talents – ideally also with community organization experience and sensibilities (either on a professional or volunteer basis). Must have a diploma in Financial Management, Business or Not-for-Profit Administration, Fundraising/Fund Development and/or related field, and 3 years’ recent, related experience.
  1. Community Grants Coordinator (Regular Part-Time)
  • Looking for a part-time (3 days a week equivalent) Community Grants Coordinator. Looking in particular for skill and experience in participatory community-based planning, outcome-based project evaluation, program sustainability, policy development and research analysis. Organizational capacity building knowledge and experience also a definite asset. Must have a Master’s Degree in a related field, and 3 years’ recent, related experience in development within the non-profit sector.


Hours of Work: Part Time – 2 days/wk (split between 2 mornings & 2 afternoons)
Wage: $17/hr
More Info: and

About Potluck & the DTES Kitchen Tables Project
Potluck is an award winning social enterprise operating in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. 
The DTES Kitchen Tables Project, a program of the Potluck Cafe Society is improving the
health of DTES residents by increasing the availability and choice of nutritious food across the
neighbourhood while creating jobs in the community. Based on a Right to Food philosophy, the
project is a collaboration of multiple stakeholders including residents, food providers and
growers/suppliers to create a sustainable DTES food system.

One of our key initiative is the DTES Kitchen Tables Food Procurement Group, which
coordinates shared nutritional goals, food purchasing and deliveries amongst its customers
located in the DTES. A related goal is increasing the procurement of local and regional food by
these customers as well.

The Opportunity
The role of DTES Kitchen Tables Operations Coordinator and Delivery Driver is a 100% hands
on, innovative and rewarding opportunity. As Operations Coordinator and Delivery Driver you
will use your exceptional time management and customer service skills to ensure food orders
are delivered on time to our customers. You are detail oriented with the coordination skills to
ensure food orders are accurate. Working closely with the DTES Kitchen Tables Project
Manager and in collaboration with diverse DTES organizations, you will contribute to changing
the DTES Food System.

Success in this role will be achieved by:
• An independent, flexible and entrepreneurial person who thrives on challenge
• Exceptional people and customer service skills
• Delivery experience (valid license and driving abstract required), including use of scheduling and 
routing software to manage deliveries efficiently
• Experience with inventory management software to receive orders and manage inventory levels
• Ability to work within a budget and time constraints
• Genuine interest in the wellbeing and long term sustainability of the Downtown Eastside
community and working alongside people of all backgrounds and lived experiences
• Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office – Outlook and Excel

To apply, please submit your Cover Letter and Resume via EMAIL to:
Dounia Saeme, DTES Kitchen Tables Project Manager
We thank you for your interest however only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

Potluck and the DTES Kitchen Tables Project acknowledge and honour the fact that our
community lies within the Traditional Territory of the Coast Salish people.


Small organic veggie gardening business in Vancouver is looking for an on-call helper/ gardener (or a person with gardening experience), helping out on an hourly basis with the perspective for more work during the summer months. Building of raised beds, soil moving, seeding, planting, maintenance of vegetable gardens. $15-$20/h depending on experience. Driver’s licence is required.
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Sky Harvest is Canada’s first certified organic, urban farm.  Our work transforms the urban landscape, improves access to healthy produce and provides a place of community, education and work for local residents.  Our current focus is growing microgreens and delivering them by bicycle to Vancouver’s top chefs and grocery stores.  We are looking for candidates with a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility, interested in joining our team of dedicated employees and volunteers whose unique talents shape Sky Harvest’s development.

Our day-to-day activities are driven by three core values:

·       Lead by example: Providing a strong example of corporate social responsibility in business
·       Inspire and assist: Spur the adoption of sustainability principles into others’ operations whenever feasible
·       Innovate: Use innovation to move society towards sustainability and thrive-ability


·       Delivery (by bicycle) of our microgreens to our fine chefs. We have a unique trailer system that is compatible with most bikes
·       Active participation in harvesting is also a key component of this position


·       Strong cycling skills are a must
·       Interest in urban agriculture activities and passionate about sustainability and local food systems
·       Fun and easygoing personality
·       Ability to work quickly, pay attention to small details and carry on a conversation simultaneously
·       Exhibits reliability and commitment to our organization
·       Must be able to perform physical labour on a daily basis 
·       The candidate must have their own bike and be very comfortable pulling a small delivery trailer as well.
·       Ability to perform bike deliveries of our products in all weather conditions. (Remember Vancouver experiences lots of rain!)
·       Farming, gardening or experience working with your hands considered an asset


·       1 Part-time & 1 full-time Contract position available (16-35 hours weekly for 6 months minimum with the hopes someone will stay with us for the long-term). Mandatory work days are Wednesdays & Fridays (both positions) with the full time position having additional days including alternating weekend shifts. 
·       Start time: Mid-July (interviewing immediately)
·       Pay: Starting pay is $12/hr + weekly microgreens AND end of contract bonus $.50/hr retroactive pay & HIVE climbing pass
·       Opportunity to move up within the company as we continue to grow & expand


To be considered for this position you must fill our Bike Delivery application found HERE. Please submit an introduction of yourself and why you would think you could be a good fit with usa resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to:

Position- Work Exchange/ Practicum student

Sky Harvest is looking for 2 volunteers to pitch in during harvest, which takes place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Interested applicants can assist either or any mornings in exchange for microgreens.

Volunteer tasks would include (listed in priority):

  • Helping to clean our space and equipment
  • Getting your hands dirty, literally…we are soil-based growers
  • Preparing trays for planting
  • Mixing soils
  • Conducting some planting
  • General labour and projects ie. Building growing shelves


Please submit an introduction of yourself, why you think you would be a good fit with us, a resume and any questions you may have about us or the position to: