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Director of Community Programs
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, a multi-service community agency operating in East Vancouver, is seeking a Director of Community Programs to lead a dynamic team of staff and volunteers in the growth of a broad range of inclusive community-based programs, including in the areas of children, youth, seniors, food security, and community engagement. This is a full-time, permanent position that reports to the Executive Director and works as a member of our senior management team.
OVERALL: You love working with people to grow resources, relationships, and opportunities that support the ability of communities to thrive. You relish the opportunity to strengthen programs and partnerships, and communicate their case for support. You’ve got the mustard to facilitate collaborative planning and decision- making in a dynamic community and organizational context. You create and manage systems that help staff grow skills and leadership. You write very well, and may even have an opinion about oxford commas. Your work is credible with Indigenous, immigrant, and racialized staff, volunteers, and partner organizations. Your glass is half-full, you can see the big picture, connect the details, and read between the lines.
Community Programs Leadership
Enhance and expand high-quality programs by leading your team to plan, develop, and implement impactful community programs and partnerships that respond to local needs and context.
Digest and communicate the relationships between systemic social justice issues, public policy, and community development priorities and practice.
Connect and collaborate with private, public, and non-profit organizations to identify partnership
Engage staff, volunteers, community members, and partners in our work.
Represent the organization in community, on working groups, and committees as appropriate.
Resource Development and Stewardship
Write, edit, and facilitate the development of funding proposals and contracts to support financial sustainability of existing and new programs and services.
Identify additional opportunities to generate revenue to support programs.
Develop and manage program budgets.
Ensure reporting expectations to funders are being tracked and fulfilled, on time.
Learning & Evaluation
Guide learning and evaluation to measure program effectiveness and impact.
Facilitate opportunities for staff, volunteers, and participants to share knowledge and learning that improves practice and policy.
Maintain and monitor annual program impact frameworks, outcome measurement frameworks, and reporting systems that align with strategic plan and needs of stakeholders.
Use your knowledge of information technology to analyse and promote acceptance of new methods and tools for information/data management.
Seek up-to-date knowledge of community needs, strengths and resources as well as changes to relevant legislation, regulations and policies.
Supervise and coach a team of program coordinators and managers.
Create space and opportunities for staff and volunteers to grow their knowledge and confidence to have a positive impact in community.
Provide HR expertise in recruiting, coaching, and managing performance of staff and teams.
Help deepen staff, organizational, and community engagement that advances racial, economic, and gender equity through the ways we work, and the why we work.
Develop and support implementation of HR policies and practices.
Prepare employment contracts and orientation materials.
Create opportunities that support professional learning, growth, and wellness of individuals and teams.
Alignment with Kiwassa mission, vision, and values.
Demonstrated leadership – daily supervision, employee and volunteer development, performance management, and mentorship within a diverse work and community context.
Relevant post-secondary education, such as social services, human resources management, community development, social planning, program evaluation and/or non-profit management preferred.
5+ year’s management experience within the non-profit sector.
Demonstrated program development, evaluation, and grant-writing prowess.
Experience developing and managing program budgets, cash flow forecasts and financial reports.
Ability to think strategically, to plan, organize, and execute effectively.
Ability to harness relationship between digital and in-person community engagement strategies.
Commitment to ongoing learning and professional development.
This full-time position offers a salary range of $60,000-$80,000 and an outstanding benefits package.
Interested applicants are requested to submit a cover letter and their resumes or CV on or before March 4, 2019 to email@example.com
Attn: Mark Gifford, Executive Director
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only short-listed
The Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness
3 Positions: Garden Coordinator, Group Leader, Youth Worker
Dates: 16 Saturdays, March to October 2019 (see below)
Organization: Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness
Location: Vancouver BC
The Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness (CRUW) Program was developed in 2011 by a community partnership interested in promoting the use of green space as a source of wellness and concrete skill development for vulnerable youth. The program targets Aboriginal youth in foster care and other vulnerable/at risk youth, and is grounded in the indigenous perspective that we derive wellness and community from relationship and interaction with land and territory. CRUW is based at Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS), and operates in partnership with Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden at the University of British Columbia Farm, Ministry of Child and Family Development, and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. CRUW has three distinct programming streams, including: 1) the core UBC Farm program; 2) the Life Skills & Leadership program; and 3) the Youth Mentor Committee. Together these programs serve some 100 youth annually, with the collective objectives of 1) honouring our diversity; 2) holistic and sustainable urban wellness; 3) emotional and cultural competence; and 4) youth leadership.
The UBC Farm CRUW program brings Aboriginal youth in foster care at VACFSS together with other diverse youth from MCFD to the UBC Farm. Youth participants spend 16 Saturdays working with Aboriginal Elders and knowledge keepers, program staff, and other professionals, engaging in a variety of activities and workshops relating to culture, land, and food connection. Participants are split into 3 groups of 10 youth, each led and supervised by a Group Leader – who in turn, is supported by a youth worker, a youth mentor and a volunteer. The Garden Coordinator is responsible for facilitating experiential learning in the UBC Medicine Garden. All service contractors are also required to attend a paid staff and volunteer orientation prior to the program. Candidates interested in applying are recommended to watch our video for more information and context on the program: vacfss.com/programs/cruw .
(1) 2019 CRUW Garden Coordinator Service Contractor
Contract length: 16 Saturdays & 1 Orientation from March to October 2019. Plus an additional 2-hours between sessions for debriefing (approximately 180 hours @$22.50/hour)
The Garden Coordinator works with the Program Coordinator in designing, planning and supporting the learning that will occur in the UBC Farm garden. When the Garden Coordinator is not working with youth in the garden, the Program Coordinator may request that they assist with supporting/running a program block, or assist with other tasks at the farm as they come up.
As a Garden Coordinator, you will bring with you:
- Strong capacities in youth work (both in groups and one-to-one)
- Knowledge and passion for growing food
- Strong facilitation abilities
- Direct experience with leading outdoor and experiential programming
- Excellent communication skills with youth and peers
- 2 years of related experience working directly with youth
- Valid First Aid
- Valid Criminal Record Check (to be provided by VACFSS)
(2) 2019 CRUW Program Group Leader Service Contractor
Contract length: 16 Saturdays & 1 Orientation from March to October 2019. Plus an additional 2-hours between sessions for debriefing (approximately 168 hours @$22/hour)
The Group Leader is resposible for approximately 10 youth and helps to facilitate healthy peer connections, involvement in workshops, nature connection in the garden, and plan activities, games and crafts for the youth to engage in.
As a Group Leader, you will bring with you:
- An undergraduate degree in child and youth care, social work, education, recreation, health science, or related fields; OR a diploma in other social service fields AND 3 years of related working experience
- Strong capacities in youth work (both in groups and one-to-one)
- Direct experience with leading outdoor and experiential programming
- Strong facilitation abilities
- Direct experience goal setting with youth
- Excellent communication skills with youth and peers
- Valid First Aid
- Valid Criminal Record Check (to be provided by VACFSS)
- Valid divers license (unrestricted class 4 license strongly preferred)
(3) 2019 CRUW Youth Worker Service Contractor
The Youth Worker is responsible for assisting the Group Leader, supporting healthy goup dynamics, and ensuring the well-being of all participants.
Contract length: 16 Saturdays & 1 Orientation from March to October 2019. Plus an additional 1-hour between sessions for debriefing (approximately 152 hours @$21/hour)
As a Youth Worker, you will bring with you:
- Strong capacities in youth work (both in groups and one-to-one)
- Strong facilitation abilities
- Excellent communication skills with youth and peers
- 2 years of related experience working directly with youth along with relevant education/training
- Valid First Aid (or a commitment to obtain prior to start date)
- Valid Criminal Record Check (to be provided by VACFSS)
- Valid, unrestricted class 5 diver’s license (unrestricted class 4 license strongly preferred)
Preference may be given to candidates of Aboriginal ancestry.
To apply, please email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1st, 2019.
Please reference the position you are applying for as the subject title.
Vancouver fruit tree project coordinator
The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Society (VFTP) is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to harvesting and sharing fresh neighbourhood fruit, and increasing food security in the city. Since 1999, we have picked more than 68,000 pounds of produce and redistributed it throughout the community through social service organizations. We engage with over 300+ volunteers, and our program benefits. approximately 8,000 people that are supported by our community partners. Through our work, we aim to strengthen local communities, while also minimizing food waste. The VFTP is seeking an enthusiastic, organized Coordinator for the 2019 season (the 20th year of the project!)
The Coordinator position responsibilities include:
- Organize all aspects of seasonal fruit picks including: liaising with tree owners, contacting and scheduling volunteers and connecting with community partners to receive the donated fruit for each pick.
- Keep detailed project records.
- Maintain and manage VFTP stakeholder database & contact details.
- Forward pruning requests to our partner arborist to maintain our social enterprise.
- Delegate appropriate tasks to volunteers and follow up on results.
- Spearhead new & ongoing projects as directed by the board of directors.
- Build awareness of VFTP by communicating with participants and the public through an email newsletter, print materials, in-person interactions and via social media.
- Create press releases and blog content.
- Complete an end-of-season Annual Harvest Report, and contribute to funders’ reports.
- Respond to email inquiries in a timely manner.
- Recruit new pick leaders, volunteers and tree owners.
- Coordinate and promote VFTP events as well as community tabling events with support from VFTP volunteers & board members.
- Assist with grant writing and fundraising efforts.
- Attend monthly board meetings (second Wednesday evening of each month).
- Track tasks and workflow, and maintain a succession planning document.
Our ideal candidate
- Is passionate about food security and community building.
- Has demonstrated experience recruiting and coordinating volunteers.
- Is organized, can work independently and is comfortable making decisions.
- Has strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Has a keen eye for detailed record keeping.
- Is professional and timely in both phone and electronic communication.
- Has fundraising and/or event organizing experience.
- Is comfortable with word processing programs, website management, social media, and creating graphics.
- Provides their own equipment, including computer and phone. For the length of the contract, the contractor will be responsible for their own telecommunications costs.
- Valid Driver’s License and First Aid Training are considered assets.
- Familiarity with NationBuilder software is an asset.
Timeline and Compensation
This part-time contract position will run from mid April to December 1. The job will start at 10 hours per week for training and go up to 20 hours per week during the height of summer pick season. The schedule fluctuates depending on fruit ripeness, so flexibility is key (though you generally make your own schedule). Some evening (board meetings) and weekend (community events) work is required. The wage starts at $18 per hour.
Please email a cover letter and resume in pdf format as a single document with “VFTP 2019 Coordinator” in the subject line by February 27 at midnight to email@example.com
Community Well-being Specialist
Application deadline: February 28, 2019 at Midnight PST Desired start date: March/April 2019
Compensation: $50,000 + range dependant on experience
We are looking for a Community Well-being Specialist to join our innovative and interdisciplinary team at BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC).
In your role, you will be working closely with multi-sectoral groups that include municipal governments and regional districts, regional health authorities, First Nations and not-for profit and community organizations, to build capacity for collaboration and action around critical community health challenges. For more information on our range of programs and services see our website http://www.bchealthycommunities.ca and our PlanH legacy program
- Designing and delivering curriculum and planning processes;
- Facilitating learning and planning processes and other activities such as webinars;
- Providing content expertise to support community focus areas (i.e. healthy builtenvironments, food security, active transportation, social connectedness, health andclimate change, age-friendly planning, housing, etc.);
- Connecting directly with communities to assess where they are at – helping to determinewhat types of issues they are facing and how we can support their work;
- Supporting the creation of multi-sectoral partnerships and fostering collaborations;
- Work with communities to identify strategies to move forward and create positivesolutions to difficult challenges they are facing—within their own local/regional context;
- Gathering data to help communities and BCHC determine if we are effecting change;
- Analyzing and synthesizing information from facilitated sessions, identifying themes,opportunities, and areas for further development/support; and
- Nurturing meaningful social relationships and partnerships with community groups and local champions in a range of other sectors.About youYou’re a highly experienced facilitator with a demonstrated track record. You have the ability to work through complex community challenges with multi-sectoral collaboratives. You are able to
As part of our team, you will be working in a highly collaborative learning environment to design and deliver a wide range of healthy community programs and fee for service offerings to communities across BC.
think on your feet, quickly synthesize data and adapt processes as needed. Other important things about you include:
- You are team player and love to have fun while at work;
- You enjoy people! – and strive to facilitate and nurture meaningful relationships withcommunities and individuals, including those in various levels and types of government(local, regional, provincial, and First Nations);
- You have a positive attitude with lots of curiosity and the drive to be continually learning;
- You understand the links between key social and environmental determinants of health.Focus areas could include one or more of the following:o Developing community plans, rural health and development, affordable housing, poverty reduction strategies, food systems and food security, sustainability planning and climate action, community engagement processes, and/or community health assessment;
- You recognize and understand the implications of emerging issues which may have broader influence on communities;
- You bring research skills – to ask good questions and then find ways to answer them;
- You are self-directed and you feel comfortable working on complex issues;
- You show evidence of a high degree of organizational/planning skills and resourcefulness;
- You have excellent interpersonal and communications skills.To do this job you will need
- A degree in public health or community development, ideally with special coursework related to Indigenous peoples’ health (or equivalent is a bonus);
- Minimum 3 years’ experience and demonstrated track record in facilitation and group processes;
- Experience working in, or with, a local government (municipality, regional district or First Nation) and/or health authorities, experience working with Indigenous communities an asset;
- Experience in curriculum development/workshop design, planning and evaluation;
- Must be available to travel to communities across BC (estimated 2- 3 times per month); someevenings may be required for work/travel; and
- Ability to work well independently and as part of highly collaborative a team.About Us
BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) is a province-wide not-for-profit organization that facilitates the ongoing development of healthy, thriving and resilient communities. We provide a range of
programs, resources and fee for service offerings to support communities, local governments and multi-sectoral groups to collaborate around a shared vision for a common purpose.
Our values include Integrity, Respect, Equity, Learning and Service and as such we foster and model principles, processes and practices of community development, emphasizing the value of listening, learning, respect and active engagement;
Our Commitment to You
BCHC offers a progressive workplace culture that encourages leadership and learning. We are an interdisciplinary team and we enjoy our time together, with a light hearted and compassionate approach to our work. The benefits of working at BCHC include:
- A supportive, respectful team that ‘walks-the-talk’ around personal health and sustainability;
- Opportunities for professional development to improve your existing knowledge and passion for healthy communities; and Health and a range of other benefits.
For inquiries contact Jodi Mucha, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org Please title the subject line of your e-mail: Community Well-being Specialist_ First Name Last Name.
At BCHC we value diversity and we foster a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. We encourage applications from all qualified applicants and will take into consideration any accommodation measures required to enable candidates to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.
Manager of Operations and Community Drop-In Facilitator (maternity leave coverage)
The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House is looking for a dynamic individual to manage our day to day operations and lead several programs to cover an eight month maternity leave. The successful candidate will be passionate about our Right to Food philosophy, work from a strengths-based perspective, and effectively bring people together from different corners of the community. This a great opportunity for someone that wants to combine their creativity with strong organizational skills and an interest in community development work.
We pride ourselves in providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space where our neighbours can come and learn, share their gifts, and be accepted for who they are.
- Oversee all licensing requirements and overall operation of the house
- Ensure health and safety and security procedures are in compliance for the kitchen, staff and volunteers
- Maintaining an orderly, organized programming space ensuring that the recycling, organics and waste are well maintained and prepared for pick-ups, ordering and shopping for program supplies etc.
- Updating all Neighbourhood House signage as needed
- Oversee the smooth running, staffing and volunteer coordination of the Community Drop-In, Banana Beat and Mobile Smoothie programs
- Opening and closing the DTES NH with Volunteer support for Programming
- Coordinate students, volunteers, and staff to ensure programs are operating within the mandate of the NH Right to Food Charter and related funders
- Oversee the smooth running, set up, safety, security and staffing of all Community Kitchen projects undertaken by the NH and liaise and act as the point of contact for community groups offering similar programs at the NH
- Provide program direction for Fathers for Thought program
- Create and publish a monthly calendar of activities
- Provide statistics on designated kitchen programs, meals served, staffing, volunteer hours, etc.
Other aspects of the role:
- Advocate for the Right to Food in the community
- Adhering to the DTES NH Code of conduct policies and procedures
- Supporting the work of the Right to Food programming with outside groups, attend meetings and network with organizations with shared values
- Attending staff meetings as required, complete Incident Reports as required and work effectively, respectfully and collaboratively with staff team
- Assist with staff team in planning and facilitating special events
- Write reports to funders and community groups when required
- Other duties as needed for the Neighbourhood House’s smooth operation as assigned by the Executive Director
Here are the requirements/skills/experience/aptitudes that the ideal candidate will posses. However, we will consider other relevant training, experience and factors on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum 2 years experience working with diverse or challenging populations
- Related education in social services, social work, health or education
- Experience supervising staff
- Mature judgment, a sense of humour, ability to handle stress, and a “can-do attitude”
- Ability or willingness to cook great tasting, healthy, organic food
- Understanding of approaches to community-based assets and development
- Food safe certification, first aid, non-violent conflict resolution – within one month of hire
- Standard (Class 5) drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle an asset
- Pass a criminal records check and background check – mandatory
- Able to lift 40-50 lbs
35 hours per week, $19- $23 per hour based on experience
Please send resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
Education Coordinator, Edible Garden Project
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia FULL TIME POSITION: 30 hours per week COMPENSATION: $20.00 per hour plus benefits Application Deadline: Monday, February 11th, 2019 – Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Interviews held the week of February 11th with successful applicant beginning February 19th Submit application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Shore Neighbourhood House is a not-for-profit registered charity serving the North Shore community since 1939. We believe working together to meet the grassroots needs of our neighbours, especially our most vulnerable residents is essential to building a safe, healthy and strong community. The House values and promotes cooperation, respect and empowerment through the provision of programs and services designed to meet the needs of individuals and the community as a whole.
The Edible Garden Project (EGP) is a program of North Shore Neighbourhood House. The EGP is actively increasing land used for food production, building knowledge and skills around food gardening and working with municipalities to increase opportunities for urban agriculture.
Under the supervision of the EGP Program Manager, the Education Coordinator oversees and leads the planning, organizing and implementation of learning programs and events for children and youth.
The position of Education Coordinator is responsible for the EGP’s education programs for children and youth. The role includes program planning, development, and instruction. The candidate will seek new learning opportunities while creating and modifying programs and activities to meet the ever-changing needs of individual learners, the community, and the program vision. As a key external representative of the NSNH/EGP, the Education Coordinator will utilize excellent judgement to develop credible and meaningful relationships with businesses, schools, daycares, pre-schools and the community. The Education Coordinator will work closely with the EGP Program Manager to identify opportunities and resolve concerns. The responsibilities will be done while ensuring consistency with the mission and vision of the North Shore Neighbourhood House.
- Develop and maintain professional contacts.
- Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with business, industry, schools and community.
Program Development and Implementation
- Lead, design, initiate, and implement learning programs and events for children and youth.
- Responsible for the creation and implementation of the Edible Garden Education Program (EGEP) which may compliment school curriculum, engage children and youth, and help fulfill teacher’s needs.
- Educate using visits to school gardens and EGP gardens and farms.
- Develop/create courses and programs to meet the needs of children and youth for after school and during the summer.
- Maintain program records and statistics.
- In conjunction with the Program Manager, the Education Coordinator is responsible for the recruitment, orientation and coordination of program volunteers.
- Communicate program activities.
- Collaborate on the design of specific marketing materials.
- Promote program activities internally and externally.
Requirements / qualifications
- Passionate about environmental education and growing food.
- Teaching experience with children in an outdoor setting.
- Ability to devise, research, prepare, and deliver exciting and engaging learning sessions.
- Strong interpersonal, relationship building skills.
- Excellent oral and written skills.
- Strong organizational and planning skills.
- Proficient in a variety of computer applications.
- Familiarity with the North Shore community and community service.
- Familiarity with the B.C. Curriculum
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
- Experience working in the non-profit sector.
- Flexible schedule. Tues, Wed., Thurs. AM mandatory. Includes occasional weekend events.
- Access to transportation.
- Completion of a criminal record check is required.
To submit your application:
Email subject line: FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_EducationCoord
Cover Letter and Resume: Please send as One PDF document, 3 page maximum (1 page cover letter, 2 page resume) with this file name: FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_EducationCoord
Email to: email@example.com
fARM TO sCHOOL Surrey Regional Hub – Regional Animator (Temporary – Part Time)
Duration: Feb 2019 – June 2019 (extensions available)
Farm to School BC (F2SBC) and Public Health Association of BC (PHABC)
seeks a dynamic, creative, and inspiring individual to coordinate, strengthen and expand
the Farm to School Surrey Regional Hub. Reporting to the Provincial Manager of
F2SBC, the Animator provides students with access to healthy, local food and hands-on
learning opportunities that foster food literacy while strengthening the local food system
using a comprehensive and collective impact framework.
Working alongside school district staff, teachers, students, local organizations,
public health dietitians/nurses, farmers, and additional stakeholders engaged with
nutrition, agriculture, health and education sectors, the Regional Animator will place local
people at the centre of all they do, believing that sustainable solutions are only ever
developed when the support of a local community is strongly evident. Furthermore, as a
change agent in the community, the Animator builds bridges and strengthens connections
within the community, and among various stakeholders that influence the community. The
Animator will invest in relationships that will form the solid foundation for swift and
effective future partnership development.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Support F2SBC programs in Surrey Regional Hub in achieving the three core elements of F2SBC:
o Promote healthy, local food in schools and enhance student food literacy
o Foster hands-on learning opportunities by linking F2S activities to thecurriculum
o Support the schools and the broader community connectedness
• Promote F2SBC activities on social media by posting regional events and activities via Facebook, Twitter, F2SBC website, and newsletters.
• Establish and strengthen relationships with F2SBC schools and provide ongoing support to ensure that teachers, stakeholders and partners are successfully implementing their program.
• Inspire new F2SBC programs in the region.
• Build and strengthen school-community capacity by facilitating and hosting regular networking and development opportunities (e.g., committee meetings, networking events, learning circles, webinars, and celebration events).
• Identify and secure additional funding opportunities to strengthen and support
• Background in Health Science, Education, Community Development, Nutrition, Agriculture, Public Health or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Preferred minimum of 2 years of experience utilizing setting-based approaches to health promotion, working with people and communities to integrate a holistic and multi-disciplinary method to build capacity in various settings.
• Understanding of local and sustainable food systems, child and youth health, health promotion, health literacy, agriculture and/or combination of relevant or related disciplines.
• Comfortable with the following software/social media platforms: Word Processing, Excel spreadsheets, WordPress, PowerPoint and social media platforms (e.g.. Facebook, Twitter).
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player.
• Leadership style and work ethic that promotes collaboration, inclusivity, creativity, open communication as well as independent decision-making.
• Understanding of regional food systems and school-food service systems including the network of individuals therein (e.g. principals, teachers, parents, school meal coordinators staff, and students).
• Ability to network with key stakeholders within the regional food system (farmers, gardeners, food producer groups, food processors, and food distributors; including those associated with existing F2S programs and those keen to be supplying such programs).
• In-depth knowledge of sustainable food systems, school food and/or public health nutrition
Submit your resume and cover letter to Richard Han, Provincial Manager of Farm to
School BC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application Deadline: February 12th,
Short listed candidates will be notified by February 15th. Must be available for
interview on February 19th.
Food Secure Canada EXECUTIVE Director
Reporting to: Board of Directors Location: Montreal, Quebec (Negotiable) Terms: Permanent - full time Start date: Flexible, preferred April 2019 Compensation: Commensurate with experience, generous benefits package
Founded in 2001, Food Secure Canada (FSC) is a pan-Canadian bilingual alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty. FSC works to achieve three interlocking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems by mobilizing its members and other networks in joint initiatives with a focus on advocacy for better food policies at the federal level. We also host a biannual National Assembly (Resetting the Table) which is a signature initiative attracting hundreds of participants.
Recognized as Canada’s civil society voice on food policy, FSC has been one of the major driver’s behind the development of a national Food Policy for Canada. Building on the People’s Food Policy and diverse community food practices, FSC continues to build the capacity of the national food movement and works with its members and stakeholders toward food sovereignty and deep and lasting change in the Canadian food system. This document provides a light overview of our work over the past 10 years.
With a national board of directors drawn from a variety of sectors and a small secretariat of passionate employees in Montreal, Food Secure Canada is an exciting and fun work environment right at the nexus of food, health, agriculture, and human rights. Our public is broad, our team is dynamic, our impact is growing and there are significant opportunities before us to continue to grow and strengthen our work.
The Ideal Candidate
You’re a charismatic leader, who is excited by the opportunity to build the capacity of grassroots actors to meaningfully engage and shape national-level food policy and food systems change. You are comfortable with holding a macro vision, without losing the micro details, ensuring no one is left behind. You are entrepreneurial by nature and can effortlessly motivate a small and nimble staff team and hundreds of members to move mountains, creating a positive, collaborative and fun work environment.
You’re a strategic systems thinker, and a problem solver by nature. You thrive in a fast-paced work environment and are comfortable working in a complex and shifting political landscape. You have an eye for policy details and can identify how to refine a complex policy brief to ensure it sends just the right message.
You’re an expert oral and written communicator and relationship builder. You understand how to tell Food Secure Canada’s story to foster new relationships with diverse stakeholders from across Canada, from academics to farmers, Indigenous communities, funders, industry, and government. You recognize and are committed to the full and inclusive participation of Indigenous Peoples to achieve reconciliation, and will take the time to build fully respectful cross-cultural relationships. You recognize that with a growing movement comes increasing complexity, and you are willing to explore that.
You are a strong administrator, with a background in management, human resources, financial oversight, board governance, membership engagement, and organizational development. You are committed to inclusion, diversity, and anti-oppression work and will champion transparent and democratic decision-making.
Food Secure Canada’s Board of Directors is interested to receive applications from people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds and there is a potential to adjust responsibilities of the staff to complement the skills and experience of a new Executive Director. In the short term, the Board is also willing to consider the possibility of an Interim Executive Director.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS
- Cultivates a positive, inclusive and safe work environment
- Manages organizational hiring, performance evaluations, salary increases, and general staff oversight
- Provides final oversight for all projects to ensure coherence organization-wide
- Facilitates calls, webinars, and processes with partners and members as needed
- Consults with members and other networks to develop joint projects, initiatives, and campaigns
- Maintains strong relationships with academics, funders, and food movement actors to advance advocacy and research work
- Initiates and collaborates on collective reports, recommendations, and letters for endorsement by FSC members
- Leads government relations strategy and identifIes advocacy opportunities and campaigns that can be supported by the food movement
- Maintains good relations with federal government, including Ministers, Members of Parliament (of all parties) and civil servants in several departments.
- Establishes and stewards new partnerships to enhance impact and build new alliances
- Oversees the organization of key events such as our biannual Assembly, policy workshops, training sessions, conferences and collaborations with other organizations.
FUNDRAISING AND RELATIONSHIP PARTNERSHIP
- Cultivates relationships with potential funders and maintains an up to date list of potential partners
- Works with staff, board, members, and collaborators to prepare applications and reports to funders
- Directs sponsorship drives for events
- Provides financial oversight and preparation of budgets for reports and audits, and foster good internal controls and accountability mechanisms, in collaboration with the Treasurer and Bookkeeper
GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
- Prepares materials and documents for monthly board meetings and activities and reports on organizational performance to the Board
- Oversees the development and implementation of a new strategic plan
- Oversees arrangements for Annual General Meeting, including adjusting bylaws and internal rules as necessary
- Develops, reviews and signs all contracts for suppliers, partnerships and funding agreements
- Provides oversight for payroll
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Frames and communicates FSC’s impact and vision for the Canadian food movement to funders, policymakers, partners, stakeholders, and the public, including the creation of reports, op-eds, think pieces, and webinars,
- Monitors, analyzes, and comments on food policy issues
- Provides oversight for communications (newsletter, social media, and website content)
- Liaises with public officials, community stakeholders, members of the private sector, philanthropy and academic and research communities
- Develops communications strategies as appropriate, particularly as they relate to advocacy initiatives
- Supports all media relations
- Minimum 4-7 years experience in a senior management position, with experience leading a national non-profit preferred
- Significant experience working in organizational leadership and management
- Strong human resources, financial management, and administrative planning experience
- Proven track record of successfully collaborating with diverse stakeholders, including grassroots advocates, civil society, funders and government
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills for stakeholder engagement, alliance building, and strategy development
- Demonstrated expertise in policy development and advocacy
- Familiarity with writing grants and working with funders
- Experience managing change, at staff, board, and organizational level, in a fast-paced and shifting environment
- Confident problem solver with excellent interpersonal skills
- Knowledge and commitment to food justice, anti-racism, decolonization, and food-system issues
- An understanding and commitment to Indigenous processes of reconciliation
- Knowledge of the Canadian food movement context and key actors an asset
- Experience working with a national board of directors an asset
- Bilingualism is a strong asset
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and CV in one document in a Word or PDF file in the format “Last name, Firstname” to Melana Roberts, Board Chair at Chair@foodsecurecanada.org(link sends e-mail) by February 28 with “Executive Director” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.
After 17 years in its current location on the ground floor of the Portland Hotel, Potluck has outgrown the capacity of its existing space, and is looking to re-locate by spring 2020, in order to provide the opportunity for our programs, services, and catering business to grow.
We are seeking a driven, innovative and experienced Executive Director to provide strong leadership to our team of over 30 staff, and to drive the organization’s search for a new home. The ideal candidate has a strong background in fund development, has been involved in a facility move or business expansion, and feels passionate about inclusive employment.
Reporting to: Potluck Café Society Board of Directors
Summary of Responsibilities:
- Lead the organization through the search and transition to a new operating location
- Drive fund development and donor relations by developing and executing a comprehensive fundraising strategy
- Successfully develop and steward major gift prospects
- Oversee day-to-day operations of Potluck Café Society
- Provide executive support to the 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
- Hire, train, manage, and motivate Society 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
- Experience navigating business growth and financing
- Interest in creating employment for people facing barriers, food security, 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, 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.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $70,000.00 to $85,000.00 /year
Send resume and cover letter to: potluckboard (at) gmail.com
SCHOOLYARD FARM INTERN – VANCOUVER
Position Dates: March-November; May-August interns will be employed through Canada Summer Jobs
If you love to be outside and to get away from the monotony of the computer, if you love sharing food with your community, or if you see the magic in sprouting seeds, this might be the position for you!
See the full job posting here: 2019 Vancouver Farm Intern
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Applications due: DEADLINE EXTENDED! Open until filled.
Position Dates: January through mid-May, continuing as Canada Summer Jobs staff mid-May-August.
If you’re passionate about working with teens and cultivating personal growth and community leadership through farming, this could be the job for you!
See the full job posting here: 2019 Vancouver SOYL Facilitator Intern
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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.
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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:
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• 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
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• Active participation in harvesting and planting is also a key component of this position
• Strong cycling skills are a must
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• 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
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• Start time: early- mid January (interviewing immediately)
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