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Gordon Neighbourhood House – Community Connecter (Urban Gardening and Growing)

UnknownPart-time Program Support Worker Internal/External Job Posting

START DATE As soon as possible DEADLINE Until position filled

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE 1 Temporary part-time position (7 hours per week) COMPENSATION $21.07/hour+4% in lieu of benefits

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Gordon Neighbourhood House has served as a community hub in Vancouver’s West End for over 75 years. As a place-based organization, we work alongside passionate neighbours, committed partners, dedicated local businesses, and progressive policy-makers to help shape and transform our neighbourhood into the community we all want to live in.

For many years Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH) has facilitated a range of participant- centred urban gardening and food-related initiatives in our community, including: accessible gardening boxes, free herb gardens, community gardening plots, garden clubs, therapeutic gardening, indigenous-led growing, nature walks, food festivals, and skills-building workshops.

Today, community gardening and urban growing is taking on increased importance as a valuable opportunity for neighbours to socialize, get outdoors, learn new skills and knowledge, and foster dialogue about important issues such as sustainability, reconciliation, and food security.

We are looking for a passionate Community Connector who can engage neighbours, support volunteers, share skills and knowledge, provide helpful resources, and foster meaningful dialogue amongst partner organizations and community members from different backgrounds.

KEY DUTIES

  • Create meaningful opportunities for community building

  • Raise awareness of environmental assets and outdoor opportunities in our community

  • Engage community members who are interested in our natural world

  • Connect interested neighbours and strengthen social networks around shared interests

  • Celebrate and embrace diversity, intercultural exchange, and multigenerational connection

  • Centre Indigenous peoples, and their rights, knowledge, and practices

  • Share information, skills, and knowledge that will support an appreciation of our natural world and encourage neighbours to (re)connect with the land

  • Foster dialogue around important issues such as sustainability, biodiversity, reconciliation,

    and food security

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Foster meaningful dialogue amongst community members from different backgrounds

  • Connect avid growers and related community groups on the Downtown Peninsula

  • Provide accessible and rewarding growing opportunities for community members

  • Coordinate GNH garden plots, accessible gardening boxes, and neighbourhood herb boxes

  • Host engaging and accessible events and initiatives

  • Support and encourage volunteers with community skills and knowledge

  • Engage youth in outdoor and gardening activities

    TASKS

  • Engage neighbours, partners, and businesses through social media, digital communication, and in-person interactions

  • Coordinate volunteer opportunities in the West End

  • Respond to enquiries and support interested neighbours and volunteers

  • Complete program-related records and documentation

  • Maintain and organize supplies and equipment

  • Work with partners to ensure GNH garden plots are accessible, attractive, and welcoming

  • Host online and in-person events and workshops with small groups and individuals

  • Purchase and coordinate delivery of tools and supplies

  • Ensure community and personal safety at all times in GNH affiliated growing sites

  • Provide administrative support to related programs

 
 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Corresponding abilities, relevant experience, or a combination of education and training – Ability to multi-task, prioritize duties, and manage time efficiently

Ability to work in a team environment or independently

Self-motivated and directed

Patience and understanding when working alongside participants with various skill levels

Ability to stand, sit, kneel, bend, move, complete repetitive motions and lift up to 25 pounds for the entirety of the shift, or a willingness to schedule accordingly

Ability and willingness to work outdoors (weather dependent)

A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle or enrollment in a car-share program is considered an asset

Knowledge of local Squamish-Musqueam-Tsleil Waututh law and protocol or ability to learn considered an asset

LOCATION

Gordon Neighbourhood House is located at 1019 Broughton Street in the West End of Vancouver. Our facility is open to staff Monday to Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm during the pandemic. Most shifts will take place during these regular operating hours. The hours of this position are dependent on funding and may increase if additional funding is secured, or if new programs are introduced.

TO APPLY

Please e-mail your resume, and a brief description detailing why you would be a great fit for this position to welcome@gordonhouse.org with ‘Community Connector’ in the subject line. Including a cover letter will help us gauge your level of interest and experience, however it is not required.

This is an internal and external posting. We thank all interested applicants; however only short- listed candidates will be contacted.

Gordon Neighbourhood House is a proud member of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC), which is an equal opportunity employer. We place a high value on diversity and encourage individuals from all backgrounds and identities to consider applying for the position. Our total compensation and benefits package reflects our commitment to our staff and their family. For more information about Gordon Neighbourhood House, visit http://www.gordonhouse.org.

 

City of Vancouver Social Planner I – Social Infrastructure Food Systems

UnknownLocated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents. Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function

Reporting to the Managing Director of Social Policy, the incumbent will work independently and as part of a team to help improve the social well-being of Vancouver residents, communities, and neighborhoods.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

This position provides project management and leadership in the delivery of Vancouver’s Food Strategy within the Social Policy & Projects Division of the Arts, Culture and Community Services department. The Vancouver Food Strategy encompasses a wide range of portfolios requiring coordination among multiple City departments and liaising with numerous external stakeholders. This position is responsible for implementing the Food Strategy’s goals and the actions outlined in the 2013 strategy and 2017 updated action plan, while prioritizing the City’s
commitments to reconciliation, equity, and anti-racism.

As a project manager, the position works in collaborative leadership with other City departments on initiatives including: urban agriculture (urban farming, community gardens, etc.); food access (retail, farmers and community food markets); food distribution (food infrastructure, resilience); food waste; development application review (implementation of sustainable food systems requirements of the Rezoning Policy for Sustainable Large Developments); grant adjudication; and other food system projects and policies. The Social Planner I also provides a range of professional and technical services in support of social infrastructure and community-use projects and policies identified as priorities within the Social Policy & Projects Division, and expressed in the Healthy City Strategy (HCS). The incumbent will work toward achieving HCS goals by providing research and analysis and developing and implementing social policy focused on food systems and other City priorities, as well as participate in cross-department work groups focused on creating, preserving and renewing social infrastructure.

The incumbent will be responsible for drafting reports to City Council which outline policies, programs, issues and recommendations. The incumbent in this position will also conduct research, planning, coordination, facilitation and advice between Social Policy and other Civic departments in the area of community service needs, social sustainability, and other social issues, as well as develop, implement and evaluate policies and programs in these areas.

Other duties/responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications
Education and Experience:
– University graduation in the Social Sciences, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Food Systems, or other related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
– Relevant lived experience combined with a broad perspective lens on supporting best practices in advancing reconciliation, equity, and anti-racism within food systems and social infrastructure, is preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
– Experience and content knowledge in the areas of municipal social planning, social policy, land-use planning, community development, and social determinants of health.
– Experience in food policy, racial justice, and sustainable food systems issues, including knowledge of the Vancouver Food Strategy.
– Strong familiarity with, and understanding of the landscape of community-based and non-profit social
service organizations in Vancouver.

– Familiarity with the Food Strategy, Healthy City Strategy, plus knowledge of City services, programs and processes, including the securing of community benefits from development.
– Ability to work effectively in a socially diverse context with communities that face systemic inequities and discrimination due to colonialism, racism, and economic exclusion.
– Demonstrated ability to collaboratively develop and implement policy, programs and strategies.
– Demonstrated ability to engage with, negotiate, and build consensus with internal departments and with external parties including community stakeholders on complex social planning issues.
– Experience in project management and project tracking.
– Strong communication skills, including the ability to clearly explain complex social planning issues and information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
– Demonstrated skill in preparing complex written communications such as briefing notes, policy documents, speaking notes, and reports.
– Ability to complete complex assignments using sound professional techniques and judgment.
– Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, professionals and the public.
– Ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team and to cooperate with other employees, officials and the public.

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time
Position Start Date: July, 2021
Position End Date: December, 2022
Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029 : $44.83 to $53.01 per hour
Application Close: June 13, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so
proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are
encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. If you would
like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through our careers site.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn
more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 

Youth Program Manager – Environmental Youth Alliance

downloadTerms: 36 hrs/wk, full-time permanent
Start Date: Flexible – July or Aug 2021
Annual Salary: $46,800 – $48,672 ($25 – $26/hr)
AnnualBenefits: 5 weeks vacation I $500 Health Spending Account I $150 and 3 paid days for professional development
Reports to:
Executive Director

What we do: mission & mandate
EYA engages youth targeted by systemic barriers to become environmental stewards. We provide trauma-informed, land-based education and paid job training programs that braid Western and Indigenous perspectives on land stewardship. Our work is grounded in an acknowledgement of the intersection of social and environmental injustice. You’ll be joining a collaborative team of caring, creative, fun, like-minded colleagues and an organization committed to decolonizing action. Find out more about our team and work: www.eya.ca

What you’ll do: situation & role overview
We’re looking for someone to lead our Roots & Shoots land-based employment training program for youth who identify as Indigenous, People of Colour, and/or living with a disability. The program engages small groups of five youth in hands-on training in employability skills and job skills in native plant horticulture, ecological restoration, environmental education, and Indigenous land stewardship – followed by work placements with a local environmental organization. The manager oversees the development and delivery of this program and supervises a small team of program coordinators. Activities take place at outdoor sites in East Vancouver.

Key responsibilities

  • Supervise a team of coordinators responsible for program facilitation and delivery
  • Ensure project deliverables are met; manage project budget and reporting 
  • Design curricula & lesson plans engaging youth to develop employability skills; apply a critical and decolonial lens to these teachings
  • Support coordinators to refine existing curricula on environmental job skills (native plant horticulture, ecological restoration, Indigenous land stewardship, environmental education) 
  • Co-facilitate 3 x 10-week training programs annually with coordinators (in-person & virtual)
  • Develop partnerships with work placement employers (local environmental non-profits)
  • Manage 12-week work placements; support youth and employers
  • Support youth to connect with community resources and find employment post-program
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and partner organizations
  • Lead the recruitment and registration of 5-6 youth participants per cohort
  • Coordinate program logistics (materials purchase, catering, scheduling guests, etc.)
  • Develop policies to guide program delivery through a trauma-informed & decolonial lens
  • Monitor and track progress of youth participants  
  • Oversee program administrative tasks (waivers, etc.)
  • Lead program evaluation: youth surveys, interviews, etc.

What you’ll bring: requirements & assets
We’re looking for an energetic and skilled facilitator with experience managing projects and supervising small teams. You have knowledge and/or interest in skills training for youth and land-based education. You’re familiar with lesson planning and curricula – and ideally with trauma-informed and decolonizing practices that allow you to apply a critical lens to employability training. You’re a good communicator, organized, collaborative, and excited about EYA’s mission.

  • 2 – 3 years experience managing projects; ideally some budget experience
  • Experience facilitating youth skills training and/or land-based education 
  • Experience supervising and supporting a small staff team or volunteers
  • Experience designing curriculum and lesson plans 
  • Strong knowledge of basic employability skills (communication, teamwork, work planning, project management, computer skills, etc.) through training or lived experience
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practice and decolonizing practices an asset
  • Knowledge of Indigenous land stewardship, horticulture, or ecological restoration an asset
  • Knowledge of local native plants and ecology an asset  
  • Class 5 driver’s licence and ability to join MODO car co-op an asset 
  • Able to manage a large project and achieve deliverables  
  • Clear and open communication skills 
  • Able to work collaboratively with a small team  
  • Highly organized and a good problem solver
  • Committed to doing your best work
  • Flexible and willing to pitch in to make things happen
  • Able to do physical work in an outdoor setting in all weather conditions
  • Personal values fit with EYA mission and culture
  • Satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check, required
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1 and FoodSafe Level 1, or willing to obtain

Covid-19: EYA has health & safety policies in place to keep our staff and participants safe. Until health orders change, you’ll be working at home with visits to programming sites as needed. 

How to apply
E-mail a resume & letter describing the experience / skills you would bring to this job to Emily Keller, Executive Director with “Program Manager application” in the subject line: emily@eya.ca

The deadline to apply is June 23rd, 2021 or until filled. Applications will be reviewed upon submission and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis until position is filled. We are hoping to fill the position as soon as possible but are flexible on start-date for the right candidate.

EYA believes environmental stewardship must centre the voices of communities targeted by systemic marginalization. We prioritize applications from people who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, LGBTQ2S, living with a disability, and others with lived experience of oppression. We encourage you to self-identify in your application.

EYA operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) people.

 

Columbia Valley Food and Farm Coordinator
Position Details: Full-Time (32 to 40-hours per week), Contract Position – One Year Term

UnknownStart date June 2021,
Renewable Contract, pending additional funding being secured
Reporting to: Executive Director – Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce
Along with guidance and input from the CV Food and Farm Board

Closing Date: June 1, 2021
Wage Range: $20 to $22 per hour, based on experience and paid as an annual salary

SUMMARY:
Columbia Valley Food & Farm (CVF&F) has been supporting producers and advocating for locally grown and produced food for many years. In a new partnership with the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce (CVCC), a position has been created for a Columbia Valley Food and
Farm Coordinator to grow the capacity for CVF&F into the future. The successful applicant will be passionate about connecting producers to consumers and promoting locally produced and processed foods in our Valley. Collaboration and building relationships will be key to your success, as will your exceptional people skills and ability to work independently. Being a pilot year for this position, you will need to be flexible in seeking new partnerships and opportunities.

DUTIES & DELIVERABLES:
• Coordinates the Food and Farm Guide.
• Supports producers and processors in relation to Covid-19 recovery and beyond:
o Communicates/shares updates on restrictions around farmers’ markets, restaurants, farm visits, etc.
o Engages in Local Food Marketing initiatives such as highlighting producers and processors in our newsletters, articles for print and social media, and other opportunities.
o Promotes our producers and processors through the Food and Farm Guide and other avenues such as farmers’ markets, articles, newsletters, social media.

• Liaises with producers, food service and retail operators, to inform them about the importance of our local food system, agriculture, and field to plate opportunities in the Columbia Valley.
• Partners in and supports local food security projects such as Food Recovery and Farm to Foodbank initiatives.
• Collaborates with and stays informed about governmental food security initiatives related to our local food system, and especially, Covid-19 regulations.
• Plans and implements events and activities that raise awareness about the local food system and the utilization of locally grown foods including projects that specifically support youth and vulnerable populations.
• CVF&F spokesperson and key contact for organizations such as local government, Columbia Valley Food Bank, and Windermere District Farmers’ Institute, to name a few.
• Stays informed about the local food system in the Columbia Valley.
• Writes articles for print and digital media in addition to Covid-19 recovery focus.
o Manages social media accounts- Facebook, Instagram etc with support from CVF&F.
• Seeks future funding opportunities, writes applications, and submits reports as required.
• Works with the CVF&F board on events, fundraising initiatives, and outreach.
• Attends board meetings for CVF&F and submits progress reports as required.

OTHER JOB RESPONSIBILITIES & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:
• Builds and maintains a data base list of producers and commercial operators.
• Maintains general website updates.
• Monitors all social media accounts, email, and phone interactions.
• Organizes virtual and/or physical Food and Farm Tours.
• Attends farmers’ markets to raise awareness about local producers and processors while highlighting local food products.
• Submits an annual report.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
• Valid BC driver’s license and insured vehicle that can handle highway driving.
• Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
• Moderate knowledge of social media platforms, primarily Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
• Moderate knowledge of email marketing platforms such as Constant Contact and Mailchimp.
• Proven meeting facilitation experience, both in-person and virtual, with proficiency in meeting logistics, presentations, and engagement skills.
• Experience in media, advertising, writing, and marketing preferable.

SKILLS, ABILITIES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
• Self-motivated, confident, and able to work well independently.
• Excellent communication skills – verbal, written and electronic.
• Excellent customer care skills including cold calling and relationship management.
• Strong organizational and time management abilities including proficiency multi-tasking and prioritizing tasks.
• Established connections and relationships with local and regional producers, like-minded organizations, and stakeholders.
• The ability to listen, understand and respond to the needs of our producers is essential.
• Ideally, the candidate will reside in the Columbia Valley with experience and or education in local food systems work, including food security projects, local food marketing and non-profit and social enterprise.

APPLICATIONS:
• This position has been created with funding support that recognizes priority candidates with circumstances including one or more of the following:
o Currently residing in British Columbia.
o Currently unemployed or under-employed.
o Youth (aged 16-30)
o Individuals with disabilities (either Persons with Disabilities (PWD) designation through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

• To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume via email to Pete Bourke, Columbia
Valley Chamber of Commerce, email executivedirector@cvchamber.ca.

 

Indigenous Lead: Local Food to School

Location: Open to any location in Canada/Indigenous Territories (or Nations)
Job Terms: 28-35 hours / week; 1-year contract from July 1 2021 – June 31, 2022 (with potential to extend)
Salary: $50,000-55,000
Application Deadline: Wednesday June 9th, 2021 5pm PST

UnknownPosition Summary:     Indigenous Nations, communities and their schools, as well as communities and schools that include Indigenous people, from coast to coast to coast are engaging students in eating, preparing, harvesting, growing, and embracing traditional and other healthy foods. Farm to Cafeteria Canada is seeking an Indigenous Lead to support these communities and schools in their efforts. The Indigenous Lead will work as a member of our national team to enable networking and relationship building, storytelling, connection and funding so that people who are looking to integrate Indigenous food ways and healthy, local foods into their school communities have more resources and connections to do so.

Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) is a pan-Canadian partnership-based organization whose vision is vibrant and sustainable regional food systems that support the health of people, place and planet. Our organization is built upon relationships and, together with our partners, we collaborate to educate, build capacity, strengthen partnerships, and influence policy to bring local, healthy, and sustainable foods to public spaces.  An area of focus for F2CC is to grow and strengthen the national farm to school movement by supporting people and organizations across the country who are connecting children and youth to their food and the land and waters it comes from. 

F2CC is a settler-led organization. Since 2011 when we were established, F2CC has committed to recognize and support Indigenous food systems in our funded projects and food literacy activities. To date, through the Farm to School: Canada Digs In! initiative, we have given grants of up to $10,000 to 120 schools in Canada, of which 17 schools across the provinces and territories of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and Ontario have self-identified as Indigenous or as having strong connections to Indigenous communities. 

We are proud of what we have accomplished so far; however, we know that we need to do much more to better honour the Indigenous peoples, histories and lands on which we all live today.

About our local food to school efforts

F2CC supports school communities to engage students in eating, preparing, harvesting, growing, and embracing healthy local food. Through these activities, students connect with their broader communities and develop food literacy, all while strengthening vibrant regional food systems. We typically refer to this as the “farm to school” or “local food to school” approach.

This approach can complement the work of those who are bringing traditional Indigenous food ways into schools. F2CC has funded many projects where, from remote communities to urban centres, schools are engaging Elders and Knowledge Keepers to teach about food and Indigenous food systems and are incorporating traditional foods, practices and traditions throughout the school day. For a sampling of stories, read Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay Secondary School, Masset BC’s story and learn about other schools that are integrating Indigenous food ways.

Background to the Indigenous Lead position:

F2CC has been working within our own team to envision how our mandate and operations can better include and reflect Indigenous voices, perspectives, values, and ways of knowing. In February and March 2021, F2CC hosted 3 virtual sharing circles where Indigenous community members and individuals who support Indigenous communities shared stories of learning, prosperity, challenges and resiliency within their community’s school food initiatives. Participants appreciated connecting, learning about each others’ work, and sharing how they are bringing Indigenous foods and traditions to school communities.

What we heard was an interest in F2CC continuing to hold conversations and space so that people can build relationships, share how they have overcome challenges, and share resources and stories with each other of how they are reshaping their school food systems. We also heard an interest in F2CC providing flexible and accessible granting opportunities that are more suited to Indigenous schools and communities. The Indigenous Lead position has been developed to support these next steps.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Indigenous Lead will work as a part of a team to:

Facilitate relationships and support school communities:

  • Facilitate relationships and knowledge sharing with and among teachers, principals, Elders, Traditional Knowledge Keepers, public health professionals, youth, food providers, and other members of school communities who are supporting healthy school food systems.  
  • Listen to the needs and opportunities that people bring forward and begin to take steps to address these needs. This may be through documenting and sharing stories of success through the F2CC blog or other platforms, sharing funding opportunities, inviting people to share how they have overcome challenges, and supporting school communities with grant applications. 

Support F2CC’s organizational approach and communications:

  • Work with the F2CC team to ensure that grants are more accessible to Indigenous Nations and communities and that people across identities and traditions can see themselves in F2CC’s materials and messages. 
  • Inform F2CC in its work to ensure that Indigenous values and ways of knowing are appropriately and consistently represented within the national farm to school movement.
  • Support the F2CC team to engage in active processes that advance food justice and anti-oppression work including working on ways to increase knowledge among non-Indigenous people that occupy this land.
  • Inform F2CC in its work toward ensuring that its structures are inclusive and support Indigenous Food Sovereignty.
  • Contribute to the F2CC website including helping to develop blog content and contribute resources for the F2S Resource Centre.
  • Review and provide feedback on evaluation tools.
  • Attend and contribute to regular national project team meetings.

Administration:

  • Report on activities.
  • Support fundraising efforts to extend or expand this role. 
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • Lived experience  with Indigenous protocols, teachings and worldviews 
  • Experience working with urban and rural Indigenous communities and organizations 
  • Familiarity with issues related to food security and food sovereignty
  • Demonstrated commitment to food justice and anti-oppression
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in community development or food security programming
  • Demonstrated experience in community outreach, mobilizing, facilitation, organizing, and capacity building including in an online environment
  • Values listening and working to support collaborative efforts
  • Excellent communicator—both oral and written (in English)
  • Familiarity and comfort using digital communication tools i.e., emails, websites, social media, desktop publishing, etc.
  • Self-motivated and can work from a home or partner office (if available) 
  • Access to a computer and stable internet connection 

Assets:

  • Knowledgeable of Farm to Cafeteria Canada and its activities
  • Understands the local food to school approach and has experience advancing aspects of it
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment
  • Communication skills in French / one or more Indigenous language(s)

F2CC is committed to supporting the participation and engagement of the unique and diverse communities we serve. We strive to foster a fair and respectful environment that welcomes people of all cultures, ethnic origins, faiths,  gender identity or expression, sex and sexual orientation, ages, abilities and other lived experiences.


Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants and we encourage all those with relevant skills and experience to apply.
To apply: Please send your resume and a one-page cover letter to info@farmtocafeteriacanada.ca 
Deadline for application: Wednesday June 9th 5pm PST
 

JOB DESCRIPTION: DISTRICT MANAGER

UnknownFull – Time Permanent
35 hours a week

Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. With the initial goal in 1995 to create the fun and value of weekly Farmers Markets in urban settings, the Society and the Markets have become Vancouver plazas of fun, discovery, and connecting. We produce our weekly Markets to create healthy food networks that sustain our land, our community, and our homes.

Vancouver Farmers Markets organizes numerous farmers markets in eight Vancouver neighborhoods throughout the year. Our markets attract over 450,000 shoppers and generate over 10 million dollars in sales annually.

Our organization supports over 250 farmers, crafters, and food producers, who make, bake, grow, or catch the products for sale at the market. Through our work, we help keep over 6,500 acres of BC farmland in production and provide business and employment opportunities for hundreds of people in our local community.

Working for Vancouver Farmers Market means getting to work with a group of passionate, dedicated and approachable people. We pride ourselves on being flexible, energetic, and innovative and cutting edge. People love working for Vancouver Farmers Market because you get the opportunity to make a difference in your community.

Vancouver Farmers Market Employees care about their community, have an interest in sustainability and local food, and are innovative and flexible in their ability to achieve the organizations goals. We look for people who are positive, collaborative, full of new ideas and who are motivated to work hard to ensure access to local food in our region.

Summary

The role of the district manager is to ensure their assigned markets have the resources and support needed to operate successfully. This includes support in the following areas:

  • On-going training and support of market manager,

  • Management of budget and distribution of resources among assigned markets

  • Maintenance of existing relationships and building of new relationships with market community

  • Communication with Operations Manager to ensure ongoing planning and smooth operations

    Currently, in all cases, District Managers are also Market Managers for at least one market and emergency backup for all other markets in their district. The role of market manager is to ensure their assigned market operates efficiently. In addition to the above, this includes coordination of:

  • Vendor scheduling, booth assignment and collection of fees

  • Market set up, tear down and operations

  • On-site communication with staff, vendors, customers, and neighbours

    Reports to: Operations Manager

    Direct Reports: Market Manager and Market Crew in assigned district

    Key Tasks and Responsibilities

    HR Management

  • Train, supervise and perform annual performance review for market managers within district

  • Hiring, orientation, training and supervision of market crew

  • Scheduling and delegating responsibilities to market crew

  • Identifying and training of new potential market managers from seasonal staff

    Resource Management

  • Maintain record of equipment and merchandise inventory

  • Ensure equipment is being maintained, and perform basic equipment maintenance based on maintenance schedule

  • Identify opportunities to be more efficient with equipment and resources

  • Communicate needs for new equipment, significant repairs to Operations Manager

    Participant Coordination

  • Recruitment, scheduling and retention of Vendors, initially & ongoing throughout the year

  • Working with the Operation Manager to cultivate pool of vendors appropriate for market locations

  • Support orientation of new vendors

  • Planning market day layout of vendors, community tables and buskers

  • Collection of vendor fees and ensuring vendor policies are followed

  • Community Table, Volunteer and busker program co-ordination and scheduling

  • Office “Point of contact” for participants interested in markets in assigned district Market Operations Support and Communication

  • Market set up and tear down

  • Managing market money and merchandise sales

  • On-site communication with staff, vendors customers, and neighbours

  • Updating sales and inventory counts, communicate needs for supplies to Operations Manager

  • Troubleshoot market site issues with Market Manager and/or Operations Manager and help find solutions

  • Ensure markets are meeting VFM standards for safety, aesthetic appeal and permitted use

  • Ensure market special programs (ie. Sponsor activations, coupon program, master gardeners, donation station, etc.) are properly accounted for with space and equipment

  • Assist Market Manager in communicating rule violations, follow up paperwork

  • Communicate changes in market operations procedures to Operations Manager

    Events and Marketing

  • Plan for and approve special event plans, manage budget and resources

  • Contribute to bi-weekly vendor bulletin and monthly newsletter as appropriate

  • Contribute to annual advertising and promotions plan

  • Ensuring posters and other marketing material are posted for upcoming events

  • Updating social media and event listings

  • Communicate district events and new market features to staff at meetings

  • Contribute to gaining sponsorships for markets under your supervision

  • Contribute to website and social media content pertaining to market events and happenings

Data Entry, Analysis, Meetings and Reporting

  • Ensure Market Manager sales reports are up to date

  • Provide weekly/bi-weekly updates at staff meetings

  • Participate in monthly District Manager meetings

  • Report out monthly, quarterly, annually to Operations Manager, Board as needed

  • Plan and ensure annual surveys take place at your market locations

    Key Performance Metrics:

    Examples of key performance metrics include but are not limited to the following:

    • Achieving district goals for stall revenue and market profit/loss

    • Achieving district goal of booked stalls

    • Achieve district goal of number of shoppers per week (if applicable)

    • Achieve individual markets merchandise and money market sales goal (ie. Markets within district see 10% or greater increase in overall sales)

    • Funds raised balance between +/- $2.00 each market day

  • Markets are fully staffed with market crew

  • Market supplies and equipment are well maintained and have less than 10% replacement rate per year

  • Connection to community, overall vendor satisfaction (info via vendor survey)

    Skills/Attributes Required

  • Ability to manage people and budgets

  • Ability to forecast and set goals

  • Ability to organize and plan for on site event logistics

  • Ability to hire, train and delegate to staff

  • Ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically with a variety of stakeholders

  • Ability to manage fund of up to $15 000

  • Ability to enforce market policies and contribute to changes to policies via annual review

  • Knowledge of event and food safety, either through the completion of Market Safe or Food Safe or both.

    Education and Experience

  • Completion of High School, with a preference for completion of a college or university program ideally with courses in any of the following: event planning, administration, management, marketing, communications, human resources or community engagement

  • Food Safe Level 1 and Basic First Aid – either currently have or will be able to easily obtain prior to commencing employment

  • Experience managing teams of 5-10 people in a service/retail/operations setting

  • Experience coordinating events including planning logistics, delegating tasks and

    communicating with stakeholders

  • Experience with cash management of funds of up to $15 000

  • Prior farmers market management experience is a must – candidates with VFM market management experience will be considered strongly

  • Experience using vendor scheduling software “Manage My Market”

  • Familiarity with AccountEdge, Excel, Word, Adobe Creative Suite, Better Impact, When I Work, G Suite

  • Valid BC Drivers License with clean driving record. Access to a reliable car an asset.

Email resumes and cover letters to randy@eatlocal.org with “District Manager” in the subject line.

 

COMMUNITY PROGRAM WORKER (Cooking) 

UnknownDo you enjoy cooking? Are you eager to make an impact in your community? Are you looking to join a team of fun, dedicated, and passionate people? If your answer is yes, Gordon Neighbourhood House is looking for you!

POSTED: April 1st, 2021
START DATE: As soon as possible DEADLINE: Until position filled

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Two
1 Permanent part-time position (21 hours per week)
1 Temporary part-time position (14 hours per week until fall 2021)

COMPENSATION

Permanent part-time: $17.12/hour + benefits;
Temporary part-time: $17.12/hour + 4% in lieu of benefits.

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a public health emergency, Gordon Neighbourhood House (GNH) in collaboration with our partners started an emergency frozen meal delivery program.

This program is one of several initiatives GNH has launched to improve food access in the community during the pandemic, and seek permanent solutions to the persistent and systemic causes of food insecurity in our neighbourhood.

Every week, we prepare and freeze 250 made-from-scratch meals, which are then delivered directly to participants. Since the program started, our food team has prepared over 9,000 delicious and nutrient-rich meals that feature diverse menu options, while accommodating participant dietary restrictions.

We are looking for two part-time team members who will be responsible for preparing, cooking, and portioning 250-300 meals every week. This is a hands-on kitchen role. Examples of meals could include: vegetarian curries, spaghetti, stews, macaroni & cheese, stir fries, peanut stews, casseroles, chili, tofu bowls, etc.

KEY DUTIES
– Prepare food for emergency frozen meal delivery program

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

– Follow FoodSafe health and safety procedures at all times – Create meals using recipes from our monthly menu
– Prepare ingredients and cook delicious and healthy food
– Heat and cool meals to required temperatures

– Portion and plate meals
– Clean and sanitize kitchen, equipment, and utensils
– Ensure meals are prepared on time and within our budget

TASKS

– Maintain kitchen tidiness and ensure supplies and equipment are clean and organized – Set-up, clean, and sanitize work stations
– Clean, wash, and sanitize equipment, dishes, and utensils
– Complete program-related records and documentation

– Estimate expected ingredient requirements and coordinate preparation
– Prepare ingredients for cooking: washing, peeling, chopping, seasoning, etc. – Safely operate oven, range, dishwasher, appliances, hand tools, and utensils – Ensure prepared food reaches required heating and cooling temperatures
– Portion meals into individual containers

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

– Food Safe Certificate
– One year related experience or an equivalent combination of education and training
– Ability to multi-task, prioritize duties, and manage time efficiently
– Ability to work in a team environment or independently
– Self-motivated and directed
– Physical endurance to stand and move during the length of the entire shift
– Ability to stand, sit, kneel, bend, move, complete repetitive motions, and lift up to 25 pounds

LOCATION: Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver)
Gordon Neighbourhood House is open to staff Monday to Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm during the pandemic. Shifts will take place during regular operating hours. The hours of this position are dependent on funding and may increase if additional funding is secured, or if new programs are introduced.

TO APPLY

Please e-mail your resume, and a brief description detailing why you would be a great fit for this position to welcome@gordonhouse.org with ‘Community Program Worker’ in the subject line (no phone calls please).

This is an internal and external posting. We thank all interested applicants; however only short- listed candidates will be contacted.

Gordon Neighbourhood House is a proud member of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC), which is an equal opportunity employer. We place a high value on diversity and encourage qualified individuals from all backgrounds and identities to consider applying for the position. Our total compensation and benefits package reflects our commitment to our staff and their family. For more information about Gordon Neighbourhood House, visit www.gordonhouse.org.