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Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks Coordinator (Part-time)

Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (VNFNs) are looking for a highly-organized individual with a passion for food justice and community development to become the new Food Networks Coordinator. 

This self-directed individual will organize and facilitate a community of practice on behalf of food security professionals across Vancouver. This role will support the primary organizational objectives of 1) Operations and Administration, 2) Communications, 3) Financial sustainability.

Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks are composed of 15 food security organizations and social service agencies across Vancouver who gather bi-monthly to share best practices. Members of the VNFNs collaborate on community-based food initiatives and programs to support food access and resilience at the neighbourhood level. With a unified voice, VNFNs advocate for food justice through a poverty reduction lens.

To learn more about the VNFNs visit: http://vancouverfoodnetworks.com/

Type of position: Part-time position at 16 hours/week. Flexible schedule and potential for increased hours. 1-year contract to start, with option for extension.  
Start date: Early October 2019
Compensation: $28.00 per hour
Location: Vancouver-based work and remote work from home

Roles and Responsibilities:       

Operations and Administration – 45%

  • Organize 6 bi-monthly meetings per year, including agendas, minutes, and follow-up action items
  • Facilitate discussion at bi-monthly meetings and roundtables 
  • Maintain relationships with individual members and support internal committees
  • Manage and maintain internal communications and e-mail updates with members
  • Track and report on the strategic plan
  • Track and report on ongoing grant deliverables and reporting 
  • Support the development and maintenance of special projects, campaigns, and partnerships (e.g., Vancouver Food Asset Map, Wild Salmon Caravan, Sustenance Festival, etc.)
  • Organize and maintain a cloud drive to facilitate efficient internal communication, information sharing, and operational documents
  • Assist with updates to the Terms of Reference, Community Guidelines, and other internal documents as needed
  • Collect and pay invoices
  • Additional tasks as needed

Communications – 30%

  • Develop digital and print outreach materials (reports, press releases, brochures, posters, newsletters, etc.)
  • Create, maintain, and manage all external communications including monthly blog posts, social media (Facebook, Twitter), and website updates (WordPress)
  • Manage public email account and respond to public inquiries
  • Promote VNFNs by actively participating in events, workshops, and planning sessions within the community and among stakeholders, as needed

Fund Development and Fundraising – 25%

  • Research potential fundraising opportunities
  • Support fundraising in collaboration with VNFN members, including maintaining relationships with funders, writing and delivering proposals and grant reports 

Qualifications / Experience           

  • Past experience in group facilitation, project coordination, conflict resolution, fundraising, fund development, and/or grant writing
  • Familiarity with food security, food justice, and poverty reduction, particularly within the Vancouver context
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail and ability to manage several responsibilities at the same time 
  • Ability to balance work in a collaborative and team-oriented environment while meeting independent goals and targets 
  • Strong communication skills in both writing and oral/verbal presentation
  • Leadership style and work ethic that fosters inclusivity, creativity, and open communication
  • Ability to facilitate collaboration within and across diverse sectors and stakeholders
  • Creative and resourceful thinking, ability to leverage limited resources to meet objectives
  • Social media, WordPress and graphic design skills are an asset

Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks supports an affirmative action hiring process.

To Apply

Please e-mail your application as a single PDF file to info@vancouverfoodnetworks.com with the following format: 

  • Subject line: Food Networks Coordinator
  • Attached file name: lastname_firstname_FNC.pdf
    • Cover letter
    • Resume outlining relevant skills and experience

Applications will be accepted until Monday, September 9, 2019 at 12PM. 

Job Posting: Food Justice Youth Peer Leader

Are you passionate about food? Do you understand the foods we grow, import, cook and eat as symbols of greater systemic forces – such as race, colonization, gender, the environment, migration, and the economy? Do you love creating safer and braver space for conversations with your peers? If this sounds like you, we’d love to receive your application.

Type of Position: Part-time Contract Position – 13 Month Contract, 31.5 hours/month
Start and End Date: September 15, 2019 (Flexible Start Date) – October 15, 2020 (Start time is 
flexible for the right candidate and contract end will shift accordingly)
Compensation: Living Wage at $20.91/hr 
Perks: Professional development opportunities, flexible work hours
Location: Meetings at our office located at Fraser St and Broadway at the Broadway Youth 
Resource Centre (2455 Fraser Street), flexible work location otherwise
Our Organizational Culture: Collaborative, passionate, curious, reflective, nurturing

Working closely with the Operations and Project Coordinator, you will be responsible for co-planning and coordinating our Food Justice Project.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan three hands-on, land-based and food-centered public events relating to the intersection of food, justice, race and culture;
  • Work from an understanding of Indigenous cultural safety and an anti-racist, anti-oppressive and intersectional lens;
  • Coordinate field trips and activities with partners by communicating via email, phone, and in-person meetings within Metro Vancouver;
  • Recruit youth to participate in our Food Justice Event Series;
  • Participate in on-going program assessment and evaluation efforts;
  • Need to have access to your own computer and cell phone.

We provide:

  • Training;
  • Support and mentorship in growing your skills;
  • Networking and learning opportunities with other organizations, social justice groups and campaigns;
  • Flexible work hours;
  • Reference letters upon request

This position is for a self-identified youth who:

  • Has some experience in event planning
  • Has excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Has a passion for social change and believes in educating, activating, and empowering young people to engage in social, environmental and economic justice movements to create a more equitable, democratic and sustainable future
  • Feels comfortable working with migrant, racialized and Indigenous youth
  • Is able to work independently, but also enjoys working in a team
  • Is available to meet at least every 2 weeks in person at 2455 Fraser Street and can work for 31.5 hours/month
  • Is willing to complete a criminal record check

Food Justice Project Goals

  • To increase migrant, racialized and Indigenous youths’ knowledge of their position within food systems
  • To empower youth to lead each other through critical conversation, education, and action on intersectional themes centering food justice
  • To connect youth with each other across cultures through hands-on skill-building activities

We are committed to having a team that reflects the diversity of the youth population in the Lower Mainland.  We encourage applications from people of colour, Indigenous individuals, newcomers and immigrants, members of the LGBTQ2+ community, people of all genders and abilities, and members of other underrepresented communities.

To apply: Please email your application as one PDF file to adrienne(at)checkyourhead.org in the following format:

  • Subject heading: Food Justice Youth Peer Leader
  • Attached file name: firstname_lastname_FJYPL.pdf
    • Cover letter
    • Resume outlining relevant skills and experience

Deadline to apply is August 31, 2019.

indigenous youth employment program

 

Executive Director, Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society

Continuing Part-Time position subject to funding and satisfactory performance reviews.

30 hours per week, 10 months per year (September – June). Flexible schedule based on operational needs.

The Executive Director is employed by and reports to the Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society Board of Directors.

Help build a healthier community by cooking together! Nanaimo Community Kitchens Please see www.nanaimocommunitykitchens.org for full posting & job description.”

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate, facilitate and evaluate NCK programs, including recruitment, placement and
    orientation of NCK program participants in appropriate NCK programs;
  • Administer NCK programs, including budgeting, selection and training of staff and volunteers, record-keeping and communications.
  • Develop NCK programs in consultation with the Board and based on assessment of need and opportunities to serve the Society’s goals.
  • Raise funds to support NCK programs in collaboration with the Board, including maintaining relationships with external funders, writing proposals and ensuring that reports for funded projects are completed.
  • Communicate regularly with the NCK Board of Directors, including attending regular meetings and providing reports on program developments and significant changes, progress, accomplishments and concerns.
  • Promote NCK programs by actively maintaining a positive image of Nanaimo Community Kitchens in the community and amongst its stakeholders.

Qualifications: 

  • At least 2 years post-secondary education; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 3-5 years experience (paid or volunteer) in related field(s) such as Nutrition / food programs, Social services, Community development, Group facilitation, Human services, Non-profit management
  • Nutrition knowledge informed by evidence-based science
  • Current Food Safe Level I certificate
  • Current First Aid Level I certificate
  • Current Criminal Record Check
  • Valid driver’s license and the use of a reliable vehicle
  • Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets and facility with social media
  • Sensitive communication with people from varied cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and barriers.
  • Ability to collaborate with others inside and outside of the organization to develop joint solutions to problems, issues and opportunities.
  • Flexible approach to program delivery, responsive to client needs & feedback.
  • Ability to work independently within a flexible schedule.
  • Physical ability to lift, to carry and transport kitchen equipment and bags of food.
  • Client-centered, client-focused in programming and delivery to facilitate learning.
  • Responsive to client needs & feedback.
  • Strong organizational and management skills.
  • Relationship-focused with excellent interpersonal skills & conflict resolution.
  • Comfortable working in non-profit environment, reporting to Board, & working with uncertainty of ongoing funding.
  • Grant writing skills.
  • Volunteer management skills; comfortable working with volunteers.
  • Writing & presentation skills.

Please submit your resume & cover letter describing your experience & qualifications relevant to this position to the NCK Board at nckboarddirectors@gmail.com by August 30, 2019.  Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

Surrey Regional Hub – Regional Animator (Part Time)

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 teachers, students, local organizations, Surrey School District, public health dietitians, 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 school community, and among various stakeholders that influence the environment.

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:
• Promote healthy, local food in schools and enhance student food literacy
• Foster hands-on learning opportunities by linking F2S activities to the curriculum
• 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 five F2SBC schools and provide ongoing support to ensure that teachers, stakeholders and partners are successfully implementing their program.
• Inspire new F2S 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 F2S activities in the Surrey Regional Hub.

Qualifications
• 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

To Apply:
Submit your resume and cover letter to Richard Han, Provincial Manager of Farm to School BC at prov.manager@farmtoschoolbc.ca. Application Deadline: August 23rd, 2019.

Short listed candidates will be notified by August 26th, 2019 and must be available on
August 29th for an in-person or virtual interview in Surrey.

Counsellor/Job developer with HAVE Culinary Training Society

Reporting to the Executive Director and the Operations and Development Director, the Counsellor/Job Developer responsibilities include supporting students through HAVE programs, providing life-skills training and preparing students to be job ready. In addition, the Counsellor/Job developer works with the community to promote HAVE programs and develops employment positions that match the strengths of students.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for Student Intakes and Exits which involves filling out student intake questionnaires, keeping accurate records of students start and end dates and confidential information and create a case plan for each student.
  • Providing supports to students, such as helping them to apply for BCID, Birth Certificates, SIN numbers etc.. Helping to find shelter space and transitional housing, treatment programs, connecting them with mental health resources and other no or low cost resources.
  • Making yourself available to listen to student’s needs and to counsel them appropriately on a daily basis.
  • Providing conflict resolution to students.
  • Actively pursue potential employers through cold calling, Jobs Canada and WorkBC websites in order to procure employment for students.
  • Arrange meetings with potential employers or other community stakeholders to share who we are and what we do.
  • Build relationships with employers and monitor student progress once they have been placed with an employer.
  • Work with Correctional Services Canada clients and their respective parole officers and counsellors in helping recent parolees to achieve a successful transition back into society and find employment.
  • Coach students in soft skills, resume writing, interview skills and communication skills.
  • Deliver presentations to community organizations, mental health centres, and other organizations whose clients could benefit from the HAVE program.
  • Deliver presentations to visiting groups and organizations who come to our Cafe to learn more about us.
  • Interact with WorkBC Case Managers who refer clients to us.
  • Reply to email inquiries regarding the program.
  • Write reference letters for students.
  • Ensure students are aware of HAVE policies and procedures.
  • Keep orderly records for each student from intake assessment to graduation using HAVE’s CRM software.
  • Refer clients to other community agencies where appropriate.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Work with Director and other staff on grant writing to secure funding.
  • Write letters of thanks and acknowledgment to funder’s and others who provide services in-kind.
  • Write press releases and contribute to social media (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Assist the Front of House Manager during the lunch rush.
  • Work the Front of House position when the Front of House Manager is absent or on holiday.
  • Write progress reports for Executive Director and Board of Directors.
  • Work closely with Executive Director and Board of Directors regarding all aspects of the program.
  • Make catering deliveries as requested (vehicle provided if necessary).

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with high impact individuals with multiple barriers
  • Experience with conflict resolution
  • Counselling certificate an asset but proven experience is also acceptable
  • Job development experience and skills
  • Good written and verbal communications skills
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must be able to learn how to use software to manage contacts and student profiles
  • Able to handle stress
  • Good organizational skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Hold a valid Driver’s Licence an asset
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector an asset
  • Grant writing experience is an asset

Applications may be sent in confidence to info@have-cafe.ca to the attention of Adriane King, Operations and Development Director.

Start date is flexible but we would like to have the successful candidate in place mid-late August 2019.

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8am to approximately 3:30pm.

Wage is $22-25 dollars per hour,  based on experience, with an increase at 3 months. Extended health benefit package available after 6 months of employment. Please include your salary expectation in your application materials.

Adriane King, J.D.
Operations and Development Director
HAVE Culinary Training Society
374 Powell Street
Vancouver, BC, V6A 1G4
604-696-9026

www.have-cafe.ca

Sky Harvest –  Microgreen & Indoor Farm Operations

LOCATION: Richmond, BC

DEPARTMENT: Operations DATE: June 30, 2019
REPORTS TO: Production Manager

POSITION OBJECTIVE(S)
The primary objective of this position is to be responsible for quality control (during harvest days), help coordinate and understand all operational components of the farm and to increase farm efficiencies. Being able to participate in bike delivery of our greens is an asset

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Operational Responsibilities:
• Assist Production Manager in coordinating staff and workflow for harvest days
• Responsible for Quality Control during harvest
• Identify operational “pinch points” and make recommendations to increase the efficiency of harvesting and processing
• Assist Production Manager with daily tasks including, but not limited to:
• Preparation of the growing area and equipment (cleaning, mopping, sweeping, etc.)
• Soil & compost management
• Sterilizing and planting trays
• Support production workers with harvesting as needed
• Bike delivery of our greens across the city is ideal but not necessary

QUALIFICATIONS
• High School Graduate
• Any training relevant to either sustainability or farming
• Strong cycling skills are an asset (though not a requirement) in order to participate in deliveries
across the city in any weather

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
• Excellent time management skills
 • Solid analytical skills
• Attention to detail is a must and experience with quality control is an asset
• Reliable and committed to the position and company
• Must be able to perform physical labour daily
• Excellent communications skills and strong collaborative ability
• Well-versed using Excel, Word and Google docs

ORIENTATION PERIOD
The reasonable orientation period for a fully qualified candidate is 6 weeks.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD
The probationary period for this position is 3 months.

HOURS OF WORK
5 days/week (Wednesday & Fridays are mandatory) with varying times but generally between 7am  to 5pm. Alternating weekends.

LIAISON WITH
• All departments
Compensation
• $29,000-33,000 /year to start plus Extended Health Benefits, Hot yoga membership, plus daily 
greens and additional staff perks. Room to grow within the company and gain responsibilities

Application
Please submit an introduction of yourself, why you think you would be a good fit with us (cover 
letter), and a resume AND clearly note your qualifications based on each of the above “required 
skills knowledge and abilities” to: aaron(at)skyharvest.ca Also indicate if you are a strong cyclist andwould be able to do regular bike deliveries.

Cheakamus centre garden coordinator

The Cheakamus Centre is seeking a creative, adaptable, self-starting Garden Coordinator to grow and manage onsite food production. Owned by the North Vancouver School District, Cheakamus Centre is an overnight field school, environmental and indigenous cultural studies facility situated on 165 ha of ecological reserve in Brackendale, BC. Cheakamus Centre offers year-round opportunities for students and visitors from across the region to learn outdoors and connect with nature.

On this food production and educational site, the Garden Coordinator will work with Cheakamus Centre’s Executive Chef, to bring farm products onto the plates and into the minds of 11,000+ students and guests that visit the Centre annually. The garden currently consists of eight raised garden beds, a small animal farm (pigs, chickens, geese, pygmy goats, and honey bees), heated greenhouse, and a robust composting program – all the ingredients to take onsite food production to the next level, for the right candidate!

Any interested candidates must be willing to help source funding for their position (e.g. potential grants/sponsorships, and so on). On-site shared accommodation is available, with potential for part-time paid kitchen, housekeeping and/or grounds work, as well as a connection to a broad network of outdoor educators, chefs, community partners and diverse markets.

Please email vancouverregion@farmtoschoolbc.ca for further information and inquiries.

 

Britannia Community Gathering –  Cook Position

Britannia Community Centre
1661 Napier St




Program Description

Reconciliation in Action: Share, Learn and Eat!

The Sunday Community Meals Program has been developed by the Britannia Community Centre in partnership with the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society and Grandview Woodland Food Connection as an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members to gather, share a meal, and discuss issues that are important to them, including endangered Indigenous languages, adaptation to climate change, mental health and much more. Sharing a healthy lunch together is recognized as an important aspect to these gatherings, ensuring that participants are well fed and healthy.

Job Position

We are seeking an Indigenous youth with cooking skills to lead the food preparation for this program which runs once monthly on a Sunday. Volunteer support may be provided if there is a demonstrated need.

Responsibilities

  • Preparation of a simple but healthy meal for approximately 20 – 40
  • Food shopping, meal preparation, serving, and clean up

Skills Required

  • Food safe
  • Self-starter with strong knowledge and passion for healthy cooking
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to cook for 20+ people
  • Confident working independently
Dates: May 19, June 23, July 21, August 18, September 22, October 20
Time: 9am – 2pm
Location: Britannia Community Centre
Hours: Approximately 6 hrs including shopping
Pay: $25/hr

If interested, please email your resume to Ian Marcuse – gwfcnetwork@gmail.com Or feel free to call for more information – 604-718-5895

Quest food exchange Jobs

  • Quality Control Coordinator

If you know of anyone who may be interested, please direct them to our website.

http://www.questoutreach.org/contact/careers/

 

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

 

 

Community Food Hubs Assistant

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join our team and help us make our vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all a reality. Full-time Permanent Position Role Summary: The Community Food Hubs Assistant is 37.5 hours per week Monday – Friday, with flexibility.

Chef Assistant – Project CHEF

Want to make a difference in your community? Join our team and help us build strong, connected communities through the power of food. About Us: Project CHEF: Cook Healthy Edible Food is a hands-on curriculum based school program that operates in Vancouver elementary schools. The operation of this program

Warehouse Associate/Driver

Want to make a difference in your community? Join our team and help us make our vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all a reality. Position Summary: The GVFB is seeking an experienced Warehouse Associate/Driver to join our operations team. In this role, you will handle, move,

Food Sort Facilitator

Want to make a difference in your community? Join our team and help us make our vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all a reality. Position Summary Full-time, permanent position Salary: $18.50 /hour with vacation pay Benefits include full extended medical and dental Availability to work Monday

Drivers (Class 3 License)

Want to make a difference in your community? Join our team and help us make our vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all a reality. We’re hiring Drivers with a Class 3 license to collect food from donor locations for delivery to our community food hubs.