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BC Association of Farmers’ Markets Communications & Creative Lead
Full Time 35 hours/week plus occasional evenings and weekends (daily flexible schedule within core hours) Salary $43,000 per year + Group Benefits (Extended Health, Professional Development, and Wellness Benefit) Remote (work from home) As soon as possible NOON Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 bcfarmersmarket.org bcfarmersmarketrail.com
A provincial non-profit, the mission of BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is to support, develop and promote member farmers’ markets across all regions of British Columbia. BCAFM is a unified voice for 145+ member farmers’ markets, home to over 4,000+ farmers, food processors and artisans who share a common vision of ‘BC Grow, Make, Bake’. In addition to many other exciting projects and initiatives, BCAFM is proud to lead the BC Farmers’ Market Trail campaign and deliver the BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program.
About this Role: Communications & Creative Lead
Are you a communications, design, marketing and social media pro? Can you easily move between multiple projects, are a self-starter, and can also work collaboratively with a team and build member relations? We are seeking a passionate, organized and highly detailed Communications & Creative Lead to grow with us in the work we do so farmers’ markets and local food continues to thrive across BC!
The Communications & Creative Lead is responsible for coordinating and executing design, marketing and communications activities and campaigns, including social media. The Communications & Creative Lead will also work collaboratively as a team with the Membership & Programs Lead on special projects, outreach, building collaborative relationships and developing member-focused tools and resources.
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PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES Communications, Marketing & Design
- Manage and deliver all BCAFM communications, including two websites (bcfarmersmarket.org and bcfarmersmarkettrail.com), annual print directories and brochures, marketing collateral, conference communications, social media, member and public communications, newsletters, and media releases.
- Design and produce capacity building initiatives, promotional projects and marketing collateral (ex. BC Farmers’ Market Trail, conference program, annual report, graphics)
- Collaborate with the Membership & Programs Lead on effective strategies for communicating with and engaging members in BCAFM activities, including contact management, email, newsletters, surveys, social media and site visits
- Collaborate with Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program staff on communications and promotions
- Grant and sponsorship activities, including grant reports and coordinating funder and sponsorship recognition and benefits
- When needed, take photos at BCAFM events and activities Membership and Collaborative Relations
- Provide customer service to BCAFM members, collaborators and the general public, including inquiries about BCAFM policies and guidelines
- Build and maintain relationships with BCAFM members in accordance with BCAFM values and strategic plan
- Collaborate with the Membership & Programs Lead in the delivery of effective capacity building activities, tools and resources to support and develop Member Farmers’ Markets, including webinars, workshops, and mentoring
- Manage and maintain collaborator and membership databases BCAFM Conference
- Create and execute design and promotional strategy for the annual BCAFM conference (including graphics, social media, program, print and online ads, emails)
- Support in the delivery of conference funder and sponsorship recognition and benefits
- Offer additional support as needed in the planning and delivery of the conference
Outreach and Public Engagement
- Support and develop collaborative relationships with sector collaborators, organizations and businesses, as well as local media and bloggers
- Attend tradeshows and other outreach events as a BCAFM representative Other responsibilities as assigned.
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QUALIFICATIONS Required Qualifications
- Minimum of 2 years of work experience in a similar role
- Education or experience in marketing, communications, design or other related field
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically about communications, marketing and
- Strong communications and design skills in a range of creative styles and delivery
methods (social media, newsletters, website, media releases, etc.)
- Comprehensive social media experience creating content and managing social media
platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)
- Strong project management skills with ability to manage multiple projects, collaborators
- Experience creating and managing budgets
- Flexible, enthusiastic and collaborative work ethic
- Excellent customer service skills
- Excellent working knowledge with web-based communications and design programs,
including WordPress, Mailchimp, Adobe Creative Suite, Hootsuite, Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram and webinar software
- Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, online file sharing
systems, and ability to quickly grasp new software
- Must have reliable internet connection (computer may be provided)
- Some travel required
- Experience or interest in farmers’ markets, local food, or food culture
- Experience with database and contact management systems
- Photography experience
WHEN & HOW TO APPLY
- Please send your resume in PDF format with your name in the title of the document, as well as a cover letter that includes something you like about farmers’ markets on or before NOON Wednesday, September 30, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please include ‘Communications & Creative Lead’ in the email subject line.
- Please note that interviews may be conducted during the recruitment period and only
candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.
BCAFM is committed to be an equitable and inclusive employer with our hiring practices and organizational culture. We encourage applicants from all over British Columbia with diverse backgrounds, communities and lived experiences to apply.
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House Food Security Consultant
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House (SVNH) is a community-based organization that focuses on connecting people and strengthening the neighbourhoods in South Vancouver. Neighbourhood houses provide healthy places to live, work and play for residents of any age, from all walks of life. When you walk through the doors of SVNH, you find a unique and vibrant place where people can build their social connections by participating in wellness or cultural activities, or improve their personal capacity through volunteering, workshops, courses and employment counselling. The sense of belonging people develop at a neighbourhood house is enduring.
South Vancouver, comprised of three neighbourhoods – Killarney, Victoria-Fraserview, Sunset – is a
diverse area of approximately 100,000 people. A multicultural and multilingual area, South Vancouver is comprised of 80% visible minorities, 56% newcomers, and over 11% of the population with no English language knowledge. Transportation is limited and social isolation is a significant concern. COVID-19 has revealed the high level of food insecurity and lack of food assets across South Vancouver – there are so few organizations working in the neighbourhoods across South Vancouver proportionate to the population, and people are struggling. There is a lack of food infrastructure supporting the community in South Vancouver, comprised of primarily racialized and newcomer households. Language and cultural barriers are substantial, which makes providing food supports that are community-driven even more challenging. A solution is needed, which
addresses not only immediate emergency food insecurity experienced by community members, but also lead to improved food security and resiliency over the long-term.
It is our firm belief that people across the City of Vancouver should have access to the same quality of life, regardless of their culture, language, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, or status. Investments need to be made across the South Vancouver region to develop new culturally appropriate food assets, which will contribute to a strong, more resilient, and healthier community.
Project Description: SVNH has received funding from United Way of the Lower Mainland to explore a Local Love Food Hub and Spoke model in South Vancouver. We are looking for an expert consultant to work closely with SVNH’s Executive Director and team to determine the best approach to developing sustainable food security systems in the neighbourhood, including both emergency food supply and longer-term food resiliency building.
• Create a framework for long-term food security assets across South Vancouver with a focus on access and equity.
• Identify a central food warehousing location in South Vancouver.
• Establish operational systems for food distribution including bulk ordering, registration, transportation and delivery, and centralized hamper preparation.
• Develop long-term urban food security plan identifying essential food assets required for Sunset, Victoria- Fraserview, Killarney to thrive (ex. Community kitchens, urban farms, community gardens, etc.)
• Systems thinker with proven success in establishing new programs required.
• Previous experience working in food security required.
• Fluency in English is required; fluency in another language commonly spoken in South Vancouver
(Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Punjabi) is highly preferred.
• Post-secondary education in a related discipline is an asset.
• Knowledge of community development principles is an asset.
• Previous experience with neighbourhood houses an asset.
• Knowledge of marketing and program promotion strategies an asset.
• Experience working directly with individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, linguistic, cultural and
socioeconomic backgrounds an asset.
• Knowledge and experience with anti-oppression frameworks and strength-based approaches an asset.
Remuneration: Price to be negotiated. Please provide a detailed pricing proposal.
How to Apply: Please respond by letter of interest by 5 pm on September 18, 2020 to:
Zahra Esmail, Executive Director
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
6470 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5P 3X7
DISTRICT MANAGER – VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKET
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:
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.
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 operationsCurrently, 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 neighboursKey Tasks and ResponsibilitiesHR 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 staffResource Management
- Maintain record of equipment and merchandise inventory
- Ensure equipment is being maintained, and perform basic equipment maintenance based onmaintenance schedule
- Identify opportunities to be more efficient with equipment and resources
- Communicate needs for new equipment, significant repairs to Operations ManagerParticipant Coordination
- Recruitment, scheduling and retention of Vendors, initially & ongoing throughout the year
- Working with the Operation Manager to cultivate pool of vendors appropriate for marketlocations
- 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 districtMarket 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 helpfind 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 ManagerEvents 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 locationsKey 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 rateper year
- Connection to community, overall vendor satisfaction (info via vendor survey)Actual goals for individual markets and districts will be set in consultation with Operations ManagerSkills/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 FoodSafe or both.Education and ExperienceTypically the above skills and attributes can be acquired through the following education and experience (though other education and experience backgrounds will be considered if they meet the above skill requirements):
- 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 andcommunicating with stakeholders
- Experience with cash management of funds of up to $15 000
- Prior farmers market management experience is a must – candidates with VFM marketmanagement 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,
• Valid BC Drivers License with clean driving record. Access to a reliable car an asset. Deadline for Applications: September 18, 2020
Community Food Distribution Programmer
- Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (LMNH) is currently seeking a responsive and efficient Community Food Distribution Programmer to support the Central Vancouver Transitory Emergency Food Distribution Program at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House.Little Mountain (Riley Park and Sunset) are Vancouver neighbourhoods with sparse food assets. Healthy food access, food security, and food affordability is an ongoing issue in these neighbourhoods and has increased because of COVID-19. In order to respond to community needs, LMNH is providing emergency food support – through food bank sourced and grocery gift card distribution, and a Veggie Bag sourced from local gardens, urban farmers and farmers market vendors – with a weekly food distribution program. As the Food Programmer, you will be responsible for logistics and planning, purchase of fresh produce, storage of food, packaging and distribution of food boxes, scheduling and deliveries, outreach, data collection, weekly reporting, and wellness checks.The successful candidate will:• Work under the guidance and direction of the Manager of Child, Youth, and Special Services/Community Engagement Coordinator to coordinate emergency food distribution in Central Vancouver and Sunset.• Create a plan to purchase fresh produce to compliment nutritional content of food boxes with Greater Vancouver Food Bank.• Support the coordination and delivery of weekly food boxes and prepared meals to vulnerable families in Central Vancouver and Sunset.• Maintain communication with Greater Vancouver Food Bank, East West Market, Vancouver Soup Company, and other suppliers for weekly food box distribution and prepared meals.
• Liaise with LMNH staff/volunteers to lead the coordination and delivery of weekly food boxes and prepared meals to vulnerable families in Central Vancouver and Sunset.
• Outreach with current and new community members who are accessing emergency food support to build connections and support information and referrals. Members who do not live in our geographic area will be referred to other available services within the Vancouver Food Network.
• Collect and maintain program participant and weekly analysis reporting data for United Way ECSF. Identify gaps and trends for funder.
• Support on-going wellness checks for community members.
• Support communications initiatives including Riley Park Community Garden website and LMNH social media platforms.
• Actively engage with community members, and community organizations to promote LMNH programs, services and events. Maintain existing and develop new partnerships.
• This role requires both in-office and remote working hours during COVID19 • Other duties as required
Qualifications and Skills:
Minimum 2 year of work experience in community development or food security programming.Detailed oriented and good organizational skills Education in community development, sustainable food systems or related field of study. Demonstrated commitment to principles of food justice. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and practice sound decision-making. Experience working in a diverse and multicultural community. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills (both verbal and written). Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and meet strict deadlines. Ability to recognize opportunity and grow it. Valid Driver's License with capacity to drive the Neighbourhood House van Clear criminal record search upon hire.
- To Apply:LMNH invites applications from underrepresented communities, including communities of colour, Indigenous communities, and LGBTQ2S communities. Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Joanne Mackinnon Community Engagement Coordinator email@example.com
Indigenous Community Developer
The Indigenous Community Developer will play a key role in fostering Indigenous engagement, food security initiatives, special events and/or other activities that support the community development role of MPNH. The Indigenous Community Developer will be leading the Resurfacing History Project: Land and Lives in Mount Pleasant, which is a land-based learning project prioritizing cultural continuity by investing in valuable cultural teachers and training Indigenous community members as cultural facilitators. The project focuses on building the skills of Indigenous participants to lead land-based learning workshops, increasing the visibility of and access to Indigenous ways of knowing and being, and creating a chance for all community members to learn and appreciate Indigenous perspectives and priorities. The project focuses on developing a community process for promoting understanding between cultural value systems, and to build capacity for Indigenous people to be part of a mechanism that preserves culture, explores knowledge and integrates actionable steps that can make social ecosystems and infrastructure work for the urban Indigenous families and community members.
- Enhancing the participation of Indigenous community members in our community and neighbourhood based activities;
- Providing direct supports and referrals to Indigenous families in Mount Pleasant;
- Supporting the development of partnership to benefit participants and the house;
- Collaborating and coordinating with internal programs and co-located partners;
- Supporting MPNH’s strategic directions re: Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenous engagement;
- Leading the Resurfacing History Project, an Indigenous-led project focusing on developing a community process for promoting understanding of the land around us and in our communities;
- Supporting capacity building for Indigenous communities to learn and practice land-based teachings;
- Assisting in planning, developing and evaluating the activities according to funding requirements;
- Leading the recruiting of participants, and promotion of the programs;
- Facilitating workshops, activities and programs grounded in Indigenous culture and world view, including weekly culture sharing night;
- Assessing and providing enhancements and supports to House activities, such as community celebrations and multicultural events; and supports implementation of these activities;
- Writing program reports, collecting statistics and keeping other program related documentation in place
- Diploma in a related human/social service field (e.g., community development, recreation, social work, education, etc.)
- Two years recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
- Understanding and hands-on experience related to Indigenous knowledge, and issues facing the Indigenous population.
- Knowledge and applied skills in group facilitation, networking and community engagement,cultural practice.
- Proven ability to facilitate groups or organize activities / events
- Knowledge of community resources and best practices in engaging Indigenous community
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to use computers to convey information effectively
- Demonstrated ability to comply with policies and procedures regarding confidentiality, privacy, reporting and record keeping.
- Criminal Record Check
- Hiring priority will be given to those individuals who identify as Indigenous / First Nations
Terms: Full-time 35 hours/week; Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends is
Salary: Depending on experience; plus benefits package upon eligibility
Please submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Vicky Li, Community Connection Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, with Indigenous Community Developer in the subject line, by September 4th, 2020. No phone calls please.
We thank and acknowledge all applicants and will only be contacting those selected for interviews. MPNH is a non-profit, community based organization located in East Vancouver and is a part of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC. We are 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 on MPNH and ANHBC please visit http://www.mpnh.org and http://www.anhbc.org.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Market and Industry Services Branch
British Columbia: Burnaby
New Brunswick: Fredericton
Newfoundland and Labrador: St. John’s
Nova Scotia: Halifax, Truro
Prince Edward Island: Charlottetown
$78,336 to $111,542
For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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Closing date: 26 October 2020 – 23:59, Pacific Time
Who can apply: The inventory is open to persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture
The 2021 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is now accepting applications!
The UBC Farm Practicum can be taken as either a six-month (April – October), or as a four-month (April – August), experiential-learning program. The program is part-time (20 hours per week), and is designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. The program is often taken as a non-credit Certificate program; however, 6-9 academic credits are available for interested students.
Participants gain a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and a network of incredible people to support them along the way. The main approach to learning within the program is hands-on practice. Participants carry out seasonal farming activities with leadership provided by UBC Farm staff in the greenhouses, gardens, fields, orchards, and at our farmers’ markets. In addition, the program includes numerous guest speakers, field trips to various farming operations within the province, and access to a plot at the UBC Farm for individual and shared production.
The UBC Farm is a 24-hectare gem, the largest urban farm in Vancouver, British Columbia, and situated on a site with numerous research, educational, and community outreach activities.
Please see the UBC Farm Practicum website for detailed information and access to the online application:
All applications received by September 22nd will be considered for Early Admission. All applications for the Regular Deadline pool are due by October 18th. Please note: To enroll in the Practicum program, you do NOT have to be a UBC student or post-secondary student.
A Practicum Open House will occur online on Saturday, September 19th, 12 pm – 1 pm; and another will occur on Wednesday, October 7th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. We will provide a forum to ask questions and provide a virtual tour of the site from the perspective of the program. Registration is required at the following link: http://lfs-ubcfarm-epayment.sites.olt.ubc.ca/2020/08/11/open-house-registration/.
Greater Vancouver food bank
The GVFB is searching for a talented and professional Development Coordinator to join our dynamic development team. Your duties will be diverse and multi-faceted, therefore adaptability is vital for this position.
Key aspects of this role include administrative duties related to fundraising and events, gaining firsthand experience in non-profit fundraising and relationship management, as well as donor and grant research and tracking.
ADMINISTRATORS, COMMUNITY AGENCIES X 2
The GVFB is seeking two compassionate, highly-motivated and detail-oriented Administrators, Community Agencies. They will oversee daily Agency Program tasks and coordination including communications with partners and stakeholders, data entry, ordering process, kitchen equipment and system updates. As well as general administrative duties for both Community Hubs and Agencies Departments.