Regional Food Security Project Coordinator – Lower Columbia
Reports To: Food Security Initiative Manager • Classification: Temporary part time for 6 months (approximately 10-12h/week, workload varies each week depending on the need, some flexibility in work outside of regular work hours required) • Start date: Nov 15, 2021 • Compensation: $10,000/ 6 months contract (payments per contract)
COMMUNITY INVESTMENT AND IMPACT DEPARTMENT: The community impact and investment team aligns community needs with expertise, resources and partners. During Covid 19, food security issues have become the most immediate concerns for our communities across Province of British Columbia. That’s why UWBC is implementing Regional Community Food Hubs and other food security projects to address the overwhelming food insecurity needs of our most vulnerable populations across the Province.
JOB PURPOSE: This position provides program, operations, communications and administrative support and coordination on food security initiative and projects. This position will play a role in supporting Lower Columbia Regional Community Food Hub development, maintaining resources and supporting communication with stakeholders and will assist the Manager and team in all aspects of the program. This position assists in the coordination, development, implementation and evaluation of program plans. Additionally, the incumbent in this position may travel to various communities to gather and deliver program information and respond to the needs of the various stakeholders and may be asked to be a public face of the program with limited stakeholders in the absence of the Manager.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Key Responsibility Area: Community Engagement & Development of Lower Columbia Regional Community Food Hub • Conveying regional Food Security Working Group consisting of local community food based and other organizations to meet on monthly basis, with the goal of information sharing, shared learning and collaboration on regional solutions to food security. • An environmental scan of food organizations in the region that identifies needs and/or gaps in programming, resources or funding and opportunities for collaboration. • Regional food asset documentation via a map and/or food programming calendar that can be used by the community and leveraged in funding applications. • Relationship building and collaboration with local stakeholders including Indigenous groups, government, post-secondary institutions, funders, local businesses and other food systems organizations. • Liaising with UWBC’s funded community partners and ensure funding deliverables are achieved within the project timeframe. • Identify and develop partnership with future steward organization and ensure their readiness and capacity for stewarding the Regional Community Food Hub project. • Identification of best practices for food recovery program through engagement with local retail and agricultural partners and food recovery groups from other regions. • Working closely with the rest of UWBC Food Security Team on the project strategy, to develop regional food security solutions and to integrate Lower Columbia Regional Community Food Hub in the Provincial food security network. • Facilitates and assists with administration of elements in food security programs and associated events • Acts as a leader in food security community development according to the strategies and goals of the UWBC food security initiative • Working in connection with other departments such as Marketing and Communication, Fundraising etc Key Responsibility Area: Data and Evaluation • Stewards all aspects of reporting and data entry, manages data collection and ensures reporting is done timely and adequately • Supports community partners through the reporting process and informs them on any reporting requirement • Responds to data inquiries from other departments, prepares data related reports Key Responsibility Area: Strategic Initiatives • Reconciles program and identifies to the Manager potential risks and mitigation strategies • Acts as the Manager’s delegate at meetings. Will prepare for and present at meetings accordingly • Participates in Communities of Practice. • Performs other duties related to the qualifications and requirements of the job
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS: Education: • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University or equivalent of community college diploma and years of experience in food security Experience: • 2 years’ experience in community development and/or programming • 1 year experience in food security Skills: • Knowledge and practice of community building • Knowledge and practice of food security • Superior Verbal and written communication skills; an effective listener and presenter • Demonstrated ability to work within a community setting with diverse populations, including community groups, government, professional staff and volunteers. • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and computer applications • Ability to work on multiple projects and responsibilities concurrently • Strong leadership skills • Able to motivate and lead a team of community organizations and be able to work as a highly proficient and effective, contributing team member; Ability to create and maintain good working relationships • Must be able to relate to corporate and community leaders in a professional manner. • Attention to detail; excellent organizational and time management skills. • Proven presentation skills • Ability to exercise a high level of tact and discretion in both internal and external interactions. • Ability to work effectively under pressure be responsive and meet deadlines.
CHARACTERISTICS: For success at United Way British Columbia and in this role, certain demonstrable characteristics will be required: • A commitment to building healthy, caring and inclusive communities, internally and externally • High energy, results oriented • Curiosity • Exceptional interpersonal skills • A Can-Do attitude and willingness to creatively problem solve • Drive to succeed as an individual and a team member • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders, projects and time demands • Ability to navigate ambiguity and comfortably operate in it • Culturally competent • Highly motivated • Models and fosters behavior that establishes a culture that is empowered, walks the talk, powered by love, determined, and united.
WORKING CONDITIONS: The incumbent must provide their own vehicle and possess a valid BC driver’s license or have alternative means for meeting the requirements of the position. Demands on work time will exist outside normal business hours.
Interested candidates will send their resumes and cover letter to Alzbeta Sabova, Food Security Initiative Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is Nov 1, 2021.