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Social Justice Community Programs Coordinator

Background

As the Good Food Organization in Centre Wellington, in 2017, the Centre Wellington Social Justice Group is working to bring together groups and individuals working in two areas in Centre Wellington: community gardening and community meals.

In 2016, with the help of a grant from Food Banks Canada the Compass Canada Group and with the help of the Centre Wellington Food Bank, the Centre Wellington Community Garden Network was formed, with eight gardens and their gardeners as members. Since it is new, this Network needs support to help it work even more effectively. The Community Programs Coordinator will support the activities of the Community Garden Network and the eight gardens.

In 2016, the Social Justice Group also sponsored a public information session on community food centres, and there was a great deal of interest in the community to support the Good Food principles in Centre Wellington. In 2017, the Community Programs Coordinator will work on investigating whether the various community meal programs in the community are interested in being part of a network with shared values and operating principles, and some coordination.

Job summary

The Community Programs Coordinator is responsible for organizing daily activities and events in accord with an overall 8-week plan developed by the Social Justice Group.

Duties and responsibilities

– Develop an understanding of the 8 community gardens, the Community Garden Network and community meal programs, and a working relationship with the coordinators of each
– Document the basic characteristics and operational procedures of each of the gardens and each of the programs
– Participate in the volunteer recruitment process for various gardens, as requested by the Garden coordinators
– Coordinate the work of the Community Garden Network and the projects under the grant from the Ontario Association of Food Banks and the Feeding Fresh! Sysco Community Garden Program
– Coordinate sharing sessions for the community meal program organizers and participants, in collaboration with the Social Justice Group volunteers
– Share knowledge across gardens and community meal plans through networking, a monthly newsletter, and an updated website
– Support the community gardens in the recruitment of gardeners
– In collaboration with volunteers, support the community meal programs in sharing and aligning their operational procedures
– Participate in the mentor program for this position
– Perform other related duties as required

Required qualifications
Must be between 15-30 years of age as of May 1, 2017
Must have been registered as a full-time student in the 2016-17 academic year and must be intending to return to school on a full-time basis in the fall of 2017
Must be self-motivated and organized
Must be available to work 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday, with a possibility of some occasional evening or weekend hours
Clear written and verbal communication skills
Creative problem-solving abilities
Diplomacy and ability to work with a variety of personalities
Sensitivity to and understanding of the experience of people with limited incomes
Dedication to promoting equity, inclusivity and diversity

Preferred qualifications
Experience with gardening and/or food skills
Project management

Other information
The position is 30 hours per week for 8 weeks starting June 19 and ending August 11, 2017
Remuneration is Ontario minimum wage ($11.40 per hour) plus statutory benefits

To apply for this position:
Email an application letter and a resume to Brad Henderson at doreenjane@live.com by May 17, 2017. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.