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Position Title: External Coordinator
Organization: Concordia Food Coalition
Location: Montréal, Quebec

Start date: June 17th 2019
End Date: June 16th, 2020 (with possibility of renewal)

Application Deadline: June 3rd, 2019 at midnight

Salary: $17/hr
Hours per week: 25

Organization’s Mission: Concordia Food Coalition (CFC) is concerned about the economic, ecological, and social implications of the food system at Concordia University. The CFC brings together students, faculty and staff to promote and facilitate a transition to a more sustainable food system in collaboration with organizations at Concordia and beyond. We will achieve this by establishing and implanting the Sustainable Food Policy and Practice (SFPP) as well as working to democratize the food system by moving away from the corporate model and towards student run and social economy food providers on campus.

Position Description:

The External Coordinator’s primary tasks will be to inform and mobilize Concordia students, engage and recruit new volunteers, create partnerships and collaborations with like­ minded student groups and outside organizations, develop programming, and work on campaigns. Supported by the Internal coordinator, CFM coordinator, and Mother Hubbard’s cook, the External coordinator will create marketing and promotional material, and develop the organization’s social media presence. The External coordinator must be driven and able to work autonomously while ensuring they are meeting the goals and expectations set out by CFC Board of Directors.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities:

Education & Engagement

  • Develop and document core programming on an annual basis including but not limited to: Bite ME! our week long orientation in September, the Transitions conference (Winter semester), and Fee-Levy Advocacy Community special events

    • Promote expanded learning and partnerships with community organizations outside of campus

  • Attend weekly Food Autonomy Campaign meetings, contribute to the development of strategic goals and campaign activities, and conduct research on community organizing

  • Recruit and retain volunteers, ensuring meaningful volunteer experiences

  • Engage and mobilize students and faculty through outreach, attending events, tabling, etc

  • Promote campus food security initiatives

  • Outreach and maintain relationships with groups on and off campus working in food security, sustainable agriculture, advocacy, and policy

  • Help lead weekly community kitchen: menu development, grocery shopping, cooking, packing food, clean-up, distribution, promotion

  • Update Website

Social Media and Promotional Materials

  • Along with other coordinators: create and implement a social media plan for the academic year that includes all internal events (i.e Annual General Meeting and Mother Hubbard’s)

  • Develop educational materials for social media posts about campus, local, and international food system issues (i.e food security programs on campus or national food policies)

  • Use software such as Canva to create outreach materials such as facebook banners for events, instagram images, and flyers


  • Offering support to Farmers Market coordinator, helping at markets when necessary, giving advice

  • Offer support to Mother Hubbard’s cook by helping with initial training and offering kitchen support when necessary

Internal Tasks

  • Communicate and work closely with staff and board of directors on strategic planning, organizational growth, and events

  • Attend meetings and help organize: monthly BoD meetings, bi-weekly coordinator meetings, FLAC (rotating), Z-Annex (rotating), Action Research (rotating), Food Advisory Working Group, and more as necessary

  • Provide supervision and support to Farmer’s Market Coordinator and Mother Hubbard’s cook

  • Maintain timesheet, provide monthly reports to BoD

  • Develop annual general meeting with coordinators and BoD

  • Develop annual visioning program with staff, BoD, and core community members

  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization by writing press releases, staying informed on issues, and building relationships with journalists


  • 1-3 years experience developing and leading campaigns, strategic planning, and grassroots mobilization

  • Strong ability to multitask, work independently, and time manage

  • Experience in program development and facilitation (conferences, workshops, community kitchens, etc)

  • Experience doing social media and online presence (facebook, Instagram, newsletters, website maintenance, etc)

  • Experience managing volunteers including recruitment, placement, retention

  • Experience working in non hierarchical organizational structures and consensus based decision making

  • Demonstrable skills in public speaking, meeting facilitation, and conflict resolution

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Understanding of and dedication to the CFC’s vision, mission, values, history, and general operations

Assets (recommended, but not required):

  • Bilingual (French and English) oral and written skills
  • Familiarity with Concordia University’s institutional processes and the campus milieu
  • Graphic design proficiency
  • Registered for a minimum of one class at Concordia University or recently graduated

The Concordia Food Coalition believes in Employment Equity. As such, we recognize and welcome the diverse experiences and unique contributions that individuals from marginalized and oppressed communities can bring to our organization and we invite these individuals to apply for this position. Applicants are welcome, but by no means obligated, to share any information related to being considered for Employment Equity. All personal information shared with the CFC will remain confidential.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to . Deadline to apply is June 3rd, 2019 at midnight. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 6 2019    ID: 53374