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Title: Community Programs Coordinator
Organization: Second Harvest
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date posted: May 2020

Department: Programs and Partnerships
Reports to: Manager, Community Programs


Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue organization and expert in perishable food recovery. We rescue surplus, unsold food from across the supply chain and redistribute it to not-for-profits across the country to feed communities.

Second Harvest has a growing network of more than 1,500 non-profit and charitable agency partners that we redistribute food to, over 300 of which are Toronto-based. Second Harvest is looking for an adaptive, innovative, and strategic thinker to join our team as the Community Programs Coordinator. Reporting into the Manager, Community Programs, this position is created to help support our agency network, develop and implement core programs and drive Second Harvest’s community impact.

We are looking for someone who is partnership minded, driven by positive community development and social change, and who has community programming and food sector knowledge. The Community Programs Coordinator will be a strong and clear communicator, data-driven and motivated by people, change, and constant learning; someone who is both a visionary and willing to climb into the trenches to get the job done.


Feeding Our Future

  • Support the oversite of hamper program for children, youth and families, managing inventory and weekly ordering of food supplies;
  • Clean and sanitize production space before, during and after shifts, and ensure team is complying with social distancing regulation and following health and safety protocols;
  • Lead and direct support staff and volunteers in production, cleaning and sanitizing, organizing inventory, and planning for upcoming shifts;
  • Maintain positive relationships with program partners, including corporate volunteer supporters;
  • Determine areas of improvement for program and provide feedback as needed.

Training & Education

  • Provide training and education to partner agencies and external partners on safe food handling, food waste prevention, and basic food literacy;
  • Support the development of educational materials and identify opportunities to expand resources available to partner agencies and the general public;
  • Identify opportunities to grow Second Harvest programs and collaborative initiatives to strengthen the organization’s reputation as a thought leader in food literacy and food rescue;
  • Support with the coordination of training schedules, bookings, registration, payments, and tracking key performance indicators.

Agency Relations

  • Support Second Harvest partner agencies by resolving questions and/or concerns through daily support and communication;
  • Ensure agency database information is up-to-date;
  • Collect and maintain impact stories on Second Harvest recipient agencies;
  • Perform site visits and inspections with Second Harvest partner agencies as needed to assess partner agency’s success in delivering programs, compliance with Second Harvest agreements, and to discuss other challenges they may be facing;
  • Support with community events, outreach, and public speaking about the work of Second Harvest as needed.


  • Generate, summarize, and analyze data for internal and external reports;
  • Identify and evaluate risks associated with program activities and take appropriate action to control any risks;
  • Identify opportunities for Second Harvest to contribute to reduce of overall costs of delivering community food programs;
  • Conduct post-program evaluations; support with the develop a program end feedback report;
  • Perform other related duties as required or assigned to support the overall goals of the organization.


  • Partnership-Minded: you are a people person who makes friends easily and can leverage existing relationships to build program success;
  • Strategic: you recognize and resolve situations that are ambiguous or challenging, focusing your effort on meeting or exceeding goals;
  • Naturally Curious: you’re innovative, extremely creative, and constantly looking for ways to improve upon things;
  • Analytical: data is your friend; you’re able to translate numbers into action and pave the way for efficiency;
  • Problem Solver: you have a knack for planning and are a critical thinker who uses logic to identify alternatives and present solutions to complex problems while thinking in terms of contingency plans;
  • Customer-Focused: you care deeply about fostering positive partnership/user experiences.

For more information about Second Harvest, visit:


Please submit your resume and cover letter on or before May 31, 2020 via email, with “COMMUNITY PROGRAMS COORDINATOR” in the subject line, to . We would appreciate no phone calls or agencies.

We would like to thank all applicants for applying for this position, however you will only be contacted if your candidacy is being considered. Second Harvest is committed to an inclusive and accessible recruitment and selection process. If you are invited to attend an interview and require an accommodation, please advise us in advance of our meeting.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 8 2020    ID: 56636