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Position: National Good Food Campus Lead
Organization: Meal Exchange
Location: Meal Exchange National Office, 401 Richmond St W., Toronto, Ontario

Job Classification: 12 month contract, with opportunity to extend. Full time (37.5 hours/week)

Deadline for application: Rolling applications until March 19th, 2019

Annual Salary: $44,000

Start Date: April 15th, 2019, with opportunity to start sooner

About Meal Exchange:

Meal Exchange engages post-secondary students to take an active role in creating a just and sustainable food system. A national registered charity founded in 1993, we work with over 40 universities and colleges in Canada and our programs have been run in over 100 communities across the country.

At Meal Exchange, we believe that post-secondary campuses are an important leverage point for working towards food security and sustainability in Canada, and that student leaders have the power to drive this change. Serving the largest network of student food leaders in Canada, Meal Exchange provides these young people with mentorship, resources, leadership opportunities and connects them with their peers and stakeholders from across the country.

The Opportunity:

One of Meal Exchange’s newest programs, the Good Food Challenge (GFC), launched in Canada in Fall 2018. Developed in partnership with the Real Food Challenge in the United States, the GFC is implementing an unprecedented set of standards for sustainable, ethical purchasing at post-secondary campuses. This program aims to ensure that the food young people are engaging with is good for people, communities, and the planet. We’re looking for a dynamic organizer to continue to develop, strengthen, and build the future of the Good Food movement across Canada.

The Position:

The Good Food Campus lead will be responsible for overseeing the Good Food Challenge, including running the Good Food Calculator, designing and updating the Good Food Standards, and expanding the Good Food Campus movement by recruiting and onboarding new campuses and student leaders.

This role will require you to:

  • Dream big, and design strategically: Leading the development of the Good Food Challenge will require strong organizational design skills, collaborative listening and inclusive decision making. A balance of knowledge and experience will be important in ensuring the Good Food standards remain responsive to the needs of diverse communities and ambitious enough to achieve high standards in sustainable and healthy food systems.

  • Work with a system of stakeholders: Changing the food system involves working with a diversity of tri-sector partners ranging from students, to campus staff/faculty, producers, corporate and community organizations. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success building multi-stakeholder relationships and creating impact within complex systems.

  • Be a leader and know the details: scaling the Good Food Challenge will require having a bold vision that can meaningfully engage teams of students and expert advisors, while also being skillfully process oriented to navigate the nitty-gritty technical details of maintaining tracking systems and supports along the food value-chain. This position will oversee training, research, stakeholder interviews, and publication of Good Food Calculator results.

  • Be a team player: Being a part of this work means being surrounded by inspiring, committed, intelligent colleagues. Each success and failure we encounter is shared. Over the course of the year this position will support other national programs and events.

  • Be a compelling storyteller: Share learnings and successes at conferences, events, and meetings to engage with Meal Exchange’s vast network of food system champions to find strength in collaboration.

The Candidate:

You’re someone with a commitment to contributing to social impact. You have a knack for program design and excellent leadership abilities to support and expand program development with curiosity, critical thinking, innovation and polish. You have as much ambition as pragmatism, and are as creative as you are strategic.

You’re ready to work with everyone who has interest in this movement, including stakeholders from across campus, corporate, and communities. You know how to be intentional in collaborating with people or voices that are often underrepresented or unheard, such as Indigenous land-stewards, migrant workers and small-scale farmers.

You’re excited to join a supportive and motivated team of change makers with diverse perspectives, and you have a desire to contribute to solutions-focused work. You choose to embrace the complexity of systems-level change and continue to push for bold action.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Required Skills:

  • Post-secondary education in a relevant field, or combination of relevant education and experience

  • 3+ years experience with program coordination

  • Strong experience in research and program development (in political, campus and/or non-profit settings)

  • Excellent communication skills, including interpersonal, written, and public speaking, as well as meeting facilitation

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage both large and small scale teams and projects with limited resources

  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to multitask

  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment

  • Applied skill and proficiency with MS Office and web-applications for research, project management and publication purposes. Experience with website development is an asset

We’d love it if you also have:

  • Knowledge of procurement, sustainable food systems, post-secondary campuses, food insecurity, and the healthy food movement

  • Experience with Request for Proposals, contract design, or campus policies

  • Successful experience fundraising

  • Fluency in French

  • Experience with the Good Food Challenge

  • A desire to laugh, play, and reflect with colleagues

  • Able and willing to work nights and weekends in special circumstances, and to travel occasionally

Application process:

Please include your cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references (please list name, contact info, and your relationship to each reference) and submit to . If you have any questions about the application process, please direct them to the same address. Interviews will begin the week of March 25th. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Meal Exchange is committed to employment equity initiatives, and to having a team that reflects the diversity of the issues and communities we work with. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that applicants may bring, including those based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, age and religion. We welcome both lived and academic experience, and encourage applicants to note this in their application. In our inclusive workplace everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair, and respectful treatment.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 31 1969    ID: 51831