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Position: School Food Educator
Organization: Loving Spoonful
Location: Kingston, Ontario

Loving Spoonful is a Kingston volunteer-supported charity dedicated to making fresh, healthy, local food available to those in need. We work to increase food access and education through our Food Reclamation and Grow A Row programs; The GROW Project; coordination of the Community Gardens Network; Community Kitchen programs; and education and policy work through the Kingston Food Providers and the Food Policy Council of KFL&A.

The Role

The School Food Educator is responsible for developing and implementing teacher supports that can assist educators in integrating food literacy into the Ontario curriculum. They are also responsible for the implementation of GROW workshops as required over the 3-year project expansion. The position is ½ full-time equivalent (FTE), 20 hours/ week, for a 3-year contract reporting to the Food Skills Program Manager.

The Wage

$41,000/year + vacation prorated for ½-time, 20 hours/week.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a candidate with experience and enthusiasm for developing evidence-based lessons and teaching about food in school or community settings. They are able to build professional relationships and work collaboratively with stakeholders, have strong writing skills, and work well independently under guidance.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing curriculum-connected healthy food literacy lessons and supports for teacher use;
  • Developing a teacher training to support greater hands-on healthy food literacy education in schools;
  • Facilitating training for KFL&A teachers for professional development and providing additional consultation as needed;
  • Conducting research and collaborating with stakeholders to ensure lessons and trainings are in-line with best practices and are evidence-based;
  • Facilitating in-school and in-garden GROW Project workshops, parent engagement sessions, and assisting with nature-based field trips as needed in Year 2 and 3.
  • Tracking and reporting on each session and assisting with GROW evaluation (i.e. administering pre- and post- surveys; collecting and uploading photos, quotes, stories and observations; and facilitating program evaluation);
  • Promoting the GROW Project and the power of hands-on healthy food curriculum to members of the community, schools, administrators and others.

Experience:

  • Experience and training in food-related lesson plan and curriculum development
  • Gardening and food preparation knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrated success with project coordination and workshop facilitation; teaching children and/or adults through experiential lessons
  • Experience teaching adults, children and youth from diverse backgrounds
  • Education in a relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience working in a paid/volunteer capacity within the non-profit sector

Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and consult with stakeholders for program development
  • Demonstrated competency in writing and ability to communicate effectively
  • Knowledge of and interest in community food security, food systems, gardening, and food preparation
  • Demonstrated ability to engage children and adults and teach gardening and food skills
  • Ability to inspire and enthuse people about good food while creating a safe and inclusive learning environment
  • Proven ability to work with schools and volunteers in a leadership capacity
  • Strong organizational, time management, and computer skills
  • Ability to work independently and under guidance

Other Requirements:

  • Commitment to a flexible schedule as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Ability to transport Loving Spoonful materials from site to site as needed
  • Preference may be given to applicants with a valid driver’s license and vehicle
  • Police Information Check for working with Vulnerable Sector populations (can be applied for during interview process; offer contingent upon confirmation

Assets

  • Degree and experience in Education and/or the Ontario public school system
  • Experience teaching junior-intermediate grades
  • Knowledge of Kingston and the area food system
  • Safe Food Handling Certificate

DISCLAIMER

Because of the changing nature of work and work to be done, this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. The incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and C.V. to Sarah Keyes, Food Skills Program Manager via email to:
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Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, August 18th 2017.

We appreciate all responses and advise that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Loving Spoonful will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require accommodations during the interview process, please contact Sarah at kitchen mask lovingspoonful.org* .

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FoodWork ID: 42067       Date posted to FoodWork.ca: Jul 25 2017