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Position: Community Food Systems Coordinator
Organization: Ecosource
Location: Mississauga, GTA, Ontario

Ecosource is seeking an Community Food Systems Coordinator

(Full-time; 35 hours per week)

The position: You are a people-person who likes to develop new programming and foster connections with the local community. With your passion to address local food security through tackling its root causes, you take a hands-on and community-centered approach to growing neighborhood food projects and evaluating their impacts. The Community Food Systems Coordinator will consult with community members and stakeholders to collaboratively design, pilot, and expand food-related activities at 10 community gardens across Mississauga to meet local needs. You will coordinate community outreach, identify areas for development, lead educational workshops and events, as well as support food production and distribution activities.

Who we are: Since 2006, Ecosource has been a leader in the development of community gardening programs in the City of Mississauga. At each of our 10 food growing sites in public parks across the City, we work with a variety of local partners, including social service agencies, food banks and residents, to develop programming that addresses the needs of residents. Ecosource is an innovative environmental organization that empowers the community to become more environmentally responsible through creative public education. We specialize in hands-on programming that aims to increase environmental sustainability in Peel Region and beyond. Learn more about our work at http://www.ecosource.ca.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops and fosters relationship with community partners, including social service agencies, food banks, schools, and residents.
  • Communicates effectively with community partners, residents and stakeholders to collaboratively design, pilot and expand innovative food growing projects that address local community needs and gaps in service in our 10 community garden neighbourhoods.
  • Collects and analyses local data and consults with community partners to understand the complexities of local food security and food system issues.
  • Develops and delivers community education workshops, events and projects at Ecosource’s community gardens and with partner agencies.
  • Works collaboratively with Ecosource’s Local Food team to develop and deliver food growing programming across Mississauga.
  • Supports garden maintenance and vegetable harvests throughout Ecosource’s network of community gardens.
  • Develops and implements evaluation tools and strategies to assess changes in the local food system and our community gardens in Mississauga.
  • Supervises seasonal staff, volunteers and student interns who support food education and food security programs.
  • Tracks program-related statistics, budgets and expenses, and supports reporting activities as required.
  • Supports communication with our key stakeholders, including program reporting and evaluation.
  • Coordinates outreach for Ecosource programs at related community events across the Region of Peel.
  • Acts as a representative of Ecosource to the community and assists with other Ecosource activities as required.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in community development, food security, environmental studies, or related field and/or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum 2 years' experience in community development programming in a coordination role.
  • Strong belief in creating social and environmental change through community education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and anti-oppression principles.
  • Experience working with marginalized and racialized populations experiencing food insecurity.
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Experience facilitating educational hands-on programs for all ages.
  • Skilled in volunteer outreach and coordination.
  • Knowledge of food production principles and food skills development, an asset.
  • Familiarity with community needs and programming in the Region of Peel, an asset.
  • Energetic individual with an ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong computer skills and online communication tools.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable vehicle required.

Application Information:

This is a full-time 1-year contract at 35 hours per week, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding. Some evening and weekend work will be required. Salary is in the mid $40,000s (dependent upon experience) and a comprehensive benefits package is offered.

Deadline for applications is Friday, December 13th, 2019 at 12:30 pm.

Interviews are planned for the week of December 16th with an ideal start date of early January 2020. A Police Record Check will be required upon hiring.

Ecosource offers a great work environment with excellent opportunities for skills expansion. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified persons. Please submit a cover letter and resume detailing how your experience matches each qualification listed for this position via e-mail to:

Merissa Nudelman

Local Food Manager

mnudelman@ecosource.ca

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please let us know. Documents should be formatted in Microsoft Word or PDF format (preferred). Please note that resumes without a cover letter or generic cover letters and resumes, will not be reviewed. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 31 1969    ID: 55258