Position: Executive Director
Organization: Food Secure Canada
Location: Montréal, Quebec
Food Secure Canada
Founded in 2001, Food Secure Canada (FSC) is a pan-Canadian bilingual alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty. FSC works to achieve three interlocking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems by mobilizing its members and other networks in joint initiatives with a focus on advocacy for better food policies at the federal level. We also host a biannual National Assembly (Resetting the Table) which is a signature initiative attracting hundreds of participants.
Recognized as Canada’s civil society voice on food policy, FSC has been one of the major driver’s behind the development of a national Food Policy for Canada. Building on the People’s Food Policy and diverse community food practices, FSC continues to build the capacity of the national food movement and works with its members and stakeholders toward food sovereignty and deep and lasting change in the Canadian food system. This document provides a light overview of our work over the past 10 years.
With a national board of directors drawn from a variety of sectors and a small secretariat of passionate employees in Montreal, Food Secure Canada is an exciting and fun work environment right at the nexus of food, health, agriculture, and human rights. Our public is broad, our team is dynamic, our impact is growing and there are significant opportunities before us to continue to grow and strengthen our work.
The Ideal Candidate
You’re a charismatic leader, who is excited by the opportunity to build the capacity of grassroots actors to meaningfully engage and shape national-level food policy and food systems change. You are comfortable with holding a macro vision, without losing the micro details, ensuring no one is left behind. You are entrepreneurial by nature and can effortlessly motivate a small and nimble staff team and hundreds of members to move mountains, creating a positive, collaborative and fun work environment.
You’re a strategic systems thinker, and a problem solver by nature. You thrive in a fast-paced work environment and are comfortable working in a complex and shifting political landscape. You have an eye for policy details and can identify how to refine a complex policy brief to ensure it sends just the right message.
You’re an expert oral and written communicator and relationship builder. You understand how to tell Food Secure Canada’s story to foster new relationships with diverse stakeholders from across Canada, from academics to farmers, Indigenous communities, funders, industry, and government. You recognize and are committed to the full and inclusive participation of Indigenous Peoples to achieve reconciliation, and will take the time to build fully respectful cross-cultural relationships. You recognize that with a growing movement comes increasing complexity, and you are willing to explore that.
You are a strong administrator, with a background in management, human resources, financial oversight, board governance, membership engagement, and organizational development. You are committed to inclusion, diversity, and anti-oppression work and will champion transparent and democratic decision-making.
Food Secure Canada’s Board of Directors is interested to receive applications from people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds and there is a potential to adjust responsibilities of the staff to complement the skills and experience of a new Executive Director. In the short term, the Board is also willing to consider the possibility of an Interim Executive Director.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS
FUNDRAISING AND RELATIONSHIP PARTNERSHIP
GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATIONS
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and CV in one document in a Word or PDF file in the format "Last name, Firstname” to Melana Roberts, Board Chair at Chair@foodsecurecanada.org by February 28 with “Executive Director” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.
FSC is committed to employment equity and encourages diverse candidates to apply, inclusive of disadvantaged groups, including but not limited to persons who identify as part of a racial, ethnic and religious minority, women and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jan 29 2019 ID: 50814