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Position: Campaign and Communications Coordinator
Organization: Meal Exchange
Location: Preferred in our national office in downtown Toronto, flexible for the right candidate who is interested in working remotely.

Job Classification: 12 month contract, with opportunity to extend. Full time (37.5 hours/week), or flexible part-time for the right candidate

Deadline for application: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until March 22, 2017

Start Date: May 1st, 2017

Salary: Commensurate with experience

About Meal Exchange:

Meal Exchange empowers 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. For more than 20 years, Meal Exchange has been supporting students to develop innovative solutions to increase food security and sustainability on their campuses and in their communities. 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 across the country.

The Opportunity:

We’re looking for a dynamic organizer to help build this powerful student movement for good food for all in Canada. Our work is growing quickly and needs an inspiring storyteller, compelling champion and skilled campaigner to lead this work. The students we support are achieving landmark changes in contracts, policies, and culture on campuses across Canada, however, there is still much more work to build a healthy, just and resilient food system. To get there, we need to coordinate and amplify student voices across the country. We’re looking for the right person to come in and catalyze this growing movement!

The Position:

The Campaign and Communications Coordinator will:

  • Organize the Meal Exchange chapter network of student leaders on 30+ campuses across Canada. This includes building out our structure of chapter management, support and evaluation.
  • Coordinate and support students to run campaigns on campuses, including building our new campaign inspired by the Real Food Campus Commitment.
  • Train and support students to leverage relationships with campus decision-makers and food system stakeholders
  • Plan, coordinate, and lead regional student trainings, and campus site-visits
  • Increase Meal Exchange’s capacity by building campaigning partnerships with other campus and food-related movements and movement stakeholders, including farmers, distributors, corporations, student associations and labor unions.
  • Lead the overall communications strategy for Meal Exchange, focusing on the development of a powerful, movement-building voice for the organization
  • Produce feature media stories, monthly e-newsletters, blog posts etc. highlighting Meal Exchange events and our student network
  • Develop print and digital materials to advertise and communicate Meal Exchange’s programming and campaigns (i.e. logos, flyers, posters, external and internal reports, videos etc.)
  • Recruit and support national office volunteers as needed
  • Support Meal Exchange national activities over the course of the year including events (such as Canada’s largest student-run food drive, Trick or Eat, and our annual conference, the National Student Food Summit), communications and administrative tasks

The Candidate:

You’re a builder and a mobilizer. You believe in the potential of the student movement, and that you can build a project that will serve as a rallying point for this movement. You have as much ambition as pragmatism, and are as creative as you are strategic. You’re a strong communicator who is excited to help students tell their story ? and tell it again and again and again ? to develop relationships with the stakeholders, partners and funders that we need to scale our impact. You’re ready to work with everyone who’s got a stake 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.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Required Skills:

  • Post-secondary education in a relevant field, or combination of relevant education and experience
  • Experience or demonstrated interest for developing leadership with youth ages 18-25
  • Strong experience in organizing effective mass-mobilization campaigns (in political, campus and/or non-profit settings)
  • Excellent proficiency in English. Strong communication skills, including interpersonal, written, and public speaking, as well as meeting facilitation and coordination
  • Knowledge, passion and experience with major social media and communication platforms: Facebook, Twitter, MailChimp, and other online technologies
  • Experience with copywriting and graphic design / production
  • Proven ability to lead and manage both large and small scale 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 food insecurity, the healthy food movement and sustainable food systems Education or experience in a public health setting.
  • Successful experience fundraising
  • Fluency in French
  • 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:

We are considering applications on a rolling basis. If we find the right candidate early on, we will hire them! Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. Please indicate your preferred hours(full-time or part-time), location and expected salary range in your cover letter. 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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FoodWork ID: 38660       Date posted to Mar 3 2017