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The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is currently seeking applicants for the position of Sales and Communications Coordinator

Position: Sales and Communications Coordinator
Organization: KPU Farm Schools
Location: Greater Vancouver, BC

Hours: full-time
Term: starting as soon as possible — ending October 31, 2020, with possibility for extension.

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) is a research and extension unit at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) — Richmond campus. Through our integrated program of applied research, extension programming, and community engagement, we investigate and support regional food systems as a key element of sustainable communities. We focus predominantly on British Columbia but also extend our programming to other regions. More information available at www.kpu.ca/isfs .

The KPU Farm Schools

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems is a leader in extension programming, the farm schools being the leading outreach farmer training program. We have two locations in the Lower Mainland: Tsawwassen (est. 2015) and Richmond (est. 2010). Our farm schools are open to anyone who has a desire to learn about the practice of farming to feed a growing population, in ways that restore the land and nurture Mother Earth.

The Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) Farm School is a unique collaboration between the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) and ISFS. The first of its kind, the school fuses sustainable agriculture and traditional Indigenous food ways as tools to build community and create dialogue around land stewardship. The program curriculum takes place on a 20 acre certified organic farm on traditional TFN land producing mixed vegetables, fruit trees and raising livestock (pigs and chickens). The farm reflects aspects of Indigenous food ways through having a traditional medicinal garden, building a smokehouse, organizing feasts on the farm and inviting knowledge keepers to share wisdom and stories with our students. More information is available at http://www.kpu.ca/tfnfarm .

The Richmond Farm School is a collaboration between the City of Richmond and ISFS. This program is designed to focus on small-scale, high production, cost efficient and lean urban farming. The teaching farm is approximately ¼ acre producing mixed vegetables that are high in demand and value, have a quick turn around and are relatively easy to manage. Lean urban farming focuses on efficient and cost-effective practices, minimal infrastructure and low capital investments. More information is available at https://www.kpu.ca/rfs

Duties and Responsibilities

Farm Operation

  • Management of the various farm revenue streams: wholesale, CSA, farmers market, individual contracts; and including seeking out new revenue streams
  • Farmers market coordination: ensuring that all supplies are stocked for market day, coordinating with student and staff, attending market days as needed
  • Weekly produce program coordination (CSA):
    • Managing the CSA software Farmigo: generating weekly box list to farm managers, record keeping of payments and weekly produce list
    • Email correspondence: responding to customer emails, writing weekly newsletters
    • Pick up locations: coordinating existing delivery locations, seeking new locations
  • Coordination with field staff on the availability of products
  • Data organization: tracking production records and inventory of farm supplies
  • Farm: participating in farming activities

Communication

  • Communication with students, customers and program stakeholders
  • Social media management: maintaining content and implementation on multiple accounts 
  • Program advertisement: updating the website as required, staying engaged on online platforms, attending agriculture and education related events
  • Promotional material: working with the farm team in creating and dispersing outreach material

Programming

  • Student recruitment: organizing and facilitating open houses throughout the season, creating student blog and alumni profiles
  • Education: teaching students about sales and marketing strategies of farm products, as required
  • Community engagement: assisting with hosting events and activities for the TFN community

Qualifications

  • Proactive, professional and exceptional customer communications skills: written, and verbal
  • Detailed oriented and profoundly organized
  • Direct experience with organic agriculture production or relevant field an asset
  • Experience as a farmer/gardener with a food-focused mindset an asset
  • Be able work outdoors in all weather conditions for long hours and lift up to 30-50lbs
  • Have the ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Respectfully interact and communicate with staff, students and the public
  • Have an interest in working with a diversity of people
  • Be able to work some weekends

Requirements

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent residents
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number and be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Have a Class 5 driver’s license

Position Description: Sales and Communications Coordinator

  • Wage: $18-21/hour (based on experience)
  • Hours:  40 hours per week
  • Contract: Casual Service Contract, starting as soon as possible – ending October 31, 2020, with possibility for extension.
  • Supervisor: Dr. Kent Mullinix (ISFS Director), Farm School Managers
  • Location: Be able to travel between KPU Richmond Campus, TFN Farm (4996 28th ave Delta) and Richmond Farm (13840 Gilbert Rd)

Additional Benefits:

  • Access to organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs and meat
  • Opportunity to work with various local organizations
  • Opportunity to work with Tsawwassen First Nation
  • Endless learning opportunities, for example farming, education, community development, sales, academia

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to

Daniel Garfinkel (Farm School Manager) at daniel.garfinkel@kpu.ca
Sarah Clements (Farm School Manager) at sarah.clements1@kpu.ca

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will remain open until  the position is filled.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 5 2020    ID: 55930