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Position: Programs Assistant - Canada Summer Jobs
Type: summer job / age 30 & under
Organization: Richmond Food Bank
Location: Richmond North, Greater Vancouver BC

The Richmond Food Bank is looking for a dynamic, outgoing, caring and compassionate individual to join our team as a Program Assistant.

About the Organization:

The Richmond Food Bank Society supports food security and nourishment needed to sustain health and well-being. Each week our volunteers offer an array of fresh produce and other grocery items five days per week to around 1400 individuals. We also support a School Meal program to address hunger among students, Home Delivery program, and Information services to connect people in need with community resources (virtually, during the COVID-19 emergency response).

The Richmond Food Bank is also a sharing hub for food and supplies to community meals, shelters, and other social service agencies that serve low-income and marginalized people in our city.

Job Overview:

Reporting to the Manager of Volunteer Operations, the Program Assistant will assist with program coordination and supervision. Additionally, the program assistant will also create content for social media platforms, create content for our website (blog posts, etc.) and create promotional materials for programs. The Program Assistant will also be responsible for sharing information about our services with various stakeholders and community agencies.

In addition, this position will also support the operations of the Richmond Food Bank as a whole, including warehouse, client activities and events. They will work closely with staff, volunteers and clients to gather stories and social media content.

Compensation: $15/hour

Schedule and Hours:

This is a fixed-term 16 week position (with the possibility of extension) at 20 hours per week. The anticipated start date is May 25th until September 11th.

Work hours are normally 10:00AM – 2:00PM, Monday through Friday, though this schedule may be adjusted as needed (to be discussed during interviews). Hours of operation at the Richmond Food Bank are 9am – 3pm Monday – Saturday, so hours of work will fall within those times.

To learn more about the Richmond Food Bank, please visit our website at


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

In addition, a police information check (criminal record check) will be required.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people (staff, volunteers, neighbours /clients)
  • ability to multitask and to work independently
  • strong verbal and written communication skills
  • knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • knowledge of MS Office is required. Knowledge of other applications such as Canva, Photoshop etc. is desirable
  • ability to speak a second language or use online translation tools will be an asset
  • must value social justice and food security

Training and supervision provided: The Manager of Volunteer Operations will be responsible for supervising and overseeing the training of the Program Assistant. Actual training will include shadowing of various staff as well as regular check-in meetings with the Executive Director to set and monitor goals and performance.

Location: 100 – 5800 Cedarbridge Way, Richmond Food Bank

How to Apply:

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter, along with a sample of your recent printed or written work (examples could include a flyer or poster you designed, an article or blog post you wrote, etc.).

Application Deadline: Ongoing – please submit your application at your earliest convenience

Contact Details:
Hajira Hussain-Executive Director
Richmond Food Bank Society
100-5800 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond, BC, V6X 2A7

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 1 2020    ID: 56640