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Position: Food Security Program Coordinator
Organization: The KidSafe Project Society
Location: Vancouver, BC

Food Security Program Coordinator

School is the center of the universe for many children. It’s where they learn, play, eat, make friends, discover role models, develop lifelong social skills, and find help if a crisis arises. These essential services cease to exist for vulnerable children when schools close for winter, spring and summer breaks. KidSafe serves more than 450 of Vancouver's most at-risk youth by providing a safe space, developmental care and nutrition to children ages 5-13 when school is not in session.

KidSafe is seeking a Food Security Program Coordinator to join our innovative, fast-paced Programs team.

The role: Reporting to the Program Manager, the Food Security Program Coordinator directly supports the planning, implementation, and evaluation of KidSafe’s Food Security Program by developing an enhanced training and support program for site food coordinators, implementing nutrition education programming for youth during break time, engaging families through cooking workshops and community dinners, and collaborating with food redistribution organizations to address barriers to food access for KidSafe families.

You have:

  • A positive and enthusiastic can-do attitude

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to develop rapport with children and their families, educational personnel, and service providers and partners

  • Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment

  • Excellent time-management skills and a flexible mindset; ability to organize work, set priorities, meet deadlines, work effectively under pressure, adjust to the changing needs of the organization and take on a wide variety of assigned duties and projects

  • Demonstrated ability to attend to detail, producing accurate and high-quality output

  • Demonstrated ability to work with children in a recreational or educational setting an asset

  • Strong technical skills (MS Office)

  • Demonstrated professionalism, judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential or sensitive matters

  • Passionate about the KidSafe Project Society and its values

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Training and support program for site food coordinators - break time

Improve break time onsite food program by developing an enhanced training and support program for site food coordinators

  • Develop nutritionally balanced menu plans and expand nutrition training and mentorship

  • Organize centralized bulk purchase of fresh food supply for KidSafe sites

  • Manage food security program budget and shopping needs for KidSafe sites

  • Lead training workshop with site food coordinators prior to the start of break time

  • Prepare site food coordinator binders and materials prior to the start of break time

  • Manage expense reconciliations and reporting post-break time

Nutrition education programming for KidSafe youth - break time

  • Develop and implement weekly cooking and nutrition education programming for KidSafe participants during break time, including exploration of new foods and development of cooking skills (1 class per site per week during break time)

  • Source materials and prepare take-home packages with ingredients and supplies needed to recreate recipes learned in weekly lessons (1 recipe package per child per week)

  • Source materials and package fresh food distribution for each KidSafe participant (1 fresh food package per child per week)

Family and community engagement - year-round

  • Develop and implement cooking workshops for parents and families (12 per year), incorporating topics such as cooking on a budget, safe food storage, etc.

  • Source materials and prepare take-home packages with ingredients and supplies needed to recreate recipes learned in cooking workshops

  • Establish community dinners at KidSafe sites (10 per year), providing the opportunity for families and youth to connect with each other, program staff, and organizational stakeholders

  • Collaborate and develop partnerships with food redistribution organizations

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • University degree, diploma, or certificate in a related field or experience and training in a related field

  • Experience working in the non-profit sector preferred

Experience in nutrition, food service, and/or youth education are assets, however are not necessary as many skills related to this position are transferable. This position requires someone with exceptional organizational and communication skills. We encourage candidates to apply who believe they would be a great fit whether they have directly related experience or not.

This is a full-time, permanent position working 37.5 hours per week. This position requires occasional evenings and weekend work.

Please send us your resume and cover letter in one document to leslie@kidsafe.ca and quote KidSafe Food Security Program Coordinator in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed and considered as they are received. Early application is encouraged.

The KidSafe Project Society is committed to building a skilled and diverse team of professional employees; as such we are an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all interested applicants; however, 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: 53495