Position: Urban Food and Agriculture Fund Coordinator
Organization: Fair Finance Fund
Location: Remote based in Toronto. Occasional in-person meetings in Toronto.
The Inclusive Prosperity Project Phase 2 (2023-2025) is a partnership between SETSI, the Fair Finance Fund and the Learning Enrichment Foundation. Initially, the Fair Finance Fund undertook the Inclusive Prosperity project in 2021, a multi-year project to assess and redress internal and external biases in governance, operations and lending practices. The work responded to the knowledge that racial bias in lending is a significant problem. Black, indigenous and other equity-deserving groups face unequal treatment from conventional lending institutions. The partners share a mandate to meet the needs of under-served communities.
The Inclusive Prosperity project builds on the 2022 feasibility study to implement a social finance and business support model to provide farmland access for African Canadian Farmers. In addition, the project partners and team will implement a novel finance model for urban agriculture and food businesses to support projects led by equity-deserving communities and leaders that grow and distribute food in Canada’s urban areas, beginning with a pilot in Scarborough, Ontario.
The project will co-design and test an urban farm and food micro-finance product with 12 community urban farms and food businesses in Scarborough that will result in an increase (or revitalization) in local food production and local food sales each year over three years. The project will be extended to other urban areas after piloting in Scarborough.
The Urban Food and Agriculture Fund Coordinator must have expertise in managing diverse groups, with a strong background in Canada’s equity-deserving communities and significant expertise in equity, social justice, economic justice and gender equity.
The successful candidate will thrive on the excitement of starting something new, and is:
The successful candidate will have a background in entrepreneurship, social finance, business development or similar sectors, with a high level of comfort with spreadsheets and financial modeling. Preference will be given for French fluency.
The Urban Food and Agriculture Fund Coordinator will work with the Inclusive Prosperity Project Manager and the Fair Finance Fund team to manage the project as outlined below:
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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and close March 11, 2024 or until the position is filled. To apply, please send a CV and a fulsome cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Fair Finance Fund
Fair Finance Fund is a non-profit social finance fund dedicated to providing loans and mentorship services to local food and farm enterprises that value strong local food systems, local economies, and a healthy planet.
Building on seed capital, the Fair Finance Fund implements an ongoing investment opportunity for community-minded investors, that is, individuals and institutions who want to invest their capital to build local food systems in Ontario to support food that is grown, raised, and processed in their backyards.
SETSI (Social Economy Through Social Inclusion)
Our Mission is to engage and provide meaningful opportunities to the historically under-represented communities in the social economy, social finance, impact investing and cooperative ecosystems.
Our Vision is committed to building a world that thrives on innovation and diversity as catalysts for community prosperity and inclusivity. We aim to co-create a social economy ecosystem in Canada that:
Learning Enrichment Foundation
The Learning Enrichment Foundation provides integrated & holistic community responsive initiatives that enable individuals and families to become valued contributors to their community’s social and economic development.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Feb 12 2024 ID: 70268