Posted On: 2021-05-20
Closing On: 2021-06-20
Location: Toronto, ON
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

     Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) is a national non-profit organization that builds health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food. We believe food can bring people together to build skills and improve physical and mental health, and create the opportunity for greater equity and social change. We provide ideas, resources and a proven approach to partner organizations so they can establish responsive, financially stable Community Food Centres that support people to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all. CFCC also works with the broader food movement to build greater capacity and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system. Our vision is a Canada that treats food as a basic human right.
     CFCC is growing to support its ambition to develop community food centres in 20 communities across Canada, innovate new approaches to addressing food insecurity and advocate for positive change for low-income communities.
CFCC has purchased a building at 340 Gerrard, currently under renovation and slated to open in fall 2022. This building will become the home for CFCC’s staff and national headquarters, as well as a community food centre serving downtown east Toronto (Moss Park, Regent Park, St. Jamestown and adjacent communities).  The community food centre will offer food programs -- cooking, gardening, nutrition, civic engagement -- based on assessed service gaps and needs.  It will also act as a “test kitchen” for new programs and a demonstration/training site for community food program staff that are part of the CFCC network.
     We are seeking a collaborative, experienced and innovative leader for this new CFC.  The director will have a strong vision for how food programs can support communities to increase health and inclusion, hold a high standard for program impact and be committed to recognizing and working with community members’ assets and leadership. They will coordinate the planning and consultation phase leading up to opening, as well as play a leadership role in developing the programming and staffing plan for the CFC. They will work closely with other members of the CFCC team to understand and plan for the needs of the training and demonstration function supporting national partners. Once launched, the director will lead the team of staff offering programs to the community and be responsible for the smooth functioning of the physical space. A commitment and ability to embed and enact equity and inclusion principles in all facets of the operation of the CFC is of key importance to this role.   
     CFCC is strongly committed to equity and inclusion within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of racialized groups, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities by arranging for any necessary accommodations. 

Key Responsibilities

Capital Project and Facilities
  • During the pre launch period (now until October 2022), lead and coordinate renovations within the Capital Project Team.
  • After the launch, ensure that the physical infrastructure of the community space functions effectively, efficiently and safely (in collaboration with the CFCC Operations team). 
Partnerships and Community Outreach
  • Represent Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) and the CFC with partners in the community and manage inter-agency partnership relationships.
  • Plan and execute community consultations with key stakeholders and community members in lead-up to opening, identifying community needs, service gaps and potential partnerships, culminating in a report that will inform the program plan and budget.
  • Collaborate with national network of CFC directors to share learning and best practices and to advance shared national policy priorities.
Fundraising and Communications
  • Work with CFCC’s Development and Communications team on fundraising proposals, reporting, social media and other communications as needed.
  • Help to showcase CFC work by hosting tours and making presentations to supporters and stakeholders.

Qualifications and experience

  • 8 years experience in program coordination.
  • 5 years supervisory experience or management.
  • Demonstrated food and health related program planning and evaluation experience.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Experience collaborating in a complex team environment.
  • Commitment to and demonstrated experience with enacting anti-oppression and equity and inclusion principles.
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis intervention, de-escalation, conflict prevention, resolution and/or mediation.
  • Strong knowledge of and passion for food and a demonstrated commitment to community development, social justice and advocacy.
  • Experience working with low-income, newcomer, Indigenous and multi-racial communities.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent leadership skills; Impeccable judgment and discretion; strong diplomacy.
  • Creative, solutions-focused, team player.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Self-starter, detail-oriented, punctual, consistent.
  • Able to work using a trauma informed lens and with healthy boundaries with people of diverse backgrounds, including those who experience poverty and discrimination; cross-cultural competence.
  • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends as required.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others; patient with a good sense of humour.
  • Knowledge of downtown east Toronto (i.e. Regent Park/Moss Park/St. James Town) an asset.
  • A second language relevant to the community an asset.

Desired and Required Organizational Competencies

  • Cultivates strong relationships: Builds strong and trusting relationships with partners and the community, the CFC team and the broader CFCC staff and movement.  
  • Contributes to leadership & culture: Brings authenticity, emotional intelligence and accountability to develop leadership effectiveness in individuals, teams, and organizational culture.
  • Passionate for equity and inclusion: Applies an equity and inclusion lens to all they do.
  • Inspires courage & innovation: Models and enables creative thinking, curiosity, and calculated risk taking to create new solutions.
  • Has an innate growth and positive mindset: Approaches challenges and opportunities with a growth-oriented and positive mindset.
  • Seeks continuous learning and improvement: Consistently seeks to strengthen individual, team and organizational learning.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: Approaches new opportunities with initiative, analysis and excitement. 
  • Values alignment: Align with CFCC values and contribute to the evolution of our culture, and a work environment that is grounded in collaboration, equity, respect, innovation and transparent communication 

Why work for us?

We offer:

➔ an opportunity to be part of a movement building health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food

➔ a culture of mutual support where staff are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace and country.

➔ Comprehensive benefits package including extended health, short and long-term disability insurance, membership in a defined benefit pension plan, 15 paid vacation days in first year of employment, increasing to 20 in second year, pregnancy and parental top-up program, a December break (usually a week) and professional development opportunities

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