JOB: RICHMOND, BC – Richmond Food Security Society, Education Program Coordinator

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 17, 2020

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Richmond Food Security Society, in Richmond, BC, is hiring a full-time permanent Education Program Coordinator!

About Richmond Food Security Society

Richmond Food Security Society (RFSS) is a not-for-profit organization inspiring a robust Richmond food system through education, advocacy, and community-building initiatives.

We are a small team supported by many volunteers all passionate about urban agriculture and food security. We live the values of the Richmond Food Charter and we courageously engage our community to address food-related challenges. We grow the community and have fun while doing it. We are a living wage, equal opportunity organization, and will not discriminate on any basis.

We are seeking a dynamic and energetic Education Program Coordinator to join our team. The successful candidate will start by leading and enhancing core operations of current programs that include the Kids in the Garden Program, the Summer Employment Program and the Get Rooted Youth Program.

The Kids in the Garden Program brings facilitators into elementary schools to work with different classes, support a school’s garden, as well as build a culture and confidence around gardening and sustainable food awareness in the school environment.
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Our Summer Employment Program offers children and youth the opportunity to develop employment and gardening skills while maintaining a flourishing green space during the summer months and the Get Rooted Youth Program engages youth to fuel their personal development while building leadership skills.

There is significant growth potential in this role, and the opportunity to be involved in the planning, designing, and implementation of new projects and programs. The successful candidate will report to the Executive Director and must be passionate about education, food and community development, exceptionally organized, and a real people person with a solid teaching and gardening background.

Ongoing Responsibilities

  • Teach, develop and expand current education programs such as the Kids in the Garden Program, the Summer Employment Program and the Get Rooted Youth Program
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and partners including, but not limited to, city staff and elected officials, school board trustees and staff, health authority staff, teachers, principals, parents, and students
  • Develop and implement systems to evaluate programs qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Keep organized and thorough operational records of program data, results, contacts, and operational details
  • Communicate effectively about the society and programs through traditional media, online media, and print products, following RFSS brand standards and communications protocols
  • Work in the best interests of the whole organization and developing operational systems

Requirements

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field, such as Education, Nutrition, Land and Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture or Environmental Science
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing education programming
  • Solid working knowledge of organic gardening principles
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends
  • Tech-savvy, and proficient in word processing, databases, email, blogging and social media
  • Physical mobility, ability, and willingness to move through a range of outdoor work environments, including lifting and digging in gardens
  • Vehicle access is required in order to transport supplies to schools, and travel to events. Mileage will be reimbursed
  • Understand budgeting in relation to grant funding
  • Have or willing to obtain:
  • Criminal record check with vulnerable sector search
  • FoodSafe Level 1
  • Emergency First Aid

The Successful Candidate will:

  • Work with a growing, passionate team committed to community development and food literacy
  • Be part of the thriving food security and urban agriculture movement
  • Build extensive knowledge of organic gardening and teaching
  • Practice sound program and project management principles
  • Work with stakeholders and clients, utilizing strong communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Develop strong oral and written communication skills including report writing, both in text and visual formats
  • Understand and use relevant BC School Curriculum and municipal environmental laws and regulations

Role Details

Location: This position will start based primarily out of the RFSS office centrally located in Paulik Park, Richmond. Travel around Richmond will be required for meetings, program delivery, and events.

Application deadline: Ongoing, or until the position is filled.

Start date: Jan 2020

Compensation: Starting at a living wage of $20/hr + biannual increases + prorated 3 weeks annual vacation + prorated 10 annual wellness days. Salary is negotiable depending on experience.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, permanent full time. Hours are typically between Mon-Fri 8:30 AM 4:30 PM. Up to 10 evenings and up to 10 weekends are required per year for programs and special events. Some work from home is possible (laptop provided), as are flexible hours.

Benefits:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Education reimbursement
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Work from home opportunities
  • On-site parking
  • Casual dress

Application Details

Please feel free to reach out to the Executive Director in advance to ask any clarifying questions at 778-681-9264

In order to apply, send cover letter and resume to the Executive Director at director@richmondfoodsecurity.org

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

When applying, mention you saw this posting at YoungAgrarians.org

Learn more about Richmond Food Security Society on their website.

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