JOB: CANADA – Sovereign Seeds, 2S Seed School Coordinator

Posted by Michalina Hunter on September 22, 2021

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Sovereign Seeds is looking for a 2S Seed School Coordinator to co-develop and deliver a 12 month seed keeping school project for a cohort of Indigenous 2SLGBTQQIAP+ students. This is an opportunity to be part of a growing Indigenous-led team dedicated to the revitalization of Indigenous food systems and food cultures through decolonial analyses and justice-driven values. The 2S Seed School Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

Sovereign Seeds is hiring for 3 positions: 

About Sovereign Seeds

Sovereign Seeds works to revitalize Indigenous seed and food sovereignty in what is colonially known as Canada. We facilitate meaningful opportunities for Indigenous people to restore their food relationships through education, community-led research, leadership amplification, and gatherings. Sovereign Seeds strives to strengthen Indigenous communities’ climate change food resiliency by supporting existing and emerging Indigenous food leaders and learners. We are passionate about nurturing the vitality of our ancestrally-guided food responsibilities for the health of our people and the territories we depend on.

Sovereign Seeds is in a time of significant transition and change. As we shift from being a program within an organization to building a more autonomous organization with a fiscal sponsor, we are in the process of developing and improving our own workplace policies, processes, and practices. This includes reviewing union agreements, identifying team protocols and ways of working with one another and with communities, and establishing new administrative systems of working internally and with our fiscal sponsor, among other changes. We are undertaking this work with external support. As our team, network, and activities expand to respond to community requests, we anticipate undergoing ongoing growth and change. We are looking for a candidate who is flexible and adaptable through transition.

For more information about our organization, visit our website at www.sovereignseeds.org.

Conditions of employment

This is a full time 21 month contractual position from January 2021 to October 2023. There is currently no funding to maintain the position beyond the project timeline. If the program were to be extended, or new work was developed, the Coordinator would be eligible to apply and their rights as a union member would apply to the selection process. This position is salaried, remote, and virtual online work-from-home position with occasional travel (pending pandemic guidelines). Strong preference will be given to Indigenous candidates of 2SLGBTQQIAP+ identities. Candidates must have the legal right to work in Canada. Access to reliable internet service required. Some limited support is available for those who face barriers to accessing the services required for remote and virtual online work-from-home, and Sovereign Seeds is committed to assisting employees in accessing these services as much as possible.

Benefits available for this position

  • Extended health, pharmaceutical, and dental coverage
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Defined contribution pension plan
  • Parental leave
  • 4 day (8 hours with an hour for lunch) work week with full time pay and benefits
  • 1 work week of paid leave available to employees for spiritual, religious, and/or ceremonial purposes (in addition to vacation leave and sick leave)
  • 1 work week of paid leave available to employees for cultural purposes (in addition to vacation leave and sick leave)
  • Organizational paid leave on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21)
  • Organizational paid leave on Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30)
  • Organizational paid leave on National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, and Gender-Diverse Relatives (May 5)
  • Organizational paid leave on spring, summer, fall, and winter equinox/solstice days (dates vary annually, and summer solstice may coincide with National Indigenous Peoples Day)
  • Flexibility regarding working hours (in particular in light of COVID-19 constraints)
  • Flexibility regarding location within so-called Canada
  • Salary for this unionized position is $63,000.00

Experience we are seeking

For a description of the mandate of the role and the essential qualifications and skills required, please see the complete job posting at http://www.sovereignseeds.org/careers.

Sovereign Seeds’ ways of working

All of Sovereign Seeds’ staff work from home. Within our financial constraints, Sovereign Seeds will provide resources to set up an adequate work space. Although our team works remotely,
we are committed to disability justice and to operating with an anti-ableist approach to employees’ experiences and access needs to operate in their roles. Sovereign Seeds acknowledges that the pandemic has disrupted work and personal lives and is impacting people in different ways, and we will work to support the 2S Seed School Coordinator to undertake their work in this context.

Sovereign Seeds’ is in a fiscal sponsor partnership with SeedChange. While Sovereign Seeds is an autonomously-governed organization, the 2S Seed School Coordinator is a staff of SeedChange, and interaction and collaboration with SeedChange may be part of this role.

Application instructions

To apply: email info@sovereignseeds.org and specify 2S Seed School Coordinator in the subject of the email. Please include your CV as well as a cover letter referencing your motivation to apply for this role, reflections on your relevant experience and skills, and any other information you would like to share. We are committed to supporting accessibility needs in the application process. If there are accommodations you require in the application process, please contact info@sovereignseeds.org, specifying Accessibility: 2S Seed School Coordinator in the subject of the email. Beyond accessibility needs, we are unable to accept general questions or inquiries about the position or recruitment.

Deadline for receiving applications is Sunday, October 17 at 11:59pm EST. Interviews of short-listed candidates are anticipated to be held between November 1st and 22nd. We appreciate understanding that only candidates short-listed for the position will be contacted.

Sovereign Seeds works in an ongoing way to redesign and rethink our recruitment process to be more inclusive and accessible. The format of this job advertisement is part of this process. We welcome any feedback about your experience engaging this application regardless of whether or not you completed the application. The decision to give or not give feedback will not affect your application.

Thank you for your interest in joining Sovereign Seeds!

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