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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Vancouver Food Bank Job Posting

Greater Vancouver Food Bank job opportunity: Community Development Coordinator II

Position Summary:

The Community Development Coordinator II is responsible for overseeing all operations,
including an annual budget, a small team, and funding applications and reports, of the Greater
Vancouver Food Bank’s (GVFB) community development initiatives. The community
development initiatives are where the GVFB develops the capacity of individuals and
organizations to organize and facilitate engaging community food initiatives. Current activities
include: community kitchens, townhalls, train the trainer, food skill workshops, food demos, and
mentorship. Initially re-porting to the Food and Education Department (FED) Director, the
position will plan and implement the growth of community development activities for the GVFB.

In addition, applicants should note that initiatives are subject to change and that the successful
candidate will collaboratively work with the FED team, other departments and key stakeholders
to set direction and goals. Experience in leadership, supporting diverse populations, and
community organizing are key expectations of the successful candidate.

Main Duties:

  • Work with GVFB departments, stakeholders, community agencies, and local businesses to strengthen and expand community food initiatives.
  • Work with GVFB staff, contractors, and community partners to facilitate a clear and representative vision, goals, and objectives for community and capacity development.
  • Develop an annual budget and operating plan to support activities.
  • Develop funding proposals for activities to ensure consistency and quality of initiatives.
  • Identify new, and nurture existing, community partners who support and participate in capacity building activities.
  • Connect community facilitators and volunteers with skill development and capacity building training.
  • Manage, supervise and evaluate all activities related to FED’s community development initiatives.
  • Ensure that GVFB vehicles and equipment used by team are maintained and comply with organizational safety policies.
Supervision & Mentorship
  • Participate and convene community and food networks and committees.
  • Plan and coordinate the work of staff including supervision and collaborative evaluation, training, coaching/mentorship and team building.
  • Co-organize and attend weekly departmental meetings to maintain effective communication.
  • In consultation with the Director and FED Team, select, hire, coach and retain employees and volunteers.
  • Monitor and approve all budgeted expenditures.
  • Monitor cash flow projections and report actual cash flow and variances to the Food &
  • Education Department Director on a monthly basis.
  • Monitor activities on a regular basis and conduct regular program evaluations.
  • Reports on community development activities to GVFB team and external partners.
  • Communicate with funders as outlined in funding applications and agreements.

Knowledge and Skills
  • Minimum of three years of program coordination with substantive experience supervising people and involvement in community development.
  • Proven ability to build networks of individuals and organizations from a diverse range of sectors, demographics, and communities.
  • Proven track record of project or program management including active involvement in the design, implementation and evaluation of project/program objectives.
  • Must have substantive capacity building experience among marginalized, diverse, and vulnerable populations.
  • Knowledge of local and national food security issues, the social determinants of health, and food justice/sovereignty.
  • Experience in community development or community organizing.
  • Familiarity with program evaluation concepts and approaches, including outcome measurement.
  • Experience writing successful donation request letters and grants.
  • Demonstrated ability to seek and build relationships with potential funders, donors, and community partners.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring staff and volunteers.
  • Post-secondary education in social work, community development, capacity development, food security or other similar educational background OR relevant experience in project management, community or social planning, or food security programming.
  • Driven to build robust, supportive communities by supporting community members’ ability to lead and organize.
  • Values, respects and advances the role of food in family, community and society.
  • Brace yourself for an organization going through an exciting period of growth and transition
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License and a clean driving record.
Asset Qualifications
  • Proficiency in a language other than English.
  • Food Safe Level I.
  • Experience in facilitating workshops and/or other educational activities.
  • Alignment of food values with those of the GVFB.
If you feel this position is the right fit for you, please submit your cover letter and resume to
Diane Collis, FED Director (DianeC@foodbank.bc.ca) by 5pm on March 1, 2016. Please use
the following reference in the subject line: Community Development Coordinator II Application – [Insert Full Name]

We thank all interested applicants, but please note that only those selected for an interview will
be contacted.

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