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Executive Director, Loving Spoonful

Kingston, Ontario
Deadline November 3, 2011

Introduction:

Loving Spoonful is a community based food organization in Kingston, Ontario.  We work to enhance access to healthy food for all, in an empowering, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable manner.  Our programs include perishable food reclamation, Grow a Row, community gardens, community kitchens and educational programming.  Loving Spoonful is a young organization seeking an individual with the vision and experience to carry our programming forward in a sustainable manner.

Position Description:

We are seeking an Executive Director who will coordinate and oversee programming and administration for the organization.   The Executive Director will be responsible for all day-to-day program management including coordinating programming, staff and volunteer supervision, as well as reporting and evaluation.  The Executive Director will also be responsible for administrative duties including setting budgets, preparing financial reports and preparing progress reports and evaluations for grantors.  The Executive Director plays a key role in the planning and development of the organization.     

Job Details:

This position is a renewable one-year contract, 20 hours per week at a rate of $23/hour. The successful candidate will be able to work a flexible schedule to accommodate program needs.  The Executive Director reports to the Loving Spoonful Board of Directors.

Key Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will:

  • Oversee day-to-day program operations.
  • Provide leadership and support for between 1-3 program staff, providing supervision and support in all aspects of monitoring existing programs and new program development.
  • Manage the organization’s food reclamation program coordinating pick-ups and deliveries, sourcing new food donors, liaising with food providers and conducting annual evaluation.
  • Oversee the organization’s Grow a Row program coordinating with program committee to implement the yearly campaign.
  • Manage, recruit and coordinate volunteers for all programming. Work with programming staff to supervise and support volunteers.
  • Participate as a member of various community-based working groups to enhance community partnerships.
  • Participate in advocacy work in accordance with the mandate of the organization.
  • Manage and prepare payroll, monthly financial statements, and budgets.  
  • Seek and implement fundraising opportunities including writing major and minor grant applications, outreach to private and corporate donors, coordinating fundraising events and liaising with third party fundraisers.
  • Develop and manage organizational and program financials, including preparing and monitoring budgets, and planning for program sustainability.
  • Coordinate and monitor monthly program and project reporting overseeing all aspects of program evaluation to ensure that targets are met.
  • Prepare evaluations and report to grantors and donors as required,
  • Prepare press releases and liaise with media; manage public relations.
  • Monitor and coordinate online presence through blog, list serves, and social media.
  • Participate in consultation, strategic planning and decision making with the board of directors.
  • Maintain a positive working relationships and collaborative arrangements with funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Formulate and recommend policies and programming to meet the organization’s strategic goals, and ensure regular evaluation of achievements.

Skills and Abilities

  • University or College degree in a related discipline.
  • A minimum of one or more year’s management experience in a not-for-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues such as food security & social justice, local food movements, and healthy food & nutrition.
  • Sensitivity in dealing with issues related to hunger, poverty, homelessness, mental illness, addictions and developmental disabilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent volunteer management skills.
  • Strong ability to effectively prioritize work.
  • Proven administrative abilities.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to accommodate program needs including evenings and weekends.
  • Experience in organizational development.
  • Valid drivers license and vehicle.
  • Experience in budget development and monitoring.
  • Demonstrated leadership in human resources including supervision and team motivation to achieve goals.

Assets:

  • Familiarity with Kingston and area food system.
  • Knowledge and experience of organic/sustainable gardening practices.
  • Safe Food Handling certificate.

Deadline for submissions is 4:00 pm Thursday, November 3rd, 2011.

Please apply with cover letter detailing your suitability for the position, and a resume by email to:  info@lovingspoonful.org

Please note that while we value all applications only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.