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Community Food Network Manager, Halton Food Council

Halton Region, Ontario
Deadline June 30, 2016

The Halton Food Council, haltonfoodcouncil.ca, is an independent, non-profit organization composed of members representing a wide range of sectors and interests within our community. Since its establishment in 2009, the Council has been engaged in a number of initiatives to develop awareness of food system opportunities and issues and to promote food security with a common voice.

Position Details:    

This position (.8 FTE) supports HFC in its efforts to work with Halton Region, its local municipalities and the community at large to realize the goals of the Halton Food Charter and to develop a sustainable local food system in Halton. This position is funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant until April 30, 2017.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Continue to maintain and enhance a strong network of organizations, government leaders and staff, institutions, and other community stakeholders in order to develop sustainable local food systems in Halton Region
  • Foster and facilitate community food-related initiatives and innovative partnerships
  • Assist the HFC in the development and implementation of the organization’s initiatives and a strategic plan to ensure its long-term sustainability
  • Identify funding opportunities and prepare or assist with grant writing as required
  • Supervise the Community Garden Program Manager
  • Lead and/or support current and future HFC workgroups including the Food Waste, and Communications workgroups
  • Organize community events, such as workshops, to educate and share information and to support the work of the HFC
  • Assist with the completion of an environmental scan related to Halton’s food system
  • Serve as a resource on food system related subjects in response to community requests
  • Provide administrative support to the HFC as required Reports to:    This position is accountable to the HFC.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate projects
  • Demonstrated ability to develop food-related community networking initiatives and to foster partnerships
  • High level of knowledge of food systems
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated leadership and team-building skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of community stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills in areas such as report writing and public speaking engagements
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work within budget guidelines
  • Proficient in using MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Able to manage WordPress website content, to publish newsletters using MailChimp, and to use social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) would be an asset
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends
  • Must have own transportation

Education and Experience:

  • Post-secondary education, preferably in a related field such as food system policies, sustainable food systems, urban agriculture, food security, public health
  • At least 2 years of experience in the food system in a public, non-profit, and/or for-profit environment
  • At least 2 years of experience in the field of agriculture (e.g. community gardens, rural/urban farms)
  • Extensive grant-writing experience
  • Supervisory experience

For additional information about this posting, please contact the HFC at haltonfoodcouncil@gmail.com or at 905-825-6000, ext. 7313 and ask for Lynn.

Please submit your resume and covering letter outlining your interest in this position by June 30, 2016 to haltonfoodcouncil@gmail.com.

Please note that only those candidates receiving an interview will be contacted.