Foods of the Fundy Valley is sad to announce the departure of our current Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Gorman, who is leaving FFV to grow her little family in Moncton with the soon arrival of their new baby. We are looking for someone to take her position immediately as Program Coordinator, from a capacity of 10-30hrs a week. Please see the full job description details below. To submit an application, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]
The Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and managing the food security related programs run by Foods of the Fundy Valley, ensuring timely delivery, adherence to budget and other requirements, quality control and evaluation. She/he will also work with the Board to identify food security program needs in the area, seek funding and develop plans for future programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Food Box Program
- Work with partner organizations, coordinate and oversee the monthly operation of the Fundy Region Community Food Smart Food Box Program.
- Submit monthly produce orders (sourcing local when possible), fill out all tracking/planning documents for day of packing, coordinating volunteers, adapting nutritional information inserts, receiving and tracking funds, selling leftover produce/delivering unsold produce to food bank, RCS, etc.
- Staying connected with CFS mother host in Fredericton
- Maintain master database list of clients from each partner distributor
- Create and track seasonal surveys to measure success/effectiveness of program
- Continue to support the growth and use of the shared community garden with our partners (Forest Dale Nursing Home & Shepody Food Bank). Advertise plot availability in the spring, take care of assigning plots to individuals or groups, work with Forestdale and SFB on the two community plots, host events at the garden as a community gathering space.
- Complete and file all necessary reports related to the program
2017 Workshop Series
- Develop the workshop series for 2017
- Advertise the workshops in a timely fashion, coordinate speakers, venue and host workshops.
Apple Museum Plan
- Research the requirements and logistics for commercial kitchens, storage facilities and tree location and planting for the Apple Museum.
- Provide an apple-grafting workshop for the general public.
- Continue to populate and maintain the database that has been started, of locations of apple trees, photos and stories that come with the trees through community outreach.
Land Registry Tool-kit
- Investigate existing models and adapt/create a toolkit for the Fundy region to aid landowners in making land available for farming.
- Begin database of land registry.
Food Security School Programs
- Provide assistance, as needed, to the Riverside Consolidated School and Hillsborough Elementary School garden clubs and RCS Kids in the Kitchen program.
Networking & PR
- Attend the Nutritious Foods in Our Schools Committee and NB Food Charter Committee meetings and gatherings, as well as represent FFV as an active member and partner of the Our Food Project: Phase 3, staying connected to our Kent County partners.
- Continue to update and innovate the Fundy Valley Food Map, FFV website and Facebook pages.
- As necessary, and at the direction of the employer, and time allowing, provide assistance with other FFV endeavors, such as the Farmers’ Market, fall Oktoberfest and other events.
- Maintain awareness of other food security models and community needs.
- Maintain awareness of available funding for programs. With Board approval, be responsible for initiating and following through on appropriate grant applications.
- Complete and file all necessary reports related to the programs listed above.
- Working with the Board Treasurer, maintain the books for each program. Track income and expenses and adhere to budget.
The successful candidate must have experience in food security and community sustainability, including a good understanding of the issues facing rural sustainability. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, including experience in facilitating seminars and workshops. The candidate must also have excellent bookkeeping, grant writing skills, a valid driver’s license and vehicle. Experience in working with children and elders is also required, and the candidate must be able to pass the necessary background checks.
Additional Asset Skills, Beliefs and Personality Traits
- Believes that every person belongs and has contributions to make and gifts to give to the community;
- Is always on the lookout for what is happening in the communities and knows their places, events, groups and people;
- Looks for opportunities for people to connect with others and contribute their skills;
- Enjoys meeting people and bringing together people with common interests;
- Gets involved and asks others to get involved;
- Enjoys challenges and does not give up;
- Stays flexible, adjusts expectations, and knows that things take time;
- Focuses on one person at a time and considers how that person‘s interests and skills can be assets for the community;
- Finds ways for others in the community to sustain new connections;
- Energetic and critical thinker; innovative and pragmatic problem-solver;
- Has an interest in Food Security.