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Food Security Program Development Project Coordinator

Apply until: November 17, 2019

North Coast Innovation Lab Job Posting

Project: Food Security Program Development

Position: Project Coordinator

Commitment: 8 months, 35 hours/week

Start date: January 13, 2020

End date: August 28, 2020

Location: Prince Rupert, BC

Compensation: $20,000

*Please Note: You must be currently enrolled in a Canadian graduate studies program to apply and remain so for the duration of the position. No exceptions, as this relates to position funding. We accept applicants from any university in Canada.

About the North Coast Innovation Lab

The North Coast Innovation Lab (NCIL) is a place-based initiative for people who are invested in the future of Prince Rupert to identify, prioritize and work together on tangible projects that build a resilient economy as a tool for community well-being.

The NCIL addresses the desire to innovate within constrained conditions by providing human capacity to advance ideas, a safe space for design and experimentation, and a supported process to develop, enrich, and evaluate projects that enhance social and economic resilience in Prince Rupert. Through this initiative, new forms of collaboration and partnership will be explored across sectors; lessons learned from the projects and partnerships will be documented and shared; ideas will be incubated into viable projects; and students will be given practical opportunities to work on initiatives that increase economic and social resilience.

Food Security Project Coordinator

The first iteration of the Food Security project with the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society’s Rupert Lawn & Garden saw underutilized greenhouse space used to grow produce for distribution among Nisga’a membership. Building on the successes of phase one, while continuing to explore projects, events and activities around food production, literacy and security, the Society are looking to set up a demonstration garden space in a visible part of downtown Prince Rupert.

The Food Security Project Coordinator will design and construct a demonstration garden, create food security and literacy social programming and engage the Nisga’a population in all stages and aspects of the garden (building, planning, planting, maintenance, harvesting, etc.). The Coordinator will look to best practices and case studies of similar gardens in other communities, working closely with the Society and Nisga’a members to design a Food Security Social Program.

In addition, the Coordinator will conduct research and work with local organizations to better understand the challenges of food insecurity and food literacy in Prince Rupert, and advise the Society on how to address those challenges through food-related programs, projects and partnerships.

Activities and Deliverables

  • Design and construct a demonstration garden, taking into consideration learnings from the Food Security Project Phase 1.
  • Actively engaging Nisga’a membership in garden activities and events throughout the course of the project term through volunteer opportunities.
  • Identify, consult and engage with key community knowledge holders, partners and stakeholders (such as non-profits and local First Nations) on the design and development of the demonstration garden and social programming.
  • Researching best practice models and case studies around local food production and demonstration gardens
  • Develop and deliver a range of food production, garden maintenance and food preservation programs, courses, and workshops. Produce a continuity plan for the demonstration garden
  • Research the landscape and opportunities available for additional funding.
  • Work collaboratively with the Society to advance understanding of food security, food literacy and other nutritional challenges in Prince Rupert
  • Apply social innovation tools to map and communicate knowledge of food security and food literacy
  • Convene and facilitate 2+ project specific gatherings, events, or activities in the community around local food production, food security, and/or food preservation and processing. Including one gathering catered to youth.
  • Co-facilitate and present at 2-3 community gatherings to share project updates and community-based research findings, with relevant stakeholders and the community at large.

Desired Skills and Capabilities

  • You’re a strong relationship-builder, and you know how to listen to the needs of others – across cultures and perspectives – and frame opportunities around them
  • You are entrepreneurial-minded, and have interest and/or experience in engagement, business planning, and dreaming up projects and seeing them through to completion
  • You are aware and concerned about issues facing low-income people; particularly around food security, nutrition, and food sovereignty. You think the economy is something that should work for people, and you want to contribute your skills and talent to making that happen.
  • You are passionate about advancing reconciliation and supporting social and economic opportunities for First Nations people, while learning about their culture and history
  • You are innovative, creative and open to new approaches to problem solving, evaluation, and collaboration. You’re constantly learning and applying those learnings to the next iteration of ideas and projects.
  • You have a working knowledge of small scale food production, preservation and food literacy
  • You have successfully obtained your Class 5 Driver’s License (recommended)
  • You can work within a developing project, showing good judgement and initiative, and as part of a greater team.
  • You understand the innovative and experiential nature of this project, and are able to adapt the project goals and outcomes based on learnings, resources, and capacity.
  • You are excited to experience and embrace the rural, coastal life in Prince Rupert!

About Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert is a city with 12,000 inhabitants, of which nearly 50 per cent identify as First Nations. Situated in the coastal temperate rainforest, Prince Rupert is a beautiful city with historical, cultural and economic significance for British Columbia and Canada at large.

Despite having a multitude of social service organizations and non-profits, the community still struggles to address issues around mental health, food security, substance abuse, homelessness and poverty. For small organizations, there is a severe shortage of resources, both human and financial, necessary to increase their impact and address persistent social challenges.

Social issues disproportionally affect First Nations peoples in Prince Rupert. In the face of complex historical and contemporary challenges around education, health, and culture, innovative organizations are looking for means to addressing these issues while providing meaningful employment opportunities for First Nations people in the community. These come in the form of training programs, cultural programs, events and social enterprises – with the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society acting as a leading non-profit in these regards.

About the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society

The Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society is an Indigenous non-profit and social enterprise. The Society is governed by five democratically elected members under the B.C. Societies Act, delivering programs and services to the approximately 1,600 Nisga’a citizens living in Prince Rupert and Port Edward in the areas of language, culture, education, youth, economic development, and recreation. Their mission is to enhance the physical, spiritual, social, emotional, and cultural well-being of Nisga’a citizens living in Prince Rupert and Port Edward.

The Society also owns an economic development corporation, which manages the Society’s social enterprise portfolio, including a garden centre, plant shop, yard care service, bus charter, event hall, and a currently-under-construction commercial smokehouse.

How to Apply

Please apply by sending a cover letter and CV to Alexie Stephens at alexie@ecotrust.ca by Sunday, November 17, 2019 at midnight. Identify which position(s) you are applying for in the subject of the email. Clarifying questions are welcome. We thank all applicants; however, will only be contacting those who are successful for interviews.