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NCIL Project Coordinator: Nisga’a Society Food Security

Apply until: November 2, 2018


Project: Food Security Program Development
Position: Project Coordinator
Commitment: 8 months, 35 hours/week
Start date: January 7th, 2019
End date: August 31st, 2019
Location: Prince Rupert, BC

Compensation: $20,000

*Please Note: You must be currently enrolled in a Canadian graduate studies program to apply. No exceptions, as this related to position funding. We can 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
Rupert Lawn and Garden is the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society’s greenhouse and garden centre. As a social enterprise, the business contributes to a variety of programs for Prince Rupert’s significant Nisga’a population. With capacity to expand and diversify the produce grown in the greenhouses, the Society is looking at opportunities to expand their product offerings at the greenhouse, while addressing a persistent challenge facing many in Prince Rupert – food insecurity, and a lack of access to fresh, local produce.

The Food Security Project Coordinator will design a food box program, which will take produce grown at Rupert Lawn and Garden, packing, and distributing the food to subscribers in Prince Rupert. The Coordinator will look to the best practices and case studies of similar programs in other communities, working closely with the Society and Garden Centre employees to design a sustainable new enterprise for the economic development corporation.

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

  • Researching and navigating the policies permitting to, and permits required for, operating a food box program in Prince Rupert.
  • Researching best practice models around local food production and distribution models, such as food box programs.
  • Forecasting models of food growing capacity at Rupert Lawn and Garden, in cooperation with staff and management of the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Society
  • Develop a local food creation and distribution action plan and business model by the end of Summer 2019.
  • Launch a food box pilot project in Summer 2019, based on research and planning.
  • Implement and coordinate distribution of food box program in Prince Rupert (summer 2019).
  • Source and apply for additional funding around food security and food literacy programs, on behalf of the Society.
  • 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, and present findings to community (ie. Workshops, presentations, meetings, etc.).

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 successfully obtained your Class 5 Driver’s License (highly recommended).
  • 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% 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 1600 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, yard care service, bus charter, event hall, and a currently-under-construction commercial smokehouse.

How to Apply
Please apply by sending your CV and Job Application Form (PDF) to Nathan Randall at nathan@ecotrust.ca by midnight, Friday, November 2nd, 2018. 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.