Student/Volunteer Job Posting Good Food Market Coordinator

(3 POSITIONS AVAILABLE)

CASUAL (8-12 HOURS/WEEK), MAY – OCTOBER 2015

UNPAID POSITION

The Riverdale Food Working Group (RFWG) is made up of community members and community service agencies striving to enhance food security and food justice in East Toronto. The RFWG’s mission is to facilitate the building of healthy and equitable food systems, address food insecurity issues and to engage community residents (particularly those marginalized) to participate in activities that will improve access to healthy and fresh food, while raising awareness about food issues, and offering opportunities for skill development, education, and empowerment.

The Good Food Market Hub Project consists of three Good Food Markets (GFM) which are run entirely by volunteers. These are hosted by the South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC),Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre (ENCC) and the Ralph Thornton Community Centre(RTCC). The main goal is to bring high-quality and low-cost fruits and vegetables into our community while providing volunteer opportunities, empowering vulnerable folks in the area, and advocating for good food!

The GFM Coordinator(s) will be responsible for organizing one of the three weekly markets. Coordinators will work closely with the Good Food Market Hub Animator as well as staff from the host agency. Tasks required include volunteer management, outreach, advocacy, some administrative duties, and some light duty lifting (~40lb). Candidates must be available for either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons/evenings from May until October(approx). It is expected that students can negotiate course credit for this field experience.

Responsibilities:

– Assist the Hub Animator with the volunteer orientation workshop

– Manage, engage, and support the GFM volunteer team. Includes: weekly volunteer schedules, skill de-velopment, conflict resolution, delegating tasks, market day logistics, and other duties as required

– Attend regular meetings with the RFWG and the GFM Committee

– Submit weekly fruit & vegetable order to FoodShare

– Ensure smooth set-up and tear-down of the weekly GFM

– Maintain RFWG financial reporting paperwork after weekly GFM

– Assist agency staff and the Hub Animator with community outreach and market promotion

– Ensure equitable access to RFWG programming for all volunteers at all times

– Engage community members with community food security issues

– Assist with special events and RFWG workshops

 

Qualifications:

– Some familiarity with food security issues and community food initiatives

– Current enrolment in, or completion of, a degree program in social work, environmental or food studies, community development, public health, or related field is a strong asset

– Strong verbal communication and people skills

– Strong organizational and time-management skills

– Some experience working or volunteering in a diverse community context, ideally related to food security

– Proven capacity for conflict mediation and resolution

– Experience managing volunteers and/or working with vulnerable populations considered a strong asset

 

Successful candidate(s) must be willing to undergo a criminal background check.

 

This post is open until April 21st Candidates will not be contacted until after the post closes.

 

Please email your cover letter and resume to “GFM Hub Animator” at rfwginfo@gmail.com

Or

GFM Hub Animator

South Riverdale Community Health Centre

955 Queen Street East

Toronto, ON

M4M 3P3

RFWG is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from folks of all levels of

income and all cultural, religious, racial, sexual, and gender orientations. We would like to thank

all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about the RFWG check us out.

Website: riverdalefood.org       Facebook: riverdalefood         Twitter: @riverdalefood

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