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SOCS Coordinator & Food Justice Advocate – CONTRACT

February 9, 2021| EXTERNAL/INTERNAL JOB POSTING

COMPETITION NO. 21-003
Position: SOCS Food Network Coordinator and Food Justice Advocate – Contract Position

Location: Seeds of Change Surrey/Surrey Food Hub/Remote work and/or office location TBD

Hours: 35 hours until July 31, 2021 (with possibility of extension)

Seeds of Change Surrey (SOCS) is a collective impact initiative active in Surrey and White Rock, inclusive of various non-profit and public sector entities focused on changing systems and structures in order to improve food security in our communities.

Working closely with the community, the City of Surrey’s Sustainability Planner, Fraser Health, Sources, and SOCS partners, the Food Network Coordinator and Food Justice Advocate will:

  • ·         Provide essential support to the SOCS leadership team to facilitate our activities and better meet the conditions for effective collective impact.
  • ·         Develop tools, strategies, and partnerships to further the impact of our collaborative advocacy and food literacy and access work based on equity, food justice and              intersectionality.

The role supports the work of SOCS by providing coordination and administrative support to our collaborative table; and by working to broaden our impact through community engagement, asset-mapping, needs assessments, and the development of advocacy tools and strategies.

This individual must be social justice oriented, technologically savvy and have excellent interpersonal skills (additional languages are an asset).

About Sources

Sources is a community-based non-profit organization that has been providing help, encouragement, and hope for individuals and families in White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley, and Prince George for 40 years. We serve 40,000 individuals yearly and that is all owing to our dedicated team. We provide wraparound services that provide a continuum of support such as food banks, substance use counselling, employment services, and legal resources. At Sources we value respect and collaboration as we are all striving to promote the same mission—social wellness for our community.

Responsibilities:

Working closely with the SOCS Leadership Team and key SOCS partners, and by using your knowledge of food justice and advocacy, partner and community engagement, and community development, you will:

  • ·         Implement the SOCS communication plan to improve information exchange and messaging.
  • ·         Engage new partners to join SOCS; with a focus on those who represent culturally diverse, racialized and indigenous communities.
  • ·         Create an advocacy package for SOCS members including key policies that SOCS seeks to influence.
  • ·         Help identify key stakeholders and appropriate advocacy avenues and strategies.
  • ·         Develop position statements on key SOCS policy areas related to food justice and food security.
  • ·         Support the SOCS leadership team in grant writing to sustain and expand our project work.
  • ·         Conduct asset mapping and needs assessment. Use results of asset mapping to help SOCS members strengthen existing relationships and identify new                                  opportunities for collaboration.
  • ·         Convene working groups of SOCS as appropriate (including food literacy and food access).
  • ·         Act as the SOCS spokesperson when appropriate.

Qualifications:

The following attributes are desired to ensure success of the food security initiatives:

  • ·         University or college level graduation; preferably in education or a related field (e.g., health sciences, community development, social planning, sustainability); plus 1-3 years of progressively responsible relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • ·         Community and partnership engagement/development skills and experience; including knowledge of advocacy and stakeholder engagement approaches and principles.
  • ·         Program development and coordination experience, including knowledge of collective impact approaches and principles.
  • ·         Understanding of social justice, anti-oppression, intersectionality, decolonization, and anti-racism frameworks as applied to coordination, community/partner engagement, and advocacy.
  • ·         Knowledge of the Surrey food security landscape and actors is an asset.
  • ·         Experience in grant writing.
  • ·         Comfortable navigating a quickly changing landscape where program plans will need to pivot and adapt to meet evolving community needs.
  • ·         Demonstrated use of independent judgement and initiative coupled with strong planning and organizational skills to set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Competency with MS Word, Excel and other applicable computer applications.
    Must provide own Work Safe and liability insurance coverage

Start Date: ASAP

Contract: Please state compensation expectations in cover letter

Closing Date: February 19, 2021

How to apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to Deirdre Goudriaan, dgoudriaan@sourcesbc.ca Please include where you saw this job posting in your email. Thank you.