Food Security Coordinator (0.8 FTE)
We are seeking an individual who is passionate about promoting health and wellness equity in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) to join the team at Kilala Lelum (KL) as a Food Security Coordinator. Working out of the shared Relational Care space at 606 Powell Street, the Food Security Coordinator will contribute to the space’s efforts to provide access to hot and nourishing meals to residents of the DTES.
This position also works directly with two KL community partners. The first partner is the DUDES Club, which is a participant-led community for male members that prioritizes supportive relationships, engagement in health care, and Indigenous world views. The second partner is Innercity Women’s Initiatives Society, which offers outreach, harm reduction, education, and support to women in Vancouver’s DTES.
KL’s mission is to provide collaborative healthcare services through an outreach-based, culturally-safe, trauma-informed, member-centered, and harm reduction approach.
The Food Security Coordinator (0.8 FTE) is the lead on our evening food programming. They are supervised and supported by KL’s Kitchen Manager and the Allied Canoe Lead, and work in collaboration with the Kitchen team, KL Peer Workers, and the staff/volunteers of our community partners.
- Lead the preparation, service, and cleanup of KL community dinner service on Monday and Tuesday evenings (service starts at 4:30pm) in collaboration with KL Peer Workers. Ensure kitchen cleanliness, organization, food safety, occupational health and safety, and sanitation standards are met (particularly important given the shared nature of space), including the end-of-shift cleaning process.
- Lead menu planning for KL community dinners (Monday + Tuesday) using primarily donated food ingredients. Include KL Peer Workers and community members in menu planning as feasible. Ensure traditional practices and ingredients are used and available, and include Cooks, Chefs, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers who are culturally connected to these practices to come and share knowledge with the team.
- In collaboration with the KL Peer Manager, train, schedule, organize, and mentor/support the KL Peer Workers for community dinner nights, particularly for all food and kitchen-related duties.
- Provide ongoing training and support–on food and kitchen related matters–to the staff and peers from our community partners (DUDES and ICWS), who provide dinner service Wednesday-Friday.
- Take a lead in performing crisis intervention and de-escalation as needed to maintain a safe space.
- Foster and maintain good relationships with food donors and source new donors as needed.
- Pick up/receive and put away food deliveries and donations. Organize the freezers, fridges, and dry storage areas and ensure food storage is in compliance with safety standards.
- In collaboration with the Kitchen Manager, order and organize additional supplies, i.e. to-go containers, cutlery, and kitchen equipment (bottled water, parchment, foil, ziplocs, and other small wares needed to complete meal service).
- Complete the Kitchen Closing List at the end of each shift.
- Oversee the budget for the evening food program and pay and track honourariums. Complete and submit a monthly spending report.
- When possible, attend KL staff meetings and education sessions.
- Understand and follow all KL personnel policies and procedures.
Qualifications & Skills:
- A strong understanding of food sovereignty and cultural connections to food.
- A deep understanding of systemic oppression and the underrepresentation of Black and Indigenous people, people living with mental health complications, and people living with addictions in the workforce.
- Minimum of three years training/education in commercial cooking, with additional professional cooking experience, or some combination thereof (please explain in your application).
- Experience with menu planning and ability to create meals that primarily utilize donated food ingredients.
- Certified FOODSAFE Level 1 (current certification).
- First Aid Certification or willingness to attain.
- Training in community support work, counselling, non-violent crisis intervention, or the like is an asset (please identify in your application).
- Minimum of one year experience working with communities with multiple barriers to health and wellness equity, or comparable experience (please explain in your application).
- Ability to deal effectively with conflict, manage aggressive behaviour, and use non-violent crisis intervention and behavioural management techniques.
- Ability to be culturally appropriate and interact in a compassionate manner with the community.
- Good leadership and communication skills. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Commitment to maintaining good collaborative working relationships with KL teams and community partners.
- Demonstrated commitment to culturally-safe, trauma-informed, member-centered harm reduction and recovery-oriented practices.
- Experience and knowledge of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous culture required.
- Basic bookkeeping skills.
- Drivers license required. Access to a vehicle would be an asset.
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position, including remaining on your feet for periods of time throughout the day.
- Comfortable in a dynamic working environment, and communicating with a wide range of people, including: community members, Kitchen staff/volunteers/peers, nursing staff, Outreach Workers, and other health professionals, as well as the staff, volunteers, and service users of our community partners.
Working hours will be slightly flexible and vary based on program needs, to be determined with the Kitchen Manager and Allied Canoe Lead.
On Mondays and Tuesdays, hours will definitely include 2-7pm for dinner service, as well as receiving/picking up food donations, which are currently scheduled on Mondays (anytime) and Wednesdays (between 9-11am). This position will also be expected to overlap periodically with our community partner dinners (Wednesday-Friday) and as needed to provide training and support.
This position is supervised by the Kitchen Manager for all kitchen and food-related duties and by the Allied Canoe Lead for all interpersonal and administrative duties.
- Successful candidates will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check.
- Hourly salary is $25.00/hour.
- Extended health benefits will be available for qualifying staff.
- Kilala Lelum Health Centre is committed to equity and diversity, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or membership or self-identification as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
Please send a resume and cover letter by Friday, July 9, 2021 to email@example.com. Your cover letter should clearly articulate why you are interested in this role and working with Kilala Lelum, how your background is a good fit for this specific role and our organization, and your current availability and desired schedule. Incomplete applications will not be considered.