Value Added Program Coordinator

Black Creek Community FarmFull TimeNorth York, ON

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We are currently seeking the ideal candidate to fill the position of: Value Added Program Coordinator


Black Creek Community Farm is an 8-acre farm in the heart of Jane and Finch neighbourhood in Toronto. We are a not-for-profit organization and a leader in Toronto’s dynamic urban agriculture and community food sector. We serve and enrich our community through a thriving farm, healthy food, as well as hands-on training and learning experiences. Our focus is to inspire the next generation by providing leadership in food justice and supporting diverse and social ecosystems.


Main Tasks: The Value Added Program Coordinator will lead the research for and implementation of Black Creek Community Farm (BCCF)’s Value Added program. They will be responsible for developing and testing a financially sustainable model for the production and sales of value-added food products. The Value Added Program Coordinator will ​​develop the business plan and manufacturing, sales and marketing processes for BCCF-branded products made with ingredients grown at the farm. This work will involve recipe development, sourcing, purchasing equipment, leading manufacturing, and working with consultants. The Value Added Program Coordinator will also lead partnership development, sales and marketing. The full-time position will take the lead on the research, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Value Added program.


When the model has been established and refined, the Value Added Program Coordinator will leverage the learnings from this process to provide training through a Value Added Incubator program, which will become a launchpad for food entrepreneurs in our community to start their own food businesses and generate income for themselves. The incubator model will reduce barriers for low-income people in our neighbourhood to access the opportunities to explore, develop and test a value-added business that is financially sustainable. The Value Added Program Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting and delivering training and support to entrepreneurs in developing, producing and selling their own products.


In this role, you will work closely with other program coordinators and the Market Garden team. All duties will follow COVID-19 safety protocols.


Note: If you do not have all the qualifications listed, but you think this job is perfect for you, we would still love to see your application.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create a project work plan with assistance from Program Manager to identify program goals
  • Create a business plan and operational model for the value added program that complements our other BCCF programs
  • Lead the research and selection of value added products by conducting market research and stakeholder consultation to align with BCCF values
  • Research, develop and evaluate the strategy and business model for the production of BCCF-branded value-added products ensuring products are viable and competitive
  • Work in collaboration with consultant to plan and implement marketing plan, identify distribution channels and pitch valued added products to potential clients
  • Develop and test delicious, shelf-stable, and scalable recipes for products made with ingredients grown on our farm
  • Work with the Market Garden team to create crop plan BCCF-grown for ingredients to be used in value-added product recipes
  • Develop a cost structure including the cost of ingredients, supplies and labour; calculate sales and revenue targets
  • Determine ingredient ratios and packing methods to ensure shelf stability and food safety
  • Secure certified kitchen and storage space, purchase supplies, ingredients and equipment for manufacturing, packing and storage of products
  • Hire and train production staff to assist with production, packing and marketing of value-added products
  • Leverage BCCF’s strong brand and compelling story in the marketing and sales of products
  • Grow BCCF’s network of customers, partners and sales channels, and secure contracts to sell our products; arrange delivery, manage inventory and track sales
  • Work collaboratively with other BCCF staff to design, plan, and deliver virtual and/or in-person food preservation and cooking programming
  • Develop and deliver curriculum for Value Added Incubator program to provide coaching for community residents who are interested in food entrepreneurship to develop their own value-added food products and bring them to market
  • Create communications materials to effectively and creatively advertise products for sale and share information about the value added program with the public
  • Responsible for project evaluation including development of an evaluations framework to assess the effectiveness of project strategies and identify areas of improvement; design and disseminate evaluation tools, and prepare progress reports
  • Follow all organizational and health and safety procedures
  • Train and supervise volunteers, program staff, and interns as needed
  • Attend BCCF staff meetings, team meetings, staff trainings
  • Assist with BCCF events and activities such as the Farm Festival, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Experience with research, planning and/or project management
  • Experience with creative problem solving, the program and product development process, and/or system improvement and iteration
  • At least 3 years of experience in the culinary arts, food product development, food science, and/or similar experience
  • At least 1 year of experience developing, testing, and adapting recipes
  • Food safety/safe food handling experience, preferably including canning, fermentation, and other food preservation experience
  • At least 1 year of experience with food sales and marketing, preferably including pitching valued added products to potential customers and bringing food products to market
  • Experience with budget management
  • Understanding of purchasing and procurement
  • Knowledge of seasonal produce in Southern Ontario
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of food justice and anti-oppression
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully with people of different ages, genders, abilities, and cultural backgrounds, and individuals who have experienced marginalization
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Great people skills (good at delegating tasks, helping people feel valued, energizing groups, keeping people motivated while working towards a common goal, etc.)
  • An understanding of issues affecting the diverse populations of Jane-Finch area including general issues affecting low-income communities
  • Experience living and/or working in racialized communities
  • Proficiency with online communication tools (email, social media, Google Suite)
  • Design experience is an asset (specifically Adobe Creative Suite or similar)
  • A valid Ontario Drivers License is an asset

Job Requirements:

  • Working outdoors in all kinds of weather (heat, sun, rain, cold)
  • Working indoors in a kitchen that can be hot and humid
  • Repetitive tasks such as bending, crouching, and reaching
  • Walking, standing, and working on your feet
  • Weighing, sorting, packing, and storing produce in cooler
  • Lifting up to 50lbs
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends as required, including weekly evenings and weekends during the summer
  • Must be legally authorized to work in Canada

Please note that the successful applicant will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check and Food Handlers Certification. BCCF will cover the cost of these requirements.


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary: $49,00/annually
  • Benefits: Extended health and dental benefits, 4 weeks vacation (paid) + paid winter shutdown per year, additional paid personal leave and sick leave
  • Contract term: Indefinite, contingent on funding
  • Reports to: Programs Manager
  • Location(s) of Position: Black Creek Community Farm, 4929 Jane Street, North York

TO APPLY: Please submit your application by 9:00am on Monday, June 20, 2022.

Please note that we may only be able to contact candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process.


Selection Process:

  1. The first step in the hiring process is for FoodShare’s HR team to screen applications to determine which demonstrate meeting the posting’s base qualifications. Please make sure to detail your experience in your resume/cover letter to ensure the committee has the information they need to assess your qualifications for the role. This process takes at least 2 weeks from the application deadline.
  2. The hiring committee will review the applications that pass the initial screening and decide which candidates to invite to interview. This process usually takes about 1 week.
  3. The hiring committee will conduct first round interviews with selected candidates. Candidates will be sent the interview questions 48 hours in advance of their scheduled interview. Candidates are welcome, but not expected or required, to send any questions they have for the hiring committee in advance of the interview. These interviews usually occur about 4 weeks after the application deadline. In recognition of the time and labour of preparing for and attending an interview, BCCF financially compensates interviewees at a fixed rate of $75 per interview.
  4. The hiring committee may conduct a second round of interviews, which may include a pre-interview assignment, which would be compensated.
  5. HR will conduct reference checks for the candidate they intend to extend an offer to. This process usually takes about 1 week.
  6. HR will send the selected candidate and Employment Agreement, which the candidate will have at least 1 week to review and return.

BCCF is a member of FoodShare Toronto’s Supportive Partnerships Platform - staff hired for this position will be employed by FoodShare Toronto, and their work location will be Black Creek Community Farm.


FoodShare is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status or any other legally-protected factors.


You may require accommodation during the application process. If that’s the case please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources at hr@foodshare.net at your earliest convenience to let them know what type of accommodation you need.