Community Learning and Engagement Program Manager

FoodShareFull TimeToronto, ON

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We are currently seeking the ideal candidate to fill the position of: Community Learning and Engagement Program Manager

At FoodShare, we advocate for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Our vision is a Toronto where all people can feed themselves, their loved ones and their communities with dignity and joy. We operate on a people-first model that values fair compensation, policies that respect a work/life balance and the contributions of our team members at all levels.


The Community Learning & Engagement (CLE) team facilitates learning experiences about food that centre conversations around power and justice in the food system.

We focus on culturally affirming workshops that honour participants' prior knowledge and food skills. We create learning environments where participants of all ages can share and build on their knowledge about the food system and can identify ways to engage in creating change. Our workshops use curricula that connects to our work on the right to food, racial and environmental justice, reconciliation, body liberation and fat acceptance, and anti-poverty work.

This position will manage the CLE program, including its staff, program planning, and budget to deliver effective, engaging, and equity-based food justice programming across Toronto.

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Manage and collaborate with CLE staff in the delivery of engaging food justice programming, training and events for children, youth, adults, and seniors, including but not limited to: education programs, community kitchens, workplace workshops, baby, toddler and preschool nutrition programs, and seniors programs.
  • Ensure all CLE programming and educational resources are rooted in equity-based pedagogies, principles of food justice, and culturally relevant food justice education.
  • Fundraise for program budget, take on new funding applications and revenue-generating streams, and ensure all reports to funders are submitted on time, working closely with the Director of Advocacy and Programs and the Development team.
  • Lead program planning, goal setting, performance and development, and team-building among CLE staff. Ensure all program deliverables are met on time.
  • Ensure effective ongoing evaluations and record-keeping practices are used across all CLE projects to inform programming decisions and goals.
  • Manage a dynamic program budget, including accounting software Sage, monthly account reconciliations, invoicing, payment requests, and overseeing staff expenses.
  • Negotiate relationships with school boards, community partners, organizations, funders, and food coalitions/networks; inform the development of partnerships and policy recommendations at all levels. Generate MOUs and partner agreements as required.
  • Deliver interactive and engaging food justice programming for learners of all ages in school and community settings as required.
  • Coordinate the Vulnerable Sector Screening process for all staff, interns, and volunteers working in FoodShare programs and programs of Supportive Partnership Platform organizations.
  • Participate in FoodShare Management Team meetings, other internal committees, staff meetings, all staff training, board staff meetings, and handle other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience with program coordination, ideally involving multi-site projects
  • Experience supervising teams of staff, volunteers, and/or interns
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of food justice
  • 3+ years of experience facilitating workshops and/or learning experiences in school and/or community settings
  • Experience developing user-friendly educational resources for learners of all ages (ie., lesson plans, workshop outlines, toolkits), ideally related to food, power, and/or justice
  • Experience with grant writing and preparing funding proposals for community programs
  • Self-directed, positive attitude
  • Demonstrated passion for FoodShare’s mission
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated respect for youth culture, knowledge, and lived experiences
  • Experience with designing and implementing program evaluation and record-keeping systems
  • Experience with G-Suite (Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, Calendar, Gmail, etc.) or equivalent or demonstrated ability to learn and use G-Suite.

Job Requirements:

  • Must be legally authorized to work in Canada
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check and hold valid Food Safety Handling and Emergency First Aid certifications. FoodShare will cover the cost of obtaining any of these that the applicant does not hold.
  • May be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to comply with vaccination policies of partner organizations that this position may interact with.

Salary: $66,500/year for 37.5 hours per week*

Benefits: four weeks of paid vacation, 1-2 week paid winter shutdown per year,10 paid personal leave per calendar year, 20 paid Wellness/Sick Days per calendar year, extended health benefits with no waiting period, matching TFSA/RRSP after 3 months/successful completion of probation period*

Contract Type: Full-time, indefinite term

Reports to: Director of Advocacy & Programs

Supervise: CLE Senior Coordinator & Educators (the current team is seven people)

Location: Hybrid: Occasional travel (~1x/quarter) to the FoodShare office and other locations is expected until our COVID-19 protocols are lifted. Once lifted, this role is expected to operate from the FoodShare office a few days a week and from other sites occasionally, which will be discussed with the supervisor.

* Note that as part of FoodShare’s commitment to equity, all staff get equal pay for equal work. As a result, salaries and benefits are non-negotiable.

TO APPLY: Please submit your application by 1pm Monday, August 22, 2022.

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

Selection Process:

  1. FoodShare’s recruitment process involves the anonymization of all resumes prior to their being screened by the hiring committee. This step removes the applicant's personal details (names, email, addresses), educational & employment institutions, years of work experience, and personal interests to reduce the potential for bias. 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 anonymized versions of the applications that pass the initial screening and decide which 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 usually occur about 4 weeks after the application deadline.
  4. In recognition of the time and labour of preparing for and attending an interview, FoodShare financially compensates interviewees at a fixed rate of $75 per interview.
  5. An additional task (such as preparing a sample workshop outline) and/or interview may be included if deemed necessary by the hiring committee.
  6. HR will conduct reference checks for the candidate they intend to extend an offer to. This process usually takes about 1 week.
  7. HR will send the selected candidate an Employment Agreement, which the candidate will have time to review and return.

Please note:

FoodShare is a food justice organization. This means that we are committed to working to identify and dismantle systemic forms of oppression that cause and perpetuate food security inequities.

Racialized people and others from equity-seeking groups are over-represented in food insecurity and poverty statistics but are significantly under-represented in community-based food organizations. We believe that those most affected by an issue must have access to paid positions in organizations tasked with challenging poverty and food insecurity. FoodShare strives to create a workspace that reflects the diversity of identities and lived experiences that exist within the communities we work alongside.

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