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Position: Mashkikii;aki’ing Coordinator
Organization: The Stop Community Food Centre
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Mashkikii;aki’ing Coordinator
(Full-Time, Permanent)

ABOUT THE STOP:

The Stop Community Food Centre is a leading-edge and nationally respected non-profit organization that has been providing innovative programs and advocacy to address problems of hunger and inequality for over 35 years (www.thestop.org). The Stop’s mission is to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality.

The Opportunity:

We are looking for a candidate to lead activities at the Mashkikii;aki’ing community garden, which includes the medicine wheel garden and our greenhouse. The Coordinator will work to involve members of the community (volunteers, program participants, adults, seniors, children and youth) and deliver garden programming.  The Mashkikii (MKK) Team with the Coordinator grows Native food crops, such as heritage Three Sisters, various Medicines, including the Sacred Medicines native to this territory and wild-craft directly from the Land. We also support other local Indigenous communities in planting, growing, harvesting and using these plants, with Ceremony, songs and stories.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

Coordinating Garden Programs:

  • Undertake yearly planning of the garden including planting schedule, seed ordering, crop rotation, maintenance schedule etc.
  • Ensure that all garden-related duties are performed and gardens are well-equipped and maintained
  • Work closely with the volunteer department on recruitment and support of garden volunteers across the season
  • Facilitate involvement of other Stop programs as well as outside groups and organizations in the Mashkiki;aki’ing Garden
  • Lead, and/or support other garden staff to lead multiple weekly volunteer gardening sessions at Mashkikii;aki’ing and the Sagatay program from the Native Men’s Residence
  • Work with Stop staff to incorporate garden produce into The Stop’s programs
  • Maintain and foster relationships with project partners (NaMeRes/Sagatay, etc)
  • Encourage space where community members can share traditional teachings and ceremony
  • Encourage interactive and culturally appropriate programming that helps to improve the health and well-being of our communities.
  • Conduct  evaluations and maintain program records
  • Work with seasonal staff to coordinate special events and projects for gardeners and the broader community (including open houses and field trips)
  • Connect garden volunteers to external events, educational opportunities and community resources by providing info and making referrals, and support seasonal staff to do the same
  • Work with other Urban Agriculture staff to coordinate annual gardening workshop series
  • Work with greenhouse staff at the Stop’s Green Barn to support program and production during the off-season

General:

  • Participate in necessary meetings
  • Ensure Community Garden programs reflect The Stop’s policies and procedures (e.g. Anti-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment, Health and Safety)
  • Supervise and participate in hiring and training of Community Garden staff
  • Contribute to writing program reports and funding proposals
  • Maintain expense records and other administrative records as required
  • Support occasional organization-wide events, such as our annual Good Food For All Festival
  • Work closely with program staff from our community partners 

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Significant knowledge of Indigenous cultures and traditions and the ability to share these teachings with Indigenous community members
  • Significant experience creating, supporting and maintaining community gardens while using organic garden methods
  • Experience coordinating, supervising and supporting diverse volunteers
  • Commitment to social justice and knowledge of food system issues
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Facilitation experience
  • Supervision experience
  • Ability to work well with a team and independently
  • Demonstrated ability to work with youth and adults from diverse and marginalized communities
  • Conflict resolution skills is an asset
  • Food Handler certificate and First Aid training are assets
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license is an asset

Start date:  February 11, 2019

Salary range: $43,500 - $47,000

Hours: 35 hours/week

Please submit your cover letter and resume [one (1) document] by Friday January 25th, 2019 at 12PM. Subject line: Mashkikii;aki’ing Coordinator to jobs@thestop.org  

No faxes, emails or phone calls please. Interviews will take place week of January 28th, 2019.

The Stop Community Food Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. We regret that only those applicants being considered will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in The Stop.

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at GoodWork.ca.
 

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 11 2019    ID: 50281