Education Program Coordinator
Richmond Food Security Society
Lower Mainland, BC
Richmond Food Security Society (RFSS) is a not-for-profit organization inspiring a robust Richmond food system through education, advocacy, and community building initiatives.

We are a small team of staff supported by many volunteers all passionate about urban agriculture and food security. We live the values of the Richmond Food Charter and we courageously engage our community to address challenges. We grow the community and have fun while doing it. We are a living wage, equal opportunity organization, and will not discriminate on any basis.

We are seeking a dynamic and energetic Education Program Coordinator to join our team. The successful candidate will start by learning and enhancing core operations of current programs that include the Kids in the Garden Program, the Summer Employment Program and the Get Rooted Youth Program.

The Kids in the Garden Program brings facilitators into elementary schools to work with different classes, support a school’s garden, as well as build a culture and confidence around gardening and sustainable food awareness in the school environment.

Our Summer Employment Program offers children and youth the opportunity to develop employment and gardening skills, while maintaining a flourishing green space during the summer months and the Get Rooted Youth Program engages youth to fuel their personal development, while building leadership skills.

There is significant growth potential in this role, and the opportunity to be involved in the planning, designing, and implementation of new projects and programs. The successful candidate will report to the Executive Director, and must be passionate about education and community development, exceptionally organized, and a real people person with a solid teaching and gardening background.

Ongoing Responsibilities

Develop and expand current education programs such as the Kids in the Garden Program, the Summer Employment Program and the Get Rooted Youth Program
Build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and partners including, but not limited to, city staff and elected officials, school board trustees and staff, health authority staff, teachers, principals, parents, and students
Develop and implement systems to evaluate programs qualitatively and quantitatively
Keep organized and thorough operational records of program data, results, contacts, and operational details
Communicate effectively about the society and programs through traditional media, online media, and print products, following RFSS brand standards and communications protocols
Work in the best interests of the whole organization, including grant writing and developing operational systems
Other exciting tasks as required
Requirements

Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field, such as Education, Nutrition, Land and Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture or Environmental Science
Demonstrated experience developing and executing education programming
Solid working knowledge of organic gardening principles
Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends
Tech savvy, and proficient in word processing, databases, email, blogging and social media
Physical mobility, ability, and willingness to move through a range of outdoor work environments, including lifting and digging in gardens
Vehicle access an asset in order to transport supplies to schools, and travel to events. Mileage will be reimbursed. Use of Richmond Modo car sharing possible
Some experience in grant writing preferred

Have or willing to obtain:
Criminal record check with vulnerable sector search
FoodSafe Level 1
Emergency First Aid

The Successful Candidate will:
Work with a growing, passionate team committed to community development and food literacy
Be part of the thriving food security and urban agriculture movement
Build extensive knowledge of organic gardening and teaching
Practice sound program and project management principles
Work with stakeholders and clients, utilizing strong communication and conflict resolution skills
Develop strong oral and written communication skills including report writing, both in text and visual formats
Understand and use relevant BC School Curriculum and municipal environmental laws and regulations

Location

This position will start based primarily out of the RFSS office in gorgeous and centrally located Paulik Park, Richmond. Travel around Richmond will be required for meetings, program delivery, and events.

Application deadline: Ongoing, or until the position is filled. Early applications encouraged.

Start date: August 22, 2019

Compensation: Starting at a living wage of $20/hr + annual increases + prorated 3 weeks annual vacation + prorated 10 annual wellness days. Salary is negotiable depending on experience.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, permanent full time. Hours are typically between Mon-Fri 8:30 AM 4:30 PM. Up to 10 evenings and up to 10 weekends are required per year for programs and special events. Some work from home is possible (laptop provided), as are flexible hours.

Application Details

Please feel welcome to reach out in advance of applying to ask any clarifying questions.

In order to apply, send email to Executive Director at director@richmondfoodsecurity.org

Please:
use the subject line ‘Education Coordinator’
send one pdf file containing both your cover letter and resume

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

We acknowledge that we live, work and play on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territory of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.