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Communities Convenor

Food Secure Canada (FSC) is seeking a Communities Convenor to nurture and build relationships. FSC is committed to amplifying the power of diverse voices in the food movement, from a decolonial, anti-racist and intersectional perspective. Working with Indigenous, Black and racialized organizations and leaders who are advancing food sovereignty will be centered. The Communities Convenor will build relationships, help to identify key actors, co-organise events, synthesize learnings and support evaluation processes. Concrete outputs tied to expected donor funding include: a network map of the food movement; plans for advancing food sovereignty; and a best practice guide for future fundraising. We are looking for a candidate who combines organizational and relationship-building experience with a deep commitment and capacity to ground the work in ethical space

(link is external) and support work that is led and co-created by Indigenous peoples and Black and racialized communities.

This position is financed for one year (with the possibility of extension if additional financing is secured).

About Food Secure Canada

Food Secure Canada is a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty. Our vision is a just, healthy and sustainable food system that honors our relationship to the earth and each other. Our mission is to support an equitable and empowered food movement. Our mandate is to amplify the power of diverse voices to transform the food system through dialogue, advocacy and capacity building.

About the Communities Convenor Position

The Community Convenor will play an important and exciting role in realizing Food Secure Canada’s overall strategic direction, as reflected in its updated vision, mission and mandate above. The Convenor will contribute to enhancing a culture of dialogue and shared governance in the organization and the movement. Nurturing relationships, and supporting convening, knowledge-sharing and capacity-building activities led and co-created by and with Indigenous, Black and racialised organizations and leaders, is at the heart of the work.

Moving forward entails identifying and addressing structural and systemic barriers on the ground as Indigenous, Black and racialised communities lead and deliver change to advance food sovereignty. The Convenor will hold and create spaces, as Black and Indigenous communities and leaders co-create respective plans to advance Black and Indigenous Food Sovereignty in Canada. This is part of an intentional process by Food Secure Canada to change the power dynamics and inclusiveness of the food movement.

The project will be guided overall by a steering committee, with specific co-created governance models embodying the approaches of ethical space(link is external) and “nothing about us without us” for work streams on Indigenous and Black food sovereignty.

We value and will privilege applications from individuals who are rooted in movements for equity and justice, as well as applications from equity-deserving groups (including black, racialized, and Indigenous communities), who are typically underrepresented on not-for-profit staff teams.

Responsibilities

  • Establish, cultivate and sustain relationships across the food movement, especially with Indigenous, Black and racialized leaders and organizations.
  • Coordinate the production of network map(s) of food movement actors and activities, with a focus on the under-represented work of Indigenous Peoples, Black, and racialized communities to foster connection, cross movement learning, collaboration and to mobilized collective action.
  • Liaise with the FSC Communications team to design public-facing version(s) of the mapping and supervise the work of a summer intern recruited to support the mapping activity.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a master work plan to guide project planning and manage project work-flow.
  • Collaborate with Black community leaders and organizations towards Black food sovereignty events including: a pan-Canadian meeting; and bilingual gatherings to strengthen Black food sovereignty through social innovation.
  • Gather information from stakeholders to inform the writing of an ethical funding guide.
  • Coordinate participatory and culturally-informed evaluation processes, and synthesize these learnings.
  • Research and recommend culturally appropriate training for staff and Board.
  • Coordinate reporting required from FSC by funders.
  • Participate in FSC staff meetings and contribute on request to the collective work of the organization.

Requirements

  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and experience working on food systems and food sovereignty issues, using a food justice, anti-racist and decolonising approach and analysis.
  • Lived experience or deep professional experience with equity-seeking communities most affected by lack of access to healthy, sustainable food.
  • Personal or professional experience demonstrating cultural competency and experience of Indigenous protocols, teachings and worldviews.
  • Capacity to nurture relationships of trust and experience of fostering participatory processes that honour community learning.
  • At least three years of experience in a co-ordinating or management role.
  • Strong listening abilities and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Ability to work with multiple deadlines and effectively manage workload.
  • Fluent proficiency in English. Some knowledge of French and / or Indigenous languages – ideally full fluency or a willingness to improve.
  • University or College degree in a relevant field of study OR demonstrable equivalent expertise gained through life and work experience.
  • Experience with budget management and project management, including certifications, an asset

Contract Length

One year contract, starting at the beginning of June, with a 6 month probationary period.

Salary and Benefits

  • Five days (40 hours) a week (possibility to accomodate for four days)
  • Between $54,000 – $59,000 based on experience
  • Four annual weeks of vacations, plus one week between December 25th and January 1st
  • Extended medical and dental insurance

Food Secure Canada’s head office is in Montreal, but the role can be performed from any location in Canada. In accordance with public health advice, occasional travel will be expected including to the head office. To accommodate meetings, the Communities Convenor needs to be available some afternoons until 5 pm EST and occasionally on evenings and weekends given time zones and interaction with Board of Directors volunteers. Food Secure Canada is a bilingual national organization.

Food Secure Canada is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion. Through our processes and practices we are working to eliminate barriers to employment for people who are usually underrepresented in Canada’s workforce and encourage diverse candidates to apply, including Indigenous People, those with disabilities, Black and racialized persons, women, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Eligibility to work in Canada is required.

How to Apply

Please submit the following to Amélie Levesque with the subject heading “Communities Convenor: [APPLICANT NAME]” by email to admin@foodsecurecanada.org(link sends e-mail) by May 23, 2022 8:00am Eastern time

  • A cover letter
  • Your CV or resumé
  • Names and contact details of two referees.

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