Campaigner (Full-time, Permanent) - Community Food Centres Canada

Dec 10, 2020
Toronto, Ontario

Campaigner (Full time, Permanent)

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Reports to: Chief Programs Officer

Hiring Range: $60,000-$65,000 including a benefits plan, pension plan, 3 weeks paid vacation and professional development opportunities

Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) is a national non-profit organization that builds health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food. We believe food can bring people together to build skills and improve physical and mental health, and create the opportunity for greater equity and social change. We provide ideas, resources and a proven approach to partner organizations so they can establish responsive, financially stable Community Food Centres that support people to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all. CFCC also works with the broader food movement to build greater capacity and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system. Our vision is a Canada that treats food as a basic human right.

CFCC has embarked on a $50M national campaign to develop community food centres in 20 communities across Canada, innovate new approaches to addressing food insecurity and advocate for positive change for low-income communities.

CFCC is seeking a passionate and experienced person who is fired up by inequality and driven to work for progressive change to the systems that lead a significant number of Canadians who suffer from poverty and food insecurity, as well as the social isolation and poor physical health that are experienced in far greater degree by people living on low incomes.

This position will play a key role in strategizing around and advancing action in issue areas related to addressing poverty and promoting better physical and mental health for low-income communities. 

They will work in collaboration with CFCC’s Senior Specialist, Policy to translate our research and policy positions into creative tactics and tools that can be adopted by our partner Community Food Centres and Good Food Organizations across the country, and into national campaigns geared at the broader public. 

This will involve building resources, tools and trainings for staff and community members associated with local programs to enable them to tell their own stories, while linking them to policy solutions. 

The successful candidate will be creative, strategic and driven both by a passion for empowering people at the grassroots and contributing to the big-picture policy conversations that create community realities.

CFCC is strongly committed to equity and inclusion within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of racialized groups, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities by arranging for any necessary accommodations.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with internal and external stakeholders to develop creative and effective awareness and action tools and tactics - across digital and in-person networks - that engage CFCC’s partners to take action on poverty and inequality viewed through the lens of food insecurity

  • Developing written and online resources and trainings to support capacity at CFCC’s partner sites to develop locally relevant actions, as well as to be connected to CFCC’s national policy activities

  • Creating opportunities for knowledge exchange across partner organizations

  • Developing resources that capture local experiences and practices that can be used by CFCs, Good Food Organizations or other interested organizations

  • Assessing and planning training and support for staff working in community action departments within community food centres and the broader community food sector

  • Align with CFCC values and contribute to the evolution of our culture, and a work environment that is grounded in collaboration, equity, respect, innovation and transparent communication

Qualifications and Experience:
  • Relevant post-secondary degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • 5+ years of related work experience in developing campaigns for social change

  • Demonstrated creativity in creating effective campaigns, engagement strategies, public education and communications tools that inspire action and get results

  • Understanding of and experience in using digital tools and platforms - from social media to email campaigns - in mobilizing action around an issue, both nationally and regionally

  • Demonstrated experience working on the front lines with marginalized communities and an understanding of how to effectively support these communities to be inspired and engage in social justice organizing

  • Experience supporting people to use their personal stories to advance change through a safe, empowering process

  • Understanding of policies and actors in the areas of poverty, food security, and experience moving an issue within one or more of these areas

  • Strong research, writing and presentation skills

  • Analyze the results of your work, report on successes and failures, and innovate and improve tactics based on this evaluation

  • Proficiency in French an asset

Why work for us?
 
We offer:

➔ a comprehensive benefits package, a pension plan, three weeks paid vacation and professional development opportunities

➔ a culture of mutual support where staff cook and eat together, and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive Canada

➔ an opportunity to be part of a movement building health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food

How to apply:

To apply, please scroll up and click Apply Now. Please skip the Professional Details and Skills section and attach your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please share what you think makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Posting closes December 10. Only those applicants being considered will be contacted. If you require any accommodations, please email work@cfccanada.ca. Thank you for your interest in CFCC.

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