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Employment Opportunity: Food Security Team Lead

The West Central Women’s Resource Centre (WCWRC) provides services and programming to women and families in the West Central neighbourhood of Winnipeg. WCWRC is women centered and practices empowerment, inclusion, harm reduction, multi-level, and community economic development philosophies to support women experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental illness, violence, substance use or participating in sex work. 

The West Central Women’s Resource Centre is committed to inclusion and equity and strives to ensure that our staff team reflects the diversity of the community we serve. Indigenous peoples, Black people and other people of colour, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions are encouraged to apply and will be prioritized. We are committed to removing barriers to employment that are faced by groups that have been historically, persistently and systemically marginalized and encourage (but do not require) members of these groups to self-identify as such in their cover letters.  

If you require an accommodation for the recruitment/interview process (including alternate formats of materials, or accessible meeting rooms or other accommodation), please contact us and we will work with you to meet your needs. 

Position Summary:

WCWRC is seeking a Food Security Team Lead who has the ability to create an inclusive kitchen environment, a passion for helping build our community food security program, and the desire and experience with using food to create social change. Working with our Community Services team, the Food Security Team Lead will coordinate our community garden, meal program, emergency food hamper program, and nutrition programming. 

Accountability:

The Food Security Team Lead is responsible to, and will be supervised by the Director of Community Services. To ensure appropriate accounting of hours worked, completed timesheets are to be submitted bi-weekly, by payroll date, to the Director of Community Services. To enhance the staff team and to be accountable to one another attendance at staff meetings, program meetings, and trainings is required. 

Term: Ongoing 

Salary: $20-23/hour, plus benefits package and matched RRSP 

Time requirement: 37.5 hours/week 

Closing date: Applications reviewed as received 


Responsibilities: 

Food Preparation 

  • Planning and supporting the preparation of meals, serving 750+ portions per week 
  • Implementing & maintaining health and safety standards 

Support 

  • Supervising, supporting and training a diverse team of staff, mentors and volunteers 
  • Develop and maintain a respectful, positive work environment  
  • Collaborate with other staff in identifying gaps in training and skills required to best support community  

 

Program Planning 

  • Managing kitchen inventory, placing weekly grocery orders and Manitoba Harvest pickups, in collaboration with the Community Services team 
  • Planning and facilitating workshops for the community on food security issues, cooking, healthy eating and gardening 
  • Lead the creation and facilitation of a planting, maintenance and harvest plan for our community garden, designed to maximize community participation, in collaboration with other WCWRC staff 
  • Track data and good story reports for funding related to food security programs  
  • Collaborate with the Director of Community Services on funding applications for food security programs as directed 
  • Ensure the food security program operate within the confines of their budgets and WCWRC policies  

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Essential 

  • Excellent administrative skills, including knowledge of MS Excel 
  • Experience with daily cooking for large numbers of people 
  • Experience supervising and working with staff and/or volunteers from diverse backgrounds, including people with various English proficiency levels  
  • Knowledge of food security issues in the inner city  
  • Experience with gardening basics and a willingness to learn  
  • Strong planning and facilitation skills  
  • Hold or willingness to obtain Food Handler Certificate, Criminal Reference Check and Child Abuse Checks 
  • Demonstrated understanding of marginalization, diversity and inclusion framework 
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills 
  • Ability to take initiative and improvise in the kitchen 

Preferred 

  • Lived experience of overcoming housing insecurity, homelessness, poverty and/or marginalization strongly preferred 
  • Experience with food transformation (canning and preserving, etc.)  
  • Class 5 Driver’s license and access to a vehicle  
  • Experience working within the non-profit sector 
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities 
  • Strong understanding of empowerment and harm reduction philosophies 
  • Self-motivated, able to work with minimal supervision 

 

Working conditions: 

  • There is a risk of exposure to potentially unpredictable behaviors and situations  
  • Week days, with some evenings and weekends required 
  • Ability to lift up to 50lb 

 


Please submit resume and cover letter to the attention of the Personnel Committee with the title of the position in the subject line. Cover letter should expressly indicate how your experience meets the job requirements.  

By email: mareike@wcwrc.ca  

Mail: West Central Women’s Resource Centre  

640 Ellice Avenue  

Winnipeg, MB R3G 0A7  


We thank everyone for their interest, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

 

 

 

 

 

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