We’re looking for a food security coordinator!
Competition number NCCFSC030821
NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) is accepting applications for the position of Food Security Coordinator to be located on the South Coast of Labrador. The Coordinator will be responsible for developing and coordinating food security initiatives, including the Community Freezer Program. The ideal candidate will lead in empowering NCC’s communities to contribute to their own food sovereignty, to produce food locally, to encourage the eating of traditional country foods and promote the continuation of traditional food sharing networks. They must demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and fostering relationships, while providing tangible results. This position will be in NCC’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
NunatuKavut means “our ancient land” and refers to the territory of Southern Inuit who reside primarily in south and central Labrador. NCC is a rights-based governing body that represents NunatuKavut Inuit. We are a dynamic, fast-paced and growing team that strives to meet the priorities, interests and needs of our people. Our governing vision demonstrates commitment to community and culture as we seek “to govern ourselves, provide and care for one another, our families and our communities while nurturing our relationship with our lands and waters.” We foster an open and transparent working environment which incorporates Inuit values of caring, fairness, respect, accountability and teamwork.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Lead, coordinate and manage the logistics of country food and food security initiatives, including supply sourcing, procurement, and distribution.
- Coordinate a wide range of activities related to NCC’s community freezer program and community-based gardens.
- Raise awareness about food security and sovereignty.
- Advocate for changes in existing government programs and policies to improve food security and sovereignty.
- Work closely with NCC in the implementation of policy, programs, and strategic plans related to food and food health.
- Assist in improving food security through community development.
- Provide financial coordination, i.e. budget monitoring and reporting.
- Participate in the building of partnerships with Indigenous organizations and government agencies/departments.
- Represent NCC on the Board of Directors of the Community Food Hub Committee.
- Make recommendations to the Director and Manager of the ENR Department on communal food security matters and resolutions.
- Research funding opportunities and develop proposals to enhance NCC’s Food Security Program.
- Liaise with departmental Managers, Coordinators, and staff to address operational issues of the program such as: HR and staffing, program and policy initiatives, financial and administrative responsibilities, etc.
- Ensure NCC’s Community Freezers are maintained and operated within the National Food Safety standards.
- Provide leadership, innovation and change management in developing and executing a Food Security Program.
- Present information to membership on Community Freezer and Food Security programs/work within NCC.
- Liaise with NCC Management, Government and other stakeholders in the promotion of NCC’s vision and strategic direction.
- Lead and supervise other employees of the Community Freezer and Food Security program as program develops.
- Other duties as required.
Conditions of Employment
- Lifting of objects up to 30 – 50 lb.
- Travel by various modes of transportation, including fixed and rotary winged aircraft, snowmobiles and boats may be required.
- Must be able to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends.
- A Class 5 driver’s license and ability to provide a clean, three-year driving abstract.
- Access to personal vehicle during working hours is required.
Skills and Qualifications
- Knowledge of traditional food and safe handling techniques.
- Sensitivity to, and knowledge of, environmental issues related to food security (traditional and non-traditional)
- Knowledge and experience in food security including supply, procurement, safe handing and storage.
- Experience in planning, developing and implementing, as well as coordinating and overseeing events and activities.
- Experience in relationship building with communities, stakeholders and various levels of government.
- Strong problem-solving, communication, report writing and presentation skills, as well as organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills.
- Experience in various aspects of research, proposal development and writing.
- Financial/budget management experience is essential.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in often difficult logistical situations.
- Ability to work unsupervised and demonstrate motivation and initiative.
- Must have proficient computing skills using MS office, presentations software, social media, and other relevant software.
- Must be a team player.
- Knowledge of cultural safety within Indigenous communities.
- Must have progressively responsible supervisory experience.
- Good local area knowledge is required.
- Experience working with Indigenous groups an asset.
Education and Experience Requirements
- Two Year Diploma in Social Sciences or other relevant field of study, OR demonstrable equivalent expertise gained through education, training, life and work experience.
- Three years of experience in food security, food safety and food management.
- Supervisory or management experience.
Preference may be given to qualified members of the NunatuKavut Community Council.
How to Apply
Please submit resume and cover letter and three references to:
Chelsea Dyson, HR Coordinator
NunatuKavut Community Council
Deadline to apply is March 22, 2021
Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.