Food Insecurity Project Manager

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

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Classification Title:
Administration, Level B

Business Title:
Food Insecurity Project Manager

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Salary Range:
$61,840.00 (minimum) - $74,238.00 (midpoint) - $89,085.00 (maximum)

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Budget Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

This position is expected to be filled by promotion/reassignment and is included here to inform you of its vacancy at the University.

Job Summary

The Food Insecurity Project Manager, in collaboration with the Applied Research Coordinator, Food Insecurity, is responsible for the coordination and management of a university-wide multi-stakeholder initiative, the Food Insecurity Action Team (FIAT), convened to coordinate action to reduce food insecurity at UBC.

Guided by the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities, UBC's Wellbeing Strategic Framework, Action Framework for a Nutritionally Sound Campus, and the UBC Food Action Framework, the incumbent will work with interdisciplinary colleagues from across Vancouver and Okanagan campuses that make up the Food Insecurity Action Team (FIAT), including UBC Wellbeing, Campus & Community Planning, Student Housing and Hospitality Services, UBC Okanagan Campus Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, as well as student leaders and organizations. This position provides leadership in the overall management of diverse food insecurity projects to facilitate a cohesive and coordinated approach. The incumbent will play a role in convening and facilitating FIAT meetings as well as manage and report on priorities and projects. Additionally, the incumbent will provide leadership in wider institutional collaboration and knowledge sharing with allied roles, committees and working groups such as the UBC Wellbeing Food and Nutrition Committee, and the Food Systems Project.

UBC Wellbeing is a collaborative effort to make the University a better place to live, work, and learn. Universities and other institutions increasingly recognize that wellbeing is foundational to the success of our students, staff, and faculty and in 2016, UBC became one of the first universities in the world to adopt the Okanagan Charter on our campuses and signal a formal commitment to the health and wellbeing of our community members. In summer 2019, UBC launched the Wellbeing Strategic Framework, our vision for a health and wellbeing promoting university and a key target in our Food and Nutrition priority area is increasing food security for UBC community members.

Organizational Status

The Food Insecurity Project Manager reports to the Planning and Evaluation Advisor within the UBC Wellbeing Secretariat. Their work is delivered through the Food Insecurity Action Team and will encompass projects designed to achieve a healthier campus. This position also works with internal staff and faculty across both Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and external regional community partners. The working day is normally spent on campus with periodic off-campus travel for liaising with external groups. There is flexibility in working hours.

Work Performed

Working primarily with the UBC Wellbeing Secretariat, the candidate will play a key role in the leadership, development and implementation of priorities and projects that address food insecurity at UBC including planning, meeting facilitation, stakeholder communication, and engagement, reporting and evaluation.

  • Leads the scoping, development and coordination of food insecurity initiatives designed to influence systemic change at the University and address the needs of a large and diverse student, staff, and faculty population, including:
  • Digital Food Hub: bringing together information and resources about food and nutrition education, digital meal program, UBC Food Asset Map, and emergency needs information, etc.
  • Physical Food Hub: planning and stakeholder engagement for the development of a physical food hub
  • Food Insecurity Conference: convening students, practitioners, and researchers for knowledge sharing and collaboration related to food insecurity across higher education.
  • Advocacy: supports to address income-based food insecurity.
  • Network building and knowledge translation: liaise with partner universities and post-secondary networks to build a coalition for food insecurity action knowledge exchange and advocacy.
  • Collaborates with departments, faculties and student groups to co-develop sustainable health and wellbeing initiatives, including interventions that create a supportive campus environment.
  • Identifies opportunities and develops programs and initiatives to embed food insecurity projects in other UBC Wellbeing campaigns such as Thrive and Nutrition Month
  • Evaluates progress on strategies employed to reduce food insecurity including data collation and management, data analysis, and report generation.
  • Co-leads scheduling, management and reporting of FIAT meetings.
  • Develops and implements project management plans and reports.
  • Participates in the UBC Wellbeing Community of Practice.
  • Participates in the UBC Food & Nutrition Committee and UBC Food Systems Project.
  • Oversight of the FIAT budget, under supervision of FIAT Chairs and UBC Wellbeing Secretariat.
  • Serves on campus and community committees where appropriate.
  • Attends meetings and retreats as required.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Supervision Received

The Food Insecurity Project Manager works autonomously under the general direction of the Director, Strategic Support, UBC Wellbeing and in collaboration with Food Insecurity Action Team stakeholders. The work is reviewed in terms of achievement of projects and execution of the defined responsibilities.

Supervision Given

This position may provide some direction to the activities of student employees or contractors.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

This position helps coordinate the delivery of food insecurity projects that result in creating healthier environments for students, staff, faculty wellbeing. This position ensures that the initiatives succeed and meet a high level of excellence. Failure to complete the required duties of this job will result in employee and student dissatisfaction, negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of the targeted populations and will ultimately negatively impact the ability of the University to deliver on its commitment to support wellbeing, personal development and outstanding campus life. The improper execution of details associated with the management of the initiative could result in a tarnished image of the university.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Graduate degree preferred. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of five years of related experience preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Aligns with UBC's strategic plan vision and values including embodying principles of health promotion and wellbeing, sustainability, mutual respect and equity, advancing and sharing knowledge, and public interest.
Demonstrated project management experience.
Experience in building relationships with clients and other partners (e.g. Faculty members, IT, Planning and Institutional Research).
Experience in, or capacity to evolve skills required for analysis as needed (e.g. online survey programming, testing, deployment, and quality assurance). Excellent intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intercultural skills. Excellent facilitation, oral and written communication skills and organizational planning abilities. Experience working effectively with multiple stakeholders in a complex environment.
Experience working collaboratively as part of a networked team towards client success. Ability to take initiative, exercise sound judgment and work well under pressure. Fosters a learning and growth mindset in self.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.