Kitchen Facilitator – Harmony Community Food Centre

South Riverdale Community Health Centre - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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The South Riverdale Community Health Centre is a non-profit, multi-service Centre that provides primary health care, social and community outreach services with an emphasis on health promotion to residents of East Toronto.

The Harmony Hall Centre for Seniors program of SRCHC empowers and connects seniors 55+ by delivering transportation, recreational and support services in East Toronto. Services are provided in Bengali, Chinese, English and Tamil.

The Kitchen Facilitator delivers Harmony CFC’s food programs and services. The ideal candidate will be passionate about good food, ensuring everyone has access to it, possess strong skills and knowledge in cooking and nutrition, experience facilitating diverse groups and has a desire to use food as a way to build community.

Responsibilities:
Programming and Food Preparation:
Plan and implement community kitchen programs for targeted participant groups
Facilitate groups, building a safe and inclusive space for participants
Coordinate community meals
Develop rotating menu plans in consultation with dietitians and staff for program and group requirements
Ensure program food is prepared and organized to meet program needs and assist with clean-up as required
Contribute to seasonal and special events

Facilities and Equipment:
Ensure kitchen and equipment are kept clean following appropriate infection control and food handling procedures as per Toronto Public Health guidelines
Ensure kitchen equipment and items are organized and stored safely in designated areas and function effectively and safely
Conduct daily monitoring of fridge and freezer temperatures
Inform manager of equipment malfunctions or safety hazards
Cooperate with staff to ensure program areas (kitchen, serving areas) are available for use and maintained to a high standard of safety and cleanliness

Administration:
Manage the food and grocery budget for programs within Harmony CFC
Track and report expenses related to food and grocery purchases
Ensure low-cost, seasonal meal planning in consultation with program staff
Source and purchase food and groceries for programs, services and events; ensure economical purchasing of supplies, e.g. bulk purchasing
Conduct routine inventory to ensure required items are in stock
Identify, recruit, organize training, and provide supervision for volunteers

Qualifications:
Post-secondary education in a relevant discipline, or the equivalent in experience
Food Handler Certification
Certification as food handler trainer an asset
Experience in kitchen operations
Experience in community kitchen facilitation
Experience cooking meals for groups of 10-150 people
Knowledge of nutrition and healthy cooking to meet the needs of communities served
Demonstrated leadership skills, especially in a volunteer/community development context
Knowledge of food access and food security issues
Ability to work within a budget
Physical ability to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.
Strong oral and written communication skills
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Ability to work independently and be very effective in a team environment
Strong creative problem-solving skills
Experience and interest in working with vulnerable populations, newcomer communities, low income, and people who use drugs
Familiarity with the O’Connor-Parkview and Taylor-Massey neighbourhoods, and ability to speak a language relevant to the community is an asset
Proficiency in the use of computer technology and various software applications
Ability to work flexible hours and weekends
Police clearance documentation will be required for employment

The deadline for applicants is November 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Please mail in or drop off your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

The Hiring Committee

Kitchen Facilitator – Harmony Community Food Centre

South Riverdale Community Health Centre

955 Queen Street East

Toronto, ON M4M 3P3

Or by email to: humanresources@srchc.com

Please enter “Kitchen Facilitator – Harmony Community Food Centre” in the subject line of your email.

No faxes, phone calls, or requests to meet please.

This is a bargaining unit position with CUPE Local 5399.

SRCHC welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

SRCHC is an equal opportunity employer. We would like to thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

SRCHC encourages a scent-free environment. Employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances and other scented personal care products (i.e. perfumes, deodorants, lotions, hairspray, etc.) while at the Centre.