Neighbour to Neighbour Centre’s Hamilton Community Food Centre, in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada.
Location: Hamilton, ON
Reports to: Director of Community Food & Family Services
Hours: 28 hours weekly, flex schedule with some evening work
Since 1986, Neighbour to Neighbour (N2N) Centre has been working to break the cycle of poverty in Hamilton. What started as a small food bank has evolved into an indispensable part of Hamilton’s social fabric. N2N gets to the very root of our community’s needs, offering access to healthy food, skill building programs, tutoring for children, utility support programs, counselling and a host of other interventions.
Our Hamilton Community Food Centre (HCFC) is an innovative project in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada that hosts a range of programming in food access, food skills and community engagement work. We use food as a tool to build healthier people and communities. The staff team is integral to developing programming and creating an inclusive, positive, and vibrant culture that reflects the diverse, collaborative, hard-working spirit of Hamilton.
About the Role
The Community Action Coordinator works with a team of Peer Advocates, organizes training and mentorship opportunities for program participants, and facilitates education and engagement events around food justice and equity. We are looking for someone with a unique mixture of grassroots experience and interest in community engagement, as well as an in-depth knowledge of community services and an ability to engage with community partners to offer programming that is innovative, creative and meaningful. Programming is rooted in anti-oppressive practice. The ideal candidate is optimistic, energetic, creative, resourceful and patient, and is a passionate advocate for food justice with a belief that change is possible.
Facilitate Community Action work
Develop and coordinate Community Action Training
Create opportunities for education and engagement around food justice topics, including film screenings, panel discussions and/or festivals
Develop and facilitate innovative programming focused on community interest and need
Network and build connections with other agencies and activist groups
Work with community partners and program volunteers
Coordinate the team of Peer Advocates and provide Advocacy support
Hire two (2) Peer Advocates from a pool of Community Action Training graduates
Provide support and act as a resource to the Peer Advocates in their casework with community members
Lead scheduling, meeting facilitation and ongoing education/training
Participate as a Hamilton Community Food Centre team member
Role model professional behaviour and positive communication with participants, volunteers and partners
Promote culture of health and safety within our space
Represent Hamilton Community Food Centre and Neighbour to Neighbour Centre values in our community
Measure and evaluate program impact through support of data collection, reporting, and development activities such as grant writing and annual reporting
Contribute to communications through outlets such as social media and website
Coordinate with other team members including the Manager of Family Services and Volunteer Coordinator
Degree in Social Work, or other relevant program or equivalent professional experience providing case management or social work support
Minimum 3 years’ experience with program coordination in a social services setting
Solid experience in effective community organising and working in a diverse setting
Excellent knowledge of systems with which low-income people interact, including OW, ODSP, subsidized housing, legal aid and health care etc.
Experience supervising diverse staff and/or volunteer teams, ideally supervision of peer workers
Excellent group facilitation, interpersonal, communication and conflict resolution skills
Demonstrated experience working with marginalized people and people of diverse cultures and abilities in a community-based setting
Lived experience of, and/or commitment to issues of hunger, poverty, food justice
Ability to speak a language relevant to the neighbourhood (e.g. Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, and Kurdish)
Patient with a good sense of humour and an ability to inspire and motivate others
Familiarity with Hamilton, and specifically the Rolston neighbourhood
Short deadline of November 1, 2019. All application are appreciated, however only those qualified for in person interviews will be contacted.