Just Food Is Hiring!

People who are from equity-seeking groups, often under-represented in leadership roles, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position: Ottawa Community Gardening Network Coordinator
Organization: Just Food (www.justfood.ca)
Location of work: Ottawa, city-wide. (Office located at Just Food Community Farm and working from home an option)
Salary: $47,320/year, prorated to 28 hrs/week ($26/hr + standard MERCs).
*Note this is experience-dependent.
Term: Permanent Employment position

This position facilitates the Community Gardening Network of Ottawa (CGN) which is an information and resource-sharing network that supports the sustainable community development of food-growing gardens and initiatives within the City. The CGN program is community-driven, and has been in existence since 1997 – 24 years!
In 2021, the Network consists of approximately 100 food-growing community gardening projects.

Just Food serves a role as a food system player, and is a pivotal member in the sector.
Someone with a strong equity lens, a comprehensive food systems lens, and experience working in collaboration across diverse people is required.

The central activities of the CGN are:

  • Assist community groups to establish and maintain community gardens, including working with private and public landowners to increase access to land and coordinating
  • Facilitate communications across, and support resources within, new and existing gardens/projects, including but not limited to coordinating the Community Garden Development Fund (CGDF), skills building workshops, and other shared resources
  • Facilitate distribution of seed and soil to gardeners around the city who have difficulty accessing these materials due to financial limitations or otherwise.
  • Develop resources, events and training to build gardening, preserving and composting skills across Ottawa.
  • Raise awareness in Ottawa about community gardening through media, public meetings, special events, and online communications.
  • Facilitate creation of a supportive policy environment.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate the Community Gardening Network program:
    • Work closely with volunteer community garden coordinators to start new community gardens and support existing gardens in the Network.
    • Event coordination (meetings, workshops, training and other special events)
    • Communications with and across members
  • Manage all aspects of the Community Garden Development Fund
    • Conduct full applications process, from promotions through to dispersing funds and reporting, including facilitating the allocations committee.
    • Ongoing communications with all involved stakeholders in the projects.
  • Liaise with diverse stakeholders including community garden coordinators, City of Ottawa, NCC, Schools, landowners, Community Associations.
  • Supervise volunteers, interns, students to support the CGN program.
  • Complete reports as appropriate and required.
  • Identify and work to fill gaps to enable community and home gardeners to garden, in particular leading initiatives to support those who experience barriers to access seeds, seedlings, soil, compost and land.

Skills Needed:
This position does not require knowing everything about how to garden. While it can help, this position is a coordinating, community development position, that requires a keen interest in learning about gardening, community gardening, sustainable and equitable food systems, yet more so, the skills below as essential:

  • Knowledge/experience of working in a fast-paced, not-for-profit environment.
  • Community development experience, with an ability to communicate, coordinate and resolve differences across diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills, with a comfort and confidence speaking with members and the public in person, by phone and by email.
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills to host and facilitate workshops.
  • Strong awareness and ability to work with an equity lens, with ability to work with community members from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong administrative skills, including attention to detail and budget management.
  • Good writing and editing skills for both promotions/marketing and reporting.
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to multi-task across multiple projects.
  • Experience in managing volunteers, students.
  • Ability to balance taking initiative with strong team communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work independently and productively in a home and an office environment.
  • Ability to work in English, with strong preference for ability to converse/read/write in French, and/or speak/write in other languages.

Work location is largely home-based, and at times at Just Food’s office at the Just Food Community Farm, where a dynamic community of farmers, community growers, community partners and educators work alongside each other. Community event space, including the century-old red barn, greenhouses, pavilion and 150 acres, serves as a city-wide hub for activities on food, farming, sustainability and self-reliance.

Start time: ASAP.
If required to provide notice that extends beyond Oct 14, we are seeking that the successful person can observe the workshop Oct 14 6-8pm.

Please send your cover letter, resume and three references, together in one document to moe@justfood.ca with the subject header: CGN Coordinator Candidate

Deadline: Friday Sept 24, 2021, 4:00pm. Interviews will be online the following week.
All candidates will be informed if they are to receive an interview or not.