Join the Growing Chefs! team

Position title: Program/Volunteer Liaison

Growing Chefs! teaches children about growing and cooking food by putting chef and community volunteers into elementary schools. Our mission is to teach kids and families about healthy food and healthy food systems through direct hands-on experience.
 
We are looking for an individual who is passionate about promoting food sustainability, local and urban agriculture, and children’s health. In this key support role, the Program/Volunteer Liaison will be responsible for ensuring the Growing Chefs! Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program runs smoothly within a designated group of schools. The Program/Volunteer Liaison acts as a point of contact between the Growing Chefs! Classroom Volunteers, the classroom teacher, the school administrator, and the Growing Chefs! Program Staff and provides assistance to volunteer teams in planning, troubleshooting, and delivering the Growing Chefs! lessons.
 
Tasks will be specific to a geographical area and/or specified group of schools. Each Liaison will be responsible for approximately 10 schools. This position will require travel throughout Metro Vancouver to the liaison’s designated schools. The communities include: Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, New Westminster, and Coquitlam.
 
Availability for this role is key. From April 1st to June 30th, applicants need to be available during program hours, which are 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Monday to Friday.  Program/Volunteer Liaisons will join a different Growing Chefs! volunteer team each day during the program to support the volunteers/teachers and assist with the lesson. Applicants must also be available for a weekly team meeting in the Growing Chefs! Vancouver office. Please reconsider applying if you are not available during this time. 
 
This position is a casual position at approximately 10-14 hours/week—work schedule will vary depending on needs of designated schools. Hours also may occasionally include evenings and weekends. Compensation for this role is $17/hr. 
 
There are three seasonal fixed term contract positions available from Jan 15th to July 13th. 
 
The close date for this position is Nov. 24th, however, we will be conducting interviews as applications come in, so please don’t wait to submit.  The position may be filled before the closing date.
 
Please submit your cover letter and resume to hr@growingchefs.ca as one single PDF document outlining your experience and fit for the role, as well as confirming your availability from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm during April 1-June 20th. Please quote “Growing Chefs – Program/Volunteer Asssistant” in the subject line.
 
Responsibilities include:
 
Program

  • Implement volunteer recruitment plans and assist with volunteer recruitment, including finding specialized volunteers, such as chefs, in targeted geographical areas.
  • Provide support to volunteer training and volunteer orientation.
  • Assist with volunteer scheduling and coordination, including, but not limited to answering volunteer and teacher inquiries, calling volunteer candidates and volunteer references.
  • Act as a liaison between volunteers, teachers, and Growing Chefs! staff.
  • Provide assistance and support to volunteer teams in planning, troubleshooting, and delivering the Growing Chefs! Lessons.
  • Provide specific program support to volunteers as needed, such as providing assistance on how to retain students’ attention, successfully deliver Growing Chefs! lessons, and other resources that might help them in their volunteer role.
  • Assist with monitoring the successful delivery of the program and report and help manage any problems or challenges experienced by volunteer teams or participating teachers. Communicate regularly with Program teachers and volunteer teams to address concerns before they escalate.
  • Help with the coordination, set up, delivery, maintenance, care, and cleaning of program equipment.
  • Assist with program administrative duties, such as volunteer and teacher sign ups, and managing volunteer and teacher records in the SalesForce database.
  • Help with the coordination of volunteer appreciation events and volunteer recognition activities.
  • Be the initial point of contact for the program for the designated group of schools and volunteer teams.
  • Increase awareness of Growing Chefs! within the designated communities and in each of the program schools.
  • Become familiar with the school schedules, school policies, physical layout, access issues, and school emergency procedures.
  • Perform other duties, as needed.

Community Outreach

  • Assist with, and participate in Growing Chefs! community outreach and community events.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Communications/ Fundraising

  • Help generate content for social media sites, online postings, blog, and website.
  • Perform other duties as required. 

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Experience working with children and youth in an educational environment, specifically with classroom management, culinary/nutritional education, and delivering hands-on learning.
  • Experience managing/working with frontline volunteers or program staff
  • A passion for supporting local and urban agriculture and healthy food systems
  • Administrative or frontline experience working with a registered charity or non-profit organization
  • Culinary, agricultural, or educational background and knowledge
  • Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills’
  • Experience with social media sites, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Wordpress
  • Ability to work independently and to prioritize duties
  • Flexible and teamwork oriented
  • Valid B.C. driver’s license and access to a vehicle

Additional skills an asset:

  • Experience working with a CRM database, such as SalesForce
  • Experience hosting event booths at community outreach events
  • FoodSafe certification
  • An understanding of data management and basic bookkeeping
  • Driver’s License
  • Existing connections in the restaurant, food, and agricultural industry

References and a criminal record check related to working with children will be required. We thank all applicants who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.