Local and Sustainable Food Systems Network and Communications Coordinator

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About the Position:

Food Secure Canada is a Canada-wide alliance of civil society organizations and individuals collaborating to advance dialogue and cooperation for policies and programs that improve food security in Canada and globally. Together we are creating the building blocks of a healthy, fair and ecological food system, grounded in strengthened democracy and community action. Food Secure Canada is the only diverse national food issues network in the country, with leaders from all regions and sectors.  Our Policy platform is Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada.  

Food Secure Canada’s office in Montreal is looking for a Food Systems Network and Communications Coordinator. The initial contract is for a six-month period with possibility of renewal. This person is ideally located in Montreal although other locations will be considered
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Food Systems Network and Communications Coordinator will be responsible for leading an emerging national learning and advocacy network of organizations concerned with local/regional and sustainable food systems.  In addition to coordinating the network, the coordinator will also assist in the research, writing and editing of resources (policy papers, articles, briefing notes) that support the development of the network and other aspects of Food Secure Canada’s work. 


The successful candidate will ideally possess the following skills and qualifications:
  • Strong knowledge of and background on environmental, economic and\or social aspects of food
  • Background in advocacy or public policy in related field
  • Academic or professional experience relating to the food business, especially strong understanding of the economics of the food industry in Canada.
  • Background in communications and social media (website maintenance, media relations, writing, publications)
  • Experience with non-profit\community sector
  • Proven ability to build bridges, create partnerships, and achieve consensus among diverse groups, stakeholders and organizations.
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Well-organized with excellent follow-through on tasks
  • Good team worker
  • A college or university diploma / degree in relevant field
  • Fully bilingual with excellent writing and editing skills in French and\or English.
  • Experience in evaluation including developing or working with indicators an asset
  • Fundraising experience is an asset
  • A sense of humour and a commitment to FSC core goals: zero hunger, safe and healthy food, sustainable agriculture


  • Coordinate national network on local\regional sustainable food systems including outreach, communications, and facilitation.
  • Support the development and production of research and policy resources and communication tools (website, newsletter, etc) related to the Network and other FSC priorities.
  • Contribute to FSC communications – proofing, editing, translation and design
  • Participate in outreach and promotional activities
  • Support organization for FSC Assembly and other activities
  • In-Canada travel required at times
  • Assist with other tasks as needed

Application process:

Please send your cover letter and resume by email to FSC Executive Director Diana Bronson at jobs@foodsecurecanada.org before 20 August 2012 with job posting for Network coordinator as the subject line.  
Food Secure Canada is committed to equality, and encourages applications from people of all sexual and gender orientations, including those who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous people, and/or persons with disabilities. Interviews are expected to take place in Montreal at the end of August or beginning of September.  Only candidates that have been selected for an interview will receive a reply.
Salary: $45,000-$55,000 per annum.
Start date: As soon as possible.
20 Aug 2012
Food Secure Canada
Montreal  Quebec