Work-Study Job Opportunity: Food Justice Facilitator

Job Opportunity at The Centre for Women and Trans People!

Work-Study Position: Food Justice Facilitator

Application Deadline: Tuesday May 24, 2011 by 6pm

Start date: June 13, 2011

Eligibility Criteria for Work-Study Program: click here

Position Description:

This position will require an individual who has a love for food, community building and interest in the social determinants of health for the coordination of “The Spice”, an ongoing outreach cooking programme at The Centre for Women and Trans People (St. George campus). The Spice is a participatory cooking programme promoting community building. The Spice brings people on campus together to contribute their culinary ideas and learn new skills while building bridges among communities. The programme was developed out of the awareness of the growing poverty on campus and the need to promote healthy lifestyles. The objectives of the project are to outreach to the campus and larger communities, build networks around addressing poverty and food issues, promote healthy, nutritious and affordable food, as well as preparation skills and knowledge to participants. Facilitating work and policy development on issues of food justice will be the priority of the position. The tasks of Food Justice Facilitator include:

Plan a lunch cooking programme, including finding nutritional and diverse recipes, and facilitating meal preparation

Purchase supplies for the programme

Foster a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere

Facilitate discussions around issues of food security within an anti-oppression framework with volunteers and participants

Network with other groups on campus and in the community who are doing work around poverty, food, and nutrition

In collaboration with other campus and community groups, develop summer skill-sharing workshops related to urban gardening and food sovereignty

Publicize The Spice to the University of Toronto and wider communities by using campus, mainstream, alternative, and social media, including making and distributing flyers and posters

Maintain a recipe book of the recipes used in the program

Ensure the Community Cupboard is well-stocked

Evaluate the Centre’s current food justice practices and make recommendations

Help develop a food justice mandate and relevant policies for the Centre.

The individual will have the opportunity to work independently in a collective environment with the support and supervision of staff and collective members. They will gain experience and programme coordination skills, including leadership, organizational, interpersonal, communication, and community development skills. They will also acquire a deeper understanding of issues of poverty and food issues as it relates to health, as well as new cooking skills.


• Bachelors Level
• Masters Level
• Ph.D. Level
• Other

Program of Study:

• ANY Discipline
• OTHER-Arts
• Arts
• Education
• Environmental Studies
• Health Sciences
• Social Work
• Social Sciences


• Analytical
• Communication
• Creative
• Interpersonal
• Organizational

How many hours of work are available?:

12 hours/week
This is an eight-week position: June 13th – August 5th, 2011.

Thursdays required, occasional evenings and weekends during peak programme periods (eg. Pride, etc.)

Method of Application

Please mail, e-mail, fax or drop off your application directly to the Centre c/o Hiring Committee. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 24th, 6:00PM. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

All resumes must be accompanied by a one-page, single-spaced personal statement on “Community organizing and working through oppression and privilege.” This statement is intended to give the Hiring Committee a bit of an idea of your understanding of community organizing, the work you’ve done and how you understand yourself in that work.

The Centre believes that those who are on the margins are often in better positions to understand how systems of oppression, power and privilege work and are maintained. We especially encourage people who are surviving racism, colonization, poverty, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and sexism to apply for paid positions, as well as to volunteer in action groups and to join The Centre’s Collective.

The Centre for Women & Trans People
563 Spadina Ave., Room 100
North Borden Building
Toronto ON
M5S 2J7

Fax: (416) 978-1078

Email: thecentre DOT hiring At gmail DOT com

In person

 Resume, 1 page personal statement and covering letter

Contact: Candace Mooers, Co-Coordinator

The Centre for Women & Trans People
563 Spadina Ave., Room 100
North Borden Building
Toronto ON
M5S 2J7