Indigenous Food Ways Community Outreach and Development Specialist

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Indigenous Food Ways Community Outreach and Development Specialist Department/Faculty Office of Research Innovation and Graduate Studies Home Campus (Location) Richmond, BC Employment Duration 1 Year Occasional travel between campuses is required. External Closing Date: Competition ID: 2706 KPU offers all learners opportunities to achieve success in a diverse range of programs that blend theory and practice, critical understanding, and social and ethical awareness necessary for good citizenship and rewarding careers. KPU strives to implement initiatives that will attract, support, engage, and retain KPU’s people and create an environment where all employees see themselves as contributing to student learning. JOB OVERVIEW: INDIGENOUS FOODWAYS COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) is seeking a full-time outreach and development specialist to work with and advance Indigenous Nations food system aspirations.

Indigenous Food Ways Community Outreach and Development Specialist will support ISFS to build and nurture relationships with First Nations, develop programs around food sovereignty and regenerative agriculture, and increase our capacity to prepare grants along with and in support of our First Nation partners. The employee will be expected to represent ISFS and effectively work with and support Indigenous Nations and communities respectfully, sensitively and demonstrating proper protocol. The position will involve but not be limited to relationship building, grant writing, community and stakeholder engagement, planning, program development, project management, and report preparation. Agriculture and food system knowledge is a plus.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES The primary responsibility of the specialist will be to develop and nurture relationships and support project development and execution with our Indigenous partners. Key tasks include: Outreach to and within Indigenous communities Relationship building Grant and report writing Project development and matching of ISFS staff expertise as fit. Facilitate Nation to Nation discussion and project collaborations. Project management EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS The successful applicant for this position should: Have at least two to three years of experience in and knowledge about working with First Nation communities Have the ability to prepare grants and reports Have the ability to (co-) develop and manage projects Have the ability to work as a team member and independently Have an interest and ability in working with a diversity of people and a multidisciplinary team Familiar with cultural safety/reconciliation Have training and experience in trauma-informed practices Be able to travel; have a car and valid driver’s license Have an interest in food system development work Be legally entitled to work in Canada The following will be highly desirable: Knowledge of Indigenous Nations and communities of BC and culturally appropriate protocols Group facilitation experience is a plus Food systems and organic/regenerative agriculture knowledge Does this role sound like it was made for you, yet you don’t check every box?.

We at KPU understand that experiences and qualifications may look differently for everyone and, if this job description is of interest to you, we encourage you to apply. Note to Applicants: Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes and encourages applications from equity deserving groups and diverse experiences including, but not limited to, Indigenous people, racialized people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2S/LGBTQIA community. If there are any barriers that you are experiencing or an accommodation that we can provide to support you through the application process, please reach out to us at . All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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