Community Food Centres Canada

Manager, Partnership Development
THIS POSITION CAN BE LOCATED ANYWHERE IN CANADA WITH FLEXIBLE / HYBRID / AND REMOTE WORK ARRANGEMENTS AVAILABLE, ON, Canada

Description

Manager, Partnership Development (Full-time, Permanent)

Location: CFCC partnership team and office are located in Toronto;  candidates from other locations will also be considered with flexible / hybrid / and remote work arrangements available 

Reports to: Director, Partnership Development

Hiring Range: $60,000 to $72,000  annually, including a comprehensive benefits plan, pension plan, 3 weeks paid vacation, increasing to 4 weeks paid vacation in your second year of employment, a December break (usually a week) to recharge, wellness days, access to an Employee Assistance Program and professional development opportunities 

About Us

At the heart of Community Food Centres Canada’s work is the belief that communities thrive when everyone has access to good food. CFCC is a national movement of 300+ organizations working to address the root causes of food insecurity. With our partners, we advocate for policy change, share knowledge and resources, and build vibrant Community Food Centres that strengthen belonging.

In less than a decade, our movement has grown to include 15 Community Food Centres and 300+ good food organizations. Building on the success of our recent Good Food Access Fund campaign, we are growing our fundraising to $10M+ annually to support the good food movement across Canada. We have also recently launched a capital campaign to power our next phase of growth, including a new national headquarters (www.340Gerrard.ca) and a policy & research centre.

CFCC is strongly committed to equity and inclusion within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free.

Job Overview

CFCC is seeking a highly-motivated, effective, organized person with a solid background in partnership and community development, food insecurity programs and/or knowledge of food security issues, as well as project management, to join our tightly-knit, collaborative team. We are looking for someone who is equally excited by the big picture version of what we are doing and by the details of what is required to make it happen, as well as working collaboratively with a dynamic and interdisciplinary team within CFCC and with our partners.  

The Manager of Partnership Development liaises with Community Food Centre (CFC) sites across the country and will act as a conduit for the flow of information and resources between the sites and CFCC.  They must be analytical, be an excellent communicator, have strong administrative skills, and be strategic critical thinkers who are prepared to listen, coach, problem-solve and act as knowledge brokers.  The ideal candidate will have the ability to develop mutually respectful relationships, and partnerships. This role involves working remotely and at a distance from our partners, and therefore will involve skill and enthusiasm for building relationships virtually.  

Responsibilities

  • Develop, manage and maintain strong relationships with partner Community Food Centres (CFCs), working most closely with a portfolio of five to seven CFCs
  • Collaborate with partnership management team to develop, implement and oversee systems and procedures to grow and support partner relationships (including selection, application, agreement, program and financial reporting, collaboration and review process)
  • Work from a strengths-based, community development, capacity building and inclusive approach with assigned partner CFC sites, community partners, potential applicants and declined applicants, and active grantees
  • In collaboration with the Partnership team, engage in deeper analysis and learning to better understand thematic issues and identify emerging trends
  • Oversee a grants portfolio for assigned partner CFC sites - which  includes reviewing proposals and budgets, drafting agreements and grant letters, while tracking funding, reviewing and following up on reports, both narrative and financial reports, and managing on going communication
  • Work with the Development team liaison to coordinate donor stewardship responsibilities as appropriate
  • Work with CFC  partner sites to develop and review their annual operations plan and budget
  • Use regular online meetings, reports and annual review processes to work with assigned partner sites to reach their program goals, financial targets, build capacity and to meet CFCC operating standards
  • Facilitate and strengthen network development and collaboration opportunities between CFC partners, and identify opportunities for mentorship and leadership within CFCC’s networks
  • Connect partners with CFCC materials and resources to support effective development of programs,  as well as identifying new supports or resources, as required
  • Collaborate with CFCC departments to support CFCC’s strategic priorities, and special projects (such as national campaigns, fundraising, etc.)
  • Facilitate interdepartmental/interdisciplinary communication on collaborative projects, working with Evaluation, Knowledge Exchange, Policy, Communications and Development/Fundraising departments within CFCC so that each partner’s needs are communicated
  • Contribute to, facilitate and lead the development of resources, special projects, program development, orientation and education sessions, and/ or events which support learning and networking for partner sites
  • Track, analyze and respond to inquiries and requests for information from potential partner sites and community organizations
  • Contribute to broader team work on administration, communications, evaluation, fundraising and budgets
  • Travel to partner sites is required periodically (under normal circumstances)
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

  • 5+ years of project management experience in community-based / non-profit organizations, or equivalent experience including demonstrated ability to understand and monitor organizational budgets, financial statements and reports
  • Demonstrated experience with program planning, capacity building and evaluation, ideally with subject matter expertise in one or more areas of community food programming
  • Understanding of issues related to food insecurity and poverty
  • University degree in a related area , or equivalent experience - examples include (but are not limited to) Social Work, Community Development, Adult Education, Indigenous Studies, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience putting equity and inclusion principles into practice, as well as a commitment to advancing social justice
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (tact, diplomacy, negotiation) along with change management, asset-based coaching, and/or motivational interviewing skills
  • Strong conceptual, analytical, research and problem solving skills with the ability to be flexible and adaptable when working with partners
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation and facilitation skills
  •  Proficiency in both English and French would be an asset
  • Experience and training around the principles of adult learning would be an asset
  • Experience in a grants management role would be an asset
  • Grounded in and a commitment to social justice , movement building, and passionate about creating an equitable and inclusive Canada
  • Align with CFCC values and contribute to the evolution of our culture, and a work environment that is grounded in Equity, Respect, Integrity & Accountability, Collaboration & Engagement, Leadership, Innovation and Impact.

Why work for us?

We offer:

➔ a comprehensive benefits package including extended health, dental, short and long-term disability insurance, membership in a defined benefit pension plan, 15 paid vacation days in your first year, increasing to 20 paid vacation days in your second year of employment, a December break (usually a week) to recharge, wellness days, access to an Employee Assistance Program and professional development opportunities

➔ a culture of mutual support where staff are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive Canada

➔ an opportunity to be part of a movement building health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food

How to apply

To apply, please scroll up and click Apply Now. Please skip the Professional Details and Skills section and attach your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please share what you think makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Posting closes July 5, 2022. Only those applicants being considered will be contacted. If you require any accommodations, please email work@cfccanada.ca. Thank you for your interest in CFCC.

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