Community Food Centres Canada

Senior Policy Advisor, Poverty Action Unit (Full-time, Permanent) - *New Position
This position can be located anywhere in Canada with flexible / hybrid / and remote work arrangements available, ON, Canada

Description

Senior Policy Advisor, Poverty Action Unit (Full-time, Permanent) - *New Position

Location: Our office is located in Toronto, Ontario; however, this position can be located anywhere in Canada with flexible / hybrid / and remote work arrangements available 

Reports to: Director of Policy and Community Action

Hiring Range: $60,000-$72,000 annually, including a comprehensive benefits plan, pension plan, 15 paid vacation days in the first year of employment, increasing to 20 in the second year, 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 Centre Canada’s work is the belief that food is a basic right. We bring people together around good food to help communities thrive. With more than 350 partners across the country, we build Community Food Centres, share knowledge, innovate new programs to improve health, and advocate for progressive policy change.

Our policy and community work contributes to this mission by advocating for policy solutions that reduce poverty and inequality in Canada and empower communities from coast to coast to coast. In addition, we recently launched a capital campaign to power our next phase of growth. This includes a new national headquarters (www.340Gerrard.ca) and a policy & research centre to support our work.

Our values, internally and in our work with partners, are founded on the Good Food Principles. We are deeply committed to Equity and Inclusion, bringing anti-racism and anti-oppression approaches to our work. 

Here is more information on CFCC’s  approach to public policy and advocacy work. 

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.

About the position:

As the first policy advisor for CFCC’s new Poverty Action Unit, you will work to advance federal policy changes that help move people out of poverty and keep them out of poverty.  You will act as a policy and analysis engine for the Unit, developing analysis, policy monitoring, and advocacy materials. Current initiatives include advocating for the Canada Disability Benefit, trying to improve the Canada Workers Benefit, and reshaping Employment Insurance to better serve workers with lower incomes.

Reporting to (and working closely with) the Director of Policy and Community Action, you will also work  collaboratively  with other CFCC departments such as Programs, Communications, Equity and Inclusion, and Research & Evaluation to drive policy change. We also work with our 15 Community Food Centre partners and 350+ Good Food Organization partners, a network working in and with communities across Canada.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide insightful policy analysis and creative ideas to respond to income security challenges in Canada. You will draft high-quality policy products such as briefing notes, letters, and submissions that mobilize good ideas and ground advocacy in evidence and connect the technical mechanics of income security to the lived experiences of Canadians

  • Support effective advocacy for policy change for example by writing op-eds, managing advocacy campaigns, and supporting CFCC leadership to build and maintain strong relationships with political and public service decision makers,

  • Elevate public understanding about food insecurity as a symptom of inadequate income security, including developing engaging, persuasive policy and campaign materials for a wide range of audiences and helping to convene leaders, researchers and supporters to develop effective coalitions to pursue income security policy change

  • Stay up to date with the latest research and federal policy developments in income security

Qualifications:

We’re seeking someone with experience in public policy, and 2-5 years of experience working in a professional environment. If you have a different background and think this role would be a good fit, we encourage you to apply and tell us more in your cover letter.

Some core attributes we are looking for in a candidate include:

Research and policy orientation:
  • You are comfortable with the technical details of policy and research, ideally with a background in social policy, and in particular with income security
  • You are able to understand and synthesize complex research and produce high-quality policy analysis

Solid political foundations:
  • You understand how politics affect policy and are familiar with how government functions
  • You can track political and policy developments and understand how they impact CFCC’s priorities

Communication and stakeholder relations:
  • You can write well, for many settings (op-eds, policy reports, briefing notes, etc.).
  • You are tactful, diplomatic, and able to shift gears depending on the context. Ideally, you have experience bringing people together for a cause (e.g., advocacy, stakeholder relations, or experience working with community-led organizations)

Proactive and professional:
  • You are comfortable taking initiative, working independently, and bringing forward new ideas and creative solutions
  • You are comfortable managing your own time and performing day-to-day project management
  • You are a collaborative and clear workplace communicator

Alignment with our mission and values:
  • You have demonstrated interest in income security, poverty and/or other closely related social policy issues
  • You understand the policy issues that impact Canadians with low incomes, including income security programs and the food system
  • You have a passion for CFCC’s mission and for improving the dignity and well-being of Canadians with low incomes through better public policy
  • 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?

  • A chance to build: We are looking for an innovative professional to help grow this new initiative and achieve lasting impact.
  • A clear mandate for public policy change:  Our public policy work is focused on federal income security policies that get people and keep people out of poverty.
  • Grounded in communities: CFCC works directly with communities to ensure people have access to good food and the supports they need to live with dignity and that their priorities are heard.
  • A career with purpose: everyone who works at CFCC is dedicated to building health, belonging, and social justice across our programming, research, advocacy and policy work.
  • Meaningful influence: CFCC is a well-respected Canadian non-profit that is doing innovative work in direct partnership with communities. We’re expanding the conversation on food and income security and advancing clear, action-ready policy solutions.

How to apply

To apply, please scroll up and click Apply Now. Please submit a resume (no more than 2 pages) and a cover letter letting us know why you think you would be a good fit for the position. 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.

If your application is selected for further consideration, you will be asked to complete a short written exercise as a way of helping us understand your approach. 

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