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Introduction to the Food Systems Program:
The Program started in 2009 under the name First Nations Food Systems as part of B.C.’s Access to Produce in Rural and Remote Communities initiative, previously funded by the Ministry of Health and supported by the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2014, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) took over funding of the Program and it has been administered by the Heart & Stroke Foundation to date.
The FSP has provided communities with seed funding as well as in-community planning and technical support for small-scale agriculture projects. It has grown from 17 to over 70 B.C. First Nations communities, driven by community demand to improve access to fresh vegetables and fruit and, through that, improved food security. The FSP has since expanded its scope, now moving toward an Indigenous-led model. With FSP’s transition to I·SPARC, there is opportunity to continue evolving the program to deepen alignment with community needs and incorporate more traditional and Indigenous-led approaches to food, food security, community engagement, ceremony, and respect for the lands.
The Program Manager is primarily responsible for supporting the Senior Manager in the overall administration of the FSP including: supporting the oversight of and acting as key focal point for community participation through Community Grants and reporting; and supporting broader program development as it pertains funding/partnership building and program evolution. The Program Manager will report to the Senior Manager and will work closely with the Engagement Manager to ensure program success for all communities involved.
The program is in an exciting phase moving into its first year of delivery by an Indigenous-led organization. Community-level connections through granting, gatherings and partnerships will continue to evolve—embracing traditional foods, unique cultural knowledge, mental, physical, and spiritual health and well-being, as well as educational opportunities for knowledge sharing and community collaboration.
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Term: This is a full-time, 1-year contract, maternity leave coverage with potential for renewal.
Salary: The salary range is $58,000-$63,000 annually, which includes a comprehensive health benefits package.
Location: Office space will be established in a British Columbia location central to the successful candidate. Flexibility in work location with an ability to travel throughout the province to events/forums.
To Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (name, title, relationship, and contact info) to the attention of Robynne Edgar, Director of Healthy Living at: [email protected]
All applications are appreciated, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.