We are looking for a highly-motivated and effective person to facilitate a food skills program throughout Vancouver. We need someone who is in equal part excited by the big picture vision of what we are doing and by the details of what is required to make it happen — an idealist and a pragmatist. This person will be primarily responsible for the planning and delivery of the FoodFit program but also liaise with the FoodFit team at Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC).
The ideal candidate should be very comfortable running a kitchen, have some background in nutrition and/or food skills programming and food safety, have experience with delivering community-based group programs, be comfortable with basic office computer programs, be supportive of program evaluation and reporting, and, above all, have excellent motivational skills. Innovation and flexibility are important traits that can contribute to program success and improvements, but facilitators should commit to deliver the FoodFit program as directed. Sessions are focused on older adults 55 years +.
This program is a collaboration of Kitsilano, Gordon, South Vancouver, Frog Hollow and Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Houses.
- Support hosts sites with recruitment and intake process of FoodFit participants
- Fulfill FoodFit grant reporting requirements
- Deliver ready-made 12 week program focused on increasing healthier food and exercise knowledge, engaging participants in a 30 minute walk or other physical activity, teaching food skills and recipes to prepare weekly snacks and meals, overseeing food safety in a busy kitchen
- Recruit and manage program volunteers including practicum students
- Contribute to program improvements based on your experience and participant feedback
- Work with suitable community partners to support program delivery (e.g. yoga or tai chi instructors, nurse or nursing students to take vitals with participants, etc.)
- Motivate participants to achieve success in the program
- Develop alumni program for past participants
- 2+ years of experience in any area of nutrition, public health, food skills, kitchen management, social program delivery or similar.
- Knowledge of community-based food programs and understanding of hunger/poverty/food system issues
- Knowledge of the link between food, physical activity and physical/mental health outcomes
- Experience and interest working with older adults (55 years +)
- Experience with working with low-income community members an asset
- Excellent communication and leadership skills
Contract: 35 weeks at 2.5 days per week. Contract runs until February 2018.
15 hours week (12 hours programming time, 3 hours administration). Must be available Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30am- 3:30pm for programs.
Compensation: ANHBC Band 7- Community Programmer. $18.80/ hour.
Start Date: Monday March 13th, 2017.
Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC) is an equal opportunity employer. We place a high value on diversity and encourage qualified individuals from all backgrounds and identities to consider applying for the position.
For more information about ANHBC and the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, please visit www.anhbc.org.
We thank and acknowledge all applicants and will proactively contact those selected for interviews.
ANHBC Member Houses:
Alex NH, Cedar Cottage NH, Frog Hollow NH, Gordon NH, Kitsilano NH,
Mount Pleasant NH, South Vancouver NH and Sasamat Outdoor Centre
About the Foodfit Program
The FoodFit program was developed by a medical doctor with special interests in preventative care and chronic disease management, and informed by nutritionists, CFCC (Community Food Centre’s Canada) senior programs and research/evaluation staff and CFC (Community Food Centre) program coordinators. The FoodFit Program was piloted by CFCC in 2014 – the results from the pilot program proved that the program was creating significant changes in FoodFit participants and, with feedback from FoodFit alumni and the FoodFit facilitators under the leadership of Kate Van at The Local CFC, the program was modified and improved to a point where CFCC felt it worthwhile rolling the program out among interested CFCs and GFOs.
The FoodFit program is a delivered by a trained facilitator over 12 weeks to groups of 10 to 15 low-income adult participants and involving 1 to 2 program volunteers (preferably participant volunteers in subsequent programs). The FoodFit facilitator will be expected to run 2 concurrent programs for 12 weeks over the length of the contract. Participants work with the facilitator through an intake process prior to starting the program which involves signing a waiver, a pledge of commitment, tracking daily fruit and vegetable consumption and daily steps, taking biometric measurements, completing a pre-program survey and introducing individual goal setting.
Participants gather once a week and each program session is 3 hours in duration and involves three key areas: a 30 minute group physical activity, a healthy-eating or physical activity knowledge module, and a cooking skills session followed by a shared group meal. Participants are encouraged to monitor their actions and reflections on weekly physical activity, healthy eating practices and social connectedness in their FoodFit journal. At the end of the program, participants complete an end-program survey, track their daily fruit and vegetable consumption and daily steps, and take their biometric measurements. 3 to 6 months after completing the FoodFit program, participants will be asked to complete a post-program survey.
For participants who have completed the FoodFit program, facilitators may offer a biweekly or monthly FoodFit Alumni group meeting of 3 hours duration which will cover a knowledge module requested by group members, a 30 minute group physical activity and a food skills and meal sharing session.
The FoodFit approach is based on the principles of motivational interviewing – that is to elicit participants’ own motivation for change – and “nudge theories” that attempt to move people from where their current attitudes and circumstances place them toward realistic, sustainable healthier behaviours. Constructs of Stages of Change Model, Cognitive Change Theory and Social Ecological Model of behaviour change theory have been incorporated in the program development including: participants assessing their readiness for change (e.g. healthier changes I can live with activity, wellness pledge); experiential learning (e.g. cooking skills exercises, label reading); role modelling (e.g. participants returning as volunteers); observational learning (e.g. food demonstrations); goal setting (e.g. group and individual goal setting); reinforcement (e.g. serving a “healthy plate” at meal sharing); self-monitoring (e.g. step counts, fruit and veg counts, journals); social networking/community connections (e.g. Food Fit alumni participating in community events, lasting friendships made, referrals to community advocates); organizational level ethos (e.g. Good Food Principles).
Submit resumes and covering letters by Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to:
Please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday March 1st, 5pm. Specify FoodFit Program Facilitator in the subject line.
No phone calls please We thank all applicants; however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. Kits House is an equal opportunity employer.