Position Description: Social Innovation Coordinator
VNHS Mission statement: To improve and promote the physical, mental, emotional
and spiritual health of individuals, focusing on the Aboriginal community residing in the
Tu’wusht Project Vision: “Connecting to Mother Earth”
The Tu’wusht Social Innovation Goal: Is to proactively empower the health of the
Aboriginal community through enhancing reciprocal food relationships in holistic health
and well being of Aboriginal people. The Social Innovation Project will facilitate
reciprocal trade relationships based on traditional Indigenous spiritual-cultural values
connecting food grown by Tsawwassen First Nation Farm community, prepared,
marketed and distributed by urban Aboriginal volunteers, and purchased by urban
Aboriginal individuals, organizations, and businesses with a designated percentage for
the non-Aboriginal community. This innovation intends to create a myriad of beneficial
outcomes including revenue generation for partner Tsawwassen First Nation Farm,
health, employment skill development for Vancouver urban Aboriginal volunteers,
increased access to fresh healthy organic food for Aboriginal purchasers and
sustainable funding for Vancouver Native Health Society’s- Tu’wusht program.
Purpose of the Position: To Coordinate the Social Innovation Project operation based
on traditional Indigenous spiritual-cultural value reciprocal trade relationship between
urban Aboriginal participants, the Tsawwassen First Nation Farm and urban Aboriginal
Social Innovation Coordinator Duties
• Work in collaboration with Tu’wusht Project Coordinator in Social Innovation
planning, organizing, marketing, development of partnerships and delivery of
• Work collaboratively with Tsawwassen First Nation Farm in planning, preparation
and activities in the market trade relationships.
• Work collaboratively in developing a Social Innovation business plan with
• Develop, secure and maintain market-trade relationships with urban Aboriginal
purchasers individuals, organizations, and businesses with a designated
percentage for the non-Aboriginal community.
• Manage Social Innovation business sales, accounting and budget
• Build organizational partnerships, recruit and capacity build urban Aboriginal
participants in the volunteer driven roles of the Social Innovation Project.
• Lead and facilitate Social Innovation activities with urban Aboriginal community
participants that include:
– Harvesting, preparing, marketing and distributing food in large and small
orders to purchasers
– Providing skill and learning development opportunities for the Aboriginal
– Ensuring food is stored, chilled and preserved for purchasers
– Transporting food from Tsawwassen First Nation Farm to purchasers in
the Vancouver Area
• Develop a distribution pick up location for small order sales.
• Schedule planning and volunteer lunch food purchasing.
• Communicate with participants to coordinate transportation.
• Drive project vehicle and safely transport participants to and from Tsawwassen
First Nation Farm on activity days and other program activities or events
• Maintain sign-in list and updating participant contact list.
• Assist in organizing Community Planning Meeting, Event Planning meetings and
other extra project activities and events.
• Communicate and promote the projects activities.
• Develop and maintain website and other media communications of the Social
• Maintain a healthy cultural, safe, informative, learning atmosphere in planning
and delivery of all project activities.
• Provide any further development of the Social Innovation Project to ensure the
success of the initiative.
Community Liaising and Coordination:
• Maintain effective communication between Tu’wusht Coordinator, Vancouver
• Develop, establish and maintain relationships between project participants,
• Liaise with Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School Coordinator, staff and
• Work cohesively with contract evaluators in maintaining information on the
• Work collaboratively with business planning contract partners in the
• Conduct your self in a positive, respectful and professional manner.
Requirements and Qualifications:
• Cultural Knowledge of Aboriginal/ Indigenous traditional values & foods are an
• Business marketing education and experience is an asset
• Public speaking and facilitation experience is an asset
• Able to provide flexibility regarding weekly-schedule
• Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
Native Health Society and other project staff in effectively running the Social
Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School, and the market purchase Partners.
progress and development of the Social Innovation Project.
development and strategies of the Social Innovation Project.
• Computer skills: Internet, Word, Excel, Adobe PDF
• Understands and adheres to VNHS policy & procedures
• Demonstrated leadership ability
• Demonstrated ability to prevent and de-escalate conflict
• Farming and gardening experience an asset
• Demonstrated knowledge of food security, poverty and harm reduction issues
• Demonstrated knowledge of challenges facing the local Aboriginal community
• Experience working with elders/seniors and youth an asset
• Demonstrated experience in teaching, promotions, fundraising and networking
• Demonstrated ability in providing a safe, non-judgmental space for people of all
nations and walks of life
• Criminal Record Check is required
• Driver License – classes 4 and 5 with a drivers abstract
• Willingness to attend skill and development building workshops as required
• Some physical activity and lifting (up to 20lbs) is required
Part-time-32 hours per week
Wage range: $20.00- $25.00 (TBD based on experience)
Term duration: September 2015 – March 31, 2016
Term position with the possibility of extension
Interested Applicants: Submit a cover letter and a resume, and contact information for
(2) references via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention: Tu’wusht Coordinator
Short-listed applicants will be contacted.
Closing date: August 24th 2015 at 4:30pm.
Vancouver Native Health Society
449 East Hastings Street Vancouver BC V6A 1P5
Phone 604-254-9949 Fax 604-254-9948