Job – Social Innovation Coordinator, Tu’wusht Project, Due: Aug 24, 2015

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Tu’wusht Project

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

Innovation Project.

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:

Attention: Tu’wusht Coordinator

Short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Closing date: August 24th 2015 at 4:30pm.

Original POst:

VNHS Social Innovation Coordinator Position

Vancouver Native Health Society


449 East Hastings Street Vancouver BC V6A 1P5

Phone 604-254-9949 Fax 604-254-9948

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