Company Name:
The Alex
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Not specified
Sandy Radjo

Senior Food Skills Coordinator

Senior Food Skills Coordinator – Ref. No. 20003


Community Food Centre

Permanent | Full-Time 

The Alex: Changing Health. Changing Lives.  The Alex Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit organization that is changing how we look at health care in Calgary. Our health, housing and food programs support our most vulnerable neighbours, tackling tough health and social issues head-on.  Using a multi-disciplinary team approach, we focus care on assessment, intervention and promotion of all aspects of health. We embrace a model of health care that is accessible, responsive and participatory. In addition to the Family Health Centre, we run a Seniors Health Centre, a Youth Centre, two Mobile Community Health Buses, one Dental Health Bus, four Housing First Programs, a Community Food Centre and Youth Law. 

What we do and why we do it:

The Alex Community Food Centre (CFC) is a welcoming place where people come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all. CFCs provide people with emergency access to high quality food in a dignified setting that doesn’t compromise their self-worth. People learn cooking and gardening skills, and build relationships that help them make healthier food choices. Community members find their voices on the issues that matter to them, and people find friends and support. CFCs offer multi-faceted, integrated and responsive programming in a shared space where food builds health, hope, skills and community. Good food is just the beginning…

The Senior Program Coordinator oversees food skills programming that empowers community members to build skills and knowledge around healthy meal preparation and nutrition, leadership and facilitation skills, as well as promotes community development. The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about good food—and wants to contribute to ensuring that everyone has access to it. The right candidate will possess experience facilitating diverse groups of community members, and a desire to use food as a way to build community. This is a senior-level position within the Community Food Centre team, and the Senior Program Coordinator will be expected to liaise with the Team Lead about the overall functioning of diverse program areas. When the Team Lead is absent, the Senior Program Coordinator will assume responsibility for leading program staff. Working knowledge about program development, including curriculum development, program evaluation, as well as internal stakeholder engagement will be pivotal components to this role. 

What you will do: 

Coordinate peer-led food skills programming

  • Develop, plan and implement programs for targeted participant groups
  • Design and implement innovative learning opportunities that build the capacity of community volunteers who are interested in facilitating food skills learning amongst their peers.
  • Provide opportunities for growth for individuals’ social capital/social participation
  • Create manuals and curricular documents for food skills programming and facilitation
  • When necessary, directly facilitate groups related to food skills and nutrition
  • Engage in community outreach to participants and potential partners 

Coordinate internal stakeholder engagement

  • Assist in engagement and partnership development at the Community Food Centre
  • Lead staff and volunteers through the volunteer management plan
  • Revise and update the volunteer management plan as required
  • Coordinate innovative capacity building opportunities amongst all community volunteers
  • Work closely with agency administration to facilitate corporate group volunteerism at the Community Food Centre 

Participate as The Alex Community Food Centre team member

  • Attend staff meetings; trainings; agency functions as appropriate
  • Role model professional behavior and positive communication with participants, volunteers and partners
  • Promote culture of health and safety within our space
  • Represent The Alex and Community Food Centres Canada values in the community
  • Measure and evaluate program impact through support of data collection, reporting, and development activities such as grant writing and annual reporting
  • Contribute to communications through outlets such as social media and website

What you bring: 

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field of study (culinary, nutrition, social work)
  • 3 years of experience with program development, group facilitation, community outreach; ideally around healthy food skills
  • Experience working with volunteers and supervisory skills an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to move people from knowledge to action; ability to inspire, teach, and empower community members to engage in positive change
  • Excellent group facilitation, interpersonal, communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with marginalized people and people of diverse cultures and abilities in a community-based setting
  • Standard First Aid – Level C CPR & AED are mandatory

Additional Assets

  • Lived experience of, and/or commitment to issues of hunger, poverty, social justice
  • Ability to speak a second language relevant to the Greater Forest Lawn neighborhood is an asset
  • Food safety certification 

Why You Want to Work with Us: 

The Alex is an innovative and diverse organization which seeks to invest in its employees and see them succeed in their chosen careers.  If you are seeking a deeply rewarding, yet challenging career helping Calgary’s vulnerable populations, this might be the place for you!  

  • 3-paid weeks of Vacation
  • Paid Wellness and Personal Days
  • RRSP Matching after 6 months
  • Reimbursement of Professional Designation fees
  • Investment in Professional Development
  • Health and Lifestyle Enhancement benefit 

How to apply:

If you are as passionate as we are about being a part of the solution to resolve homelessness, please email your resume to [email protected] and be sure to include the job title and reference number in the subject line.  Deadline to apply is 

January 23, 2020 at 4pm. 

For further information about The Alex and its programs, we encourage you to visit our website at 

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.