Job Posting 77898

Director of Policy and Community Action
Community Food Centres Canada
Toronto Metro area
80 Ward, Suite 100, Toronto, Ontario
closes in 39 days (Tue, 11 Jan 2022)
full time  •  $105,000 to $115,000 annually

Director of Policy and Community Action (Full-Time, Permanent) – *New Position

Location: Toronto, Ontario. CFCC’s head office is in Toronto, and our team is currently working remotely until public health conditions support a safe return to the workplace. For this role, we are open to candidates based anywhere in Canada.

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Hiring Range: $105,000 to $115,000 annually. In addition to salary, CFCC offers group benefits including medical, dental and Employee Assistance Program, a defined benefit pension plan, 15 paid vacation days in the first year of employment, increasing to 20 in the second year, a December break (usually a week) to recharge, pregnancy and parental leave top-up, and professional development opportunities.

About CFCC:

Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) creates vibrant organizations and programs in low-income communities where food is used to build health, belonging, and social justice. Working with 15 Community Food Centres and 350+ Good Food Organizations across the country, we take action by investing in initiatives that combat poverty and empower Canadians. We are committed to Equity and Inclusion, bringing anti-racism and anti-oppression approaches to our work.

Our efforts are guided by the Good Food Principles. Our vision is a Canada that treats food as a basic human right. Our policy and community work contributes to this vision by advocating for policy solutions that reduce poverty in Canada and empower people and communities.

CFCC is strongly committed to equity and inclusion within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free.

Join CFCC as our first Director of Policy and Community Action

One in seven people in Canada lack the money to put good food on the table — for racialized Canadians the situation is much worse. Almost 30 percent of Black households and 50 percent of Indigenous households experience food insecurity. The pandemic has exacerbated this problem. At Community Food Centres Canada, we know that eliminating food insecurity can only be achieved by ensuring Canadians have enough money and stability to meet their needs. This depends on equitably implemented public policy solutions that support income security.

That’s why we are launching a new initiative to turn good ideas into policy change. CFCC is building new capacity to mobilize and champion smart income security policies that keep people out of poverty. Our approach is grounded in people’s lived experience and focused on clear, action-ready solutions that promote equity, dignity, and belonging. As part of this initiative, we’re also investing further in our work to amplify the voices of community members, including working with Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities.

About the role:

As our first Director of Policy and Community Action, you will be tasked with shaping and steering this new initiative, turning good ideas and the power of community into policy change. Reporting to the CEO, you will lead the Policy and Community Action team, working closely with other CFCC departments such as Programs, Communications and Research and Evaluation to drive policy change.

Success in this position means you will:

  • Drive policy change at the federal level in Canada by maintaining relationships with key decision makers
  • Build buy-in with decision makers for smart policy proposals designed to create real-life impact
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with peer organizations, policy experts, and advocates
  • Elevate public understanding about food insecurity as a symptom of inadequate income security, including strategic campaigns
  • Ground policy conversations in lived experience by aligning CFCC’s national public policy activities and local civic engagement work
  • Embed an equity and decolonial lens to the work

Your responsibilities will include:

Advocacy and government relations: CFCC will champion smart policy changes in income security that make a positive difference for people. You will be responsible for building strong relationships and advocacy capacity so to be a strong voice with federal decision makers on income security. As Director of Policy and Community Action, you will:

  • Proactively engage government on income security policy solutions
  • Maintain strong relationships with political and public service decision makers
  • Prepare and support CFCC’s senior leadership for meetings with policymakers
  • Ensure compliance with relevant lobbying rules across CFCC’s activities

Mobilizing good policy ideas: CFCC will work to spark awareness and engagement through its advocacy, making income security policy accessible and urgent to Canadians. As Director of Policy and Community Action, you will:

  • Develop, oversee and advance our policy strategy, framework and roadmap
  • Proactively identify and act on opportunities to shape policy conversations and decisions, acting as a strategist and champion for good ideas
  • Act as Knowledge-Translator-In-Chief: clearly connecting the technical mechanics of income security programs to the lived experiences of Canadians
  • Lead the creation of engaging, persuasive policy and campaign materials for a wide range of audiences, including holding the pen on key materials
  • Create opportunities for knowledge exchange across partner organizations and thought leaders working in poverty reduction and social and economic justice
  • Convene leaders, researchers and supporters to develop effective coalitions to pursue income security policy change

Community mobilization: You will be responsible for leading the organization’s community advocacy work and ensuring alignment with CFCC’s new public policy efforts. As Director of Policy and Community Action, you will:

  • Collaborate with and build the capacity of CFCs in their local advocacy efforts
  • Broaden participation and grassroots engagement in CFCC’s federal advocacy work, including information campaigns
  • Bring the perspectives, stories, and lived experiences of community members and front-line workers at CFCs to make better federal income security policy
  • Ensure community stories are shared in a respectful, ethical and dignified manner with equitable representation of the diversity of the community

Organizational leadership and strategy: Leading a team of 5-6 professionals, you will be responsible for developing work plans, managing staff, and ensuring strong results. This is a unique opportunity to develop a new public policy voice backed by an innovative organization with a strong track record. As Director of Policy and Community Action, you will:

  • Manage a team of policy and community mobilization professionals supporting their development and success
  • Work collaboratively with other departments, including Programs, Communications and Research and Evaluation to ensure alignment and integration
  • Develop an Equity and Inclusion framework for the department in partnership with colleagues and ensure accountability for results

What we’re looking for:

  • 7-15 years of experience shaping policy, whether from within government or in a public policy advocacy/government relations role
  • Demonstrated track record of success achieving policy change
  • A talent for making complex ideas understandable, including exceptional narrative, writing, and editing skills for different formats and audiences
  • Experience leading teams, managing staff, resources and peers
  • Experience working within or alongside grassroots and/or community-based organizations
  • A strong understanding of the policy issues that impact Canadians with low incomes, including income security programs
  • Experience with proactive stakeholder outreach and relationship management, bringing diverse actors together towards shared goals
  • Passion for CFCC’s mission and for improving the dignity and well-being of Canadians with low incomes through better public policy
  • Meets lobbying requirements for federal government

Why join us?

  • A chance to build: We are looking for an innovative leader to launch this new initiative, acting entrepreneurially to achieve lasting impact.
  • A clear mandate for public policy change: Our public policy work is focused on federal income security policies that get people and keep people out of poverty.
  • Grounded in communities: CFCC works directly with communities to ensure people have access to good food and the supports they need to live with dignity and have their priorities heard.
  • A career with purpose: everyone who works at CFCC is dedicated to building health, belonging, and social justice across all aspects of our work.
  • Meaningful influence: CFCC is a well-respected Canadian non-profit that is doing innovative work in direct partnership with communities. We’re expanding the conversation on food and income security and advancing clear, action-ready policy solutions.

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