Job Posting 79043

Food Program Assistant
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closes in 62 days (Thu, 31 Mar)
full time

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Full-time Food Program Assistant


Food Program Assistant – Directions Food Program Competition #113 -21




Directions Youth Services is a collection of services and locations supporting vulnerable youth. This includes a 24-hour drop-in centre, outreach teams, pre-employment programs, youth shelter program, transitional housing and transitions program, two safe houses, and a youth detox centre. The trauma-informed and client centred philosophy creates safety for youth to access a full spectrum of supports including primary care, mental health and substance use resources.


Directions is a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), which for 90 years has provided trauma counselling and essential resources for children, families and individuals facing life’s challenges.



The Food Program Assistant is a full-time position that requires an individual with creative cooking skills and a passion for helping vulnerable youth with food security. This includes the nightly operation of our dinner program, support of volunteers, working with youth at our pre-employment program, and organizing donations. This position is a unique opportunity for individuals that enjoy working independently and want to work within social services as well as in the culinary industry.   

Hours of work: 40 hours/week
Thursday-Monday – 2pm to 10pm (8 hour shifts with paid meal break)
Tuesday-Saturday – 2pm to 10pm (8 hour shifts with paid meal break)



  • Responsible for kitchen operations including health and safety, nutritious menu planning, meal preparation, inventory upkeep, kitchen organization, and pursuing a zero waste environment, keeping the kitchen clean, hygienic, and tidy at all times.
  • Building positive relationships and empowerment with youth while overseeing the food program Leaders in Training (a youth engagement and skills training program).
  • Maintain accurate attendance records and report concerns to food program coordinator
  • Overseeing the sorting and storing of available donations with the food security volunteers.
  • Actively communicating with youth and staff around the services that the food program provides.
  • Take a leadership role in the management of emergency and crisis situations by personally employing non-violent crisis prevention and intervention strategies, initiating first aid, calling emergency services, and/or delegating these tasks
  • Maintain appropriate notes, statistics, logs and critical incidents
  • Ability to lift boxes up to 20 kg.



Education and training:

  • Grade 12 plus one-year post-secondary education.
  • Food Safe certificate
  • Current First Aid Certificate and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training an asset
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination





  • 1-2 years related experience in a commercial kitchen.
  • 6-12 months experience working with youth, preferably in support of youth who have alcohol /drug misuse issues.
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered



FSGV supports employee growth and development and offers opportunities for you to grow your career with us when you are ready. We also value and recognize the importance of work-life balance, flexibility, and wellness; we know that this work is not easy, and we believe that great teams, great bosses and a great culture is important to supporting resilience. We value inclusion and diversity and are actively engaged in individual and organizational learning and advocacy in support our justice and equity goals and strategies.


Salary/Pay Grade: 5, Step 1 – Full-time 40 hours/week $ 1,599.20 bi-weekly

Start Date: As soon as possible

Location: 1138 Burrard St Vancouver BC

Post End Date: Until filled



Flexible scheduling

Starting at three weeks’ vacation for full time staff (pro-rated for part-time) and growing to more +

Possibility of remote work/ hybrid work (ie 2 days in office and 3 days work from home)

Three (3) paid household leave days a year (pro-rated for part-time employees)

One paid Wellness Day a year

Paid sick pay (if applicable)

A work culture that values transparency, teamwork, learning, fairness and integrity

Two and a half paid Agency days for full time staff (pro-rated for part-time)

Five paid days for education leave/year (pro-rated for part-time)

One paid Moving Day/year

Subsidized professional association annual dues (if applicable)


Health and Welfare benefits (if applicable):

Generous group health/dental benefits after 3 months.

Three flex options for health/dental coverage depending on the coverage you need

Option of psychological/counselling services (up to $1500/year)

Employee Assistance Plan

Long Term Disability Plan

Group Life Insurance, Travel insurance, ++



Pension plan enrollment after 12 months




If this describes you, please submit your application to us by clicking the "Apply for this Position" button below. Please indicate in your email and cover letter which schedule works better for you (as described above).


Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest.          


FSGV is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.


If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please email your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number #113-21 in email subject line) outlining your interest and relevant experience to your contact information to for follow-up.

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