City of Victoria – Food System Coordinator

City of Victoria – Parks, Recreation and Facilitates Department

Food System Coordinator 

(Temporary – up to 18 months)




Provide project management and leadership to support the delivery of a variety of food security or food systems community initiatives that help to develop a more sustainable food system for the City of Victoria.




Coordinate and implement a range of food systems initiatives including developing, updating, monitoring and interpreting City policies and guidelines related to food security and food production initiatives. Oversee and provide guidance to community groups interested in food production projects on city-held lands. Lead City initiatives on local food systems such as Growing in the City.

Work collaboratively with community stakeholders, associations and non-profit organizations to assess needs, provide guidance and support in areas such as coordination, partnership development and fundraising.

Facilitate and document meetings regarding local food systems; assist with the preparation and delivery of citizen engagement processes including disseminating posters and brochures; assist in the organization of engagement events; lead small group discussions at workshops, open houses and public meetings.

Respond to enquiries from the public and other departments and provide advice to staff, the public and outside agencies related to food security and food-related initiatives.

Represent the City on various community and City committees as needed; prepare a variety of correspondence and reports with recommendations to staff, advisory committees and Council and implement recommendations as directed.

Prepare and monitor annual budget for operational area; prepare grant submissions for funding assistance; select, coordinate, monitor and review the work of consultants as required.

Perform related duties where qualified.




Work is generated by annual objectives, departmental work plans, requests from various internal and external sources and as assigned by supervisor.

Work is reviewed through meetings, reports and discussions with supervisor. New initiatives, changes to policy, controversial issues, major expenditures and policy development are discussed with supervisor with recommendations.




Physical Effort:


Mental Effort:

Meet multiple deadlines. (occasional)

Deal with complaints and negative comments. (occasional).

Short periods of intense concentration while preparing reports. (occasional)

Visual/Auditory Effort:

Focus on a variety of source data and computer for short periods. (occasional)

Work Environment:


Community Sites.

May be required to work irregular hours. (premium item)




Strong project management and work organization skills.

Knowledge of food systems planning principles and practices.

Working level operation of current City word processing, spreadsheet and related specialty software.

Research and analyze needs and conduct training sessions and workshops.

Prepare reports and make presentations.

Facilitate public engagement meetings and workshops.

Maintain accurate records and prepare budgets.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Represent the City to the public and outside agencies.




Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:

University undergraduate degree in social sciences, community development, urban planning or other related discipline. (4 years)

Current and valid Class 5 BC Drivers Licence.


3 years of related experience including food policy and sustainable food systems issues in a municipal setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience.




May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.

Work schedule: Monday – Friday, 35 hour work week

$41.52 per hour, Pay Grade 14

Job Code 4371

This is a CUPE Local 50 Position