EMPLOYMENT NOTICE — Program Manager, Food Systems Program

Introduction to the Food Systems Program:
The Program started in 2009 under the name First Nations Food Systems as part of B.C.’s Access to Produce in Rural and Remote Communities initiative, previously funded by the Ministry of Health and supported by the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2014, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) took over funding of the Program and it has been administered by the Heart & Stroke Foundation to date.

The FSP has provided communities with seed funding as well as in-community planning and technical support for small-scale agriculture projects. It has grown from 17 to over 70 B.C. First Nations communities, driven by community demand to improve access to fresh vegetables and fruit and, through that, improved food security. The FSP has since expanded its scope, now moving toward an Indigenous-led model. With FSP’s transition to I·SPARC, there is opportunity to continue evolving the program to deepen alignment with community needs and incorporate more traditional and Indigenous-led approaches to food, food security, community engagement, ceremony, and respect for the lands.

General Description
The Program Manager is primarily responsible for supporting the Senior Manager in the overall administration of the FSP including: supporting the oversight of and acting as key focal point for community participation through Community Grants and reporting; and supporting broader program development as it pertains funding/partnership building and program evolution.  The Program Manager will report to the Senior Manager and will work closely with the Engagement Manager to ensure program success for all communities involved.

The program is in an exciting phase moving into its first year of delivery by an Indigenous-led organization. Community-level connections through granting, gatherings and partnerships will continue to evolve—embracing traditional foods, unique cultural knowledge, mental, physical, and spiritual health and well-being, as well as educational opportunities for knowledge sharing and community collaboration.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide program oversight to ensure program activities align with Contribution Agreement(s);
  • Support Program fundraising and proposal writing activities in line with I·SPARC’s Vision to include Métis and other Indigenous groups in the FSP in the future.
  • Act as the key focal point for Community Grants: supporting visioning and planning, reporting processes, project proposal assessments, review and approval processes;
  • Compile and prepare Program-related reporting requirements, including produce progress reports on Community Grants, and support the Senior Manager with development of annual FSP reports;
  • Manage and support program evaluation mechanisms related to Community Granting;
  • Support effective communications system between leadership team and Community Supports mechanisms to ensure community planning and project reporting components are on track;
  • In collaboration with leadership team, ensure key risks are identified, reviewed and mitigated throughout the program cycle.

Education and Knowledge

  • Degree or equivalent in Public Administration, or some other discipline directly related in addition to at least three (3) years’ management experience; OR,
  • Degree or equivalent in Indigenous Health, Land and Food Systems, Indigenous Studies, Food and Resource Economics or related combined with three (3) or more years’ experience in the provision of program leadership; OR,
  • An equivalent combination of education, experience, and training may be considered; and
  • A minimum of three (3) years or more of experience establishing collaborative relationships with community leaders, elders, and senior management teams;
  • A lived understanding and/or experience with Indigenous communities, history, values and culture;
  • Knowledge and understanding of social determinants of health and its connections to Indigenous health and food systems, cultures and backgrounds;
  • Has led work that honours, respects, and supports the self-determination of Indigenous communities; and
  • Has successfully completed a criminal and vulnerable sector records check.

Term: This is a full-time, 1-year contract, maternity leave coverage with potential for renewal.

Salary: The salary range is $58,000-$63,000 annually, which includes a comprehensive health benefits package.

Location: Office space will be established in a British Columbia location central to the successful candidate. Flexibility in work location with an ability to travel throughout the province to events/forums.

To Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (name, title, relationship, and contact info) to the attention of Robynne Edgar, Director of Healthy Living at: redgar@isparc.ca

All applications are appreciated, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry

Please find the PDF version of the job posting here.


 

EMPLOYMENT NOTICE — Provincial Coordinator, Physical Activity, Training and Development 

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is a provincial organization established for the purpose of improving the health outcomes of Indigenous people by supporting and encouraging physically active individuals, families, and communities. The programs and services delivered by I·SPARC are designed to build capacity and increase access to sport, recreation, and physical activity in First Nations, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Métis Chartered Communities, schools, and other delivery agencies throughout British Columbia.

General Description

Working as a member of the Healthy Living team, the Provincial Coordinator, Physical Activity, Training and Development manages I·SPARC’s provincial FitNation program. The FitNation program supports community leaders across the province in providing accessible physical activity opportunities including leader training, community grants, resources and leader mentorship. Along with overseeing the FitNation program, the Provincial Coordinator collaborates internally and externally on all projects related to physical activity, working at a community, regional and provincial level.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead event coordination, budget management, travel logistics, and agenda for two annual FitNation training forums
  • Lead FitNation leader selection process and two annual grant roll outs
  • Oversee the development, maintenance and distribution of FitNation resources i.e. manual, workbooks, etc.
  • Manage communications, social media, and support systems for FitNation leaders and mentors
  • Develop and deliver presentations relating to the FitNation program and lead movement breaks at various events
  • Manage community, regional and provincial requests for FitNation collaborations
  • Contribute written and quantitative data to multiple quarterly and annual reports
  • Assist with the coordination and delivery of five annual Regional Leader Training Sessions
  • Collaborate with the sport and healthy living divisions, as well as external partners, on any initiatives related to physical activity

Education and Knowledge

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma
  • Three + years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector
  • An extensive background in the areas of sport, recreation, physical activity, and healthy living
  • Or combination of education and experience
  • A lived understanding and/or experience with Indigenous communities, history, values, and culture
  • Strong technical computer skills that include ability to use a range of software applications including MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Willingness to maintain a flexible work schedule and available to travel throughout the province
  • Class 5 Driver’s License and a clear drivers’ abstract
  • Successfully undergo a criminal and vulnerable sector record check

Term: This is a full-time permanent position.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range is $55,000-$60,000 annually, including a comprehensive health benefits package.

Location: Office space will be established in the Province of BC central to the successful candidate.

To Apply: Applications will be accepted until May 20th. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (name, title, relationship, and contact info) to the attention of Robynne Edgar, Director, Healthy Living at: redgar@isparc.ca

All applications are appreciated, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry.

Please find the PDF version of the job posting here.


 

EMPLOYMENT NOTICE — Senior Manager, Communications & Recognition Programs

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is a provincial organization established for the purpose of improving the health outcomes of Indigenous people by supporting and encouraging physically active individuals, families, and communities. The programs and services delivered by I·SPARC are designed to build capacity and increase access to sport, recreation, and physical activity in First Nations, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Métis Chartered Communities, schools, and other delivery agencies throughout British Columbia.

General Description

I·SPARC is currently seeking a Senior Manager, Communications & Recognition Programs. Working as a member of the senior management team, this individual provides strategic and tactical support and will maintain two distinct roles within the organization; 1) oversight of the organization’s communications and promotions, including media relations, website, social media, digital media, brand identity, and awareness; and 2) oversight of I·SPARC’s Recognition Program – the Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport, including the annual nomination and selection processes, and delivery of the six Regional and one Provincial Awards Celebrations.

Competencies and Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess an extensive background in project management, communications, and event management, and has established networks/connections among Indigenous communities and organizations throughout the province. Other qualifications include:

  • Post-secondary degree with 5+ years experience working in the not-for-profit sector focused on communications, marketing, and event management (or combination of education and experience)
  • Applied knowledge of BC’s Indigenous communities and their physical activity and health related needs
  • Superior project and event management skills with a demonstrated ability to multitask, work independently, set priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities with exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Hands-on experience developing and implementing media, advocacy, social media, and marketing campaigns
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, and presentation skills
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft applications, WordPress, and publishing/design software including Adobe Suite, MailChimp, and Canva
  • Experience developing and managing annual budgets
  • Willingness to maintain a flexible work schedule and available to travel throughout the province
  • Successfully undergo criminal record and vulnerable sector checks

Term: This is a full-time permanent position.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range is $70,000-$78,000 annually, including a comprehensive health benefits package.

Location: Office space will be established in the Province of BC central to the successful candidate.

To Apply:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (name, title, relationship, and contact info) to the attention of Rick Brant, CEO, at isparc@isparc.ca.

All applications are appreciated, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry.

 

Please find the PDF version of the job posting here.

 


 

EMPLOYMENT NOTICE — Senior Manager, Food Systems Program

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is a provincial organization established for the purpose of improving the health outcomes of Indigenous people by supporting and encouraging physically active individuals, families, and communities. The programs and services delivered by I·SPARC are designed to build capacity and increase access to sport, recreation, and physical activity in First Nations, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Métis Chartered Communities, schools, and other delivery agencies throughout British Columbia. Starting in April 2022, the First Nations Health Authority is transferring the Food Systems Program (FSP) to I·SPARC. I·SPARC is pleased to begin implementing the FSP within its Healthy Living programming.

Introduction to the Food Systems Program:
The Program started in 2009 under the name First Nations Food Systems as part of B.C.’s Access to Produce in Rural and Remote Communities initiative, previously funded by the Ministry of Health and supported by the Ministry of Agriculture. In 2014, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) took over funding of the Program and it has been administered by the Heart & Stroke Foundation to date. The FSP has provided communities with seed funding as well as in-community planning and technical support for small-scale agriculture projects. It has grown from 17 to over 70 B.C. First Nations communities, driven by community demand to improve access to fresh vegetables and fruit and, through that, improved food security. The FSP has since expanded its scope, now moving toward an Indigenous-led model. With FSP’s transition to I·SPARC, there is opportunity to continue evolving the program to deepen alignment with community needs and incorporate more traditional and Indigenous-led approaches to food, food security, community engagement, ceremony and respect for the lands.

General Description
The Senior Manager is a new position responsible for leading and providing overall strategic and operational direction for the FSP program, a new program to the I·SPARC portfolio. There will be a significant opportunity to positively influence the vision and direction of the program. The Senior Manager will report to CEO with support from an internal Strategic Oversight Group and will work closely with FSP’s management team, Advisory Committee, and other divisions of I·SPARC to ensure program success for all communities involved. The Senior Manager will continue to evolve the program in terms of services offered, program partnerships, and scope of community engagement.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of a new Vision and Operational Plan for FSP based on recommendations coming out of recent consultation work;
  • In collaboration with the I·SPARC management team, develop and implement additional fundraising activities in alignment with a new Vision;
  • Oversee funding Contribution Agreement processes and any new partner agreements;
  • Provide oversight and supervise any newly required FSP program performance management actions including collection of metrics, evaluation, review, reporting, and change management;
  • Ensure that key risks are identified and reviewed and mitigated throughout the program cycle;
  • Support Human Resource activities including hiring, supervising a team of employees/contractors; conducting annual people performance reviews; and support conflict management and resolution processes as required;
  • Lead FSP stakeholder relations for I·SPARC with organizational partnerships and funders. Represent FSP and act as primary point of contact for any strategic internal and external partner or community engagement (e.g., provide program updates and presentations to I·SPARC senior management team and Board of Directors as required).

Education and Knowledge

  • Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or some other discipline directly related in addition to at least five (5) years’ management experience; OR,
  • Degree in Indigenous Health, Land and Food Systems, Horticultural Studies, Food and Resource Economics or related combined with five (5) or more years’ experience in the provision of senior-level program management; OR,
  • An equivalent combination of education, experience, and training may be considered;
  • A minimum of five (5) years or more of experience establishing collaborative relationships with community leaders, elders, senior management team and leading organizational change associated with implementation;
  • Experience in business planning, contract management, and financial management;
  • A lived understanding and/or experience with Indigenous communities, history, values and culture;
  • Knowledge and understanding of social determinants of health and its connections to Indigenous health and food systems, cultures and backgrounds;
  • Has led work that honours, respects and ensures the self-determination of Indigenous communities;
    and
  • Has successfully completed a criminal and vulnerable sector records check.

Term: This is a full-time, 1-year contract.

Salary: The salary range is $70,000-$78,000 annually, which includes a comprehensive health benefits package.

Location: Office space will be established in a British Columbia location central to the successful candidate. Flexibility in work location with an ability to travel throughout the province to events/forums.

To Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (name, title, relationship, and contact info) to the attention of Rick Brant, CEO at: isparc@isparc.ca.

All applications are appreciated, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry.

 

Please find the PDF version of the job posting here.

 


 

EMPLOYMENT NOTICE  Grant Manager

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC) is a provincial organization established for the purpose of improving the health outcomes of Indigenous people by supporting and encouraging physically active individuals, families, and communities. The programs and services delivered by I·SPARC are designed to build capacity and increase access to sport, recreation, and physical activity in First Nations, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Métis Chartered Communities, schools, and other delivery agencies throughout British Columbia.

General Description 

The Grant Manager will administer, oversee, and deploy a new granting program to provide In Care and Post care individuals with an opportunity to participate in sport, recreation, physical activity, or cultural programs. Along with the management of the grant process, the Manager will oversee and engage in strategies to promotion and marketing this new granting program and introduce it to key stakeholder organizations associated with In and Out of Care across BC; communities; and key sport, recreation, physical activity organizations and groups.

The Grant Manager will serve as a key member of I∙SPARC’s Leadership Team. They will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, General Manager, Finance Team, as well as the Directors for Sport and Healthy Living to develop and oversee this new granting program for both individuals and organization applicants.

Competencies and Requirements 

The ideal candidate will possess an extensive background in grantmaking, not-for-profit administration and lived experience from the In Care system. Specific qualifications include:

  • Completion of a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree
  • Three or more years of experience working in the not-for-profit or the public sector in grantmaking, project management and/or program marketing
  • Experience in developing, promoting, and executing grantmaking processes
  • Technical and working knowledge of the Care system in British Columbia (preference may be given to those with lived experience)
  • Technical knowledge of sport, recreation and physical activity programs and their delivery preferred
  • Have established networks/connections among Indigenous and/or Care sector, communities, and organizations
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills and ability to work effectively with others
  • Strong verbal, written communication, and presentation skills in English
  • Excellent attention to detail with the ability to solve problems, work independently, and thrive in a high-performance culture
  • Strong technical computer skills that include ability to use a range of software applications including CRM and/or grants management software and Excel
  • Successfully undergo a criminal and vulnerable sector record check
  • Awareness of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) related to Sport.

Term: This is a full-time permanent position.

Salary: The salary range is $58,000-$63,000 annually, which includes a comprehensive health benefits package.

Location: Office space will be established in a British Columbia location central to the successful candidate.

To Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (name, title, relationship, and contact info) to the attention of Rick Brant, CEO at: isparc@isparc.ca.

All applications are appreciated, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to qualified applicants of Indigenous ancestry

 

Please find the PDF version of the job posting here.