Does taking meaningful action to inspire you? Are you looking for an opportunity to impact the daily life of a child? Are you passionate about creating social change, engaging with, and having an impact on your community? Are you looking to take ownership of your career in an organization that values people, action, and trust? Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) has an opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our dedicated team!
Who we are? Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) is a mission-focused grassroots organization working to build and strengthen communities that ensure every child has enough to eat at school. Our team is small, working together in our areas of strength to provide a broad impact in our community.
Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids has increased the number of hungry kids fed daily through its programs by almost 100% since 2015. To accomplish this increased impact, BB4CK has broadened its program delivery through community partnerships and a focus on encouraging and supporting people in Calgary to act in meaningful ways to feed kids. Today, BB4CK continues to grow and transition to achieve our goal: of no hungry kids. This is an exciting and challenging time in our organizational life as we continue to meet the growing need in our community while also focusing our efforts on strengthening our systems and processes to support our growing organization.
Our vision: Communities that make sure all kids are fed.
Our mission: Connect and inspire people to take meaningful action to feed and care for kids.
Programs Assistant Role
We are currently looking to hire 2 Programs Assistants.
Hours of Work
35 hours/week from 3rd week of August through to the end of June annually
6 am – 2 pm Monday – Thursday & 9 am – 12 pm Fridays
Seasonal Time Off (due to school closures): July – 2nd week of August
This is a permanent role on our Kitchen team, with a regularly scheduled absence for July and the first two weeks of August. This 6-week break is considered by BB4CK as an approved, unpaid leave of absence (LOA), but the incumbent can use a combination of paid vacation time and unpaid Time off (e.g., two weeks paid vacation four weeks unpaid time-off). During these six weeks, employees are still considered permanent employees, and their eligibility for benefits (EHC, vacation, wellness, RRSP’s) will not change.
Overview of the Programs Assistant Role
Our BB4CK kitchens continue to grow to ensure all kids are fed in our community. While our numbers vary, in any given week, we have 25 – 30 kitchens and 250+ volunteers preparing lunches to be delivered to K-12 students across the city. It’s not uncommon for our main kitchen to prepare and deliver 2,000 lunches on a school day.
Program Assistants are people-focused, have keen organizational skills, and multi-task in a busy and changing environment. Alongside the Team Lead, K-12 Programs, and Kitchen & Volunteer Coordinator, Program Assistants support all BB4CK kitchens and volunteers to make and deliver lunches each day.
- Be responsible for your health and wellness, personally and professionally, and take ownership to ensure you can perform this role as needed
- Contribute wholeheartedly to BB4CK’s vision and mission
- Working effectively on tasks assigned within the context of BB4CK values and culture
- Share the story of BB4CK in a wide variety of different communities; Inspire and motivate people to engage with BB4CK to feed kids in their communities.
- In partnership with the Team Lead, K-12 Programs, engage and support volunteers.
- Support the development and growth of existing programming, and new program initiatives/priorities
- Programs Assistants rotate the focus of their work weekly between Main Kitchen and Community Kitchen. (Eg. Weeks 1 & 3 Main Kitchen, Weeks 2 & 4 Community Kitchen)
Main Kitchen Weeks:
Monday – Thursday, you’ll be in BB4CK’s main kitchen with 20+ volunteers preparing 1500 – 2000 lunches and prepping for the next day’s lunches. Fridays, you’ll have admin time to tackle emails or projects you’re working on with the K-12 Programs Team.
- Welcome, onboard, and train regular volunteers in partnership with the Volunteer Connector.
- Support with the preparation of lunches, including acting as a kitchen “float” support for volunteer groups (bringing supplies to tables, answering questions, supervising sandwich tables, or supporting a baking group)
- Ensuring health and safety of the kitchen: directing volunteers on cleaning and supporting with the cleaning of the kitchen
- Supporting with the packing of lunch bins, and moving bins from our kitchen to our delivery drivers
- Work with the Kitchen & Volunteer Coordinator and Programming Systems Coordinator to schedule/coordinate daily kitchen volunteers and create/modify driver routes.
- Receive delivery orders, make a note of stock changes and needs for upcoming orders
- Support the Kitchen & Volunteer Coordinator in their daily operations
Community Kitchen Weeks: Each Programs Assistant supports and engages with several Community Kitchen groups. During your Community Kitchen weeks, you’ll spend time with these groups and lead afternoon baking in BB4CK’s main kitchen.
- Schedule visits with your Community Kitchen groups
- Twice/week lead afternoon baking groups in BB4CK’s main kitchen
- Once/month (Friday), lead an Experience-Based Learning group (i.e., Group of students). EBL programs combine learning with a baking group or food prep
- In partnership with the Team Lead, K-12 Programs, support the onboarding and training of new volunteers
- Learn & master our tech systems, including Better Impact and our in-house Kitchen Operating Software. Support ongoing data input and reporting.
This opportunity might be for you if:
- You are passionate about BB4CK’s mission and want to engage others in feeding kids
- You are a dynamic and engaging leader that finds joy in building relationships and serving
- You are flexible and energized by a dynamic and changing work environment
- You enjoy managing the small details that make a big difference (e.g., Managing inventory, prepping for the next day, etc…)
- Your ability to work with people, coordinate projects, manage details, and willingness to learn are the most significant things we’re looking for in a Programs Assistant. We know there are many ways to showcase this experience, and we look forward to learning more about you. Some experiences you may have that would show this could be:
- Experience working with and leading volunteers
- Experience in a professional kitchen environment
- As the Programs Assistant will be on-site at all BB4CK kitchens, a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive across the city (parking and mileage are reimbursed) is required.
- Ability to work in a physical environment (the Program Assistant will be on their feet most days and lifting bins of 25 – 50 lbs)
BB4CK offers a competitive compensation package and professional development opportunities for innovation and professional growth. Salary will be commensurate with the level of experience.
If you are looking for a purpose-driven and exciting place to work, please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. We thank all applicants for their interest in BB4CK; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.