Project CHEF Manager

Want to make a difference in your community? Join our team and help us make our vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all a reality.

About Us:

Project CHEF: Cook Healthy Edible Food is a hands-on curriculum based school program that operates in Vancouver elementary schools. The operation of this program is licensed to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Position Summary:

The Project CHEF Manager will be responsible for overseeing the direction and culture of the Project CHEF program. The Manager will be responsible for a team of 6-9 people, Project CHEF volunteers and relationships with teachers, supporters and the community at large. The Manager will be responsible for overseeing all programming, logistics and curriculum development for the program as well as overseeing the program delivery within the schools. The role will be 37.5 hours a week, Monday to Friday with some weekends and evenings as required.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Develop plans, policies, and objectives for the Project CHEF program in accordance with the goals of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB)
  • Develop and adhere to an annual budget, monitor expenses, grant income and expenses
  • Provide financial projections for program activities
  • Collaborate with Vancouver School Board (VSB) administrators, teachers, parents and volunteers
  • Track deliverables of program activities
  • Participate in GVFB Management meetings

Analysis and Reporting

  • Analyze and report on program evaluation to donors, teachers, parents, students and administrators in collaboration with GVFB data analysis team
  • Develop annual and semi-annual reports to be provided to donors, internal and external stakeholders

Communications and Operations

  • Plan, execute and monitor outreach, marketing and promotional strategies for communications regarding Project CHEF including the use of social media
  • Develop relevant and mutually beneficial partnerships with all stakeholders working in education, food literacy and youth
  • Manage the representation of Project CHEF at events and conferences
  • Liaise with media regarding Project CHEF
  • Liaise with schools and VSB to ensure operational space for programs
  • Liaise with the Operations Department at the GVFB to ensure delivery, pick up and safe storage of food and equipment
  • Liaise with and develop relationships with food procurement partners including community gardens, Vancouver Farmers Markets and local food vendors


  • Manage all aspects of programming including execution and evaluation to meet the strategic goals of the program
  • Develop and facilitate relationships with recipient school administration, teachers and parents
  • Professional development of VSB teachers on the development and dissemination of food literacy and BC curriculum
  • Develop menus based on curriculum, available foods and dietary needs/specialties
  • Teach lessons in VSB classrooms as necessary
  • Coordinate with external partners for the development and coordination of Project CHEF courses and programs

Human Resources

  • Hire, train, supervise, and mentor the development of Project CHEF instructors and staff
  • Develop work plans, goals and evaluate performances for Project CHEF staff
  • Collaborate with the GVFB Human Resources team to hire Project CHEF employees

Employee Requirements:

  • Teaching experience in community based/education/non-profit organizations with a focus on education, capacity-building, nutrition, and/or knowledge exchange
  • Relevant post-secondary education (Master’s degree considered an asset)
  • Proven experience with curriculum development and thorough knowledge of community-based food programs
  • Understandings of food, cooking, nutrition and food systems
  • Understanding of the new British Columbia Education Curriculum
  • Demonstrated experience in experiential education, community building and program management
  • Experience mentoring and managing staff and/or volunteers
  • Leadership style and work ethic that promotes collaboration as well as an independent decision-making
  • Keen attention to detail and strong organizational abilities
  • Proven ability to manage competing priorities
  • Effective written, oral and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to translate research, concepts and nutritional knowledge into the concise and compelling curriculum that informs and motivates children
  • Software/social media experience essential: Microsoft Office suite, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Mail Chimp and audio/video editing tools
  • Food Safe Level 1
  • Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
  • A valid and clean BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle

Physical Requirements:

  • Physically fit and have the ability to lift up to 50lbs on a consistent basis
  • Be able to stand and walk around for the majority of your day

Please email your resume along with a cover letter to [email protected] outlining your interest in this position.