Employment Opportunities

Starting as a charity FBC is now a growing charitable business with an inspirational work culture - Using food as a tool to combat hunger and build communities, Foodbank Canterbury is a ‘take-no-prisoners, make-no-excuses, well-oiled hunger-fighting-machine’ that is having major impact in Canterbury, and for the people of of the region – the Civic Emerging Leadership Award winner for 2017. Westpac Business Champions Award Community Service; Westpac Business Champions Supreme Award Winner - Small Enterprise 2018.

FBC is the accredited NZ Member of The Global Foodbanking Network.

As the region's only non-faith based, non-politically aligned food rescue organization, at FBC our culture is our personality. Open and totally transparent, FBC is made up of our values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, attitudes, and behaviours. Respect for the individual is an imperative – judgement is just not in the cards. Our only mission is to rescue food, sort and redistribute it to those with the immediate need.  

Ancilliary to our food rescue is the impact we make on the environment. Through our work landfill emissions are minimized through a reduction in waste – benefiting all citizens with a healthier environment.

We believe that an organization’s culture is made up of all of the life experiences each employee or volunteer brings to our organisation especially influenced by the passion of our founders and trustees in their role in the decision making and strategic direction of FBC; however we believe that everyone involved with us has an impact on what FBC has become.

This is our culture!

Current Opportunities

Manager, Regional Development

Foodbank Canterbury is hiring!

Whilst our Kaupapa and hope is for 100% Food Security for all people in Aotearoa, how we work to achieve this is through our people. Respect for the individual is our overriding mantra. We believe that an organisation’s culture is made up of all of the life experiences each employee or volunteer brings to our organisation especially influenced by the passion of our founders and trustees in their role in the decision making and strategic direction of FBC; however we believe that everyone involved with us has an impact on what FBC has become  …  …  we are all in the same waka; everyone knows how their role fits in, knows how to do it, and we all want to go in the same direction. This is our culture!

 

And now we are looking to supplement the Christchurch-based team at a senior level. Reporting to the CEO, the Manager, Regional Development will be integral to FBC’s future success as we expand our service to the rural communities of Canterbury, the West Coast and beyond.

This is a Fixed Term, FTE position. Since we are a rapidly growing organisation – from rescuing 15 sandwiches 5 years ago to become the largest food relief organisation in the South Island, FBC does not have the unlimited funding to pay large salaries at this stage. The Regional Development position while offering a salary in the $50,000 range offers huge potential for a growth career to the right individual.

When you join us, we expect you to commit to our mission helping to deliver food aid to those at risk and in need in our communities; as well as fostering the environmental impact of reducing food waste. You will become part of our social mission.

 

Interested applicants are requested to provide a letter outlining not only what you would bring to FBC but also why you wish to be part of our organisation. This together with your CV and references will provide the initial aspect of your application for consideration. Omitting any of these requirements will disqualify you from further consideration. No phone calls will be accepted.

 

All applications are Confidential - send to john@foodbankanz.org.nz

Job Description

Overview: Reporting to the CEO, the Manager, Regional Development will be integral to FBC’s future success as we expand our service to the rural communities of Canterbury, the West Coast and beyond.

Type of Employment: Fixed Term, FTE. Hours as specified in the Employment Agreement.

 

Specific Duties include but not limited to:

  • Leading the Regional Development program including Food For Hope (FFH) to help alleviate food poverty and reduce food waste

  • Develop the FFH program initially throughout the Mid-Sth Canterbury region, followed by Canterbury region and ultimately Nth Canterbury

  • Develop the West Coast FBC operation

  • Establish rural collaboration network

  • Establish rural HATs network

  • Engage in fundraising for the FFH program and Regional Development Program as required and in liaison with the CEO

  • Coordinate the chiller lease-back program from sourcing to monitoring

  • Leading relevant staff, volunteers and general day-to-day Regional Development Program operations

  • Maintain excellent relationships with leaders and personnel of all collaboration Partners

  • Liaise with FBC Facilities Manager regarding food resourcing requirements

  • Efficiently maintain and improve relevant operations and volunteer recruitment and coordination through Collaborator/Partners, Corporates, FBC etc

  • Establish, maintain and foster relationships with a wide range of collaborators, stakeholders (food donors, food recipients, volunteers, supporters) other strategic relationships as required within the Regional Development Program

  • Maintain and enforce stringent Food Safety measures

  • Mentor the rural collaborators as required

  • Maintain excellent communication links within the FBC operation

  • Extensive regional travel will be an important element of Regional Development Program

 

Skills and Education Requirements:

  • Excellent self-management and organisational skills, with a proven ability to multi-task and cope well with a variety of tasks.

  • A quick learner who is able to work independently and on their own much of the time, using initiative to solve problems as they arise.

  • Experienced in managing a small team and the ability to work cooperatively with other staff, volunteers and the Board of Trustees to grow FBC

  • Innovative and able to proactively generate creative solutions to improve FBC’s operations in general and HATs operations in particular.

  • Prepared to undertake travel to rural centres as required.

  • Enthusiastic about FBC its vision and commitment to food rescue, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

 

To be successful in this role you’ll have:

  • Strong leadership skills through empowering and managing staff and volunteers.

  • A passion for the FBC mission.

  • A proven track record and the equivalent of at least 3 years’ experience in a similar operation, general management or entrepreneurial role.

  • Ability to self manage.

  • Clean and unrestricted Full Current NZ Driver’s Licence for a minimum of 5 years.

  • Ability to lift 20 kgs.

  • Strong connections with the community sector / able to develop these.

  • Good people skills to be able to liaise with stakeholders at all levels.

  • Excellent English communication and networking skills, and the ability to represent FBC in a professional manner.

  • Experienced and skilled in the use of MS Word, MS Excel, e-mail, and comfortable with the use of internet and web-based applications.

  • Entitlement to accept full time, permanent employment in New Zealand.

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