Now Hiring – Food Programs Coordinator

Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia

Job title: Food Programs Coordinator

Duration: 30 hours per week, Monday – Thursday for 20 weeks, occasional weekend work will be required

Start and end dates: Mid-October 2020 to approximately February 28, 2021

Hourly wage: $18/hour


The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is dedicated to the collecting and sharing of community memories of Jewish life in British Columbia. Through innovative exhibits and programming, the JMABC builds bridges with the diverse communities of BC and heightens awareness of the rich 150+ year history of Jews in BC.

Founded in 1971 as the Jewish Historical Society of BC, the JMABC collects and cares for documents, artifacts, photographs and oral histories chronicling all facets of our community’s history. Our archives are housed in dedicated facilities and comprise over 325 linear metres of textual records, 325,000 photographs and 900 oral history interviews.


In 2017 the JMABC embarked on a comprehensive program: Feeding Community. Feeding Community consisted of many elements, including a podcast (the Kitchen Stories), special events, partnerships, and the incredibly well received Chosen Food Supper Club. In 2020-2021 the JMABC plans to produce a second season of the Kitchen Stories podcast series, furthering discussion on the interconnected themes raised in the original series: tradition, diversity, and equity in the context of Jewish food.

The YCW Food Programs Coordinator will serve as producer of this podcast series. They will take responsibility for brainstorming topics and guests, securing and carrying out interviews, and editing each episode. In this work they will consult regularly with the JMABC Director of Community Engagement, who will provide support and guidance. The Food Programs Coordinator will liaise closely with representatives of organizations within and beyond the Vancouver Jewish community, and will be expected to be a respectful and positive representative of the JMABC. The Food Programs Coordinator will seek and pursue sponsors interested in supporting the series.

If the current public health situation improves sufficiently, and it is deemed safe to do so, the JMABC will consider hosting public gatherings as part of Feeding Community. The Food Programs Coordinator will play a key role in developing and producing these events.

Through this work, the Food Programs Coordinator will have the opportunity to explore not just the Jewish community, but diverse ethno-cultural communities of BC, as the JMABC is passionate about celebrating the ethno-cultural diversity of BC through innovative programming.

This hands-on experience from brainstorming to final reporting will provide a very unique opportunity for a recent graduate to experience innovative public programming within a community institution from beginning to end, while also reviving a much beloved podcast series that built meaningful connections among participants and listeners.


The ideal candidate for the YCW Food Programs Coordinator will have:

• Interest in pursuing a career in the arts, heritage and/or not for profit industry as demonstrated through previous volunteer or work experience and/or an academic background in a related field such as education, history, museum studies, anthropology, or Jewish studies;

• Excellent communication skills in both written and verbal English;

• Excellent research skills;

• A positive, upbeat attitude and strong work ethic;

• Demonstrated ability to work productively independently, remotely, and as part of a team;

• Attention to detail;

• Experience working with the public, including children and seniors;

• Familiarity with audio editing software such as GarageBand, as well as design software including the Adobe Creative Suite, are not essential but will be considered assets.


In addition to the above qualifications, all candidates must meet the following requirements dictated by the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH) program:

-Must be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment.

-Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

-Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada.

-Must be registered online in the YCW candidate inventory through the YCW website.

-Must be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment.

-Must not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW.

-Must not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with YCW.

-Must not have previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.


Candidates will be short-listed for an interview based on how they meet the criteria noted above. The position will be posted for a minimum of 2 weeks, and interviews will not commence until the recruitment stage is closed. Once the successful candidate for the Internship is determined, all other applicants will be notified.


The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia advocates a barrier-free workplace and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.


Applicants must apply with a resume and cover-letter by the application deadline. The application deadline for the Food Programs Coordinator Position is 5 pm, September 25, 2020.


Applications to be e-mailed to:

Michael Schwartz, Director of Community Engagement