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Job Opportunity: Development Officer
Organization: Food Stash Foundation
Location: Vancouver, BC. Mostly virtual during COVID-19 but required to live nearby for on-site activity when needed.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Officer will enter this newly established role at Food Stash Foundation and be responsible for the planning, development, growth, and successful execution of all of Food Stash’s development activities including but not limited to: creation of a formal development strategy, donor relation activities, corporate sponsorship programs, fundraising campaigns, events, and special projects. As the main fundraiser for Food Stash, the Development Officer will identify and deliver against funding needs for programming and operating functions to scale our impact. The Development Officer will bring strength in relationship building and influence that attracts new and retains existing donors while also bringing innovative ideas and strategies to diversify revenue sources and build financial sustainability. The Development Officer will oversee planning and development towards Food Stash’s organizational goals on an annual basis.

About Us:

Food Stash Foundation is a registered Canadian charity founded in 2016 with the two fold mission to reduce the environmental impact of food waste and bridge the food insecurity gap within our community. We do so by rescuing surplus perishable food directly from suppliers and redistributing it to charities and households in our community that experience food insecurity through various delivery-based programs. Whether it is through our Rescued Food Box Program—delivering weekly food boxes right to the doorsteps of our members—or through our partnerships with other local non-profit food security programs that receive surplus food, we are on a mission to feed people and waste less food. Join a growing organization and team of passionate individuals making a difference here in Vancouver.


1 in 7 Canadians (14.6%) experience food insecurity, up from 10.5% pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, 58% of food produced in Canada is lost or wasted. If food waste was a country, it would be the 3rd largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. Since COVID-19, the cracks in our food system have been exacerbated and brought to the forefront, underscoring the crucial need for systemic change if we are to attain the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which include cutting food waste by 50% by 2030. Here at Food Stash, we believe that change can happen at the local level, especially as we navigate this post-pandemic world where there are as many challenges as there are opportunities. As a small team with entrepreneurial spirit, we seek to bridge the immediate gap between valuable food going to waste and people going hungry through our programs and operations. At the same time, we leverage our on-the-ground knowledge to educate and to advocate for change for an equitable food future for all, while acknowledging that so much more must be done to address the root causes of poverty and waste. As we enter our 5th year in operation this year, we are uniquely positioned to scale our impact in unique, creative, new, and meaningful ways while also planning a significant move into our own warehouse space in Vancouver by early 2021. - Julia Hunter, Executive Director

Reporting & Team Relationships: The Development Officer will report to Food Stash’s Executive Director. They will also collaborate with other team members as it relates to their duties including the Program Manager who oversees Food Stash’s PR and Communications strategy.

Main Responsibilities

The Development Officer will:

  • Plan, implement, communicate, and evaluate a Development Strategy that includes key components such as; major donor, corporate and business, foundation, grants, fundraising campaigns, and special project efforts and that meets Food Stash Foundation’s funding needs;
  • Develop and facilitate strategic plans for existing and prospective donors for cultivation and stewardship based on their philanthropic interests, past giving, and capacity;
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director on grant applications and ongoing reporting processes for all grants including compliance with funder reporting and program requirements;
  • Oversee information systems including a donor profile database and funder files
  • Collaborate with key members of the Board of Directors, particularly those on the Financial Committee of the Board
  • Work with the Program Manager and other team members to ensure timely production of the annual report, donor newsletters, and other development publications as well as the identification of new content and materials that lend to the development strategy and framework 

Note: This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Food Stash Foundation.

The Development Officer will have:

  • A bold commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Food Stash Foundation;
  • An ability to lead the development strategy for a charitable organization with an annual budget over $500,000;
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to work independently and as a self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit;
  • An ability to create powerful, compelling written and oral communication for fundraising and present it in an engaging way to external stakeholders;
  • An ability to convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials;
  • An ability to utilize influence skills to create a win-win situation and respond appropriately to key stakeholders for positive outcomes;
  • Discretion in managing and maintaining confidential records;
  • An ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner by gathering and analyzing information efficiently;
  • An ability to plan and organize, to prioritize work activities, use time effectively, and develop realistic action plans;
  • An ability to work with diverse staff and stakeholders through a teamwork lens;
  • An ability to meet multiple deadlines and demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness;
  • An understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts and practices;
  • Comfort with ambiguity and an ability to thrive in a fluid, entrepreneurial environment, and willingness to “roll up the sleeves”

A bachelor's degree is required for this position and a minimum of 3 years professional fundraising experience is preferred, or equivalent experience or combination of education and experience.

Type: Full-time, permanent
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. Extended health and dental plan available.


The Development Officer will predominantly work virtually and remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic unless duties require on-site activity. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, the Development Officer will be expected to work from a dedicated co-working space or Food Stash headquarters in Vancouver on a mutually agreed upon basis between themselves and the Executive Director.

Application Process:

Food Stash is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. We welcome and value the contributions of individuals who identify as members of a minority or marginalized community, and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, women, people of colour, and people with a disability.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters must be responsive to the mission of Food Stash Foundation, the opportunities on the horizon, and the experiences you bring to the table that will support Food Stash in reaching ambitious goals. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

To apply for this position, please email your application to Julia Hunter at: . Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

All inquiries will be held in confidence.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Jan 20 2021    Numéro : 58378