Summer Employment – Special Projects Assistant – Feed Nova Scotia – Dartmouth, NS

  • Location: Dartmouth, NS
  • Deadline: April 21, 2022

Special Projects Assistant
Temporary, Full-Time, Summer Student Contract Position – Up to 40 hours per week
Tentative start date – Early May

Who are we?

Feed Nova Scotia is a charitable organization whose mission is to increase food security through food
distribution, education, and collaboration. In terms of food distribution, we collect and distribute more than
two million kilograms of food annually to 140 member agencies across the province, including food banks,
meal programs, shelters, drop-in centres and other organizations. This equates to over $1 million worth of
food each month. We also support our member agencies as they build capacity to serve their communities,
we raise awareness of the realities of food insecurity in our province, and we advocate for social change to
address food insecurity at its core.
Knowing change starts from within, we have committed to a continuous learning journey to centre diversity,
equity, and inclusion in our work.
What is a Special Projects Assistant?

As a result of COVID-19, Feed Nova Scotia has been continually re-evaluating work processes, procedures, and
service delivery models to keep up with the evolving needs of those who are food insecure throughout Nova
Scotia. The Community Connections team is responsible for managing the internetwork relationships between
Feed Nova Scotia and its 140 partner agencies across the province. In the true nature of pandemics, priorities
are constantly evolving, requiring quick and effective shifts in focus and prioritization of tasks.
The Special Projects Assistant works collaboratively with the Community Connections team to provide support
to special projects and deliverables. This could include (but is not limited to) administrative support, program
facilitation, and being an active, engaged and present advocate in the community on behalf of Feed Nova
What does a Special Projects Assistant do?

• Create tools, templates and resources to support member capacity development & training
• Assist in monitoring agency processes and progress against member standards
• Develop printed materials and resources to complement member standards
• Assist with special projects, such as After the Bell
• Provide content to the team to use in news bulletin and other related documents
• Provide timely phone and in person food support requests
• Assist with data entry, quality control, and analysis of food bank statistics
• Attend weekly update meetings with the Community Connections team
• Other duties as assigned by the Network Insights Analyst

What are we looking for?

• Dependable and honest
• Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills
• Able to effectively work independently, while collaborating with others in a fast-paced environment
• Strong learning agility
• Previous experience in the development of training and instructional materials an asset
• Understanding of the importance of data privacy and confidentiality
• High degree of self-awareness and emotional intelligence
• Proficiency in MS Office required with database experience preferred
• Previous knowledge and understanding of Non-Profit industry and/or social service setting an asset
• Exemplary communication skills, written and verbal
• Centres equity, diversity, and inclusion in their work; inclusive and welcoming in nature
Compensation – The compensation for this position is $19.17/hr plus 4% in lieu of earned vacation, paid out
on a biweekly basis.

If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to make an impact in your community, please submit a cover
letter and resume that clearly indicate how you meet the requirements of this position, in one PDF document
to: by 11:59pm on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Please include ‘Summer Student
– Special Projects Assistant’ in the subject line to help us action your application more efficiently.
For us to create meaningful, sustainable change, equity, diversity and inclusion must be centred in
every aspect of our work. As a provincial organization with influence and credibility, we recognize
the responsibility we have to hold ourselves accountable to this. We know our efforts will effect more
change if our employees, their identities, and their lived experiences are reflective of the communities
we work with and live in.

Through ongoing work that empowers everyone to bring their full, authentic selves to Feed Nova
Scotia every day, we want to build a culture where difference is valued. We know where we want to
be, but we’ll be honest—we aren’t there yet, and we won’t get there overnight. But we’re committed
to doing the work, and we hope you’ll join us on our journey and share your strengths as a member
of our team.
If you require any accommodations to submit your application successfully, please contact us via e-mail at or by phone at 902-457-1900. Thank you for your interest in working with us
at Feed Nova Scotia!

Please note: The summer student positions are made possible by government funding. Given this, applicants must:

  • Be entering or continuing fulltime post-secondary studies in the fall following the work term;
  • Be a permanent resident of Nova Scotia, or, have lived in the province for at least six months prior to the work term