Position Overview

The primary role of the Hospitality & Food Coordinator is to provide overall leadership to the food served at Christ Church Cathedral through its Maundy Ministries, the Cathedral’s coordinated attempt to harness the power of good food to build health, belonging, and reconciliation in communities affected by systems that perpetuate poverty. The Maundy’s work is organized around the Cathedral’s food philosophy: to nourish its communities in ways that cultivate connection, holistic health, and community resiliency by honouring the agency, creativity, dignity, intellect, and worth of all who come to the table. The guiding principle of the Hospitality & Food Ministry is to facilitate a space reflective of the Cathedral’s Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds motto and ethos.  

Through kitchen management, work with and mentorship of volunteers, and care-filled interactions with the diverse populations we serve, the Hospitality & Food Coordinator extends the Cathedral’s vision and mission through the preparation of food that aligns with the principles of a just, healthy, and sustainable food system.  

This role includes management of the Maundy Café, coordination of the Fresh Food Market, and oversight of food preparation for Cathedral events. It also has a significant volunteer base that helps coordinate the Cathedral’s Maundy Café program, serving between 60-100 people per day, four to five days each week.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability in kitchen management. They will possess knowledge of safe food handling practices, nutrition for marginalised populations and healthy food system principles, as well as an understanding of issues related to homelessness, addictions, mental health and other poverty-related challenges. As such, we seek candidates with significant experience working with and managing volunteers, significant front-line experience with vulnerable populations through a social justice lens, and some experience in food security programs or other program development.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to develop leaders, to mentor volunteers, and to lead and coach diverse teams. They will have the ability to work with sensitivity and without discrimination towards people of diverse cultures, races/ethnicity, socio-economic positions, ages, religions, genders, physical/mental challenges/disabilities, and sexual orientations. The ideal candidate will be able to maintain harmonious relationships through conflict resolution skills in working with volunteers and marginalized populations. 

Position Requirements

The Hospitality & Food Coordinator is a full-time position reporting to the Director of The Maundy Ministries. The role requires the coordinator to be on-site for some core-hours that include the operating hours of the Maundy Café, staff meetings, and some other duties.  The role includes some other flexible time. This position works closely with the Director of Cathedral Operations, the Maundy Outreach Worker, and the Maundy Ministries Steering Committee. 

The candidate will possess current certification in Foodsafe Level 1 (Level 2 Preferred). All applicants must pass a criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening. The candidate will be required to complete the Diocese of New Westminster’s Safe Church course and Dismantling Racism course.  

Duties & Responsibilities

The Maundy (About 75%)

The Hospitality & Food Coordinator is responsible for overseeing planning and execution of the Maundy Café and Fresh Food Market, This work is done in coordination with an active volunteer leadership team, and is inclusive of sit-down meals, a market, and other Maundy programs. 

● Oversees meal planning, preparation, service and clean-up 

    ○ Manages donations and donor relationships 

    ○ Coordinates special occasions and events 

    ○ Manages risks, emergencies and critical incidents 

    ○ Oversees recordkeeping, statistics, reimbursements and monitors the program budget 

● Coordinates and equips volunteers 

    ○ Organizes orientation, training and appreciation for volunteers 

    ○ Provides mentoring, skill-building, and other supports 

    ○ Maintains updated lists of ministry volunteers and provides regular communication to volunteers (i.e. newsletter or similar)

    ○ Builds strategic connections with other parts of the Cathedral  

● Works with the Outreach Team to support guests as able 

    ○ Facilitates The Maundy Cafe guests to become volunteers through skill-building  

● Builds links with and participates in networks of other community service providers 

● Works with The Maundy Team to develop new programming aspects

Management & Food Service (About 25%) 

Provides overall management and stewarding of resources related to food services through the development of menus, purchasing, price planning, and catering revenue. The Hospitality & Food Coordinator serves as the point person for all meal preparation and/or catering to deepen the Cathedral’s congregational life: 

● Participate in staff meetings 

● Coordinate all outside caterers for events at the Cathedral  

● Develop a strategy to streamline in-house food prep 

● Recruit, empower, train, and schedule volunteers 

● Liaise with the local Environmental Health officer to ensure the Cathedral complies with health regulations 

● Procure supplies and monitor inventory  

● Ensure adherence to proper food handling and sanitation procedures 

● Oversee use of kitchen and food service equipment

● Manage kitchen finances, including purchasing of commodities, inventory control, and bookkeeping 

Pay range: $23-$26/hour  

Position start date: August 2022

To Apply

If this opportunity interests you, please submit your resumé, cover letter, and any other related materials to the Rev. Adam Dawkins, Director of Maundy Ministries, at adamd@thecathedral.ca. No telephone calls, please. 

About Christ Church Cathedral

We envision a Cathedral which is radically inclusive, restlessly inquisitive, intentional, and inspired. This is a place that is called to lead and to serve, in communion and in community, with healing, reconciliation, and love, living out Christian mission. Together, we look to the power of Christ for the transformation of each person, this city, and the world.

We recognize our history rooted in the Anglican tradition while seeking renewal and growth in spiritual depth and size. Curious and adaptable, this chorus has room for all voices. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, whomever you love, and regardless of what you may bring or are searching for, you are welcome here.