Loaded Ladle is Hiring!

Postion: Program Coordinator

Contract: October 1st- April 31st, with option to renew

Wage and hours: 30 hours a week at $22/hr 

Timing: Timing of work hours are somewhat flexible and will be in response to programming needs, with some evening and weekend hours. Computer hours can be done from our office or your home. 

About the Loaded Ladle: We are a student-run food justice initiative on Dalhousie campus, improving student food security through our free food servings, food skills workshops, programming related to food justice, and much more!

About the job: As the Programming Coordinator, you would be responsible for designing and providing free workshops for students and the larger community, as well as mentoring students to offer workshops. Part of the job is our Solidarity Serving program, which is when we offer servings to local groups in the communities having events. Volunteers from the group help us cook the food, which means you would need to be the main kitchen person and coordinate a group of new volunteers. 

Specific tasks: 


  • Design and facilitate kitchen, garden, and food justice programming, with input and support from the Board and other staff of the Loaded Ladle. This includes hands-on food skills workshops, as well as lunch and learns, film screenings, etc.
  • Collaborate with other food justice organizations at Dalhousie to find ways to better promote food security on campus. Support food justice campaigns and initiatives as needed. 
  • If required due to Covid-19 restrictions, be flexible and able to switch to creative online and distance programming (ie online cook-alongs, food box deliveries)

Board Programming & Training 

  • Facilitate or arrange for board orientation and board training, with support from Operations Coordinator. 
  • Plan board visioning retreat. 
  • Monitor committee activity, encourage engagement, mentor board members and help them find opportunities to be involved. 

Solidarity Servings: 

  • Facilitate solidarity servings (meals and snacks) for special events, rallies, and meetings with groups in the community who share the Loaded Ladle’s mandate on social and environmental justice.
  • Building links with groups on campus and in the community to better support food security within the community. 
  • Staying up-to-date on local events, rallies, protests, workshops, and lectures to which the Loaded Ladle could potentially offer support
  • Oversee solidarity servings: menu planning, food ordering, meal preparation,volunteer coordination, delivery, and clean-up of serving
  • Offer mutual aid / follow-up support for groups for whom we might not have been able to provide a solidarity serving


  • Building links to off-campus food justice and social justice groups through outreach, learning opportunities for students and our solidarity servings program.
  • Update and distribute outreach materials using social media, postering, website, e-mail, and other creative avenues
  • Maintain relationships with campus and community groups; give them up-to-date outreach materials, seek features in newsletters and social media pages, etc. 
  • Tabling at O-week, society fairs, and other campus activities
  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator and Kitchen Coordinator to run and promote the Iron Ladle cooking competition

Responsibilities of all Loaded Ladle Staff:

  • Attend weekly open meetings and board meetings as needed
  • Be welcoming, friendly, and supportive to all volunteers and staff in Loaded Ladle spaces
  • Attend training: anti-oppression (annual – mandatory), Food Safe certification (every 5 years – mandatory), other trainings as offered, and engaging in professional development
  • Work as part of a co-operative collective, using consensus based decision making 
  • Sit on various committees as needed, as interest and time/capacity allows
  • Log your hours on a shared spreadsheet
  • Document your tasks and instructions on how to do them in order to retain institutional memory when there is staff turnover
  • Assist the Board of Directors (scheduling meetings, followup with committees, encouragement/support, etc.) on a monthly rotating basis


  • Interest in food justice work and a commitment to our Mission, Vision & Values 
  • Dedication to principles of anti-racism and anti-oppression, with a willingness to work together to make sure the collective stays true to these principles
  • Some experience in facilitation/ teaching a skill to a group
  • Some experience in volunteer coordination and/or event planning 
  • Ability to work collectively with a board and staff, as well as complete some work independently without a lot of guidance 


  • Kitchen experience
  • Experience using Canva, 
  • Experience tabling, sitting on panels, doing interviews. 
  • Driver’s license 

Employment Equity: The Loaded Ladle commits itself to an anti-racist, equity-based approach to hiring, which incorporates an awareness of systemic oppression. The Loaded Ladle will prioritize applications from people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. We value people’s lived experiences, identities and backgrounds and encourage people to self-identify in their cover letter.

How to Apply:

 ● Send a cover letter and resume to info@loadedladle.com. Alternative application formats welcome (ie video); contact us info@loadedladle.com to discuss.

 ● Include your name in the title of all files you send 

● *NEW* In addition to your cover letter and resume, please fill out the one-page application checklist through this form: 


Deadline to apply: Wednesday, September 22nd at 5pm AST

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