Mission: Empowering Teen Parents to Succeed 

Vision: Teen Parent Families Thrive and Enrich our community 

Job ID: # 23-014, 12 Month Contract Position, ending on or before Oct. 1, 2024 

Community Kitchen Coordinator 

As a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton for 50 years Terra is recognized for its leadership, innovation, and collaboration. Annually more than 1,000 young parents and their children benefit from a comprehensive range of services. Through the compassionate work of the staff, we help parents and children to develop and reach their full potential by recognizing and responding to their unique and individual needs. Terra staff are guided by the Code of Honour which supports, respects, and celebrates our families and staff (https://terracentre.ca/what-is-terra/careers/). If you share our values and support our mission and vision, please consider joining our team. 

Job Overview: 

In this newly created position, The Community Kitchen coordinator will develop materials, teach, and deliver a variety of cooking experiences to Terra families promoting healthy eating, meal planning and positive parenting. Central to the program philosophy, is creating an opportunity for learning in a safe positive environment where social circles can be expanded, and relationships enriched. 

Terra has purchased a new building and completed renovations that include a fully operational kitchen with 4 cooking stations built specifically to offer community cooking programming to young parents served through Terra. 

Job Conditions: 

Reporting to the Supervisor, Collaborative Services, this role will be part-time (20 hours per week) and includes flexible hours of work between 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to create their own schedule based on these hours. Some evening hours will be required to support the needs of families and program staff. 

The position will be working out of the Terra West office located at 10320-146 Street. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Draft promotional materials inviting and encouraging participation. • Maintain inventory of kitchen supplies and eensure the kitchen is well stocked 
  • Purchase any required food necessary for cooking sessions 
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary kitchen that meets all health & safety guidelines 
  • Plan and facilitate a bi-weekly cooking education program with an emphasis on low-cost nutritional cooking for teen parents 
  • Offer a variety of cooking and meal experiences that reflect a variety of cultures 
  • Provide oversight to the collective cooking program and access to this resource 
  • Coordinate schedule for agency staff and other community groups who require access to the community kitchen space 
  • Act as liaison for community groups; respond to inquiries to access kitchen, manage scheduling, provide orientation to user groups, provide onsite support as needed during usage 
  • Ensure safe food handling practices and all other agency practices and policies are upheld while maintaining a safe and positive experience 
  • Collaborative with other Terra program staff to plan to deliver experiences that are meaningful and centered on the healthy development of youth and their unique needs 
  • Supervise and support volunteers ensuring they have a positive experience 
  • Collect data and participate in evaluation activities supporting value and benefit of program 


  • Valid First Aid Certificate is required 
  • Experience facilitating community kitchens an asset 
  • Food Safety Certificate is required (agency will support acquiring) 
  • Must be passionate about teaching, facilitating healthy eating and meal preparation 
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certificate is an asset 
  • Minimum one (1) year front-line support work experience; preference given to candidates with lived expertise 

Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Ability to work with families from diverse cultural backgrounds and develop positive, effective, professional rapport and relationships with youth
  • Lead a group of diverse individuals aged 16 – 28 and have a sensitivity to the unique challenges faced by teen parents 
  • Awareness of and sensitivity of those who may struggle to afford food 
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the complexities individuals face with low income 
  • Strong budgeting and organizational skills 
  • Available to deliver programing during day or early evening (up to 9 pm) 
  • Seek opportunities to engage in personal learning and growth opportunities 
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and personal management skills 

Other requirements: 

  • A valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle with 1 million liability insurance 
  • Current clear Drivers Abstract 
  • Ability to work flexible hours required 
  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate an asset 
  • Clear Criminal Record Check and Child Intervention Check that are dated within 90 days of the start date 

Core Behavioral Competencies 

Terra values are core to the organization. We strive to hire individuals who possess these behavioral competencies at all levels of the organization. 

  • Personal Leadership: Practices inclusion, communicates openly and effectively, demonstrates self-awareness 
  • Productive Relationships: Develops networks, collaborates, develops self and others 
  • Results Focus: Applies outcomes-based problem solving and systems thinking, demonstrates evidence-informed decision making 
  • Service Excellence: Practices innovation, facilitates a culture of learning, demonstrates continuous improvement 
  • Program Planning; design, plan, coordinate, facilitation of groups 
  • Finance; manage allocated financial resources for program delivery 
  • Communication skills; excellent both written and oral; evidenced in grant writing and reporting to funders 
  • Community Relations; well-developed engagement skills, strong networking 

Intention Statement 

Terra recognizes that it operates within a society and systems shaped by white supremacy and colonization and institutionalized discrimination and the exclusion, exploitation, and marginalization of Indigenous, Black, and people of color. 

Terra strives to understand and be accountable for how white supremacy continues to impact its work at an organizational and systemic level and to address harm; implicit and explicit biases 

Our intention is: 

To build a foundation of awareness, knowledge, and skills to be an anti-racist organization. To respond to systemic racism that creates barriers and inequality in the workplace and in society. To be an organization that embeds the principles of equity and anti-oppression in everything it undertakes. 

Our goal is: to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through an antiracism lens through policies processes and practices. 

Vaccine Policy 

As a condition of employment, all Terra employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 or regularly undergo COVID 19 testing before entering the workplace. Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of their COVID 19 vaccination prior to commencement. If you are the successful applicant and cannot be fully vaccinated based on a protected ground under human rights legislation you may request an accommodation that will be reviewed by Terra 

This is a 12-month contract position. 

As a learning organization, Terra supports ongoing professional development among employees through formal training, informal mentoring, and personalized growth plans. Terra is continuing to grow our programming and there are anticipated opportunities for further professional growth within the agency. 

To Apply: 

Follow Link to apply through Indeed: 

Terra Centre for Teen Parents Careers and Employment | Indeed.com 

You may also apply by sending your resume and a cover letter to employment@terracentre.ca, with the subject line: 

# 23-014 Community Kitchen Coordinator. 

Closing Date: Until suitable candidate found.