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Midnight Kitchen is hiring for two positions starting this Fall!

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The Midnight Kitchen is a collective of staff and volunteers dedicated to serving good food to as many people as possible. We aim to provide a working alternative to capitalist methods of food collection and distribution and to provide popular education about issues of food and social (in)justice. We recognize that many of the problems with food production and distribution are reflective of and connected to larger systems of oppression. By reclaiming control over the distribution of food in our communities we are acting in the pursuit of social and environmental justice and will support others who share these goals.

*Midnight Kitchen organizes collectively, non-hierarchically, and using consensus decision-making. All applicants should be prepared to work collaboratively and make decisions in an English-speaking group setting.*

The individual hired generally must be willing to cook, clean, and do occasional heavy lifting, but accommodations can be made for applicants / staff members if needed, especially in the case of physical disability. The individual will also be required to participate in weekly meetings and other group work (such as writing and organizing workshops, trainings, and policy), as well as responding to emails, coordinating volunteers, and participating in upcoming referenda campaigns at McGill that will occur shortly after hiring.

Midnight Kitchen can be a fast-paced environment that often requires multi-tasking. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required. New staff will have several days of training at the beginning of the contract, but please note that the job will be demanding right from the start; the first few weeks of September include catering a frosh, the beginning of our daily servings, multiple “back to school” events, the year’s volunteer and collective recruitment and integration, and preparing for multiple referenda campaigns.

We conduct hiring on the basis of employment equity. Employment equity is designed to compensate for the nonexistence of a level playing field with regards to people’s experiences and job qualifications, given the structural injustices that affect marginalized groups. These groups include but are not limited to: indigenous people, black people, people of color, women, queer / LGB+ people, trans people, disabled people, people living in poverty, and immigrants (especially those with precarious status).

If you wish to be considered for employment equity, include the following sentence in your cover letter: “I would like to be considered for employment equity.” Please note that we do not require applicants to specify the basis on which they are applying for employment equity; you do not need to disclose your reasons.

Since all of the current returning staff are white, we particularly encourage BIPOC (black people, indigenous peoples, and people of color) to apply at this time. The interview and selection committees will include BIPOC leaving or previously involved with the organization.

We operate out of the SSMU building at McGill (3480 Rue McTavish).

 

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MK General Staff Member [20 hours/wk at $15.91/hr]


All collective members (staff included) decide the vision of the organization and how to put this mission into practice at biweekly collective meetings. Staff members (as well as collective members) will be required to divide tasks amongst themselves at these meetings and throughout the year. Tasks generally fall into four major categories, which include coordinating volunteers, kitchen management, administration, and outreach; given the current staff’s skill sets, we are particularly looking for someone with experience coordinating volunteers and doing outreach.

Tasks include but are not limited to: maintaining a clean, vegan, and nut-free kitchen that meets hygiene standards at all times, recruiting and coordinating volunteers for our daily servings, coordinating solidarity servings during the year, coordinating food purchasing, and coordinating our yearly event series (in late winter) as well as other educational opportunities such as workshops or skillshares. This staff member will be expected to spend at least 6 hours (one full day: including the cooking shift, the serving shift, and the cleaning shift) per week in the kitchen.

Requirements:

  •  Experience cooking in and cleaning a commercial kitchen
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced, unpredictable environment
  • Previous or current involvement in grassroots organizing
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Ability to work closely with others
  • Strong organizational and self-management skills
  • Ability / willingness to actively cultivate an anti-oppressive workplace
  • Ability / willingness to learn and apply new skills
  • Punctual, responsible, and dependable

Assets:

  •  Experience with consensus-based decision making processes
  •  Experience navigating university bureaucracy
  •  Involvement in community organizations around Montreal
  •  Experience coordinating events and/or workshops
  • Experience coordinating volunteers
  • Facilitation and conflict resolution skills
  • Experience running referenda campaigns (particularly at McGill)
  • Good time management
  • Experience with / aptitude for vegan or vegetarian cooking
  • An understating of food insecurity and food-related political issues
  • Written and/or verbal French skills


To apply: please send your CV with 2 references and cover letter (max. 1 page) to Midnight Kitchen by email at mkhiring2016@gmail.com with the position you’re applying for as the subject line (General Staff Member or Student Staff Member.)

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 8th, 11:59pm.
Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by August 12th.
Interviews will occur August 14th and 15th.
The start date for both positions is Monday, August 29th.


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MK Student Staff Member [10 hours/wk at $15.91/hr]


All collective members (staff included) decide the vision of the organization and how to put this mission into practice at biweekly collective meetings. Staff members (as well as collective members) will be required to divide tasks amongst themselves at these meetings and throughout the year. Tasks generally fall into four major categories, which include coordinating volunteers, kitchen management, administration, and outreach. Given the preexisting staff’s skill sets, we are particularly looking for someone who feels comfortable working closely with SSMU and/or PGSS, coordinating volunteers, and doing administrative tasks and outreach to students.

Tasks include but are not limited to: maintaining a clean, vegan, and nut-free kitchen that meets hygiene standards at all times, recruiting and coordinating volunteers for our daily servings, coordinating solidarity servings during the year, coordinating food purchasing, and coordinating our yearly event series (in late winter) as well as other educational opportunities. This staff member will be expected to spend at least 3 hours a week in the kitchen as a coordinator of either a cooking or cleaning shift.

Requirements:

  • Current McGill student (full- or part-time for Fall ‘16 – Winter ‘17) with access to a McGill email, room bookings, equipment rental, etc.
  • Experience working with SSMU
  • Strong organizational and self-management skills
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Ability / willingness to actively cultivate an anti-oppressive workplace
  • Ability to work closely with others
  • Desire to learn and apply new skills
  • Punctual, responsible, and dependable


Assets:

  • Experience running referenda campaigns, particularly at McGill
  • Organizational connections to PGSS / PGSS members
  • Experience working in a commercial kitchen
  • Experience with / aptitude for vegan or vegetarian cooking
  • Experience with consensus-based decision making processes
  • Previous or current involvement in other student-run organizations at McGill
  • Experience navigating university bureaucracy
  • Experience coordinating events, workshops, and/or volunteers
  • An understating of food insecurity and food-related political issues
  • Written and/or verbal French skills


To apply: please send your CV with 2 references and cover letter (max. 1 page) to Midnight Kitchen by email at mkhiring2016@gmail.com with the position you’re applying for as the subject line (General Staff Member or Student Staff Member.)

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 8th, 11:59pm.
Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by August 12th.
Interviews will occur August 14th and 15th.
The start date for both positions is Monday, August 29th.

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