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 policies), as well as responding to emails and coordinating volunteers both online and in-person.
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.
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 most of the current staff are white, we particularly encourage BIPOC (black people, indigenous peoples, and people of color) to apply. The interview and selection committees will include BIPOC currently involved with the organization.
We operate out of the SSMU building at McGill (3480 Rue McTavish). The building is technically wheelchair accessible, but construction that is projected to last for several years severely limits access in practice.
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MK General Staff Member [14 hours/wk at $15.91/hr until the end of May, summer hours TBD]
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.
Weekly recurring 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 and skillshares. This staff member will be expected to spend at least 3 hours (either a cooking shift or cleaning shift) per week in the kitchen.
– 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
– 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
– Good time management
– Experience with / aptitude for vegan or vegetarian cooking
– An understanding 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Winter 2017 General Staff Member Application”
The deadline to submit applications is December 24th, 11:59pm.
Interviews will occur January 2nd-6th.
The position’s start date is Monday, January 9th.
PLEASE NOTE that only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.