We are currently seeking an Agri-Food Supervisor

Posted Date: 
Friday, April 30, 2021
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Western Fair District is a not-for-profit agricultural Association that has evolved over a century-and-a-half to a multi-faceted event centre which includes agriculture, education, sports, entertainment, music, and shopping. Today, everything from the annual fall fair, consumer and trade shows, dining, meeting and banquet facilities, to The Raceway, The Market, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, The Grove, Agriplex and Sports Centre, make us a prominent year-round entertainment, education and recreation destination.

Position

The Agri-Food Supervisor supports the District’s efforts to promote the agriculture industry to the public, through the development and management of urban and rural relationships to enhance on-site and virtual agriculture education, agri-business Grove tenant relationships; animal welfare initiatives; animal traceability protocols, public engagements and communication of the District’s agri-food story.

Responsibilities of the Agri-Food Supervisor:

Public Relations

· Promotion of Western Fair District as a leading Agriculture Society supporting the Agriculture community with programming and facilities that help meet the needs of the industry.

· Sharing the Association’s agricultural story with our community through public presentations, communications and social media efforts.

· From time to time develops The Grove’s promotion booth and participates in key WFD/third party, agricultural/livestock shows/events.

· From time to time provides agricultural media/interviews.

The Grove

· Reporting to The Grove’s Programming and Development Manager, you will liaise with and coordinate the administration of potential and current agri-business tenants at The Grove.

· You will develop live digital streaming and online programming to deliver Grove 365 agri-food educational content for The Grove’s digital resource/education hub which includes a number of online series that compliment WFA’s live agri-food education initiatives.

· Grove Live and Grove 365 content: Agri- Food Week (live/virtual), Dish on Food (live/virtual), School Tours (live/virtual), Urban Ag (virtual) , Farm Show Connect (virtual), Engage Poultry (virtual) and new digital content as requested to support the educational pillar of The Grove.

Agriculture/Community

· Relationship development and procurement initiatives with local farms and small producers to support on-site local food and beverage procurement.

· You will support the coordination and care of livestock for education and exhibition purposes

· You will be responsible for animal welfare and traceability protocols for the annual fair, school tours, Agri-Food Week, Growing Chefs partnership and more.

· Oversite and coordination of Urban Farm/Teaching Garden and its marketing, purchasing/procurement agreements & programming.

· Oversite and coordination of The Wormery, a social enterprise initiative of WFA and The Grove.

· Maintain logs, files and databases both computer based and print as required.

· Continue the development of innovative educational experiences for today’s consumer through Growing Chefs partnership.

· Liaises with other agricultural organizations and representatives on behalf of WFA and The Grove.

Other duties:

· Must comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Western Fair District Health & Safety Policy and Awareness Program/Safety Manual, all Western Fair District procedures and any other applicable legislation.

· Works closely with the Director of Agriculture, Grove Manager, Fair Manager, Agriplex Manager, Food and Beverage Manager

· Performs related duties as assigned.

· Weekend and evening work required from time to time. On-site for all owned and operated shows during set-up/show hours/take-down

Skills and Qualifications:

· University graduate in Agriculture or two year college diploma in related Agriculture program

· Comprehensive knowledge of the agriculture sector

· 3-4 years of work experience an asset

· Emotional Intelligence an asset. Customer Service and Relationship Building skills are a must to be successful in the role.

· Skilled in event operation.

· Sales experience would be an asset.

· Not afraid of hard work as the role is labour intensive at times when agricultural events are being developed and delivered.

· Excellent Time management, organization and communication skills

Deadline to apply is May 14, 2021

If you’re interested, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@westernfairdistrict.com