Updated: Nov 8

Choices for Youth is a dynamic, progressive organization that empowers homeless and at-risk youth with innovative options and tools to move from street-life to more stable, healthy living situations.

Whether young people are completing energy-retrofits with Impact Construction, manufacturing Project Sucseed units at The Shop, or selling gently used clothing at Neighbourhood, they are each developing employable and transferable skills in a supportive workplace. These opportunities help at-risk youth and emerging adults take steps towards ending their need for income support.

At Choices for Youth, we are harnessing this work to drive economic development and improve social outcomes for youth across the province. Our work in this space extends beyond being practitioners and into building a vibrant network of experts in social innovation, labor market attachment, community development, and business success.

Choices for Youth is currently recruiting for one (1) Food Operations Lead who will work with our Employment, Education, and Social Enterprise team to support these efforts.

Reporting to the Manager of Education, Employment and Social Enterprise, the Food Operations Lead is responsible for leading the establishment and growth of food based social enterprise operations, supervising production staff, as well as all oversight for all internal food production and distribution within Choices for Youth.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Start and scale a food production business

  • Work to design business and its branding and creative elements

  • Create and navigate client relations

  • Sales and administration

  • Coordination of food product development

  • Coordination and oversight of food based product lines

  • Engage with youth and staff to establish CFY identified food product needs

  • Ensure all Service NL requirements are followed for food operations

  • Working with Supervisors and Employment Support Workers (ESW) to ensure monthly goal setting with Trainees is completed

  • Work collaboratively with ESW to ensure supportive work plans are implemented for all Trainees in participating in food production

  • Work collaboratively to evaluate effectiveness of supportive training plans and implement changes as necessary

  • Lead the development and execution of CFY owned food products

  • Ensure a positive customer experience is maintained

  • Educate, train, and work hands on with Trainees in alignment with the learning goals of Trainees and the requirements of the Social Enterprises

  • Empower Trainees to achieve their learning and employment goals

  • Assist the Manager of Education, Employment, and Social Enterprise in creating budgets for food based operations, both for the social enterprise and internal production

  • Develop a strong understanding of young people and the complex nature of supportive employment

  • Collaboratively create Trainee schedules with ESW and with the support and assistance of SE Supervisory staff

  • Participate in hiring, staff appraisals, and performance assessments for any reporting staff

  • Conducts Trainee interviews with assistance of ESW

  • Create a work environment that is consistent with the values of CFY

  • Attend department leadership meetings

  • Creation of reports related to performance of food operations

  • All other duties as assigned by Manager of Education, Employment, and Social Enterprise


  • At least 2 years of experience working in a food production role

  • Completion of a related College Diploma or University degree

  • Certifications/training/comprehensive knowledge related to food operations with emphasis on food safety, packaging and sanitation

Work Hours

The position will work 35 hours per week and flexibility in work hours may be required.


The yearly salary for this position is $45,281.00 to $50,323.00. Choices for Youth offers a competitive compensation package, including a health and dental program, employer-matched RRSP and four weeks’ vacation to qualifying employees.

How to Apply

Email your resume and cover letter with FOL1008 in the subject line to:

Lucas Geary, Senior Human Resources Specialist


Adam Hiscock, Manager of Education, Employment and Social Enterprise

Reference ID: FOL1008

Choices for Youth appreciates all applications; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

This competition will be open until October 22, 2020.

Equity in employment is essential to a just society. Choices for Youth enthusiastically welcomes applications from all qualified people, including racialized people, people of all sexual orientations, women and trans* people, Aboriginal and First People, those with disabilities, mental illness, and from all social strata.

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261 Duckworth Street

St. John's, NL A1C 1G9


P: 709.754.0446

F: 709.726.3125

Choices for Youth

Registered Charity

130889942 RR0001

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