Food Forward is Hiring a Backyard Harvest Coordinator!

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Program Coordinator will report to the Backyard Harvest Program Manager. This is an opportunity to become deeply involved in the urban food justice community, while working for a prominent and growing nonprofit. This person will work with property owners who have fruit to donate by gathering essential harvesting and logistical information for our database to organize and coordinate picks. Tasks will include communicating with property owners who have fruit trees, scheduling harvesting events, and coordinating event details for each harvest. The Program Coordinator will also play a key role in managing the 50+ Super Volunteers and be the main point of contact. This position is Full Time

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Managing & communicating with 40-50 Pick Leaders and homeowners to schedule and coordinate 50-60+ unique harvesting events every month
• Main point of contact for homeowners, receiving agencies, and Super Volunteers
• Maintaining relationships with 1000+ homeowners and with 150+ receiving agencies (food pantries or donation centers)
• Managing and improving a database of over 2000 properties and 1600 harvesting events (since 2009)
• Training, overseeing, and onboarding Super Volunteers: Pick Leaders and Property Scouts
• Frequent written and verbal communication with property owners and receiving agencies
• Updating our WordPress site and database

QUALIFICATIONS:

Ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger and food justice issues. We are looking for an extremely detail-oriented person who enjoys organizing and collecting data and information. He/she can work efficiently and comfortably on a website to manage large amounts of detailed information. The candidate should be personable and able to communicate with various personalities and temperaments. The Backyard Harvest Program is constantly evolving, and the ideal candidate will be able to adapt and support the continued growth of the program. The candidate must have a strong knowledge of local fruit tree varietals and fruit tree care. The candidate should be highly versed in Los Angeles and SFV geography.

Minimum requirements:
• Bachelors Degree in a related field (Environment Science, Urban Planning, Public Policy)
• Proven effective data management skills
• Strong people and public speaking skills
• Experience in event planning
• Ability to lift 40-60lb boxes repeatedly
• Ability to communicate with various temperaments and populations
• A flexible team player who is able to work well under pressure and time constraints
• Experience working in a fast paced environment- start up or non-profit desired
• Knowledge of locally grown tree varieties, including harvest seasons, tree size and shape, fruit qualities
• Strong knowledge of LA geography, neighborhoods, and streets
• Experience in food justice work desired
• Proactive and willingness to improve on program strategies, workflows, and documents
• Strong knowledge and comfort with WordPress, Facebook, and other Social Media
• A valid drivers license
• Willingness and available to work some weekends

Salary: DOE

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter in the body of the email and attach your resume in a PDF version to info@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, BYH Program Coordinator – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to insure that we process your application.

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