We Are Hiring a Volunteer Coordinator!

POSITION: Volunteer Coordinator (Part-time position with the possibility to become full-time in 3 – 6 months)


The Volunteer Coordinator will report to the Volunteer Manager. This position provides an opportunity to become deeply involved with a diverse group of people in the urban food justice community, while working for a prominent and growing nonprofit. The Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring Food Forward’s 100 volunteer powered food recovery events each month are fully staffed, while handling volunteer inquiries, logistics, providing support and implementing methods of outreach. Start date of January 5, 2015


The ideal candidate will have an interest in hunger and food justice issues, along with an ability to work, lead and communicate with a large, diverse group of volunteers. We are looking for an extremely detail-oriented person who can handle a substantial amount of correspondence. He / she can work comfortably coordinating the volunteer needs of our 100 (and growing) volunteer events, of varying size, each month across Los Angeles and Ventura counties. This candidate is extremely personable and able to communicate and lead volunteers with various personalities and temperaments. The volunteer program is constantly changing to meet Food Forward’s growth in food recovery efforts so this person needs to be adaptable and creative about methods of volunteer outreach. The Volunteer Coordinator is the face of Food Forward at community events therefore being well-versed and well-spoken to attract new volunteers is key. A collaborative spirit, a willingness to attend regular outdoor volunteer events (sometimes on weekends) and a knowledge of LA geography are all essential!


  • Coordinating volunteers for 100 Backyard Harvest and Farmers Market Recovery Events each month

  • Acting as the main point of contact and support for volunteers

  • Maintaining, updating and tracking a database of 7000+ volunteers

  • Listing and managing upcoming volunteer events on VolunteerMatch, LA Works and community and university boards

  • Managing online volunteer registration

  • Collecting and maintaining accurate volunteer metrics

  • Researching groups and community events for volunteer outreach

  • Representing Food Forward at community and speaking events

  • Cultivating and fostering long lasting relationships with volunteers

  • Frequent written communication in emails, postings and documents


  • Bachelors Degrees (preferably in a related field)

  • Strong people skills and public speaking experience

  • Strong writing skills

  • Experience in working with volunteers

  • Experience in managing large numbers of people

  • A passion for food justice and community building

  • Skilled in networking and growing partnerships

  • Ability to communicate with various populations

  • A flexible team player who is able to work well under pressure and time constraints

  • Knowledge of Southern California Geography

  • Savvy in WordPress, social media, Vertical Response, Excel and Google Docs

  • PR experience a plus!

  • A valid drivers license

  • Willingness to work on weekends or after hours

  • Able to lift 40-60lbs

Hourly Wage: $15.00


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, Volunteer Coordinator – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application. Submissions are due by Monday, December 8, 2014.

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