We Are Hiring: L.A. Harvest Coordinator

POSITION: Los Angeles Backyard Harvest Coordinator
ORGANIZATION: Food Forward (501c3 non-profit), www.foodforward.org

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: Food Forward’s mission is to rescue fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. This food helps feed Southern California’s most vulnerable: be they children, homeless individuals, veterans, those with HIV/AIDS, women, low-income families, immigrants, or beyond. We also aim to tap into an awareness and consciousness of sustainability and community building, and to become a bright voice on Southern California’s edible landscape around food security and food justice issues.

BACKYARD HARVEST PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Backyard Harvest Program started in 2009 in the San Fernando Valley when two volunteers harvested from a single tree and harvested over 800 pounds of tangerines. To date, we have donated over 21 million pounds to over 60 local receiving agencies in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties (with some additional work done in Santa Barbara, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties). The Backyard Harvest Program administers a volunteer-based, systematized collection of produce that would otherwise go to waste from backyard fruit trees. 100% of this fruit is donated to agencies serving those in need.

POSITION OVERVIEW: We are looking for a 30+ hr/week Los Angeles Program Coordinator to assist with the Backyard Harvest Program. This person will work directly with the Backyard Harvest Program Manager and the San Gabriel Valley Harvest Coordinator. This position provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the urban food justice community, while working for a prominent and growing nonprofit. Program Coordinator will work to improve outreach efficiency and deepen the program’s reach in the Los Angeles area. 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 1-2 program assistants and is the main point of contact for 40+ Super Volunteers.

● Communicating with 40+ Pick Leaders and homeowners to schedule and coordinate all logistics for 40+ 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, updating and improving a database of over 2000 properties and 2300 harvesting events (since 2009)
● Training, overseeing, and onboarding Super Volunteers: Pick Leaders and Property Scouts
● Tabling and presenting at community events, council meetings, universities, etc
● Frequent written and verbal communication with property owners and receiving agencies
● Writing up to date training manuals and workflows
● Creating a harvest calendar to include large picks, regular trainings, and volunteer appreciation events

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 an ideal candidate will support the growth of the program. The candidate should have a strong knowledge of local fruit tree varieties and fruit tree care. The candidate should be highly versed in Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley geography and reside in the Los Angeles area, ideally within close
proximity to our offices in North Hollywood.

Other qualifications include:
● Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (Environment Science, Urban Planning, Public Policy)
● Proven effective data management skills
● Strong Excel skills
● Strong people and public speaking skills
● Experience in event planning
● 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
● Comfortable lifting 40 – 60 pound boxes and harvest equipment
● Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed
● Comfort and skill being on ladders and in the trees
● Ability to drive large utility-style vans and trucks in compliance of traffic and safety laws
● A valid driver’s license
● Available to work weekends as needed

HOURS: 30 / Week
WAGE: $13 – $16 / Hour

How to Apply:
Applications are due by Tuesday, July 22, 2016. Send a cover letter that includes where you heard about this position, in the body of the email and attach your resume in a PDF version to info@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, LA BYH Program Coordinator – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to insure that we process your application.

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