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POSITION: Senior Director of Operations

ORGANIZATION: Food Forward (501c3 non-profit), www.foodforward.org

ORGANIZATION and POSITION OVERVIEW:

Food Forward, an award-winning Los Angeles-based anti-hunger and food waste NPO has been growing exponentially since its inception 10 years ago. The executive director (ED) and board of directors are looking for a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, systems-thinking and process-minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading a high-functioning management team, and further developing a performance culture among a group of diverse and talented individuals. The Senior Director of Operations must be a leader who inspires others to deliver measurable and cost-effective results. She/He will have the skills, sensitivity, integrity, discipline, and confidence to tap into the power that each member of the Food Forward team brings to our mission and the fight for social justice. * See our core values below.

The Senior Director of Operations is a key member of the Executive Team and reports directly to the Executive Director.  Programmatically, the role works closely with and connects our four distinct program areas: Backyard/Public Space Harvesting, Farmers Market Recovery, Wholesale Recovery Program, and Produce Pick-Up. It is essential that the Senior Director of Operations bring experience implementing efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization and manage complex logistics. It is also critical that the Sr. Director works with the team to retain the creative spark that drives the Food Forward mission and culture. The Senior Director of Operations works to ensure alignment between the organization’s human capital, vision, mission, and organizational strategies.

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reporting directly to the Executive Director (ED) of Food Forward, the Senior Director of Operations will lead all internal day-to-day operations in the specific areas of Logistics, Human Resources, Finance & Information Technologies and will have the following responsibilities:

  • Serve as a transformational leader, and one of two key internal leaders of the organization, managing the organization’s managers and directors.
  • Provide vision, execute, and evaluate logistics/workflows for Food Forward programs; and identify the organization’s overall risk, gaps, and opportunities for improvement in its current form and as it scales.
  • Oversee Human Resources initiatives through organizational change, while staying true to mission, culture, and values of Food Forward.

 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:  

 

Site Development:

  • Oversee staff responsible for the maintenance of 3 Food Forward facilities (North Hollywood, Ventura and its 6,000 square foot cross-docking Produce Pit Stop Warehouse [depot]), including a growing fleet of 9 commercial vehicles which are responsible for the transportation of 25 million+ pounds of produce to 8 SoCAL counties annually.
  • Negotiate all organizational vendor contracts and oversee organizational MOU’s.

 

Programs:

  • Logistics oversight, innovation, compliance and implementation
  • Manage the programs toward increased KPIs and assess tools for gathering and analyzing organizational-wide metrics.
  • Lead staff on regular strategic and tactical planning initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain safety protocols, policies and implementation organization wide.

 

Human Resources:

  • Supervision of day-to-day personnel matters.
  • Instill a human capital development and “coaching” culture within Food Forward
  • Develop curriculum and cross-training tools to strengthen staff. Cultivate the values of Food Forward within the organization.

 

Technology:

  • Analyze the organization’s current technology infrastructure and direct staff towards the next level of Information Technologies (IT) and financial systems that support the growth of specific programs and the organization overall.
  • Keep Food Forward ahead of IT trends in the food recovery and volunteer management space.
  • Supervise all organizational software, hardware and other IT needs as they relate to logistics, programmatic work, data collection/analysis, data security, backup, and volunteer and donor privacy.

 

Compliance & Budgeting:

  • Supervise and ensure compliance with all insurances; and local, state and federal regulations.
  • Budgeting: Lead the senior management team in annual budgeting process, and budget tracking to quarterly and annual goals.
  • Assist with the selection of an accounting system that provides quick access to financial information, timely and accurate compliance and enables strategic budgeting, and ease of reporting for annual 990 filings and financial audits.
  • Supervise finance staff regarding the review of monthly and quarterly expenditures and expense reports.
  • Oversee all key relationships with financial institutions, insurance carriers, workers comp (including employee classifications), state and local licenses, etc.
  • Work with staff and outside legal counsel, as necessary, on the development of organizational agreements, such as: MOU’s, NDAs, waivers and partner engagement agreements.

 

KEY QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A personal passion around food security/anti-hunger and food waste issues.
  • At least 5 years of experience in operations management and/or executive level of expertise in a non-profit organization of a size of 20 staff or greater. (Food Forward is an organization driven by the values of its people, so experience in managing a “values-driven” organization will be highly prioritized.)
  • Direct experience in managing complex logistics and related management systems.

 

Additional requirements include:

  • Results-proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation.
  • A demonstrable high level of business acumen, including successful P&L management.  The ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget.
  • Real-time and deeply-focused problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness expertise.
  • A history of proving strategic vision and agile ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan.
  • Capacity Building—ability to scale up while effectively building organization and staff capacity, developing a top-notch workforce and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly.
  • Self-Motivated and Self-Directed—enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react, as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can take unpopular stands, when necessary.
  • General Management—thorough understanding of financial reporting, IT and Human Resources; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis & information systems
  • A comprehensive high-level understanding of an array of logistics software/IT work flows, plus specific IT platforms, such as Ruby on Rails, PHP and Wordpress is essential.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Valid California Driver’s License in good standing
  • Ability to work some weekends and occasionally travel throughout the SoCAL region, and beyond
  • Solid educational background—undergraduate degree required; MBA or similar advanced degree highly desired

 

COMPENSATION:

  • Salary Range: $85K to $105K
  • We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with an accomplished track record. Food Forward is prepared to offer a very attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary, as well as a robust benefits package.

 

Sample Benefits currently include:

  • 100% paid Medical and Vision
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • PTO, additional sick days
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Regular telecommuting and work flexibility

 

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter in the body of the email, including (a) where you discovered this listing, (b) describe which variety of surplus produce you would be and why, and (c) attach your resume in a PDF version to career@foodforward.org.

The subject line should read, Senior Director of Operations –(Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application in an efficient and timely manner.

Food Forward strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply.

 

Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.

career@foodforward.org


POSITION: Weekend Field Support/Driver (Independent Contractor Position, 4-15 hrs/week, approx. 2-8 days/month)

ORGANIZATION: Food Forward (501c3 nonprofit)

Organizational Overview: Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are rescued from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last 10 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 80 million pounds (more than 320 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing over 20,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of 7,000+ volunteers, we will help over 2 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year.

*See our core values posted below.

 

The Programs:

The Farmers Market Recovery Program (FMR) is an innovative program that gleans the unsold produce from farmers markets and distributes it to local hunger relief agencies and food pantries. The program perfectly aligns with Food Forward’s mission, as it addresses food access equality by redirecting the abundance of fresh, healthy produce from farmers markets to the people who need it the most. Since 2012, the FMR program has recovered over 3.2 million pounds of produce at weekly volunteer events at 25 markets across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

The Backyard Harvest Program (BYH) started in 2009 in the San Fernando Valley when two volunteers harvested from a single tree and harvested over 800 pounds of tangerines and has since blossomed into the volunteer-powered collection of produce that would otherwise go to waste from residential trees and private and publicly owned orchards. To date, the BYH program has harvested and donated over 3 million pounds of produce in Ventura and Los Angeles County (with some additional work done in Santa Barbara, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties). 100% of this fruit is donated to local agencies serving those in need.

 

Position Overview:

The Weekend Field Support/Driver will report to the FMR Manager and BYH Manager and serve two main roles:

(1) transport materials and equipment between the office, markets, harvests, and agencies using Food Forward’s vehicles (a utility van, a small Transit, and a large truck with bed) and;

(2) act as support staff to the volunteers when out in the field. At all times, the Weekend Field Support/Driver will be representing Food Forward as a community ambassador.

The Sunday market responsibilities include re-stocking the FMR supply kits at farmers markets across west and central Los Angeles, checking in with Glean Team Leaders (volunteers) and assessing their needs, filling in as a Glean Team Leader or assisting with gleans when needed, and occasionally driving boxes from farmers markets to receiving agencies.

The weekend BYH program responsibilities (needed only during the months of January-June), include equipment drop-off and pick-up, fruit collection and delivery to local agencies, and assisting with harvesting and leading harvests when needed.

The Weekend Field Support/Driver should be able to lead volunteers at any market or harvest in emergencies.

The Weekend Field Support/Driver is expected to provide great customer service, keep in contact with the FMR and BYH Managers, and provide weekly email recaps of the weekend’s events.

 

Hours

All FMR work is on Sundays (6-8 hours). Time commitment would be at least two Sundays per month. Additional hours would be available, depending on need. The schedule will be coordinated with the FMR Manager one to two months in advance.

All BYH work is on Saturday or Sunday mornings (5-7 hours) during the months of January- June. Time commitment would be at most two Saturdays or Sundays per month. Additional hours may be available, depending on need. The schedule will be coordinated with the BYH Manager at least two weeks in advance.

The Weekend Field Support/Driver would be using Food Forward vehicles and does not need to provide a delivery vehicle. However, reliable transport to and from the office is required.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Valid Class C Driver’s license
  • Ability to drive large utility-style vans and trucks in compliance of traffic and safety laws
  • Clean driving record
  • Ability to lift and move boxes of produce weighing up to 45 lbs from ground to vehicles
  • Ability to load picking equipment such as 8-foot ladders, picker poles, and handcarts/dollies for harvests up to 50 people
  • Availability Saturday & Sunday

 

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Extremely organized and efficient with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written (email) communication
  • Comfortable with using a computer and basic computer programs
  • Team player
  • Good geographical knowledge of Greater Los Angeles
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to make and act on decisions quickly
  • Excited to represent Food Forward when visiting markets and agencies and act as a community ambassador

 

How to Apply: Send a cover letter in the body of an email to career@foodforward.org with your resume attached as a PDF. In your cover letter, be sure to include (1) where you discovered this listing and (2) an answer to the following question: if you were a variety of produce, which variety of produce would you be and why?

The subject line of your email should read, Food Forward Weekend Support Driver – (Your Name). No phone calls.

Please follow these instructions to ensure we process your application.

 

Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.

career@foodforward.org


Organization: Food Forward, Inc - a 501 (c)(3) non-profit

Position: Facilities Coordinator

Location: North Hollywood, CA and in the field as needed

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Our produce is predominantly recovered in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties but reaches those in need in eight Southern California counties via distribution by hundreds of hunger relief agencies across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, domestic violence shelters, street youth homes, veteran services, LGBT teen/adult/senior services, after-school programs, the mentally disabled, low-income college programs, and many more. With the volunteer-power of over 10,000 registered volunteers and a modest staff, we will help feed over 2 million Southern Californians in need this year alone. *See our core values posted below.

 

Job description:

The Facilities Coordinator reports directly to the Finance and HR Director while coordinating aspects of day to day operations with each department. This person must be a team player, able to prioritize between multiple responsibilities and competing deadlines, and be open to learning a large variety of tasks. The individual will support a growing staff of 30+ with computer equipment and IT systems. 

Food Forward has three facilities: our North Hollywood headquarters, Ventura branch office, and the Produce Pit Stop in the city of Bell.  The Facilities Coordinator’s core responsibility is warehouse management and office maintenance in our North Hollywood location while providing support for Ventura and Bell facilities as needed. 

Safety is paramount at Food Forward. The Facilities Coordinator is responsible for the safety of our staff and associates. This includes maintaining our fleet of nine vehicles, repairing equipment, and implementing the Emergency Action Plan. 

As the organization grows and changes, so too does this position. Ideal candidates need to be both passionate about food justice and comfortable with growth. The Facilities Coordinator works to support Food Forward as it continues its fight for food justice.

 

Core Responsibilities:

 

Warehouse Management and Maintenance

  • Coordinate delivery schedules of equipment across all three locations
  • Equipment maintenance, inventory control, usage tracking and scheduling
  • Clean and organize warehouse space and maintain a safe work environment

 

Office Management and Maintenance

Tech Support:

  • Day to day Computer/IT operations
  • Tech support for conferencing and meeting setup
  • Cybersecurity and data management
  • System operations – Phones, Wifi, Printers, etc

 

Procurement and Inventory management:

  • Office supply and equipment purchasing
  • Manage budget and ensure cost effectiveness
  • Manage vendor accounts and track order history 
  • Inventory control

 

General Office Management

  • Clean and organize office space and storage room
  • Repairing office equipment to ensure safety
  • Responsible for the annual office expense budget
  • Manage and maintain general office accounts
  • Tutorial creation and parking schedule tracker
  • Update and implement Emergency Action Plan
  • Oversee construction and renovation projects
  • Coordinate various pick-up and deliveries
  • Support volunteer and development events
  • Ad Hoc research
  • General office support

 

Fleet Management

  • Support program staff on weekly vehicle inspections
  • Work with mechanics on routine vehicle checkup and repairs
  • Responsible for the cleanliness and safety of the fleet
  • Track and maintain vehicle mileage and maintenance logs
  • Coordinate vehicle schedules
  • Routine update of driver’s manual
  • Keep insurance and registration up to date across the fleet 

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks
  • Extremely organized and efficient with excellent attention to detail 
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills
  • Able to lift 30-60lb objects/boxes on a regular basis 
  • Self-starting/Proactive team player with a can-do attitude
  • Excellent problem solver and ability to keep office equipment maintained.
  • IT/Tech savvy
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills plus Google Docs and Sheets required. 
  • Research and analyze various food justice, programmatic and logistic related topics
  • Valid California driver’s license

 

Start Date: October 1, 2019

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours a week with occasional evening and weekend hours

Compensation: $15 - $18/hr

Sample Benefits currently include:

  • 100% Medical and Vision
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous PTO and paid holiday package, with additional sick days
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and work flexibility

 

How to Apply: Send a cover letter in the body of an email including where did you discover this listing and if you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be and why

Attach your resume as a PDF and send it to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, Facilities Coordinator – (Your Name).

No phone calls or in-person visits. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply.

 

Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.

career@foodforward.org


Internships

COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, with 10-20 hrs/week out of our North Hollywood office and at various Farmers Markets across Los Angeles County. Weekend availability required.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship position. Students please inquire about credit based internship opportunities. Non-commuter miles may be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

POSITION OVERVIEW: Our Farmers Market Recovery Program runs recovery “gleans” to collect produce at 19 (and counting) farmers markets across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties every week. We are looking for a student intern who can help our Program Staff coordinate our growing program and ensure that all of our market gleans run smoothly. This position will involve a great deal of work in the field at various markets (including weekend hours) across Los Angeles County, and will focus on training and leading volunteer teams as well as building program capacity at multiple locations. You will work directly with our Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.

What you will learn:

  • Community organizing and outreach methods in cities and neighborhoods
  • Volunteer engagement, leadership, and management
  • Public speaking, writing, and other communication skills
  • Training methods for volunteers and volunteer leaders
  • The in’s and out’s of working at a growing non-profit
  • How an organization expands to new geographic locations
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Coordinate and lead volunteer teams at Farmers Markets across Los Angeles County
  • Recruit and bring on new volunteer leaders at Farmers Markets (may include organizing and leading a training session for new volunteer leaders)
  • Further volunteer engagement through education and appreciation
  • Assist with data compilation and analysis for the Farmers Market Recovery program

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger and food justice issues. We are looking for a people-person with fantastic communication skills, and who is comfortable working with people from different backgrounds and of different temperaments. They should have familiarity with the different neighborhoods and cities in LA County, personal experience with farmers markets and/or food recovery work, and an interest in working with a diverse range of community partners.

Other qualifications include:

  • Completed or pursuing a degree in a related field
  • Ability to take initiative on projects
  • A supportive co-worker who is able to work well individually or collaboratively
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable with lifting 40 pound boxes of fruit/vegetables
  • Valid driver's license and access to a vehicle
  • Access to a laptop computer
  • Willingness and availability to work weekends

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume and write a cover letter in the body of an email explaining your interest in the position. Email volunteer@foodforward.org with the subject line reading, “FMR Program Assistant- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, with 10-20 hrs/week out of our North Hollywood office and at various offsite locations throughout Los Angeles County.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship position. We will work with students to arrange to receive credit from their school. Non-commuter miles may be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: Food Forward rescues 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 anyone who does not have access to a sufficient quantity of food. 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.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Backyard Harvest Program  hosts 30-70 volunteer-led events each month to harvest and donate surplus produce across Los Angeles County and into the Inland Valley. We are looking for an intern who can help the Backyard Harvest staff  coordinate our growing program and ensure that all of our events run smoothly. This position will involve a mixture of work in the office and in the field at locations across Los Angeles County, and will focus on volunteer engagement and training, homeowner correspondence and recruitment, and regional expansion strategy and implementation. You will work directly with our Backyard Harvest Coordinators.

What you will learn:

  • Community organizing and outreach methods in cities and neighborhoods
  • Strategic partnership management and outreach
  • Public speaking, writing, and other communication skills
  • Training methods for volunteers and volunteer leaders
  • The in’s and out’s of working at a growing non-profit
  • How an organization expands to new geographic locations
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Regularly lead harvest events throughout LA County
  • Recruit and train new volunteer leads
  • Manage communication with the fruit donors, i.e. homeowners with fruit trees
  • Deepen organizational relationships with local hunger relief agencies
  • Complete an independent summary report at the end of the internship term

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for an outgoing, detail-oriented person who enjoys communicating with people and engaging them in our mission.  They should be comfortable with public speaking in person and on the phone, have good writing skills, and be able to work with various personalities and temperaments. Lastly, they should be interested in learning more about working in the non-profit, community organizing, or volunteer fields.

Other qualifications include:

  • Valid driver's license and consistent access to a vehicle capable of transporting harvest equipment (fruit pickers & boxes)
  • Ability to take initiative on projects
  • A supportive co-worker who is able to work well individually or collaboratively
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable with lifting 40 pound boxes of fruit
  • Access to a laptop computer
  • Willingness and availability to work weekends

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume and write a cover letter in the body of an email explaining your interest in the position. Email harvest@foodforward.org with the subject line reading, “BYH Program Assistant- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




ORGANIZATION: Food Forward (501c3 non-profit), foodforward.org

COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, 8-10 hours a week based out of our North Hollywood office with visits to volunteer events and partner agencies

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship position. We will work with students to arrange to receive credit from their school. Non-commuter miles may be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

 

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are rescued from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last ten years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 80 million pounds (more than 320 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing nearly 27,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of thousands of volunteers, we will help over 2 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW: Food Forward is a community-powered organization that engages hundreds of volunteers, donors, and supporters through mass communications each month. We are looking for a proactive, creative person to assist with communications needs for the organization, with an emphasis on storytelling. The ideal candidate should be passionate about Food Forward’s mission, and interested in sharing stories of those involved in our work in a compelling, humanistic way with the ultimate goal of connecting the public to our mission.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get hands-on experience with the communications strategy for a growing and dynamic non-profit. This person will report to the Outreach & Communications Director.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Writing for correspondence, mass emails, blog posts and online media
  • How to create compelling and inspirational stories for a cause
  • Best practices in non-profit, mission-based communications
  • Communication, public speaking, and outreach skills
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California
  • The ins and outs of working at a growing non-profit organization

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend Food Forward volunteer events, partnership events, and hunger relief agency sites to capture photos, videos, and stories
  • Engage with and grow Food Forward’s followers across social media platforms
  • Write and create content for Food Forward’s blog, social media, and newsletters
  • Compile a story archive for future fundraising and outreach campaigns
  • Contribute to a Food Forward Brand & Style Guide
  • Help to draft various monthly e-newsletters and manage subscribers
  • Update and maintain Food Forward’s online photo archive
  • Help to draft press releases, organize press contacts, and pitch stories to media
  • Brainstorm ideas to strengthen relationships with supporters through communication, education, and media

 

GOALS:

  • Engage with and highlight Food Forward’s various stakeholders with the goal of inspiring new supporters
  • Raise awareness of Food Forward’s work to address food insecurity and food waste across Southern California
  • Create an archive of Food Forward stories that can be added to and used for communications needs
  • Contribute compelling content to Food Forward’s blog, social media, and newsletters
  • Craft unique storytelling methods for Food Forward via writing, video, and/or photos
  • Strengthen relationship with volunteers through communication, education, and media

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for a creative and detail-oriented person who is proactive and able to think outside of the box. They should be comfortable collaborating with various individuals, while also being able to work independently to complete projects in a timely manner. Lastly, they should be interested in learning more about working in the non-profit, marketing, or communications fields.

 

Other qualifications include:

  • Pursuing a degree in a related field (marketing, communications, journalism, or public relations)
  • Strong writing skills. Journalism experience preferred
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications is a plus 
  • Experience in shooting and editing video and photos is a plus
  • Valid driver's license
  • Access to a laptop computer is a plus
  • Willingness and availability to work some weekends
  • Ability to travel to Food Forward’s office in North Hollywood and offsite events

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume as a PDF and write a cover letter in the body of an email explaining 1) your interest in the position and 2) if you were a variety of produce, which variety would you be and why? Email media@foodforward.org with the subject line reading "Communications Intern - (YOUR NAME HERE)"


media@foodforward.org