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Food Forward works to fight hunger and food waste in Southern California, and we’d love to have you join us. Please view our open positions and internships below.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities. 


Careers

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

Position: WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Dispatch Coordinator

Location: City of Bell, CA

 

Organizational 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 collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to low-income populations across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, food banks, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, after-school programs, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, programs serving people with disabilities, college student assistance programs, and many more. Thousands of dedicated volunteers in collaboration with our staff will help feed over two million people across eight Southern California counties this year alone. *See our core values posted below.

 

 

Position Overview:

Food Forward is seeking an organized and detail-oriented WRP Dispatch Coordinator to join our team. The WRP Dispatch Coordinator will report to the WRP Manager and will be primarily responsible for the logistical coordination of Food Forward’s fleet in the procurement and distribution of fresh produce throughout Southern California and beyond.  The WRP Dispatch Coordinator will achieve this by gaining an intimate working knowledge of Food Forward’s various produce donors and recipient agencies, while providing excellent customer service to both through the use of emails, phone, and direct person to person communication.  The WRP Dispatch Coordinator will be an excellent team player supporting and working with drivers, warehouse staff as well as other Food Forward employees or stakeholders.  This position will be based out of City of Bell, Food Forward’s Produce Pit Stop, the warehousing space for the Wholesale Recovery Program.

The ideal candidate is passionate about improving food systems and eradicating hunger in a fast-paced environment and is a skilled multi-tasker and communicator. They will need to be able to think critically and demonstrate strong decision-making and time management skills as well as have a strong working knowledge of the produce industry and general growing seasons.

 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating the logistics of donor and receiving agency pick-ups and deliveries
  • Process orders in Food Forward’s Inventory management system, maintaining accurate records
  • Assist FIFO process
  • Daily Physical inventory reconciliation
  • Filing & Uploading paper agency receipts
  • Decipher quality and perishability of 100’s of varieties of produce.
  • Ensure proper food handling and safety protocols are followed by staff members
  • Greet and direct donors and receiving agencies upon arrival at the Pit Stop
  • Assist warehouse staff as needed during busy windows of operation in moving produce in and out of the warehouse or refrigerator and trucks
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

  • + 3 years with dispatch or similar work experience
  • + 5 years produce industry experience.
  • Ability to operate heavy equipment (electric pallet jacks and forklift)
  • High School Diploma/GED or equivalent work experience.
  • Computer literate and proficiency
  • Must be willing to work flexible schedule and early hours.

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to repeatedly lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed.
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors.

 

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt position

Compensation: $16 - $18.25 per hour

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

 

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why? The subject line should read, XXX – (Your Name).

No phone calls, please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

 

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

 

*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

career@foodforward.org


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

Position: WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Truck Driver

Location: City of Bell, CA

 

Organizational 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 collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to low-income populations across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, food banks, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, after-school programs, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, programs serving people with disabilities, college student assistance programs, and many more. Thousands of dedicated volunteers in collaboration with our staff will help feed over two million people across eight Southern California counties this year alone. *See our core values posted below.

 

Position Overview:

Food Forward is seeking an organized, energetic, and detail-oriented WRP Truck Driver to join our team. The WRP Truck Driver will report to the WRP Manager. The Driver will be responsible for early-morning produce pick-ups from donors at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal and surrounding areas, delivery of donations to receiving agencies, and accurately entering incoming donations into Food Forward’s inventory management system our inventory.  The Driver is expected to provide great customer service, keep in constant contact with the dispatch team, and enter invoices daily. The schedule will be 5 days a week, from as early as 4am to about 2:30pm depending on program needs.

The ideal candidate is passionate about improving food systems and eradicating hunger in a fast-paced environment and is a skilled driver and communicator. They will need to be able to think critically and demonstrate strong decision-making and time management skills as well as have a strong working knowledge of the produce industry and general growing seasons.

 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Complete daily routes in a safe and time efficient manner, taking direction from dispatch team
  • Decipher quality and perishability of 100’s of varieties of produce
  • Load and Unload produce donations
  • Process orders in Food Forward’s Inventory management system, maintaining accurate records
  • Ensure proper food handling and safety protocols are followed by staff members
  • Assist warehouse staff as needed during busy windows of operation in moving produce in and out of the warehouse or refrigerator
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Produce handling experience 5+years
  • Current experience driving 24 – 26ft box truck in compliance of traffic and safety laws
  • Valid Class B driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Bilingual, Spanish and English
  • Good geographical knowledge of Greater Los Angeles
  • Ability to operate heavy equipment such as: Pallet Jack and Electric Pallet Jack
  • Must be willing to work flexible schedule and early hours.

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to repeatedly lift and carry materials weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed.
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors.

 

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt position

Compensation: $17 - $20 per hour

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

 

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why? The subject line should read, XXX – (Your Name).

No phone calls, please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

 

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

 

*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

career@foodforward.org


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

Position: Communications Manager

Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is currently remote due to COVID-19)

 

Organizational 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 collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to low-income populations across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, food banks, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, after-school programs, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, programs serving people with disabilities, college student assistance programs, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, thousands of dedicated volunteers in collaboration with our staff have rescued over 100 million pounds of fruits and vegetables, helping to feed over two million people across eight Southern California counties this year alone. *See our core values posted below.

 

Position Overview: The Communications Manager will report to the Executive Director, and will strategize, create, and implement campaigns for all mission-driven work at Food Forward, including special events, fundraising, and general brand awareness. This person is responsible for shepherding Food Forward’s compelling voice through all media platforms, including digital and social media, public relations, visual communications and branding, and fundraising campaigns. They possess a talent for inspiring staff, organizational leadership, and a large, diverse community of supporters to grow Food Forward’s reputation as a leading expert in food recovery.

This person must be highly organized, extremely proactive, and creative with the ability to think outside-of-the-box, prioritize projects, and meet deadlines. They must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and bilingual in English/Spanish is highly desired. The ideal candidate should have knowledge of and relationships with national, local, mainstream, and multilingual outlets. Experience in writing op-eds or communications to elected officials is a plus. This person is an effective storyteller for Food Forward who can champion the organization’s impact on food equity and environmental sustainability. They are passionate about food and social justice issues, and must be well-versed in inclusive and empowering communications.

 

Core Responsibilities:

 

Digital Media

Social Media

  • Create and lead social media strategies on existing platforms and identify opportunities to remain current with trends and best practices
  • Work with the Outreach & Communications Coordinator to create content for a compelling content calendar and campaigns
  • Manage social media ad campaigns and digital fundraising strategies, including retargeting campaigns
  • Analyze and track social media metrics to grow Food Forward’s audience and measure campaign goals, and adjust strategies based on outcomes

 

Website

  • Oversee the creation of content including updates and blogs for Food Forward’s website
  • Manage Food Forward’s web developer on all website updates
  • Work with Food Forward’s Technology & Engagement Manager to utilize assessment tools such as Google Analytics to analyze website performance, identify improvements in user experience, and grow users to the site

 

Email Marketing

  • Oversee and review the creation and schedule of all email campaigns, including a bi-weekly newsletter and other regular newsletters, that are sent to an audience of approximately 10K contacts
  • Analyze and track email metrics to adjust strategies and increase engagement and fundraising
  • Collaborate with other departments to grow the mailing list

 

Public Relations

  • Create and maintain a publicity plan to increase the presence of Food Forward in all media outlets (TV, digital, print) by strategically developing and pitching stories about the organization and campaigns
  • Write and disseminate all press releases, media alerts, and informational documents to targeted audiences with the aim to have Bilingual (English/Spanish) materials available
  • Serve as the main point of contact for all media requests
  • Identify and provide training for staff participation in media and presentations
  • Track media coverage, and build and maintain relationships with media contacts across Southern California; with an eye dedicated towards expanding relationships with national media
  • Represent and speak on behalf of Food Forward at presentations, conferences, and events

 

Visual Communications and Branding

  • Further develop brand identity as the organization and its programs evolve, while maintaining brand consistency across all platforms and materials
  • Review and approve requests for logo, branding, and language usage by partners
  • Proofread all external materials written about and on behalf of Food Forward
  • Oversee the creation of collateral for organization, fundraising, events, and campaigns
  • Oversee the creation of the annual report, flyers, banners, posters, infographics, and other marketing materials
  • Oversee the maintenance of Food Forward’s photo and video library
  • Liaise with outside consultants or contractors on projects

 

Development

  • Strategize and collaborate with Food Forward’s Development team on all fundraising campaigns, special events, and partnership opportunities to meet goals
  • Generate content and engagement across all digital media platforms that inspires users to donate and/or fundraise
  • Identify and cultivate external speaking opportunities for the organization’s Executive Director

 

Management

  • Manage the Outreach & Communications Coordinator
  • Create and manage the annual communications budget

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5+ years experience relevant professional experience in public relations, digital marketing, media and/or community outreach. Nonprofit experience is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications
  • Advanced skills in Canva, Adobe Creative Cloud, or other graphic design and photo and video editing tools
  • 3+ years of experience writing, pitching, and coordinating press and media stories
  • 3+ years of Google Analytics and social media management and analytics tools (Later, etc)
  • 3+ years CMS platforms and basic HTML (WordPress, etc)
  • 3+ years of utilizing marketing platforms (MailChimp, etc)

 

Application Deadline: October 31, 2020 or until filled

Desired Start Date: November 16, 2020

Salary: $58,240 - $62,680.80

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

 

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org.  In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

The subject line should read, Communications Manager – (Your Name). No phone calls, please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application

 

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

 

*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: Director of Finance and Accounting

Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is currently remote due to COVID-19)

 

Organizational Overview:

Food Forward fights hunger & 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 collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to low-income populations across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, food banks, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, after-school programs, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, programs serving people with disabilities, college student assistance programs, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, thousands of dedicated volunteers in collaboration with our staff have rescued over 100 million pounds of fruits & vegetables, helping to feed over two million people across eight Southern California counties this year alone.

 

Position Overview: As a key member of the Management team, the Director of Finance and Accounting will report to the Sr. Director of Operations and assume a strategic role in the overall management of the organization. The Director of Finance and Accounting will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities for the organization. This will include direct responsibility for (i) accounting, (ii) financial reporting, (iii) finance, (iv) forecasting and budgeting, (v) strategic planning, (vi) audit and compliance, and (vii) maintaining close relationships with financial institutions which support the organization.

This person must be highly organized, extremely proactive, and creative with the ability to think outside-of-the-box, prioritize projects, and meet deadlines. The ideal candidate must have excellent written and verbal communications skills (particularly with financial and accounting matters), extensive financial planning and strategy planning experience with a $5M+ operating budget, and experience working with and presenting to a Board of Directors. This person is an effective storyteller for Food Forward who can make the connection between the organization’s impact on food equity and its financial strategy.

 

Core Areas of Responsibilities:

 

Business Leadership: Serve as a Business Partner to the Leadership Team and assist to drive strategic planning and achievement of company objectives.

  • Monitors financial performance by measuring and analyzing results, initiating corrective actions, and minimizing the impact of variances.
  • Reports financial status by developing forecasts, reporting results, analyzing variances and developing improvements.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare & present exec reports to critical stakeholder groups.

 

Controllership: Ensure the timely and accurate reporting of Food Forward’s financial information through leadership of all controllership activities, including revenue recognition, expense management, transactional processing, account reconciliations and analysis, and regular financial reporting.

  • Oversees the general accounting function, which includes cash management/reconciliation, financial reporting, cash flow analysis and balance sheet management.
  • Accountable for ensuring that policies and procedures (internal controls) are in place to provide reasonable assurance that the organization’s assets are protected.
  • Ensures that organization’s financial records, are maintained in compliance with company policies and US GAAP. Responsible for reviewing monthly/quarterly account reconciliations and other documents to ensure this compliance.
  • Supervises the completion of Federal and State tax reporting requirements, insurance reports and other reports required by government regulation.
  • Coordinates and manages work relating to both internal and external audits in the periodic review of the organization’s financial records. Is further responsible for the implementation of agreed upon recommendations, related to areas of responsibility, resulting from the audit findings.

 

Financial Planning & Analysis: Assisting the organization to develop, manage, and analyze short- and long-term budgets and all related and supporting financial projections. Provide monthly, quarterly, and annual budget to actual analysis to inform management decision making.

  • Ability to create ad hoc analysis by leveraging data from multiple sources to inform decision making
  • Knowledge of industry standard business intelligence tools preferred
  • Strong Excel financial modeling skills

 

Cash Management and Risk Mitigation: Develop and maintain cash management and cash forecasting tools to inform business decisions and ensure appropriate liquidity. Work with the leadership team to determine and implement risk mitigation strategies as necessary (e.g., credit facilities).

  • Ensures that the organization’s funds are properly invested for maximum return based upon the Board of Director’s guidance for risk.

 

Qualifications & Desired Skills:

  • Thorough accounting and bookkeeping skills
  • Financial planning and strategy
  • Costs management and controls
  • Strategic planning and vision
  • Promotion of process improvement/Change Management
  • Forecasting
  • Non-profit finance experience
  • Budget development
  • Audit management

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • MBA or bachelor’s degree in business, finance, accounting, or equivalent experience
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification a plus
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in accounting and financial management practices
  • Experience in a senior management position
  • Proficiency with accounting software (specifically, QuickBooks) and Excel spreadsheets
  • Solid GAAP and financial reporting technical skills.

 

Application Deadline: October 31, 2020 or until filled

Desired Start Date: November 16, 2020

Salary: $75,000 to $95,000

 

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA, with 3% employer matching (after one full-year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

 

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org.  In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

The subject line should read, Director of Finance and Accounting – (Your Name). No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we efficiently process your application.

 

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabilities and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

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