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Food Forward is working to fight hunger and food waste in Southern California, and we’d love to have you join us.

Careers

Food Forward is currently seeking applications from people who are passionate about fighting hunger and food waste, and interested in working with Southern California’s premier gleaning nonprofit organization. Click on the links below to read the full career descriptions and to apply.

Internships

We are seeking student interns for this coming summer! Interns will be placed with members of our Program Staff and will work directly helping us to harvest food, fight hunger, and build community. Internship positions require 10 – 20 hours / week out of our North Hollywood or Ventura branch offices and in the field. Internship positions are unpaid, but students may arrange to receive credit from their college or university. Email volunteer@foodforward.org for more information.


Careers

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

Position: Wholesale Recovery Program Dispatcher / Admin Assistant

Hours: Part-time

Organizational 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, and 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.

Position Description: This position works under the daily direct supervision of the Wholesale Recovery Program Manager, and supports all the operations/customer service/accounting tasks. A drive for accuracy and efficiency is key to success in this position, as is a willingness to assist in all areas of the program. The position will be responsible for the accurate and timely entry of donor and receiving agency donation receipts. This position acts as a liaison between the program and approved and delegated donors, receiving agencies, drivers and others, as needed. This role is a logistics /dispatch position. The ideal candidate has 3+ years experience in a similar role, excellent written and verbal communications skills, is passionate about details, eradicating hunger, customer service, and improving food systems. He/she will need to be able multi-task, work in a fast paced environment and adapt quickly to changes.

Responsibilities include:

• Customer Service / Operations and Logistics Support -- interface with delegated donors, receiving agencies and team members.
• Data entry and analysis, accounting tasks.
• Excellent Logistics and Dispatch team support.
• Office organization (program materials, filing, receipts,etc.)
• Social media marketing support
• Update program materials as needed.

Requirements:

• Bilingual English Spanish Proficiency
• Strong math skills
• Work efficiently as a team member
• Professional phone etiquette with a focus on solving problems and listening to others.
• Attention to detail, highly organized, effective time management
• Must be eligible to work in the US
• High competency in Excel, Word, and Google Docs
• Typing skills

Hours:

• 20 - 25 Hours per week
• Early Morning Hours- Afternoon Hours( Range will be:  4am to 2pm)

Compensation: $ 13 - $18

How to Apply:

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




Organization: Food Forward, Inc - a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, www.foodforward.org

Position: Part-Time Development Administrative Assistant

Hours: 20 hours a week

Location:North Hollywood, CA

Organizational 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. Our donated produce will reach those in need 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 7,000 registered volunteers and a small staff, we will help feed over 1.25 million Southern Californians in need with healthy, nutritious, otherwise wasted produce this year. 

Position Description: The Administrative Assistant will report to the Director of Development. S/he will provide support in all areas of fundraising: individuals, foundations, events, etc. One of the primary focuses of this position is to manage and maintain the fundraising database (Salesforce). This includes keeping contact information current, entering key information relating to grants, gift processing, and acknowledgement. S/he also will help generate income reports, compile data, and research new donor and foundation prospects.

The ideal candidate is passionate about hunger/food justice issues. S/he must be a self-starter who has an acute interest in learning non-profit fundraising. The candidate must possess exceptional organizational, communication, written, and critical thinking skills. These, along with ambition and a willingness to learn, are non-negotiable traits. Food Forward has been rapidly expanding since inception, and this new position has great potential for growth!

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Keen passion for food justice is desired
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Aptitude and affinity for organizing large amounts of electronic data
  • Exercises good judgment in handling confidential and sensitive donor information
  • Ability to manage time and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Fundamental understanding and/or proficiency in basic bookkeeping is preferred
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office, Google Sheets, and GoogleDocs
  • Experience working with Salesforce and/or other CRM or donor software is strongly preferred

 

Responsibilities:

  • Generate financial reports from Salesforce to relay up-to-date income information to executive staff, board, and staff bookkeeper
  • Maintain donor correspondence
  • Process and acknowledge individual gifts, grants, and all other income
  • Keep CRM database (Salesforce) current
  • Assist with other Development projects and events, as needed
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds, sit, stand, walk, climb stairs, bend, lift, twist, kneel, and crouch.

 

Hours: 20 hours a week

Wage: $15-$17 hr. DOE

NEXT STEP: To apply, please send a letter of interest in the body of an email. Tell us: 1) if you were a fruit or vegetable, what you would be and why, and 2) describe what you are able to offer the role of the Development Administrative Assistant.

Please attach your resume in PDF format and send to info@foodforward.org, with the Subject Line reading "Administrative Assistant (first and last name)." No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to insure that we process your application. 




Internships

COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, 10-20 hrs/week out of our Ventura County Branch office beginning in May (must be available over the weekend).

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.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Ventura County branch of Food Forward is growing rapidly, and we are looking for a Program Assistant to help facilitate that growth. This position provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the urban food justice community while working for a prominent and growing nonprofit. The Program Assistant will work directly with our Ventura County Branch Coordinator and Manager.

What you will learn:

  • Community organizing and outreach methods in cities, towns, and neighborhoods
  • The in’s and out’s of working at a growing non-profit
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Strategic planning, geographic growth, and program development
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California
  • Seasonality of locally grown produce and fruit trees
  • Writing for communication and for online and print media
  • Event coordination and recruitment strategies

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Follow up with current property owners about scheduling harvests
  • Coordinate Backyard Harvest and Farmers Market Recovery program events
  • Reach out to potential homeowners with fruit trees and interested volunteers
  • Train as a Pick Leader and Community Ambassador
  • Lead Backyard Harvest events and engage new and returning volunteers
  • Organize and lead a Pick Leader/Property Scout training
  • Assist with data entry and record keeping
  • Identify large fruit tree properties where we can accommodate 20+ volunteers
  • Recruit volunteers to become Pick Leaders and Community Ambassadors
  • Identify and form partnerships with key groups and organizations in Ventura County
  • Give presentations to community groups (i.e. community government, schools and school groups, churches & temples)
  • Assist with wholesale produce pick up and coordination
  • Interact with stakeholders including receiving agencies, market managers, volunteer groups, etc. and organize stakeholder contact information and data
  • Complete a summary report at the end of the internship term that details internship projects and future recommendations

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 both research and outreach work. He/she is comfortable with public speaking and  should be personable and able to communicate with various personalities and temperaments. The candidate should be familiar with Ventura County.

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
  • 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, “Ventura County Program Assistant- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




COMMITMENT: 10 weeks starting in June, 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.

 

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
  • Assist with the expansion of the Backyard Harvest Program in new territories
  • Manage communication with the fruit donors, i.e. homeowners with fruit trees
  • 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 access to a vehicle
  • 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).”