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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

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:          

The WRP Coordinator will report to the Wholesale Program Manager, and will function primarily as a coordinator for the logistics of 2 - 3 trucks 5 days per week via cell phone, emails and on the ground interactions with Wholesale representatives. The WRP Coordinator will be responsible for the accurate and timely entry of donors and receiving agencies donations, which will be used to assess the program’s performance. Finally, she/he will also be responsible for any other programmatic and administrative tasks, including but not limited to; training new program personnel and maintain all relevant program documents, i.e. training manuals.

The ideal candidate has 3+ years experience in a similar role, excellent written and verbal communications skills, has provided exceptional customer service and is extremely detail-oriented. He/she is knowledgeable about produce and their general growing seasons, passionate about eradicating hunger, and improving food systems. He/she will need to be able multi-task, have the ability to work in a fast paced environment and adapt quickly to changes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating and dispatching donation pick-ups and drop-offs
  • Data entry & reconciliation of donor receipts & Receiving Agency receipts
  • Assist in the development of weekly/monthly and yearly program reports
  • Liaise between donors, receiving agencies, and drivers either by telephone, electronically or face to face
  • Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner between donors and receiving agencies
  • Respond promptly to inquiries from donors, receiving agency and other Food Forward staff or partners
  • Gain intimate knowledge of our donor and receiving agency needs
  • Maintenance of programmatic & administrative materials
  • Perform other duties assigned

 

Requirements:

  • Excellent Logistics and Dispatch management skills and experience
  • Strong analytical skill and comfortable making judgment calls while factoring costs, route efficiency, and workload
  • Excellent time-management skills and the ability to work in high-pressure situations and can prioritize driver’s schedules
  • Experience in coordinating groups of people and problem solving
  • Familiarity with Department of Transportation regulations
  • On-the-road experience preferred to support new drivers
  • Active listener with excellent communication skills with professional phone etiquette
  • Bilingual English Spanish Proficiency
  • Work efficiently and effectively, both independently and as a team member
  • Typing skills
  • Strong math skills
  • Must be eligible to work in the US
  • High competency in Excel, Word, and Google Docs
  • Ability to lift and move cases (selecting product and placing on a pallet) weighing up to 75 lbs continuously from heights ranging from floor to overhead
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time, bend, stoop, reach, push, pull, squat, turn body, sit and walk
  • Valid C class license

 

Hours:

  • Full time 40 hours per week
  • Early Morning Hours ( Range will be:  4am to 2pm). Not to exceed 8 hours per day.

 

Compensation & Benefits :

  • $13 - $18 / hr - 100% Medical and Vision, Retirement Package (Simple IRA with employer match) 

 

How to Apply:

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, WRP Coordinator – (Your Name). Only qualified candidate will be contacted. No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to insure that we process your application. Please include an answer to the following question in your cover letter: If you were a piece of surplus produce, what would you be and why?




Ventura County Backyard Harvest Program Part-time Driver

HOURS: 2-5 hours per week, as needed. Availability on Tuesday mornings, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are required.

COMPENSATION: Compensation to commensurate with experience. All non-commuter miles driven with personal vehicle will be reimbursed.  

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: The Backyard Harvesting Program started in 2009 in the San Fernando Valley when two volunteers harvested over 800 pounds of tangerines from a single tree. To date, this program has donated over 2 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 Harvesting Program administers a volunteer-­‐based, systematized collection of produce that would otherwise go to waste from backyard fruit trees and commercial orchards. 100% of this fruit is donated to agencies serving those in need.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Backyard Harvest Program Driver is responsible for transporting equipment to and from events in Ventura County. This position may also assist with Wholesale Produce Recovery operations.  Driver is required to have a clean driving record and be able to lift the necessary equipment including but not limited to ladders, picker poles, and boxes weighing approximately 40 to 50 pounds. The driver would use the Food Forward vehicle, however, reliable transport to and from the office is required. The Driver will pick up equipment from either storage hubs or warehouse and deliver it to backyards or farm harvest locations. After the two-hour harvest, Driver will pick up equipment and return it to storage hub or warehouse.  By fulfilling this position, Driver will have the opportunity to connect with volunteers, fruit donors, receiving agencies, and other community partners. Driver is expected to provide excellent customer service and keep in regular contact with VC Branch Manager.  This position will support the Ventura County Backyard Harvest program in creating an opportunity for program growth and providing the necessary equipment to events in the community of the Driver.

Drivers are needed in the following communities: Oxnard,Thousand Oaks/Conejo Valley and Simi Valley. Warehouse and office is located in Ventura, CA.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Valid Class C Driver’s License
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Ability to drive large utility-style vans and trucks in compliance of all traffic and safety laws
  • Clean driving record
  • Ability to lift and move boxes of produce weighing up to 55 pounds from ground to vehicles
  • Ability to load picking equipment such as 8’ and 12’ ladders, picker poles, and maneuver hand trucks at harvests

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Extremely organized and efficient with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal communication both on the phone and in person
  • Excellent written communication
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Be a Team Player
  • Good geographical knowledge of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to make and act on decision quickly
  • Excited to represent Food Forward as a community ambassador engaging homeowners, volunteers and hunger relief agencies

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please email info@foodforward.org to let us know if you are interested in this position. Please include "Ventura County Part-Time Driver" in the subject line, and include a resume with 3 references and contact information.




Position: Director of Programs

Hours: Full-time

Location: North Hollywood, CA

 

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: 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 DESCRIPTION:

The Director of Programs is a new Senior Management position at Food Forward. The position will oversee the day-to-day functioning, growth and refining of all Food Forward produce recovery programs including Backyard Harvest, Farmers Market Recovery and Wholesale Recovery, in each of the geographies Food Forward operates (currently Los Angeles and Ventura counties with distribution across 8 Southern California counties.) He/She will participate in and create, along with the Executive Director and other members of the senior management team, strategic plans that cover current activities, projected growth, development opportunities for the organization, and enhance produce rescue and distribution, helping Food Forward reach new audiences and increase efficiency.

The Director of Programs is responsible for a large portion of Food Forward’s diverse staff and as such will have a great influence on the improvement, continuity and shaping of our programs and organizational culture. He/She will insure that Food Forward remains a fruitful, highly productive organization with a joyful work environment.

The ideal Candidate will be passionate about food access, hunger relief, eradicating food waste and community building. He/She will be high energy, a strong mentor, stay cool as a cucumber in a fast-paced environment, able to prioritize projects and tasks while meeting important deadlines. He/She will work across various departments simultaneously providing guidance and support from the high level to the granular as necessary.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Manage Food Forward’s various programs & divisions:  Backyard Harvest Program, Farmers Market Program, Wholesale Recovery Program, Youth Education Program, Ventura County Branch, Volunteer Program and Agency Relations Department
  • Provide direct support to Program Managers in creating program goals, budgets, timelines, daily tasks, work flows, logistics, day-to-day problem solving and planning and executing long-term projects
  • Maintain regular training, personal development, mission inspiration, and team building activities for the staff
  • Co-develop, with the Operations Director, the necessary policies and procedures to anticipate and mitigate programmatic risks
  • Manage the scope, schedule and quality of Food Forward’s in-house software “Admin,” including planning, analysis, leadership, integration and data migration to insure maximum efficacy
  • Develop policies and procedures to maintain the integrity of ongoing programmatic data collection across the various programs for internal and external reporting
  • Manage monthly program reporting & analysis as well as Consolidate key performance metrics
  • Recruit, hire and oversee training and orientation of all program staff members
  • Participate in cross-functional teams and projects in various areas of the organization as needed
  • Develop new, mission-related programs including budget development, and community partnerships
  • Represent Food Forward at community, anti-hunger, policy and networking events as a public speaker
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Ability to lift and move boxes from 40lbs - 60lbs
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time, bend, stoop, reach, push, pull, squat, turn body, sit and walk

 

Skills and Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum 3-5 years hands-on non-profit leadership, management, team-building and strategic planning experience
  • Experience working with and serving diverse/underserved communities
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 3-5 years relevant experience with a successful history leading complex programs and projects, with million dollar-plus budgets, subject to government, regulatory, corporate or foundation requirements, resulting in positive change or transformation of community stakeholders, internal and external customers
  • 3-5 years directing multiple volunteer-powered programs simultaneously in a high-volume non-profit environment
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working within the food supply chain or emergency food systems
  • Strong critical-thinking skills, including complex logistics and ability to resolve complex problems of a confidential and sensitive nature that require quantitative analysis
  • Strong interest and passion for building scalable solutions to fighting hunger and food waste through innovative solutions
  • 3-5 years working with large amounts of data, able to organize, distill and present on insights gleaned from the data or lack thereof to inform decision making and strategic goals
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with demonstrated ability to present and interact effectively with all levels of an organization, from intern through Board of Directors
  • In-depth experience with Macs, Google Docs and Microsoft Office technology
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, love of “start-up” environment and able to roll up your sleeves to get the job done
  • Able to work well under pressure as both an individual contributor and as part of team
  • California drivers license and clean DMV record
  • Ability to work some weekends as needed

 

Benefits: 

  • 100% Medical and Vision
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching
  • 10 days Paid time off and additional sick days
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and work flexibility

 

SALARY: D.O.E.

 

How to Apply: Send a cover letter in the body of the email and attach your resume in a PDF version to career@foodforward.org. Within your cover letter please answer the following: If you were a piece of surplus produce what would you be and why?

The subject line should read, FF Director of Programs – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to insure we process your application.




Position: Operations Director
Hours: Full-time, Exempt
Location: North Hollywood, CA

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: 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 DESCRIPTION:

The Operations Director is a Senior Management position at Food Forward. The ideal candidate will be able to wear multiple hats, allowing him/her to provide leadership oversight and management of Food Forward’s Accounting, Human Resources, IT and Facilities departments. The position will oversee these back office functions to support the day-to-day operations and logistics for all of Food Forward, in each of the geographies in which Food Forward operates in (i.e. currently Los Angeles and Ventura counties with distribution across 8 Southern California counties).

He/She will set an example for staff of high efficiency, top-tier professionalism, and extreme attention to detail. He/She will participate in and create, along with the Executive Director and other members of the senior management team, strategic plans for current activities, projected growth, organizational and logistical development opportunities for the organization, and enhanced produce rescue and distribution, helping Food Forward reach new audiences and consumers with increased efficiency.

The Operations Director will be highly organized and mission-focused, helping to build and grow Food Forwards back office systems, work flows and processes ensuring that they are anticipatory of and help drive, organizational accountability, compliance and growth. As the head of the Human Resources department, he/she along with the Executive Director, will help set the organizational culture for how Food Forward employees interact with each other and the various communities that we touch.

The ideal Candidate will be passionate about food access, hunger relief, eradicating food waste and community building. He/She will be an outside-the-box thinker, of high energy, a strong mentor, stay calm and collected in an extremely fast-paced environment. He/she must be able to prioritize projects and tasks appropriately and effectively while meeting important deadlines. He/She will work across various departments simultaneously providing guidance and support from the high level to the granular as necessary.

Responsibilities:

Accounting
• Manage all accounting functions insuring GAAP compliance, timeliness and accuracy
• Lead the budgeting process across the full Food Forward organization
• Guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures as well as analyzing historical data and current trends
• Lead the annual audit & IRS 990 process to insure that financials are filed ahead of Federal deadlines

Human Resources
• Manage HR strategic and operational plans, programs and processes; including:
o Compensation and benefits
o Guiding our management teams in HR matters
o Partnering with management in all aspects of the employee lifecycle including attracting, hiring, orientation, developmental growth, and termination of employees
o Risk Management
o Employee relations
• Maintain, update, create as needed, and ensure implementation of HR Policies for the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization

Information Technology
• Responsible for planning, creating and managing Food Forwards IT infrastructure
• Lead the development of our proprietary software, including the engagement of developers and other contractors
• Develop and implement policies and procedures to maintain the integrity of Food Forward’s databases

General Operations
• Provide direct support to staff in creating goals, budgets, timelines, daily tasks, work flows, logistics, day-to-day problem solving and planning and executing long-term projects
• Maintain regular training, personal development, mission inspiration, and team building activities for the staff
• Participate in cross-functional teams and projects in various areas of the organization as needed
• Manage staff overseeing multiple offices, insuring that facilities are as efficient, clean and streamlined as possible
• Manage fleet for optimal life span. Forecast long term fleet needs, and insure compliance with all applicable laws and best practices
• Represent Food Forward at community, anti-hunger, policy and networking events as an effective public speaker
• Ability to lift and move boxes/objects up to 40 lbs
• Ability to stand for extended periods of time, bend, stoop, reach, push, pull, squat, turn body, sit and walk
• Perform other duties as assigned

Skills and Minimum Requirements:
• Minimum 5 years of directly related experience leading distribution center operations. Operations experience working within the food supply chain or emergency food system preferred
• 5 + years of progressive accounting and financial reporting experience
• Minimum 3-5 years hands-on non-profit leadership, management, team-building and strategic planning experience
• Minimum 5 years relevant experience with a successful history leading complex programs and projects, with million dollar-plus budgets, subject to government, regulatory, corporate or foundation requirements, resulting in positive change or transformation of community stakeholders, internal and external customers
• 3–5 year managing IT Operations and leading software/database development projects
• 3 + years of human resource and recruiting experience
• Experience working with and a passion for serving diverse/underserved communities
• Strong critical-thinking skills, including complex logistics and ability to resolve problems of a confidential and sensitive nature that require quantitative analysis
• Strong interest and passion for building scalable solutions to fighting hunger and food waste through innovative IT, programmatic and process solutions
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with demonstrated ability to present and interact effectively with all levels of an organization, from intern through Board of Directors and in public speaking engagements.
• Strong knowledge of Quickbooks
• In-depth experience with Macs, Google Docs and Microsoft Office technology
• Entrepreneurial spirit, love of “start-up” environment and a passion to roll up your sleeves to get the job done
• Able to work well under pressure, as both an individual contributor and as part of team
• Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
• California drivers license and clean DMV record
• Ability to work some weekends as needed

SALARY: D.O.E.

Benefits:

• 100% Medical and Vision
• Simple IRA with 3% employer matching
• 10 days Paid time off, additional sick days
• Cell phone allowance
• Telecommuting and work flexibility

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter in the body of the email and attach your resume in a PDF version to career@foodforward.org. Within your cover letter please answer the following: If you were a piece of surplus produce what would you be and why?

The subject line should read, FF Operations Director – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to insure we process your application.




Internships

COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, 15 - 20 Hrs / week out of our North Hollywood Office and at our produce recovery events / partner agency sites

STARTING DATE: As soon as possible.

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: Food Forward is looking for an intern with experience in capturing documentary-style video and photo. This person will work with our Outreach & Communications Manager to document Food Forward’s work to recover fresh fruits and vegetables for people in need and the agencies that Food Forward donates fresh produce to.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to collaborate with various stakeholders to document a non-profit’s work through video and photo

  • Effective message crafting and storytelling

  • Best practices in non-profit, mission-based communications

  • First-hand experience with food security work in Southern California

  • The ins and outs of working at a growing non-profit organization


 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Photography and videography of hunger relief agencies 

  • Photography and videography of Food Forward’s produce recovery events

  • Documenting the impact Food Forward’s work has across Southern California

  • Completing four 3 - 5 minute videos that highlight Food Forward’s relationship with regional hunger-relief agencies

  • Toning, retouching, and watermarking digital photos

  • Sizing images for print and web

  • Assisting with other photo and video needs as time permits

  • Additional tasks as assigned by supervisor


 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for someone who is creative, skilled in storytelling, and experienced in photo and video editing. This person should have a collaborative spirit, be comfortable working with many different types of people, and have strong time management skills. The ability to finish big projects in a timely manner is a must!

 

Other qualifications include:

  • Experience with documentary-style photography and videography

  • Passion for communicating compelling stories through a visual medium

  • Ability to work independently

  • Strong communication skills needed to manage working with an off-site supervisor

  • Great organizational skills

  • Prior photo and video editing skills, experience with Mac OS, Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Lightroom, and iMovie.

  • Personal computer with Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Lightroom, and iMovie
  • Photo portfolio and/or video reel submission required

  • Commitment to Food Forward’s work and mission

  • Access to a vehicle

 

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, “Photo and Video Intern - (YOUR NAME HERE).”