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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

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: 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, 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 21 (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 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, 15 - 20 Hrs / Week out of our North Hollywood Office, at our Food Recovery Events, and at our Receiving Agency sites

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 currently moving over a million pounds of recovered food a month, supporting a network of over 300 hunger fighting and food security building agencies spread out across 8 SoCal counties.  Food Forward’s newest department, Agency Relations, is tasked with managing relationships and building capacity across that vast network.  With that comes the opportunity to deepen our understanding of the work the Receiving Agencies do day in and day out, and to identify ways to help them make an even bigger impact in the communities they serve.  This intern position will work side by side with the Agency Relations Manager to help make this vision a reality.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Professional relationship building across a wide variety of non-profits
  • Communication, public speaking, and outreach skills
  • How to engage individuals and groups in food justice work
  • Writing for correspondence, posts and online media
  • Strategic partnership management
  • Survey tool design, implementation, and data analysis
  • Gain a broad understanding of the Food Justice landscape across Southern California
  • The ins and outs of working at a growing non-profit organization

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Engage in and help refine the Receiving Agency site visitation process
  • Help to build out Food Forward Receiving Agency profiles
  • Conduct RA surveys to identify new opportunities for FF partnership
  • Support FF’s collaborative RA organizing model through outreach and meeting coordination
  • Learn database management, and help refine the RA data management process

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for an extremely 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 communications fields.

Other qualifications include:

  • Completed or pursuing a degree in a related field
  • Ability to take initiative on projects
  • A knack for “systems thinking”
  • 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 some 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, “Agency Relations Intern- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




COMMITMENT: 12 weeks, minimum of 8 Hrs / Week out of our North Hollywood Office and onsite at our partner locations

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 currently sharing over a million pounds of recovered food a month, supporting a network of over 300 hunger fighting and food security building agencies spread out across 8 SoCal counties.  Food Forward’s newest department, Agency Relations, is tasked with managing relationships and building capacity across that vast network.  With that comes the opportunity to deepen our understanding of the work the Receiving Agencies (RAs) do day in and day out, and to identify ways to help them make an even bigger impact in the communities they serve.  

One of the impact areas that has been identified is Cooking & Nutrition Education.  Food Forward aims to be a catalyst for change and help support its RAs by creating and disseminating nutrition education material (recipes, food demos, workshops, etc) through its RA network to the populations served.  This is an opportunity for Food Forward to bring its love and appreciation, and belief in the transformative power of food, to the people.

This intern position will work under the supervision of the Agency Relations Manager to help make this vision a reality.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to effectively share nutrition and cooking knowledge within diverse communities
  • How to effectively inspire and compel food related behavior change
  • Professional relationship building across a wide variety of non-profits
  • Communication, public speaking, and outreach skills
  • Gain a broad understanding of the Food Justice landscape across Southern California
  • The ins and outs of working at a growing non-profit organization

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Create healthy, affordable, culturally resonant recipes that utilize produce Food Forward recovers in abundance
  • Engage RA partners in the development of said recipes
  • Assist RAs with the implementation and delivery methods for the recipes
  • Develop the capacity to conduct food demos at key sites based on the recipes

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in nutrition, hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for an extremely creative, detail-oriented person who enjoys communicating with people and sharing their passion for food.  They should be comfortable with public speaking and have experience teaching in some form. Lastly, they should also be able to work across multiple cultures, sensitively and thoughtfully.

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 some 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, “Healthy Cooking & Eating Intern- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




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

COMMITMENT: 3 - 6 months, 10 - 12 hrs / week out of our North Hollywood office

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: 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: Food Forward is a community-powered organization that engages hundreds of volunteers, donors, and supporters through mass communications each month. We are looking for an proactive, creative person to assist with communications and marketing needs for the organization. This is a wonderful opportunity to get hands-on experience with various communications projects for a growing and dynamic non-profit. This person will work directly with the Outreach & Communications Manager.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Writing for correspondence, posts and online media
  • 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:

  • Update and maintain Food Forward’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Strategize to improve growth and engagement on social media
  • Draft various monthly e-newsletters and manage subscribers
  • Write and create content for Food Forward’s blog
  • Update and maintain Food Forward’s online photo archive
  • Draft press releases and pitch stories to media
  • Update the Food Forward website, as needed
  • Craft unique storytelling methods for Food Forward via writing, video, and/or photos
  • Collaborate with staff to meet communications and outreach needs
  • Strengthen relationship with supporters 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:

  • Completed or pursuing a degree in a related field (marketing, communications, or public relations)
  • Knowledgeable about social media trends, tools, and platforms
  • Experienced in word processing, PowerPoint, and Excel. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop highly desired. Knowledge of HTML and graphic design a plus
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications is a plus
  • Experience in shooting and editing video and photos is a plus
  • 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 some 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, “Communications Intern- (YOUR NAME HERE).”