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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 spring AND 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

POSITION: Senior Director of Operations

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

ORGANIZATION and POSITION OVERVIEW:

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

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

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Reporting to the Founder/ED of Food Forward, the Senior Director of Operations will lead all internal day-to-day operations and will have the following responsibilities:
  • Serve as one of two key internal leaders of the organization, managing and leading the organization’s managers and directors.
  • Provide vision, execute, and evaluate logistics/workflows for Food Forward programs; and identify the organization‘s overall risk, gaps, and opportunities for improvement in its current form and as it scales.
  • Provide a strong day-to-day leadership presence: bridge personnel, operations and support an open-door policy among all staff.
  • Oversee the customization of Human Resources initiatives through organizational change, while staying true to mission, culture, and values of Food Forward.
  • Serve as a transformational leader for Food Forward through influence, consensus building, evolutionary change and resource management.

 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Site Development:

  • Oversee staff responsible for the maintenance of Food Forward facilities (North Hollywood, Ventura and its Produce Depot), including a growing fleet of 9 commercial vehicles which are responsible for the transportation of 25 million+ pounds of produce to 8 SoCal counties annually.
  • Identify, prioritize and cultivate organizational geographic growth opportunities.
  • Negotiate all vendor contracts
  • Develop relationships and increase fee-for-service contracts with waste haulers/RecycLA partners.

 

Programs:

  • Logistics oversight, innovation, compliance and implementation
  • Increase key impact measurements, and assess tools for gathering and analyzing organizational-wide metrics.
  • Develop curriculum, tools, and trainings that meet cost guidelines.
  • Lead staff on strategic and tactical planning initiatives, as needed.
  • Develop and maintain safety protocols, policies and implementation for staff and volunteers, including oversight of incident reports.

 

Human Resources:

  • Cultivate the values of Food Forward within the organization.
  • Supervise the resolution of day-to-day personnel concerns.
  • Instill a human capital development and “coaching” culture within Food Forward
  • Upgrade human resources functions, including: training, professional development, wellness programs, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance evaluation and recruiting.
  • Develop curriculum and cross-training tools to strengthen staff.

 

Technology:

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

 

Finance & Compliance:

  • Oversee compliance with all insurances; and local, state and federal regulations.
  • Ensure Food Forward fiduciary responsibilities, budget management, contract compliance, auditing, and financial reporting are addressed with the Board of Directors, Development Director and Executive Director.
  • Budgeting: lead finance staff and senior management team in annual budgeting process, and budget tracking to quarterly goals.
  • Further develop an accounting system that provides the organization with quick access to financial information, timely and accurate compliance and enables strategic budgeting, and ease of reporting for annual 990 filings and financial audits.
  • Supervise finance staff regarding the review of monthly and quarterly expenditures and expense reports.
  • Oversee all key relationships with financial institutions, insurance carriers, workers comp (including employee classifications), state and local licenses, etc.
  • Lead staff, and coordinate with outside legal counsel as necessary, on the development of organizational agreements, such as: MOU’s, NDAs, waivers and partner engagement agreement.
  • Work with the Board of Directors: present to the Board at quarterly meetings and serve on Board committees, as needed.

 

KEY QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A personal passion around food security/anti-hunger and food waste issues.
  • 5-7 years related experience in operations management and/or executive level of expertise in a for-profit or non-profit organization. As noted, Food Forward is an organization driven by the values of its people, so experience in managing a “values-driven” organization will be highly prioritized.

 

Additional requirements include:

  • Results-proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation;
  • Evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, collaboration and judgment;
  • A demonstrable high level of business acumen, including successful P&L management. The ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget;
  • Real-time problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness expertise.
  • A history of proving strategic vision and agile ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan.
  • Capacity Building—ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, developing a top-notch workforce and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly.
  • Leadership and Organization—exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations; ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce accountability, develop and empower top-notch leaders from the bottom up, cultivate entrepreneurship, learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team so as to put people in a position to succeed, and being comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Action Oriented—enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react, as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands, when necessary
  • General Management—thorough understanding of finance, cash flow & accounting systems, Information Technology and Human Resources; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis & information systems
  • A comprehensive high-level understanding of a wide array of logistic software/IT work flows, plus specific IT platforms, such as Ruby on Rails, PHP and Wordpress is essential.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Valid California Driver’s License in good standing
  • Ability to work some weekends and occasionally travel throughout the SoCal region
  • Solid educational background—undergraduate degree required; MBA or similar advanced degree highly desired

 

COMPENSATION:

  • Salary range: $85K-$105K.
  • This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated, experienced, professional to assume a pivotal senior role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with an accomplished and respected track record. Food Forward is prepared to offer a very attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary, as well as health, vison and life insurance, SIMPLE IRA, and vacation benefits.

 

Sample Benefits currently include:

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

 

How to Apply:

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

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

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

 

Food Forward Core Values:

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

career@foodforward.org


POSITION: Development Administrative Assistant

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

LOCATION: North Hollywood, CA

HOURS: 20 hours a week (non-exempt), with potential for additional hours

 

ORGANIZATION and POSITION OVERVIEW:

Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Produce reaches those in need in eight Southern California counties via distribution by hundreds of hunger relief agencies across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, domestic violence shelters, street youth homes, veteran services, LGBT teen/adult/senior services, after-school programs, the mentally disabled, low-income college programs, and many more. With the volunteer-power of over 10,000 registered volunteers and a modest staff, we will help feed over 2 million Southern Californians in need this year alone.

The Administrative Assistant will report to the Director of Development. S/he will provide support in all areas of fundraising: individual donors, foundations, corporate supporters, events, etc. One of the primary focuses of this position is to maintain the fundraising database (Salesforce). This includes keeping contact information current and donation acknowledgement. S/he also will help generate reports and compile data. The Administrative Assistant will also support donor and community cultivation events, including harvests, Foodsteader classes, tabling at public events, and more.

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!

* See our core values below.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • 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:

  • Process and acknowledge individual gifts, grants, and all other income
  • Keep CRM database (Salesforce) current and tidy
  • Assist with other development projects and events, as needed
  • Flexible, team player, and able to work well under pressure.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, open-space environment.
  • A valid driver’s license, reliable source of transportation, and ability to easily navigate Southern California.
  • Must be willing to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds, sit, stand, walk, climb stairs, bend, lift, twist, kneel, and crouch.

 

Application Deadline: Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply a.s.a.p.

Desired Start Date: August 1st

Hours: 20 hours a week (non-exempt), with potential for additional hours

Wage: $15-$17 hr. DOE

 

How to Apply: Send a cover letter in the body of an email including: where did you discover this listing; if you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be and why; and what can you bring to the Development Administrative Assistant position?

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

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

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

 

Food Forward Core Values:

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

career@foodforward.org


Internships

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

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

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

What you will learn:

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

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

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

 

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

Other qualifications include:

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

 

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




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

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

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: Food Forward rescues fresh, local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. This food helps feed Southern California’s most vulnerable: be they children, homeless individuals, veterans, those with HIV/AIDS, women, low­‐income families, immigrants, or anyone who does not have access to a sufficient quantity of food. We also aim to tap into an awareness and consciousness of sustainability and community building, and to become a bright voice on Southern California’s edible landscape around food security and food justice issues.

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

What you will learn:

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

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

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

 

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

Other qualifications include:

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

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