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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


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

POSITION: Ventura County Branch Associate

HOURS: Part-Time, 20 hours per week

 

ORGANIZATION 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. Fruits and vegetables are rescued from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last 10 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 70 million pounds (more than 280 million servings) of fresh fruits and vegetables, preventing 26,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of 7,000+ volunteers, we will help over 1.75 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year. *See our core values posted below.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

The Backyard Harvest Program (BYH) started in 2009 in the San Fernando Valley when two volunteers harvested over 800 pounds of tangerines from a single tree. To date, we have donated over 2 million pounds to over 100 receiving agencies in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The Backyard Harvest Program administers a volunteer-based, systematized collection of produce from backyards, farms and orchards in our region that might otherwise go to waste.  Instead, 100% of this fruit is donated to agencies serving those in need.

The Farmers Market Recovery Program (FMR) is an innovative program that gleans the unsold produce from farmers markets and distributes it to hunger relief agencies. The program perfectly aligns with Food Forward’s mission, as it addresses the problems of food waste that are often present at farmers markets while combating urban hunger and food access injustices. The FMR program currently has weekly volunteer events at 25 (and counting) markets across Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The Wholesale Recovery Program (WRP) is our newest program that recovers over 1 million pounds of fresh produce from the LA Downtown Wholesale Market and from various wholesale distributors in Ventura County each month.  This enormous amount of fresh, wholesome produce is trucked throughout Southern California to larger receiving agencies that can manage those quantities, sharing it with smaller agencies in their immediate vicinity.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Ventura County Branch Associate will report to the Ventura County Branch Manager.  This person will play an important role in supporting and expanding existing programs. This position is an entry-level position and provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the urban food justice community, while working to grow the organization’s presence in Ventura County.

Weekly responsibilities for the Backyard Harvest program include communicating with backyard fruit donors, farmers, and gardeners who have fruit trees or vegetables, scheduling and coordinating harvesting events, program reporting, serving as point-of-contact for Food Forward for 40+ trained event leaders in addition to the hundreds of volunteers that participate in events throughout the year.  The Associate will work with the Branch Manager and other staff on Farmers Market Recovery program coordination, Wholesale Recovery program coordination, Produce Pick-Up coordination and field support, receiving agency relations, weekend event support, community outreach, program development, strategic planning, and special projects as needed.

In addition, this person will be responsible for equipment drop-off and produce pick-ups from donors throughout Ventura County and beyond, delivering the produce donations to receiving agencies, and keeping accurate records of donations. Other duties will include maintenance of equipment, Food Forward storage hubs including Branch office, and vehicles, data entry, scouting properties, assisting with coordination of special events and community outreach. This person will oversee student interns and office volunteers including onboarding, training, mentoring, and providing constructive feedback on their performance and work. The Associate will participate in regularly scheduled meetings with each program. The Associate and other staff will visit headquarters on a regular basis (at least once per month) as well as serve on one or more of Food Forward’s committees as a way to further connect our satellite branch to the main office.

This person would primarily be using Food Forward vehicles, however, a reliable form of transport to and from the office is essential (we are close to bus, bike, and freeway routes). The Associate is expected to work on the weekend and must be able to lift and carry boxes weighing in excess of 55 pounds on a regular basis.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Mandatory availability on weekends, Monday, and Tuesday
  • Extremely organized and efficient with excellent attention to detail
  • Minimum 2 years experience in a fast-paced, hands-on job related to social justice, anti-hunger, environmental and/or food systems, and/or Bachelor’s degree in social services, environmental science or business management
  • Ability to lift and carry boxes of produce weighing up to 55 lbs repeatedly from ground to vehicles and over unstable ground
  • Ability to represent Food Forward as a Community Ambassador to engage various stakeholders
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed
  • Proven effective data and project management skills
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced work environment, working on many projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English
  • Ability to load and properly use picking equipment such as but not limited to 6 and 8 foot ladders, picker poles, hand trucks, pallet jack and/or forklift
  • Good geographical knowledge of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties
  • Maintain Valid Class C Driver’s license and clean driving record

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to drive large utility-style vans and trucks in compliance of traffic and safety laws
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all members of a team and also comfortable working independently
  • Ambitious, “can do” attitude and solutions-based thinking
  • Creative problem-solving skills and ability to make and act on decisions quickly
  • Experience with volunteer coordination
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software and Google Drive, Docs & Sheets
  • Knowledge of locally grown fruit tree varieties, including harvest seasons, tree size and shape, fruit qualities
  • Proficiency speaking Spanish is a plus
  • Fundraising and special event planning/coordination a plus
  • Marketing and community outreach experience a plus
  • A strong desire to grow with Food Forward

 

HOURS: Part-Time, 20 hours per week

Wage: $15-$18/hr depending on experience.

 

BENEFITS:

  • 100% Medical, Vision, and life insurance upon full-time employment status
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • 5 days of PTO for part-time staff with additional sick days
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and work flexibility

 

TO APPLY:

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

The subject line must read, VC Branch Associate – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to ensure we process your application.

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.

career@foodforward.org


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

Position: Volunteer Engagement Supervisor

Location: North Hollywood, CA and in the field as needed

 

ORGANIZATION 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. Our produce is predominantly recovered in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties but 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.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Volunteer Engagement Supervisor will report to the Technology & Engagement Manager and the Outreach & Communications Director. S/he will be responsible for overseeing all volunteer outreach for approximately 200 volunteer-powered events per month, vetting inquiries from individuals and groups, communicating details to participants, and ensuring that Food Forward’s events are fully staffed by volunteers. The ideal candidate is extremely organized, comfortable handling a substantial amount of correspondence, and, most importantly, passionate about engaging Food Forward’s large and diverse volunteer community.

This person will also supervise the engagement and training of Food Forward’s interns and office volunteers. He/she will be responsible for working with program staff to identify and recruit Event Leaders to lead our volunteer-powered produce recovery events and will work in collaboration with the Outreach & Communications Coordinator to ensure all Food Forward volunteer events are at capacity. Growing and improving Food Forward’s Volunteer Program is also a priority, as is volunteer retention, recognition, and tracking. There is also the opportunity to vision and plan for new volunteer engagement initiatives through the soon-to-be-opened Wholesale Produce Depot, the Pit Stop. 

 

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure all volunteer-powered events are at capacity and that participants receive information prior to and following an event
  • Oversee volunteer recruitment efforts including but not limited to sending email blasts for specific events and posting opportunities on third-party sites
  • Become a trained Event Leader for all programs in order to lead volunteers at Food Forward’s produce recovery events as needed
  • Create, sustain, and coordinate partnerships with groups, organizations, and institutions
  • Manage weekly task planning with volunteer program staff, and monthly planning with other programs to meet priorities and objectives
  • Work with program staff to identify, recruit, onboard and retain Event Leaders
  • Implement tracking and metrics to gauge general volunteer, lead volunteer, group, intern, and office volunteer engagement
  • Work with Volunteer Program staff to set annual goals and budget
  • Oversee volunteer appreciation, including volunteer appreciation and engagement events, Volunteer of the Month blog posts, and the creation of incentive items
  • Represent Food Forward at volunteer, community, and speaking events
  • Recruit, hire, onboard, and supervise office volunteers and interns
  • Actively learn new methods and skills to enhance volunteerism and the volunteer culture of Food Forward
  • Promote volunteer retention and leadership by providing a positive, fulfilling, and inclusive volunteer experiences
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for the Volunteer Program’s use of Food Forward’s custom database, CITRA
  • Assist in the development of new program volunteer opportunities and event leader positions, especially in the growing Produce Pick-Up program & Produce Depot
  • Support geographic and program expansion through outreach & community engagement

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 1-3 years of social justice, anti-hunger, or food system experience, preferably in a dynamic hands-on environment; Bachelor’s degree a plus but not required.
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or managing large numbers of people
  • Strong people, communication, writing, and public speaking skills
  • A passion for food justice and community building
  • Skilled in networking and growing partnerships
  • Comfortable working with large databases
  • Experience with G Suite and Microsoft office, and ability to learn and use new softwares
  • Ability to communicate with diverse communities across Southern California
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred
  • Knowledge of Southern California Geography
  • A valid driver's license
  • Willingness to work on weekends or after hours
  • Able to lift 40-60lbs

 

Start Date: July 22, 2019

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours a week with occasional evening and weekend hours

Compensation: $19.75 to $21.75

Sample Benefits currently include:

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

 

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 Volunteer Engagement Supervisor position?

Attach your resume as a PDF and send it to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, Volunteer Engagement Supervisor – (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).”