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Food Forward works to fight food insecurity and food waste in Southern California, and we’d love to have you join us. Please view our open positions and internships below.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities. 

Careers

Director of Human Resources

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Director of Human Resources
Hours: Full-time, exempted
Location: North Hollywood, CA with occasional travel (this position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19)

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eleven Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview:  As a key member of the Management team, the Director of Human Resources will report to the Chief Operating Officer and assume a strategic role in the overall management of the organization and the development of its people culture. The Director of Human Resources will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all Human Resource-related activities for the organization. This will include direct responsibility for (i) human resource policies, programs, and practices; (ii) human capital policies, programs, and practices; (iii) compensation (payroll); (iv) employee benefits programs; (v) ensures organizational compliance with all local, state, and federal requirements.

This person must be highly organized, extremely proactive, and creative with the ability to think outside-of-the-box, prioritize projects, and meet deadlines. The ideal candidate will have expertise in Human Resources with a proven track record of effective operations in people management and team leadership, risk assessment and management, compliance and employee relations, HR systems implementation, serving the needs of a growing organization with staff of 50 or more, and data-driven decision-making. Additionally, they will be comfortable with setting direction and navigating ambiguous and ever-evolving situations.

Core Responsibilities:

Team Leadership

  • Is an active participant of the leadership team which includes collaborating with other team members and providing support and feedback as needed
  • Diligently seeks opportunities for professional development, acting as a coach and thought partner, and serves as an organizational role model in cultivating a culture of high expectations, performance, and support
  • Oversees and ensures successful implementation of the annual and semi-annual performance review processes
  • Directly manages staff that oversees facilities management, IT, and procurement
  • Collaborate with Finance and Accounting, oversees staff members charged with managing accounts payable and our online expense platform.

New Hires & Onboarding

  • Oversees the talent acquisition process, including setting strategies and vetting practices that promote DEI
  • Collaborates with hiring managers on designing and implementing onboarding practices
  • Ensures Job Descriptions are up to date and manages the posting of vacant positions

Employee Relations

  • Provide advice and guidance to senior leaders on team member professional development. Work with managers to develop and implement performance improvement plans when needed.
  • Balance knowledge of HR compliance with unique circumstances of Food Forward’s culture and pragmatism, and the needs of the organization with team member advocacy
  • Oversee the overall process for investigations and ongoing employee relations issues, anticipate problems whenever possible, and work with the department heads to develop, recommend, and initiate appropriate steps for resolution.
  • Respond with empathy and timeliness to managers when they need guidance on how best to navigate sensitive and at times complex employment situations.
  • Support managers through separations of employment
  • Manages day to day operations of HRIS platform

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Develop and implement Food Forward-wide DEI strategy, programs, and services
  • Attract, retain, advance, and support a broadly diverse workforce of the highest level of excellence that thrives in a respectful, inclusive, and equitable workplace culture

Payroll, Benefits, Leaves of Absence, Unemployment Insurance & Workers’ Compensation Administration

  • Oversee the payroll process
  • Oversee benefits package: Recommend benefits package, negotiate contracts with carriers and vendors, oversee wellness initiatives, and manage collaborative, productive relationship(s) with benefits brokers
  • Provide guidance through providing outstanding, timely day-to-day support for team members with inquiries regarding benefits, pay, and employment questions
  • Ensure the proper administration of all leaves of absence, including FMLA, maternity, disability, and unpaid leave
  • Oversee management of unemployment insurance and workers compensation policies and other employee-related claims

Compliance

  • Ensure that Food Forward is in compliance as it relates to federal, state, and local labor laws
  • Annually update Food forward’s Employee handbook, including working with internal and outside counsel as needed and making recommendations to senior leadership for policy changes
  • Ensure 100% compliance with new hire and ongoing HR safety training, certification, and health clearances required for employment with Food Forward
  • Maintain and expand knowledge and understanding of existing and proposed federal and state laws/regulations affecting human resources management. Interpret laws and policies, and advise leadership teams and team members accordingly

Minimum Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Master’s Degree or equivalent in a related field or equivalent professional certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) highly preferred
  • Six years of directly related human resources work experience in a growing and dynamic organization with at least 50+ team members
  • Minimum three years of experience in a leadership role
  • Experience identifying early on and addressing issues requiring confidentiality and discretion
  • Track record of identifiable and measurable successes in managing a complex organization with a strong human-centric culture, and implementing operational change
  • Experience overseeing an organization’s DEI efforts
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail

Physical Requirements:

  • Periodically able to lift and carry materials weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors.

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full-Time, exempted
Salary: $90,000 to $110,000 Annually

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org.  In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

The subject line should read, Director of Human Resources – (Your Name). No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

 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.
Sr. Manager of Finance and Accounting

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Sr. Manager of Accounting and Finance
Hours: Full-time, exempted
Location: North Hollywood, CA, with occasional travel

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market, and other commercial sources. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and  thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eleven Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. *See our core values posted below.

Position Overview: As a key member of the Finance and Accounting team, the Senior Manager of Accounting and Finance will report to the Director of Finance and Accounting and assume a strategic role in the management, execution, and improvement of Food Forward’s accounting processes and systems. This will include direct responsibility for (i) full cycle bookkeeping, (ii) ensuring Food Forward is in compliance with all accounting practices, and (iii) safeguarding organizational assets and ensuring successful tax and audit filings.

This person must be highly organized, extremely proactive, and creative with the ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines. The ideal candidate will have experience working in a fast-paced environment and must be able to prioritize various accounting, finance, and payroll tasks while paying strict attention to details and deadlines.  The individual will work cross-departmentally providing guidance and support to all staff in accounting related areas while exercising sound judgment and discretion and maintaining confidentiality. The individual must be passionate about food justice and encompass Food Forward core values.

Core Responsibilities:

General Accounting Functions

  • Develop and analyze monthly financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows) and effectively convey analysis to staff as requested
  • Monitor and assist in the development of annual and multi-year budgets that are adequate for the organization’s needs including preparation of periodic budget forecasts
  • Oversee the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable workflows
  • Partner with Development team to accurately account for and report on funding with donor restrictions
  • Prepare and maintain cash flow analyses as needed
  • Reconcile bank accounts and general ledger accounts as assigned

Risk Management

  • Audit accounts to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations; coordinates with outside auditors and provides needed information for the annual external audit.
  • Manage and oversee organization’s insurance policies
  • Perform ad hoc analysis and projects as requested

Policies, Procedures, and Compliance

  • Establishes internal controls and guidelines for accounting transactions and budget preparation
  • Ensure operational compliance with policies, procedures and regulations for any necessary entities
  • Perform basic office management duties as requested

Payroll  and Employee Benefits

  • Process payroll and report payroll taxes for the organization
  • Process employee reimbursements including managing employee credit card charges and reconcile credit card accounts

Minimum Requirements

  • Degree in Accounting or Finance required, CPA license strongly preferred
  • 5-10 years in accounting and finance experience with a budget of at least $5 million
  • Experience with government grants and compliance preferred 
  • Prior management experience a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail

Physical Requirements:

  • Periodically able to lift and carry materials weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed

Application Deadline: Until Filled
Desired Start Date: Immediately
Hours: Full-Time, exempted
Salary: $65,000 to $75,000 depending on experience

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org.  In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

The subject line should read, Sr. Manager of Accounting and Finance – (Your Name). No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

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.
Agency Relations Coordinator – Community Programs

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Agency Relations Coordinator – Community Programs
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19)

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market, and other commercial sources. This recovered produce is provided free of charge to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across Southern California, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview:  Food Forward is seeking an organized, outgoing, and detail-oriented Agency Relations (AR) Coordinator to join our team. The AR Coordinator will report to the Associate Director of Community Programs and focus their efforts on facilitating the distribution of recovered produce throughout Southern California. The AR Coordinator will achieve this by gaining an intimate knowledge of our receiving agencies and their needs as well as collaborating with the Backyard Harvest and Farmers Market Recovery Program staff to understand the timing, quantity, quality and types of produce being donated to Food Forward and coordinating the onboarding and maintenance of receiving agencies. The AR Coordinator will also be responsible for scheduling visits and coordinating volunteer opportunities with our agency partners. This position will work closely with our Wholesale Recovery Agency Relations staff, supporting them as needed, and will be primarily based out of Food Forward’s headquarters in North Hollywood, with occasional work out of our office in Ventura and the Produce Pit Stop in Bell. 

The ideal candidate is passionate about improving food systems and eradicating hunger, and is able to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment. They will need to be able to multitask, think critically, communicate clearly, and demonstrate strong decision-making and time management skills. Having a collaborative mindset and ability to negotiate the needs of Food Forward with those of receiving agencies will be critical to the success of this position. The person in this role will have access to a Food Forward vehicle for many work-related tasks but occasional personal vehicle usage will be required. Applicable mileage will be eligible for reimbursement at standard IRS rates.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the onboarding and program placement of all new receiving agencies
  • Maintain strong partner relations and assist in the coordination, scheduling, and tracking of receiving agency pick-ups and deliveries
  • Maintain and update receiving agency information in Food Forward’s databases (CITRA and Fusionware) in an accurate and timely manner
  • Assist in the development of weekly, monthly and annual reports
  • Identify, track and resolve problems in a timely manner between receiving agencies, Food Forward, and other partners
  • Respond promptly to inquiries from receiving agencies and other Food Forward staff or partners
  • Create, maintain and update programmatic & administrative materials as they relate to Agency Relations
  • Coordinate and lead the site visit process to partner agencies
  • Ad hoc duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bilingual: Proficient in English and Spanish
  • High School Diploma/GED or equivalent work experience
  • Computer literate and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Google Workspace
  • Maintain Valid Class C Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule and early hours on occasion 

Physical Requirements:

  • Periodically able to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt position
Compensation: $19.71 per hour

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, Agency Relations Coordinator – Community Programs  – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

*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.
Development Data Supervisor

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Development Data Supervisor
Hours: Full-Time, exempt
Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19)

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eight Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest last year alone. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking candidates for the position of Development Data Supervisor. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, they will work with a fast-paced development team and provide support in all areas of fundraising, including from individuals, foundations, events, and more. A primary focus of this position is to act as key administrator of the Salesforce database, ensuring accurate recordkeeping on Food Forward’s universe of supporters. In addition, the Development Data Supervisor will administer the online giving platform (Classy) and other integrations. They will also work closely with the Finance team, generating income reports, compiling data, assisting in reconciliation, and providing overall support to make sure financial records are accurate across the organization.

The Supervisor will be a database expert who understands the power of good data analysis in designing and implementing donor outreach. The ideal candidate will be able to see the story behind the numbers and use the data to impact messaging. They should also understand the fundamentals of nonprofit fundraising and the need for accurate information in managing donor relationships. The ideal candidate will have a positive, “can-do” attitude and the ability to work collaboratively with all staff and volunteers in a diverse and brisk environment; is self-motivated and highly organized, with exceptional attention to accuracy; is flexible with the ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously; exercises good judgment in handling confidential donor information; and has a keen passion for food justice and strong alignment with Food Forward’s core values (see below).

Core Responsibilities

Data Entry, Gift Acknowledgments, and Reconciliation:

  • Manage processing of all financial gifts; assist in valuation and recordkeeping of in-kind donations. Enter gifts into Salesforce database with accurate coding and donor information, soliciting team input when needed.
  • Work with development staff to produce an accurate and timely gift acknowledgement and tax receipt process following compliance protocols; ensure regular updates to acknowledgment text; generate donor pledge reminders and invoices.
  • Manage donors’ inquiries about donation records and acknowledgements; ensure timely ‘customer service.’
  • Batch and report all donations to the finance staff on a timely basis following organization protocols; manage the month-end reconciliation process to ensure the smooth transfer of data to the finance staff, as well as year-end reconciliation and audit prep as requested.

Systems and CRM Management:

  • Manage all aspects of Salesforce database administration, including data integrity, back-up, and security.
  • Manage online giving platform (Classy), including campaign implementation, troubleshooting, and reporting.
  • Develop efficient systems of data sharing with other departments, ensuring donor confidentiality.
  • Strategize and implement data enrichment and other integrations to accomplish organization’s goals.
  • Model proficiency in use of the database and stay current on Salesforce updates and best practices.
  • Ensure data quality by following, establishing, and regularly updating quality assurance protocols, processes, and documentation.
  • Manage vendor relationships to support development operations.

Reporting and Other Operations:

  • Produce accurate queries, complex reports, donor lists needed by development staff and CEO, including campaigns and mailings, events, moves management, prospect tracking, donor trends, analytics, and other tailored reports on a routine and as needed basis.
  • Help development staff manage dashboards on revenue progress and moves management.
  • Maintain accurate records of correspondence and campaign results.
  • Work with communications staff to support data sharing and reporting for online campaigns.
  • Communicate proactively to CDO and development staff about donor feedback, trends, and daily operations.
  • Keep informed of Food Forward public messaging to ensure accurate donor interactions.
  • Occasionally work evenings or weekend special events which may require Southern California travel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum 3 years of experience with nonprofits, preferably in fundraising
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in Salesforce administration
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications required
  • High-level expertise with MS Excel, data analysis, and data visualization tools
  • Understanding of basic bookkeeping is a plus

Application Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews in progress.
Desired Start Date: November 1, 2021
Hours: Full-time, exempted with occasional evening and weekend hours
Compensation: $25.00 – $27.50 per hour

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read: Development Data Supervisor – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

*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 vel 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, verse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.
Wholesale Recovery Program (WRP) Driver

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Truck Driver
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: City of Bell, CA

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eight Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest last year alone. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking an organized, energetic, and detail-oriented WRP Truck Driver to join our team. The WRP Truck Driver will report to the WRP Manager. The Driver will be responsible for early-morning produce pick-ups from donors at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal and surrounding areas, delivery of donations to receiving agencies, and accurately entering incoming donations into Food Forward’s inventory management system. The Driver is expected to provide great customer service, keep in constant contact with the dispatch team, and enter invoices daily. The schedule will be 5 days a week, from as early as 4 am to about 2:30 pm depending on program needs.

The ideal candidate is passionate about improving food systems and eradicating hunger in a fast-paced environment and is a skilled driver and communicator. They will need to be able to think critically and demonstrate strong decision-making and time management skills as well as have a strong working knowledge of the produce industry and general growing seasons.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Complete daily routes in a safe and time efficient manner, taking direction from dispatch team
  • Decipher quality and perishability of 100’s of varieties of produce
  • Load and Unload produce donations
  • Process orders in Food Forward’s Inventory management system, maintaining accurate records
  • Ensure proper food handling and safety protocols are followed by staff members
  • Assist warehouse staff as needed during busy windows of operation in moving produce in and out of the warehouse or refrigerator
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Produce handling experience 5+ years
  • Current experience driving 24 – 26ft box truck in compliance of traffic and safety laws
  • Valid Class B driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Bilingual, Spanish and English
  • Good geographical knowledge of Greater Los Angeles
  • Ability to operate heavy equipment such as: Pallet Jack and Electric Pallet Jack
  • Must be willing to work flexible schedule and early hours.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to repeatedly lift and carry materials weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed.
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors.

Application Deadline: Open
Desired Start Date: Open
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Compensation: $19.80 – $21.75 per hour

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, WRP Driver – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

No phone calls, please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

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
Wholesale Recovery Program (WRP) Warehouse Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Warehouse Coordinator 
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: City of Bell, CA

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 200 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eleven Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. See our core values posted below. 

Position Overview:  Food Forward is seeking a detail-oriented Warehouse Coordinator to join our wholesale recovery team.  The WRP Warehouse Coordinator will report to the WRP Warehouse Supervisor and must have extensive produce handling and warehousing experiences. The ideal candidate must be able to work early hours and with flexible schedules. They will work closely and effectively with team members, have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.

The Warehouse Coordinator will help oversee the receiving, sorting, and distributing of millions of pounds of fresh produce. The Warehouse Coordinator will rely heavily on material handling equipment to complete their tasks. The success of the individual will ensure that Food Forward continues to provide fresh and healthy produce to the community. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support WRP Warehouse Supervisor to manage warehousing, receiving, inventory, and distribution processes and procedures.
  • Loading and Unloading incoming and outgoing inventory.
  • Creating and Maintaining a welcoming environment for all Food Forward stakeholders, training and supervision of warehouse volunteers in coordination with Food Forward’s Outreach Department.
  • Assist in the implementation of warehouse safety and security protocol to stay compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Ensure all safety procedures are being followed by all persons entering the facility.  This includes Food Forward staff, guests, receiving agencies, and volunteers. 
  • Ad Hoc duties as needed

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2 – 5 years of produce warehousing, shipping and receiving experience, and inventory control and management
  • 2 – 5 years of produce handling experience (ability to decipher quality & perishability)
  • 2 – 5 years of experience with forklifts, electric/manual pallet jacks, etc…

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical ability to frequently lift and carry materials weighing 25 – 70 pounds
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Ability to work in a refrigerated environment. (temperatures as low as 32°F)

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Compensation: $19.71 per hour

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance

How to Apply: 

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, WRP Warehouse Coordinator – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

*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.

Since Food Forward’s inception, staff, volunteers, and interns have rescued millions of servings of fruits and vegetables, helping to feed millions of people across 8 Southern California counties and beyond this year alone.

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