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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

Grants Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Hours: Full-Time

Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is currently hybrid office/work from home)

Organization 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, farmers markets, growers, and wholesalers at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and beyond. This recovered produce is provided free of charge to people experiencing food insecurity through hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways, such as food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. See foodforward.org. Our core values are posted below.

Position Overview: 

Food Forward is seeking candidates for a new position of Grants Coordinator to join its growing fundraising team. Working primarily with the Grants Manager, the Coordinator will provide critical support for the grant-seeking process, helping to cultivate and steward grants from foundations and government sources. Specifically, the person in this role will help draft and proofread proposals and reports that communicate the organization’s programs and accomplishments in a clear and compelling way, as well as keep detailed records about funders and grant requirements. The role provides a great opportunity to learn about developing nonprofit programs and the philanthropic landscape. 

The ideal candidate will have a positive, “can-do” attitude and is able to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers in a diverse and fast-paced environment; is highly self-motivated, proactive,  and organized, with exceptional attention to accuracy; is flexible and has 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. The candidate will demonstrate their ability to write persuasively and have excellent interpersonal communication skills to engage a wide range of donors and philanthropic staff.

Core Responsibilities:

– Work closely with the Grants Manager to ensure timely and accurate completion of the grants lifecycle: research, outreach, letters of inquiry, proposals, site visits, and reporting

– Assist Grants Manager in researching and compiling necessary documentation for grant applications and reporting requirements

– Coordinate and support the monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects funded by grants

– Maintain Salesforce CRM for grants management and detailed records about funders

– Work with development team to ensure accurate and timely acknowledgement process for both stewardship and compliance

– Prepare CEO, CDO, Grants Manager, board members, and others for funder meetings, site visits, and other cultivation

– Assist the team with fundraising campaigns, such as list management, donor outreach, writing and proofreading, events as needed

– Keep informed about Food Forward activities for accurate and engaging funder communications; conduct food system research to contextualize and inform Food Forward’s work

– Support the organization with other special projects as needed

Minimum Requirements:

– Excellent written communication skills; demonstrated ability to manage deadlines required

– One to three years’ experience in nonprofit grant writing or fundraising preferred

– Experience working with Salesforce and/or similar CRM or donor software is highly valued

– High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications required

– Administrative support experience is a bonus

– Must be willing and available to work occasional nights and weekends

– Bachelor’s degree preferred

Application Deadline: Rolling interviews starting August 2022

Desired Start Date: September 2022

Salary: $47,000 – $52,000 (Non-exempt)

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 [email protected]. 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: Grants Coordinator – (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.

Development Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Hours: Full-Time

Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is currently hybrid office/work from home)

Organization 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, farmers markets, growers, and wholesalers at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and beyond. This recovered produce is provided free of charge to people experiencing food insecurity through hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways, such as 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. See foodforward.org. Our core values are posted below.

Position Overview: 

Food Forward is seeking candidates for a Development Coordinator to join its growing fundraising team. The Coordinator will provide critical support for the organization’s fundraising efforts to cultivate and steward the donors who provide support for our work. Specifically, the person in this role will help coordinate schedules, draft letters and emails, keep detailed records, and manage projects that help donors feel engaged and appreciated. The role provides a great opportunity to learn more about many facets of nonprofit development, including grants, corporate sponsorships, online giving, and events.

The ideal candidate demonstrates a real interest in fundraising for nonprofits. They will have a positive, “can-do” attitude and is able to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers in a diverse and fast-paced environment; is highly self-motivated, proactive, and organized, with exceptional attention to accuracy; is flexible and has 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. The candidate will demonstrate their ability to write clearly and have excellent interpersonal communication skills to work with the team and engage a wide range of donors.

Core Responsibilities:

– Work closely with the Development Operations Supervisor to ensure timely and accurate completion of donor acknowledgements and other correspondence

– Ensure all constituent records are accurate and up to date in Salesforce CRM including contact and biographical information in collaboration with the development team

– Provide scheduling and administrative support for the department, including working with the development team to prepare CEO, CDO, board members, and others for funder meetings, site visits, and other cultivation

– Assist the development team with fundraising campaigns, such as email list management, donor outreach, writing and proofreading, prospect research, and events

– Work with the communications team on online giving campaigns and prepping educational materials

– Manage inflow of public inquiries from potential supporters; ensure timely responses including other staff if needed

– Maintain inventory of merchandise and other fundraising supplies

– Keep informed about Food Forward activities for accurate and engaging funder communications

– Support the organization with other special projects as needed

Minimum Requirements:

– Excellent written communication skills; demonstrated ability to manage deadlines required

– One to three years’ experience in office work required; nonprofit preferred, especially fundraising or communications

– Experience working with databases like Salesforce or similar CRM or donor database is highly valued

– High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications required

– Administrative support experience is a bonus

– Must be willing and available to work occasional nights and weekends

Application Deadline: Rolling interviews starting August 2022

Desired Start Date: September 2022

Salary: $45,000 – $50,000 (Non-exempt)

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 [email protected]. 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: Development Coordinator – (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.

Backyard Harvest Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Position: Backyard Harvest Program Coordinator – LA County

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt

Location: North Hollywood, 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 250 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 Backyard Harvest (BYH) Coordinator to join our team. The BYH
Coordinator will report to the Associate Dir. of Community Programs (CP) & CP Manager and work to improve
programmatic efficiency and deepen the program’s impact in LA County. They will also closely work with other
staff in LA and Ventura counties. This position provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the Los
Angeles food justice community, while working for a prominent and growing nonprofit. We are looking for
someone extremely detail-oriented who can work both independently and collaboratively, in-person and
remotely, to schedule and coordinate logistics for 25-50+ unique harvest events each month based on the
season. They will be responsible for organizing large amounts of data and information, multi-tasking, and
communicating clearly with a variety of stakeholders. This job will require working occasional weekends and
evenings and includes some seasonal work in the field, but the majority of time will be spent in an office setting.
The ideal candidate for the BYH Coordinator role has experience working with and engaging volunteers, exhibits
excellent people, public speaking and customer service skills, and has a strong interest in issues related to food
waste and recovery, hunger eradication, and food justice. The BYH Program is constantly evolving, and an ideal
candidate will support the growth of the program. 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

Event Coordination:
● Frequent and timely communication via phone, email and text with fruit donors, volunteer event
leaders, and hunger relief agencies to build and maintain positive working relationships
● Lead BYH events, assist with equipment drop offs, harvest pick-ups, and deliveries to hunger relief
agencies

Volunteer Engagement:
● Onboard, train, and oversee 50+ volunteer event leaders who lead harvest events
● Play a key role in managing program assistants and interns
● Assist with the planning and participation in volunteer engagement activities
● Work with the Volunteer team to assist with outreach and Community Ambassador efforts in LA County

Program Operations:
● Organize monthly event data via Food Forward’s data software CITRA
● Conduct regular equipment inventory and identify repair needs
● Serve as the point of contact and maintain relationship with regional equipment hubs
● Assist with updating and developing new training materials for event leaders and create and update BYH
staff workflows and manuals
● Assist with creation and organization of program related information within Google Workspace
● Other duties as assigned

Communication and Community Outreach:
● Serve as the point of contact and maintain relationship with community partners and assist in the
prospecting of new community partners
● Help establish and grow relationships with produce donors of all sizes, including the commercial ag
sector
● Draft content for program related and org wide newsletters, blogs, social media, and other external
communication
● Represent Food Forward at community events, council meetings, universities, etc.
● Ability to communicate with Spanish speaking partners a plus, but not required

Minimum Requirements:
● Computer literate and proficiency in Google Workspace & Microsoft Excel
● Must be willing and available to have a flexible schedule and work occasional weekends
● Ability to drive large utility-style vans and trucks (training is provided) in compliance of traffic and safety
laws
● A valid class C driver’s license with no more than one moving citation on record

Physical Requirements:
● Ability to work both indoors and outdoors
● Ability to lift and move boxes of produce and equipment weighing up to 55 lbs
● 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: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Compensation: $21-$22 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 [email protected] The subject line should read,
BYH Coordinator LA – (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:
● Community Engagement – Working together, we inspire and are inspired by the people in the
communities we serve.
● Equity and Inclusion – We cultivate a diverse workforce that nurtures equity and inclusion.
● Food Justice – We share the abundance of fresh produce and prevent food waste because everyone
deserves access to fresh and nutritious food.
● Integrity – We are honest, accountable, and authentic in our words and actions.
● Joyfulness – We embrace a creative, spirited, and fulfilling environment.

Manager of Data & Impact Analytics

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Manager of Data & Impact Analytics
Hours: Full-time, Exempt
Salary: DOE
Location: North Hollywood

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 100’s of million pounds of fruits and vegetables.
This produce helped to feed millions of people across twelve 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 full-time Manager of Data & Impact Analytics.
The Manager of Data & Impact Analytics will be responsible for building and managing
organization-wide data systems. They will focus their time and energy on developing,
maintaining and analyzing data from our programs, our benchmarks and the communities we
serve. The Manager of Data & Impact Analytics works closely with team members in the
organization including Development, Marketing/Communications, Community Programs and
Wholesale Recovery. The Manager of Data & Impact Analytics, will work to provide in-depth
and accessible analysis/summaries on key metrics for Sr. Leadership, the Board of Directors as
well as any specific information gathered for data sharing with other organizations.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Report Creation & Maintenance
● Develop and manage a system of data dashboards, reports, and visualizations to monitor
key metrics for staff, Senior Leadership and the Board of Directors
● Develop process to gather data from the various softwares/programs used by Food
Forward and outside agencies and integrate the information for analysis
● Produce data visualizations for key events, training, and reports. Collaborate with
Communications on formats for presentations
Analysis
● Analyze food recovery intake and Agency distribution data, identify trends, gaps in
service, impact analysis for external communication
● Gather and analyze new community engagement measures (survey results, focus groups,
qualitative organizational culture metrics)
● Collect and analyze data required for Board of Director meetings, grant reporting, media
requests, and communication to external stakeholders
● Resolve complex issues associated with gathering, assessing, and disseminating large
datasets
● Monitor and report on benchmarks related to the Food Forward Strategic Plan
● Provide timely responses for requests from leadership, development, communications,
Agency Relations and Finance
● Web and media analysis

REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS


• 5-7 years of strong data and project management experience with increasing responsibility and
scope over time
• Outstanding analytical ability, including comfort with statistical analyses and research
methodologies
• Strong command of data manipulation, analysis, and visualization tools such as Tableau,
Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Fusionware or similar, Salesforce, Ruby on Rails
• Experience with SQL, Postgre, Heroku, API strongly preferred
• Knowledge of best practices required for collecting, monitoring, and visualizing data
• Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
• Ability to build engaging data presentations and communicate effectively
• Strong collaboration skills across various stakeholder groups, and the ability to develop tools
and trainings to support team members with varying levels of of proficiency in data analysis and
management
• Knowledge of nonprofit organizations, preferred

Benefits:
● Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage, Simple IRA with 3% employer matching,
Generous Paid-Time-Off policy and Holiday allocation
● Cell phone and internet monthly allowance

How to Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected] The subject line should read,
Data & Impact Analytics (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.

CORE VALUES

● COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Working together, we inspire and are inspired by the
people in the communities we serve.
● EQUITY AND INCLUSION We cultivate a diverse workforce that nurtures equity and
inclusion.
● FOOD JUSTICE We share the abundance of fresh produce and prevent food waste
because everyone deserves access to fresh and nutritious food.
● INTEGRITY We are honest, accountable and authentic in our words and actions.
● JOYFULNESS We embrace a creative, spirited and fulfilling environment.

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 12 California counties and beyond.

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