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JOIN OUR TEAM

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

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

Desired Start Date: January 2023

Salary: $25-$26.25 an hour (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:

● 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.

Strategic Marketing Manager

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Strategic Marketing Manager
Hours: Full-time, Exempt, hybrid
Salary: $70,000-$75,000
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 helps to feed millions of people across twelve Southern California counties and six states and tribal lands. See our core values posted below.

Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking a full-time Strategic Marketing Manager. The Strategic Marketing Manager is a creative storyteller that will be an ambassador of the organization; responsible for seeking marketing opportunities, while developing the social and digital strategy, with a focus on PR-worthy campaigns to advance and elevate the organization’s impact. The candidate is a results-oriented out of the box thinker with experience managing a growing portfolio against rolling and tight deadlines. They are able to conceive an idea and determine the steps to execute a vision with minimal supervision. They will be an integral part of the Communications team reporting to the Director of Communications. The Strategic Marketing Manager works closely with team members across the organization including Development, Community Programs, Agency Relations, and Wholesale Recovery.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

Marketing Strategy
● Develop and implements the annual and digital marketing strategy plan alongside the Communications Director
● Seeks promotion and advertising opportunities to build awareness for each of the Food Forward programs and develops and manages the organization’s advertising strategy
● Research, identifies, and prepares the organization’s requests and submission packages for annual conference and award opportunities
● Creates and implements marketing events
● Ability to use data to craft a narrative that showcases the impact of organization’s work across various audiences
● Experience catering messaging to various audiences
● Works alongside Communications Coordinator to assess marketing KPIs on digital platforms to inform strategy and future plans
● Collaborates with Communications Coordinator and internal departments to identify newsworthy content
● Build media partnerships and manages outreach
● Curates inspirational marketing campaigns in collaboration with Communications Director

Media Relations
● Correspond and build relationships with hunger relief agency partners’ and works with the Communications Coordinator to maintain up-to-date contacts/database
● Has existing media contacts to expand from
● Perform occasional on-site visits to program partners and programmatic events
● Prep staff and ambassadors for media visits and interviews
● Collaborates with Communications Coordinator to draft and prepare award and speaker submission packages
● Attends media shoots as needed
● Becomes proficient in policies and data related to Food Forward to draft talking points
● Excellent writing, researching, and editing skills
● Crafts media and social tool kits, along with press releases and media alerts

Social Media, Content Creators, and Video
● Social Media wizard (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, etc.)
● Develops and implements annual and campaign social media plan and calendar, while assisting with managing the daily social media needs
● Build a roster of like-minded content creators and potential ambassadors
● Knowledge of current trends, media outlets, and how to set trends to engage and grow audiences across social platforms
● Passion for video and developing video content
● Comfortable appearing on camera/on air on short notice, and able to occasionally step in as a surrogate for the Communications team for external media requests.
● Executes additional communications department projects as assigned

REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS
● 4-5 years professional experience in public relations or marketing with an expertise in social media and marketing strategy
● Bachelor’s degree in communications, media relations, marketing, or related field or experience
● Proven track record building an online audience and managing social media platforms, specifically LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat for a company, brand, or nonprofit, along with paid advertising
● Experience drafting and pitching media and newsworthy idea, along with work samples that showcases this work
● Ability to effectively communicate with organizations that serves a diverse population
● Strong organizational, time management skills and possesses independent judgment amongst shifting priorities.
● Outstanding ability to work in fast-paced work culture, managing multiple projects against rolling and tight deadlines
● Knowledge of Adobe Suite is essential; along with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, WordPress, Asana, and Keynote and willingness to learn new platforms
● Strong collaboration skills across various stakeholder groups
● A valid CA drivers license and ability to travel to office locations in Los Angeles and Ventura locations.
● Available to occasionally work weekends and early or after hours

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, Strategic Marketing Manager (Your Name). The cover letter must include answers to the following 1) Where did you discover this listing, 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why? 3) Favorite marketing campaign and why?, and 4) Favorite social media platform and content creator 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.

WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Administrative Assistant

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Administrative Assistant
Location: City of Bell, Los Angeles

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
from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, growers, distributors, the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce
Market, and beyond. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief agencies 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. See our core values below.

POSITION OVERVIEW
Food Forward is seeking an organized and detail oriented WRP Administrative Assistant to join our team. This position will work
under the supervision of the WRP Manager and will be primarily responsible for providing administrative support for the
Wholesale Recovery Program and assisting in keeping operations running smoothly. This person will be a team player, able to
shift between different projects, and be an excellent communicator, able to process information quickly and get their point
across efficiently.
The ideal candidate is passionate about improving food systems and eradicating hunger in a fast-paced environment and is a
quick learner and skilled multi-tasker.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
● Provides administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office/Pit Stop
○Carries out administrative duties such as filing, typing, copying, scanning etc…
○ Answers phone calls, schedules meetings, plans events and supports visitors
○ Invoice processing
○ Data entry into various systems ( Fusionware, Citra, Google Docs, etc…)
● Maintain and order supplies for the program
● Customer Service including meeting and greeting visitors to the Pit Stop
● Operations and Logistics Support
● Assist in the creation and maintenance of program documentation
● Office tech support, administrative training for team and translation
● Process orders in Food Forward’s Inventory management system, maintaining accurate records
● Perform other duties as assigned in support of the organizations mission

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
● Bilingual – Fluent Spanish and English required
● 1 + years of administrative experience
● Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
● Working knowledge of Excel
● Must be willing to start work as early as 6am Monday – Friday

Physical Requirements:
● Ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 35 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.

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt position
Compensation: $24 per hour

BENEFITS
● Medical, Vision, Dental, and Life/Voluntary Insurance coverage, FSA/Dependent Care, Pet Insurance, Simple IRA
with 3% employer matching, Generous Paid-Time-Off policy and Holiday allocation
● Cell phone and internet monthly allowance
Application Deadline: Open
Desired Start Date: Open

HOW TO APPLY
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected] The subject line should read, WRP
Administrative Assistant – (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 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.

Internships

There are no available internships at this time. Please see our volunteer page for current volunteer opportunities.