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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

Chief Operating Officer

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Chief Operating Officer
Hours: Full-time, exempted
Location: North Hollywood, CA with occasional travel (this position is temporarily a hybrid position 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 Chief Operating Officer will report to the Chief Executive Officer and assume a strategic leadership role in the overall day-to-day management of the organization. The Chief Operating Officer will have primary responsibility for developing and implementing the strategic plan and goals for the organization, as well as daily responsibility for (i) Organizational Management; (ii) Programmatic Operations, (iii) Finance and Accounting, (iv) Human Resources; (v) Facilities; & (v) Data and Technology.

This person must be highly organized, able to anticipate and respond with agility, prioritize projects, and meet deadlines. They will have expertise in setting organizational strategic plans, managing multiple workflows, and developing talent. This candidate will nurture a culture of inclusion where innovation can thrive, and will have a proven track record of guiding an organization through growth, setting direction, and navigating sometimes ambiguous and ever-evolving challenges.

Core Responsibilities:

Organizational Oversight

  • Along with the Chief Executive officer, provide leadership to the organization which includes collaborating with other team members and providing support and feedback as needed
  • Leading the development and implementation of strategies, policies, procedures, and business plans needed to enhance organizational growth from an operational, financial and compliance perspective
  • Preparing and presenting reports to the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors

Leadership

  • Direct supervision over the heads of the Programs, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, and Data & Tech teams
  • Foster a growth-oriented, cross-collaborative and encouraging environment across all departments.
  • Keep employees and management informed and accountable to goal tracking, company policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Lead initiatives aimed at professional development and staff retention

Compliance and Fiscal Controls

  • Thorough understanding of financial reporting, IT and Human Resources; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, budgeting, business analysis & information systems
  • Working closely with the Board of Directors, especially around strategic planning and finance
  • Deep collaborating with the senior leadership team to create, implement, communicate and train for operational success. This includes processes, internal infrastructure, reporting systems and company policies all designed to foster growth and efficiencies within the company while retaining Food Forward’s organizational culture

Minimum Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree required; MBA or similar advanced degree preferred
  • At least 7 years of experience in senior operations management and/or executive level of expertise in a non-profit, human services or food-based organization with 40 staff or greater, and/or a budget of $7M or greater
  • A demonstrable high level of business and financial acumen, including successful P&L management
  • A history of providing vision, rigorous analysis, anticipating future consequences, risks, and trends, and incorporating them into the organizational plan
  • Ability to scale up an organization while effectively building staff capacity
  • Self-motivated/directed—enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react, as necessary, even if limited information is available; not hesitant to lead through difficult situations; can take unpopular stands when necessary while thriving via collaboration
  • A comprehensive high-level understanding an array of logistics software/IT work flows, plus specific IT platforms, such as Ruby on Rails, PHP and WordPress
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an intuituve sense of diplomacy and emotional intelligence
  • Valid California Driver’s License in good standing
  • Ability to work some weekends and occasionally travel throughout the SoCAL region, and beyond

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: TBD
Hours: Full-Time, exempted
Salary: TBD

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, Chief Operating Officer – (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 Operations Supervisor

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Development Operations Supervisor
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, 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 Operations Supervisor. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, they will work with a fast-paced Development team and provide support in all areas of fundraising. A primary focus of this position is to act as key administrator of the Salesforce database, ensuring accurate record-keeping of and service to Food Forward supporters. The Development Operations Supervisor will administer Food Forward’s online giving platforms in order to ensure donors have a seamless giving experience. 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 to inform messaging. They should 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 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.*

Core Responsibilities

Gift Processing and Donor Services

  • Manage processing of all financial gifts and 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.’
  • Keep informed of Food Forward public messaging to ensure accurate donor interactions.

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.
  • Stay current on Salesforce updates and best practices.
  • Ensure data quality by following, establishing, and regularly updating quality assurance processes and documentation; train staff.
  • Manage vendor relationships to support development operations.

Operational Effectiveness

  • Batch and report donations to the finance staff following organization protocols; manage the month-end reconciliation process, as well as year-end audit prep as requested.
  • 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 with the development team 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 use or administration
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications required
  • Experience with online donation platforms preferred
  • Expertise with MS Excel, data analysis, or data visualization tools
  • Understanding of basic bookkeeping is a plus

Application Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews in progress.
Desired Start Date: TBD
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt with occasional evening and weekend hours
Compensation: $26.24 – $27.55 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 Operations 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.
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

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

New 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: $95,000.00 to $110,000.00

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.
Major Gifts Manager

Organization: Food Forward, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Major Gifts Manager
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 Major Gifts Manager to steward its growing universe of supporters and expand the individual giving program. The Manager will work closely with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) to develop strategy and implement research, relationship-building, solicitation, and stewardship. Current strategies include: three major campaigns (online, mail, and event); cultivation events in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties; personal solicitation by the Founder/CEO, board, and volunteer fundraisers; planned giving; and ongoing email and social media. The Manager will work directly with the CDO and collaborate with an effective Development team managing multiple revenue streams. 

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.

Success in Year One

In their first year, the Manager will be expected to:

  • Develop an annual calendar and moves-management system for solicitation and stewardship of individual donors.
  • Create a dashboard for tracking key performance indicators.
  • Proactively engage CDO and CEO to implement specialized plans for key donors; goal of three to five leadership gifts.
  • Collaborate with development and communications teams to create an annual plan for cultivation of mid-range and grassroots donors to ensure a “pipeline” for major gift growth.
  • Create effective donor outreach materials for three campaigns: end of year, Spring event, and mid-year.
  • Outline sustainable strategy and benchmarks for increasing revenue in 2023, aligned with organization goals.

Core Responsibilities

Planning and management

  • Manage systems for individual donor solicitation and stewardship by the CEO, CDO, board, and other volunteers, including research, briefing materials, and scheduling.
  • Maintain data-driven understanding of donors to identify opportunities for growth, enhancement of the program, and reporting for board and leadership
  • Work with CDO to develop annual fundraising goals and operational plans; participate in budgeting and cashflow reporting.
  • Manage donor information, including vetting research, connections, meeting notes, and correspondence; work with the team to ensure confidentiality and data integrity. 

Donor cultivation and stewardship

  • Work with CEO and CDO to build relationships with donors, ensuring personal attention and service.
  • Spearhead portfolio growth, including engaging leadership, board, and advisors to funnel prospects into a solicitation pipeline.
  • Implement an enhanced planned giving strategy.
  • Produce appeals, updates, and other correspondence in alignment with organization messaging and brand guidelines; work with the communications team on marketing collateral; execute virtual and in-person donor events in coordination with development staff.
  • Oversee major gift recordkeeping and acknowledgements with development staff for compliance and stewardship.

Other support

  • Keep informed of Food Forward public messaging and programs to ensure accurate donor communications.
  • Occasionally work evenings or weekends for special events, which may require Southern California travel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Three years’ experience in developing donor outreach programs including personal solicitation, events, mail and digital campaigns, donor management systems, and working with giving circles and advisors.
  • Experience with portfolios of donors in the five-to-seven-figure giving level is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated success in project management.
  • Experience working with donor databases or CRM; Salesforce background is preferred.

Application Deadline: Rolling interviews starting May 2022

Desired Start Date: July 2022

Salary: $70,000 – $77,500

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: Major Gifts Manager – (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.
Wholesale Recovery Program (WRP) Sourcing and Procurement (S&P) Manager

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Wholesale Recovery Program (WRP) Sourcing and Procurement (S&P) Manager
Hours: Full-time
Location: Los Angeles, 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:  As a key member of the Wholesale Recovery Program, the S&P Manager  will report to the Managing Director of the Wholesale Recovery Program  and form part of the WRP management team.  The S&P  Manager will ensure that Food Forward continues to grow and diversify its sources of produce, by cultivating existing relationships and bringing in new sources of produce  The S&P  Manager will be responsible for achieving optimal arrangements related to produce procurement by executing on key strategic initiatives, developing industry insights, and understanding market trends and conditions.

The ideal candidate has 5+ years’ experience in a similar role, is very  knowledgeable  about the produce industry, and is passionate about improving food systems and eradicating hunger. They must be a team player, highly organized, adaptable,  and have strong analytical and communication (written and verbal) skills.  

Core Responsibilities:

  • Partner with senior leadership to develop and manage produce sourcing and  procurement needs
  • Work closely with WRP Manager to ensure alignment in procurement, warehouse, and distribution needs
  • Identify, meet and travel to new and diverse produce partners (suppliers) to support future growth. 
  • Create Produce procurement relationship management process
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with growers, vendors, logistics companies, and other stakeholders in order to achieve objectives
  • Attend industry conferences to identify potential partners, opportunities  and gain industry insights.
  • Develop, implement and manage  3PL vendor processes.  Includes contracts, research,  and administration
  • Mange  procurement contracts and reporting 
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  • Participate in budget, goal setting and direction based on key performance indicators
  • Monitor key commodity markets and provide forecast information
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and meet reporting and performance deadlines.
  • Develop and deliver  weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports on donors, produce, and other vendors related to procurement

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5+ years experience in produce sourcing and  procurement
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft and Google suites, Excel and Sheet are a must
  • Must understand PACA regulations, COOL requirements, food safety and traceability as it pertains to fresh produce.
  • Working knowledge of sourcing,  procurement, logistics, and inventory management
  • Strong understanding of commodity markets, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Fluent in English and Spanish

Physical Requirements:

● Ability to lift 40-60 lb boxes
● Ability to drive large Vans and P/U type trucks
● A valid drivers’ license 

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full-Time
Salary: TBD

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

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, WRP S&P Manager  – (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 12 California counties and beyond.

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