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JOIN OUR TEAM

Food Forward works to fight hunger 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 Communications

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Director of Communications
Hours: Full-Time, exempted
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 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: The Director of Communications will report to the Executive Director, and will lead, create, strategize, and implement campaigns for all mission-driven work at Food Forward, including special events, fundraising, and general brand awareness. This person is responsible for shepherding Food Forward’s compelling voice through all media platforms, including digital and social media, public relations, visual communications and branding, fundraising campaigns, and government relationships. They possess the talent, confidence, and experience to inspire staff, organizational leadership, and a large, diverse community of supporters to grow Food Forward’s reputation as a leading force in food recovery.

This person must be highly organized, proactive by nature, deeply technically savvy and extremely creative with the ability to think outside-of-the-box, prioritize projects, and meet deadlines. They must have excellent written and verbal communications skills, be very well-versed in social media strategy and execution as well as analytical tools and evaluation. A bilingual (English/Spanish) candidate is desired. The ideal candidate will have pre-existing relationships with national, local, and mainstream media and a proven track record in securing regular press pieces on behalf of a brand or organization. Experience in writing op-eds or communications to elected officials is a plus. This person is a powerful storyteller for Food Forward who can champion the organization’s impact on food equity and environmental sustainability. They are passionate about food and social justice issues, and must be well-versed in inclusive and empowering communications.

Core Responsibilities:

Digital Media
Social Media

  • Envision, build and lead social media strategies on existing platforms (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter) and future social platforms.  Identify opportunities to remain current with trends and best practices
  • Lead or guide the Outreach & Communications Coordinator to create content for a robust and compelling content calendar and campaigns
  • Create, implement, and optimize social media ad campaigns and digital fundraising strategies, and apply retargeting assets (pixels, links, etc)
  • Analyze and track social media metrics to grow Food Forward’s audience and measure campaign goals, and adjust strategies based on outcomes

Website

  • Oversee the creation of content including updates and blogs for Food Forward’s website
  • Manage Food Forward’s web developer on all website updates
  • Work with Food Forward’s Data and Technology Manager to utilize assessment tools such as Google Analytics to analyze website performance, identify improvements in user experience, and grow users to the site
  • Work with FF Data and Technology manager to execute and analyze Google Search advertising campaigns

Email Marketing

  • Strategize, oversee and review the creation and schedule of all email campaigns, including a bi-weekly newsletter and other regular newsletters, that are sent to an audience of approximately 10K contacts
  • Utilize MailChimp campaign features like A/B testing, journey building, send time optimization, audience segmentation, and automation
  • Analyze and track email metrics to adjust strategies and increase engagement and fundraising
  • Offer leadership to other departments and programs to grow Food Forward’s mailing list

Public Relations

  • Strategize, create and maintain an ambitious in-depth annual communications plan to increase the presence of Food Forward in all media outlets (TV, digital, print) by developing and pitching stories about the organization and campaigns
  • Write and disseminate all press releases, media alerts, and informational documents to targeted audiences with the aim to have Bilingual (English/Spanish) materials available
  • Serve as the key point of contact for all media requests
  • Identify and provide training for staff participation in media and presentations
  • Track media coverage, and build and maintain relationships with media contacts across Southern California and national outlets; with an eye dedicated towards expanding relationships with major media outlets
  • Represent and speak on behalf of Food Forward at presentations, conferences, and events

Visual Communications and Branding

  • Further develop brand identity as the organization and its programs evolve, while maintaining brand consistency across all platforms and materials 
  • Conceptualize and oversee the creation of Food Forward’s annual report, flyers, banners, posters, infographics, and other marketing materials
  • Review and approve requests for logo, branding, and language usage by partners
  • Proofread all external materials written about and on behalf of Food Forward
  • Create, conceptualize, and oversee the creation of collateral for organization, fundraising, events, and campaigns
  • Oversee the maintenance of Food Forward’s photo and video library
  • Vet, engage, and oversee outside consultants or contractors on communications and social media content

Development

  • Strategize and collaborate with Food Forward’s Development team on all fundraising campaigns, special events, and partnership opportunities to meet goals
  • Create and oversee the generation of content and engagement across all digital media platforms that inspires users to donate and/or fundraise
  • Identify and cultivate external speaking opportunities for the organization’s Executive Director

Management

  • Manage the Outreach & Communications Coordinator and any future communications team members
  • Create and manage the annual communications budget
  • Act as the point of contact and organizational leader for all internal staff and Board inquiries around communications

Minimum Requirements:

  • 6+ years experience relevant professional experience leading teams in public relations, digital marketing, media and/or community outreach. Nonprofit experience is desired.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications
  • Advanced skills in Canva, Adobe Creative Cloud or other graphic design and photo and video editing tools
  • 4+ years experience writing, pitching, and coordinating press and media stories
  • 4+ years of Google Analytics and social media management and analytics tools (Later, etc)
  • 4+ years CMS platforms and basic HTML (WordPress, etc)
  • 4+ years of utilizing marketing platforms (MailChimp, etc)
  • 4+ years of creating and executing social media campaigns across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube ( Linkedin experience not required but preferred.)

Application Deadline: Nov 19, 2021 or until filled
Desired Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Full-Time, exempted
Salary: Commensurate with 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, Director of Communications – (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.
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: Commensurate with 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, 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.
Backyard Harvest Program Coordinator – LA County

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) non-profit
Position: Backyard Harvest Program Coordinator – LA County
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 a Backyard Harvest (BYH) Coordinator to join our Backyard Harvest Program. The BYH Coordinator will report to the BYH Sr. Manager and Supervisor and work to improve programmatic efficiency and deepen the program’s impact in LA County. They will also closely work with other program 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 BYH Supervisor in the planning of, day-of organizing and participation in volunteer engagement activities

Program Operations:

  • Organize monthly event data via Food Forward’s data system CITRA
  • Responsible for equipment inventory and repair needs
  • 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 regional equipment hubs
  • Help draft content for program related and org wide newsletters, blogs, social media and other external communication
  • Assist in the prospecting of new community partners
  • 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
  • High School diploma/GED or equivalent work experience
  • 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: October 2021
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
  • Telecommuting and Work Flexibility

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, BYH 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.
Community Program Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501c3 non-profit
Position:  Community Program Coordinator
Hours: Full-Time, non-exempt
Location: Los Angeles and Ventura Counties

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:  The Community Program Coordinator will directly report to the Managing Director of Programs.  This person will play an important role in supporting, maintaining and expanding Community Programs, which include the Farmers Market Recovery and  Backyard Harvest Programs in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. This position is an entry-level position and provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the food justice community, while working to grow the program’s presence across Southern California. The Coordinator is the bridge between Food Forward’s wonderful volunteers, volunteer leaders, receiving agencies, and organizational needs. 

We are looking for someone extremely detail-oriented who can work both independently and collaboratively, in-person and remotely, to participate, schedule, coordinate logistics for weekly events. They will be responsible for reviewing and organizing large amounts of data and information, and communicating in a clear, concise and timely manner with a variety of stakeholders. 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.  This position requires work Sunday through Wednesday with flexibility for the fifth day of the week.

Core Responsibilities:

Program Operations and Logistics

  • Transport materials and equipment between the office, markets, harvests, and receiving agencies using Food Forward’s vehicles (a utility/cargo  van and a large truck with bed) throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County 2 -3 days per week
  • Coordinate all aspects of gleaning events:
    • Recruit, train and retain event leaders
    • Coordinate receiving agencies for pick-up and drop-offs
    • Conduct timely and effective communication with a variety of stakeholders (Hunger relief agencies, market management, potential partners, etc…) to achieve program objectives
  • Maintaining accurate metrics, performing data collection and data entry via Excel, Google Suite & CITRA (Food Forward’s proprietary database)
  • Procure, secure, maintain and stock storage locations
  • Lead Farmers Market Recovery and Backyard Harvest events as needed
  • Act as support staff to the volunteers when out in the field
  • Maintain and repair equipment as needed

Community Engagement:

  • Serve as a community ambassador for Food Forward
  • Assist in the prospecting of new community partners
  • AdHoc duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Mandatory availability from Sunday  to Wednesday
    • Sunday will require being in the field at events, leading, restocking or other ad hoc duties
  • Computer literate and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Google G-Mail, and Google Sheets.
  • Experience driving a van or larger cargo vehicle
  • High School diploma/GED or equivalent work experience
  • Maintain Valid Class C Driver’s license and clean driving record

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry boxes of produce weighing up to 60 lbs repeatedly from ground to vehicles and over unstable ground
  • 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: October 2021
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
  • Telecommuting and Work Flexibility

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, Community Program 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.
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 the answers to the following questions: 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.
Janitorial and Maintenance Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Janitorial and Maintenance Coordinator
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: Bell, 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: Food Forward has three facilities: North Hollywood headquarters, Ventura branch office, and the Produce Pit Stop in the city of Bell. The Janitorial and Maintenance Coordinator reports directly to the Sr. Manager of Human Resources and the position’s primary function is janitorial – deep sanitation, housekeeping, safety, and maintenance of the Bell warehouse. 

The Janitorial and Maintenance Coordinator will support the Operations Coordinator in maintaining Food Forward facilities and equipment as needed.  The ideal candidate must be a team player, be self-motivated, able to prioritize between multiple responsibilities, and takes pride in learning and doing tasks that keep the Food Forward team safe. 

Core Responsibilities:

Janitorial Duties

Daily cleaning and disinfecting of warehouse and office space including but not limited to:

  • Clean and disinfect offices, conference room, and break area
  • Clean and disinfect building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming
  • Clean and sanitize surfaces such as desks, tables, and countertop surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect glass surfaces
  • Clean, disinfect, and restock restrooms
  • Clean docking area
  • Remove waste and empty trash
  • Dusting and cobweb removal
  • Maintain sink floor drain
  • Organize janitorial storage and supply areas
  • Inventory control and restocking of janitorial and warehouse supplies
  • Coordinate delivery schedules of equipment
  • Other duties as assigned

Facility Maintenance Duties

  • Coordinate delivery schedules of equipment
  • Daily pickup of mail
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Organize janitorial storage
  • Organize warehouse space and maintain a safe work environment
  • Inventory control and restocking of janitorial and warehouse supplies
  • Other duties assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • 1+ year of janitorial experience
  • Valid Class C driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • Fluent in Spanish

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
  • Ability to acclimate to hot and cold work environments

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
  • 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, Janitorial and Maintenance 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.
Strategic Partnerships Manager

Organization: Food Forward, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Strategic Partnerships Manager
Hours: Full-Time, exempted
Location: North Hollywood, CA (this position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19)

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, 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: The Strategic Partnerships Manager will report to the Chief Development Officer. They will be responsible for managing a growing portfolio of corporate and other partnerships for fundraising and raising awareness about Food Forward’s impact. They will seek out, engage and maintain a wide array of income-generating corporate and event sponsorships, passive income relationships, and culinary and other creative partnerships throughout the year.

The ideal candidate must be a self-starter and possess exceptional communication, written, and critical thinking skills. They should be extremely proactive, personable, possess excellent multitasking and negotiation skills, and be able to keep small and large projects on schedule. They will demonstrate excellent leadership and project management skills; proficiency in creating and adhering to project timelines; enthusiasm and creativity; high level of professionalism with all stakeholders, including VIPs; and a high interest in learning. They will be flexible, a team player, able to work well under pressure, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, open-space environment.

The candidate should be passionate about hunger and food justice issues. Food Forward is rapidly expanding, and this position has strong potential for growth!

Core Responsibilities:

  • Create new and manage existing income-generating corporate partnerships, including negotiating sponsorship packages; submitting required grant/sponsorship applications; goal-setting; and budgeting.
  • Seek out, execute, and manage an array of revenue-generating, brand-building promotions with local restaurants, chefs, retailers, food businesses, and others.
  • Represent Food Forward to potential partners and supporters, including through presentations and employee-engagement activities.
  • Field inquiries from prospective partners; prioritize potential partnerships based on revenue, audience reach, and Food Forward objectives.
  • Work with the Development team to amplify opportunities for corporate support, including employee matching funds and team fundraising.
  • Plan and execute public events with the Development and Volunteer teams, including vendor relationships, negotiating agreements, and overseeing compliance.
  • Work with Communications and Development teams to establish timelines and content for creative marketing, social media, and promotion of partnerships and events.
  • Undertake research; conduct regular analysis of the donor base; and manage the prospects pipeline for partnership opportunities.
  • Vet partners prior to engagement to ensure they are on mission and fit the culture/values of Food Forward.
  • Work with CDO to develop annual projections and report cash flow.
  • Create accurate and easy-to-digest reports for leadership, board of directors, and external stakeholders.
  • Act as key staff liaison to Food Forward’s Culinary Advisory Board and Earned Income Committee.
  • Maintain ongoing awareness about Food Forward activities for informed conversations with corporate partners; strategize with Development and Communications teams on creative ways to market Food Forward’s reach and impact.
  • Assist with additional development projects to expand Food Forward’s fundraising capacity.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum 4 years of experience in nonprofit development or nonprofit communications field or equivalent for-profit social responsibility experience.
  • Demonstrated 2 years experience in a mid-level or project management role in at least one of the following areas: corporate responsibility programs, grants, cause marketing, public relations, or event promotion.
  • Basic graphic design skills and comfort with minimal art direction as it relates to branding and layout.
  • Experience preparing and managing project budgets and producing financial reports.
  • Experience using Salesforce and/or similar CRM software; skilled in Microsoft Office Suite and Google platforms.
  • Must be willing and available to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • A valid driver’s license, reliable source of transportation, and ability to navigate Southern California.

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
Salary: $62,500 – 67,500

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. The subject line should read, Strategic Partnerships Mgr. – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include the answers to the following questions: 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.
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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