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JOIN OUR TEAM

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

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

Careers

Marketing Assistant

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

Position: Marketing Assistant

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt, hybrid

Location: North Hollywood 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 district and neighboring agricultural regions. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 250 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helps feed millions of people across 12 Southern California counties, and six neighboring states and tribal lands. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview: Food Forward’s Communications team is seeking an innovative full-time marketing assistant with passion for food justice, the environment, social media, research, and content marketing. This candidate has a proactive drive to identify trending and up-and-coming content creators that align with Food Forward’s mission and brand and the ability to ideate campaigns, build relationships, perform comprehensive research, and work on department projects alongside a high-energy team that inspires in the fight against food insecurity and the reduction of waste. 

Core Responsibilities:

Social Media and Video Creation:

  • Passion and experience managing social accounts including: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok, Linkedin, etc.
  • Manage/support all social media channels and social calendar under the direction of Communications Director
  • Engage and grow audiences across social platforms 
  • Identify content creators and potential partners within the online community
  • Attend department and staff related meetings, workshops, and trainings
  • Correspond with Food Forward Departments for social needs
  • Passion for live streaming content and editing video shorts
  • Collaborating and generating video ideas for social platforms that showcase Food Forward’s work in the community with Communications Coordinator

Analytics and Systems:

  • Manage, develop, and provide reporting on google analytics tracking system
  • Track and communicate social media analytics
  • Work directly with Food Forward IT staff to ensure communications processes and systems are current
  • Manage photo media library alongside Communications Coordinator
  • Assist Communications Coordinator with setting up webinars

Media Relations:

  • Correspond and build relationships with hunger relief agency partners’ communications/marketing team and maintain up-to-date contacts/database
  • Perform occasional on-site visits to agency and program partners
  • Prep staff for media visits and interviews
  • Becoming proficient in policies related to Food Forward and assisting the Communications Coordinate in drafting talking points 

Project Management:

  • Cross departmental project liaison to ensure deliverables are on track, which includes setting up project schedules
  • Managing and maintaining departmental filing and project systems

Research:

  • Initiate and complete assigned research projects that include but are not limited to:
    • Social Strategy development 
    • Content Creator opportunities
    • Press contacts 
    • Conferences and Speaking engagements 
    • Organizations 
    • Event and food distribution lists 
    • Social analytics
    • Partner Research
  • Additional communications department projects as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

●  2 year’s experience in a fast-paced environment — nonprofit or start-up desired

●  Bachelor’s degree in communications, media relations, marketing, or related field or experience

●  Organized and detail-oriented with excellent time management skills

●  Experience managing social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and Twitter for a company, brand, or nonprofit

●  Experience managing social advertising campaigns

●  Experience using Excel, Google Sheets, Keynote and Google Docs

●  Experience in shooting, archiving, and editing video and photos

●  A valid CA driver’s license

Salary and Hours:

● Rate: $19.71-21.29 per hour

● Medical Package Included

How to Apply: 

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, Marketing Assistant – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing. 2) Why your skills, background and passion align with this role? 3) 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.

Grants Coordinator

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

Hours: Full-Time

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

Organization Overview: 

Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity, and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, farmers markets, growers, and wholesalers at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and beyond. This recovered produce is provided free of charge to people experiencing food insecurity through hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways, such as food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. See foodforward.org. Our core values are posted below.

Position Overview: 

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

The ideal candidate will have a positive, “can-do” attitude and is able to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers in a diverse and fast-paced environment; is highly self-motivated, proactive,  and organized, with exceptional attention to accuracy; is flexible and has the ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously; exercises good judgment in handling confidential donor information; and has a keen passion for food justice and strong alignment with Food Forward’s core values. The candidate will demonstrate their ability to write persuasively and have excellent interpersonal communication skills to engage a wide range of donors and philanthropic staff.

Core Responsibilities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Support the organization with other special projects as needed

Minimum Requirements:

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

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

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

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

– Administrative support experience is a bonus

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

– Bachelor’s degree preferred

Application Deadline: Rolling interviews starting August 2022

Desired Start Date: September 2022

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

Benefits:

– Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage

– Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)

– Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation

– Cell phone allowance

– Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply: 

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to 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: Grants Coordinator – (Your Name). No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

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

Food Forward Core Values:

– Creativity: We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.

– Joyfulness: We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.

– Committed to Food Justice: We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.

– Authenticity: We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.

– Disciplined: We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.

– Community-minded: We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.

Development Coordinator

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

Hours: Full-Time

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

Organization Overview: 

Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity, and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, farmers markets, growers, and wholesalers at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and beyond. This recovered produce is provided free of charge to people experiencing food insecurity through hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways, such as food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. See foodforward.org. Our core values are posted below.

Position Overview: 

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

The ideal candidate demonstrates a real interest in fundraising for nonprofits. They will have a positive, “can-do” attitude and is able to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers in a diverse and fast-paced environment; is highly self-motivated, proactive, and organized, with exceptional attention to accuracy; is flexible and has the ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously; exercises good judgment in handling confidential donor information; and has a keen passion for food justice and strong alignment with Food Forward’s core values. The candidate will demonstrate their ability to write clearly and have excellent interpersonal communication skills to work with the team and engage a wide range of donors.

Core Responsibilities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Maintain inventory of merchandise and other fundraising supplies

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

– Support the organization with other special projects as needed

Minimum Requirements:

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

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

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

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

– Administrative support experience is a bonus

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

Application Deadline: Rolling interviews starting August 2022

Desired Start Date: September 2022

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

Benefits:

– Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage

– Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)

– Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation

– Cell phone allowance

– Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply: 

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to 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: Development Coordinator – (Your Name). No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

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

Food Forward Core Values:

– Creativity: We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.

– Joyfulness: We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.

– Committed to Food Justice: We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.

– Authenticity: We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.

– Disciplined: We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.

– Community-minded: We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.

Backyard Harvest Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) non-profit

Position: Backyard Harvest Program Coordinator – LA County

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt

Location: North Hollywood, CA 

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 250 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eleven Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. See our core values posted below.*

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

Core Responsibilities

Event Coordination:             

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

Volunteer Engagement:

  • Onboard, train, and oversee 50+ volunteer event leaders who lead harvest events
  • Play a key role in managing program assistants and interns
  • Assist with the planning and participation in volunteer engagement activities

Program Operations:

  • Organize monthly event data via Food Forward’s data software CITRA
  • Conduct regular equipment inventory and identify 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 2022

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt

Compensation: $20.30 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 LA – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why? 

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

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

 *Food Forward Core Values: 

  • 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.
Executive Team Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Executive Team Coordinator
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 the position of Executive Team Coordinator to provide organizational and
administrative support to the Food Forward leadership team. The Executive Team Coordinator will work closely
with the leadership team and Board of Directors to facilitate scheduling, communications, and general
administrative management.
 
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; and
has a keen passion for food justice and strong alignment with Food Forward’s core values (below).

Core Responsibilities:

Administrative

– Assist with executive meetings and calendars, including scheduling, coordinating meeting notifications and
confirmations, sending reminders, and preparing meeting documents, agendas, and meeting spaces (virtual
and in-person);
– Maintain accurate and detailed calendar of events, due dates, and schedules of executive leadership and
Board of Directors/Board Committees to ensure tasks and activities occur as scheduled;
– Nuanced use of Google Suite, Microsoft Office 365 including Word and Excel, Asana, and Zoom to prepare a
variety of materials from rough drafts or verbal instructions, including reports, memos, forms,
correspondence, visual presentations, expense reports and purchase orders from established guidelines;
– Establish and maintain files, records, logs, and systems relevant to the leadership team and Board of
Director’s ongoing projects;
– Create and maintain a variety of tracking systems, Excel and Google spreadsheets, and databases to
support Food Forward’s activities

Development Team

– Maintain strict confidence by keeping donor, funding prospects, and employee information confidential;
– Assist the development team with scheduling and preparing for meetings with supporters, particularly
involving CEO, CDO, and members of the Board of Directors;
– Prepare and mail donor acknowledgement letters as needed in collaboration with the development team;
– Provide support for development projects, such as organizing mass mailings and other development
campaigns;
– Accurately enter meeting and donor information into the database (Salesforce) and ensure contact records
are up to date;
– Manage inventory of development collateral and order as necessary
 
Board of Directors

– Support Board of Directors and Board committee meetings, schedule in-person meetings and Zoom calls,
prepare and send meeting materials to Board and committee members, and maintain ongoing archival
records;
– Maintain updated contact lists and biographies of the Board of Directors and Council of Advisors;
– Provide research, create materials, and provide other support for Board and governance projects
 
Office Management

– Maintain polite and professional communication on behalf of the executive office;
– Accept mail and packages, organize and deliver to appropriate team members;
– Receive and process confidential and sensitive information with discretion according to established
guidelines and legal standards;
– Prepare correspondence for the organization’s stakeholders, including notes, gifts, and other packages, as
needed;
– Support Operations Supervisor as needed in managing facilities and offices; 
– Receive guests at offices; answer calls, take messages, disperse information and/or direct callers to
appropriate personnel

Other Responsibilities

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

Minimum Requirements:

– At least two years of experience providing executive level support, preferably in a mission driven
environment;
– High level of proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office;
– Experience with task management programs (Asana, Trello, etc.);
– Demonstrated success in managing calendars of multiple stakeholders

Application Deadline: Rolling interviews starting September 2022
Desired Start Date: October 2022
Salary: $45,000 – $48,500

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: Executive Team 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.

Community Programs Manager

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Community Programs Manager
Hours: Full-time, exempt
Location: North Hollywood & Ventura, California

Organizational Overview:

Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 250 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eleven Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview: The Community Programs Manager will report to the Associate Director of Community Programs and focus their efforts on managing, mentoring, and growing the Community Programs (CP) team, which includes the Backyard Harvest (BYH) & Farmers Market Recovery (FMR) Programs and CP Agency Relations staff spanning across Los Angeles and Ventura County.  They will work closely with the Volunteer Engagement Manager to drive the growth and support the needs of our volunteer-powered food recovery programs. 

Food Forward is seeking a proactive and creative problem solver with 3+ years’ experience in a management role. The ideal candidate is passionate about improving food systems and eradicating hunger and must be an adaptable team player, who thrives in a fast paced environment and managing staff across different regions. We will look for this position to manage diverse workflows, identify efficiencies and implement systems to maximize Food Forwards impact in the community and on volunteers. This position will be primarily based out of Food Forward’s offices in North Hollywood and Ventura with occasional work from our Produce Pit Stop in Bell.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train and lead Community Programs staff
  • Create, manage, and track program goals and metrics with the Associate Director of Community Programs
  • Manage, develop & streamline workflows and processes
  • Manage and expand the FMR program to new markets throughout existing regions and play a key role in the evolution of the FMR in a Box model
  • Manage and advise the BYH program and its potential for growth in LA, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties 
  • Manage and guide Agency Relations to best support the FMR and BYH teams
  • Cultivate relationships with Community Programs stakeholders including large produce donors, vendors, market managers, receiving agencies, event leaders, and volunteers
  • Work with the Leadership Team to:
    • Track against Community Programs annual budget 
    • Review monthly expenses and provide audit support
    • Participate in monthly budget process
    • Ensure HR policies and practices are observed
  • Partner with other FF departments to ensure organizational and programmatic goals are met and to coordinate and support media, outreach and donor needs
  • Act as a Food Forward liaison with outside agencies such as CA Dept. of Agriculture, County Depts of Public Health, County Farm Bureaus, and City Recs and Parks Departments, as it relates to program needs
  • Oversee inventory and equipment management and purchasing
  • Coordinate and lead program events and engage in other programmatic field work as needed
  • Assist with and/or manage other projects or ad hoc duties as needed

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

  • 3+ years managing a diverse team of 5 or more direct reports 
  • Proven effective data and project management skills
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft and Google suites, Excel and Google Sheets in particular 
  • Experience with event planning and coordination 
  • Extremely organized and efficient with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, analytical and presentation skills
  • Experience creating and executing goals, metrics projections and budgets 
  • Strong ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability 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
  • A valid drivers’ license and ability to drive large utility vans and trucks

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: October 2022
Hours: Full-time, exempt
Compensation: $60-65,000

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

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.

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, Community Programs Manager – (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where you discovered this listing, and 2) if you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

Food Forward strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply.

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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