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

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

Careers

Grants Coordinator

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

Hours: Full-Time

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

Organization Overview: 

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

Position Overview: 

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

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

Core Responsibilities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Support the organization with other special projects as needed

Minimum Requirements:

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

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

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

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

– Administrative support experience is a bonus

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

– Bachelor’s degree preferred

Application Deadline: Rolling interviews

Desired Start Date: January 2023

Salary: $25-$26.25 an hour (Non-exempt)

Benefits:

– Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage

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

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

– Cell phone allowance

– Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply: 

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected]. In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why? The subject line should read: 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:

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

Development Coordinator

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

Hours: Full-Time

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

Organization Overview: 

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

Position Overview: 

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

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

Core Responsibilities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Maintain inventory of merchandise and other fundraising supplies

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

– Support the organization with other special projects as needed

Minimum Requirements:

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

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

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

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

– Administrative support experience is a bonus

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

Application Deadline: Rolling interviews

Desired Start Date: January 2023

Salary: $25-$26.25 an hour (Non-exempt)

Benefits:

– Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage

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

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

– Cell phone allowance

– Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply: 

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected]. In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why? The subject line should read: Development Coordinator – (Your Name). No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

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

Food Forward Core Values:

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

Manager of Data & Impact Analytics

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Manager of Data & Impact Analytics
Hours: Full-time, Exempt
Salary: $75K+ Salary negotiable and commensurate with experience
Location: North Hollywood

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing
fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and
inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura
counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles
Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief
organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach
agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource
centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs
serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and
thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued 100’s of million pounds of fruits and vegetables.
This produce helps to feed millions of people across twelve Southern California counties and six
states and tribal lands. See our core values posted below.

Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking a full-time Manager of Data & Impact Analytics.
The Manager of Data & Impact Analytics will be responsible for building and managing
organization-wide data systems. They will focus on developing, maintaining, and analyzing data
from our programs, benchmarks, and the communities we serve. The Manager of Data & Impact
Analytics works closely with team members across the organization including Development,
Marketing/Communications, Community Programs, and Wholesale Recovery. The Manager of
Data & Impact Analytics will provide in-depth and accessible analysis and summaries of key
metrics for internal program evaluation by Sr. Leadership and the Board of Directors, as well as
information gathered for external data sharing with other organizations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Report Creation & Maintenance
● Develop and manage a system of data dashboards, reports, and visualizations to monitor
key metrics for staff, Senior Leadership, and the Board of Directors
● Produce data visualizations for key events, training, and reports. Collaborate with
Communications on formats for presentations
● Monitor and report on benchmarks related to the Food Forward Strategic Plan
● Provide timely responses for information requests from Sr. Leadership, Development,
Communications, Agency Relations and Finance

Analysis
● Analyze food recovery intake and agency distribution data to identify trends, gaps in
service, impact analysis for external communication
● Gather and analyze new community engagement measures (e.g. survey results, focus
groups, qualitative organizational culture metrics); develop systems for analysis of online
engagement and media
● Develop process to gather and maintain data from the various software programs used
by Food Forward and outside agencies and integrate the information to analyze program
impact
● Collect and analyze specific program and impact data required for Board of Director
meetings, grant reporting, media requests, and communication to external stakeholders
● Resolve complex issues associated with gathering, assessing, and disseminating large
datasets

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

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

How to Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected] The subject line should read,
Data & Impact Analytics (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you
discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?
No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your
application.

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

CORE VALUES

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

Agency Relations Director

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Agency Relations Director
Hours: Full-time, Exempt
Salary: $90K+ salary commensurate with experience
Location: Los Angeles, CA area/hybrid with some SoCal and beyond travel

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

POSITION OVERVIEW
The Agency Relations (AR) Director is a new Senior Leadership position who will manage the ongoing development, growth, and maintenance of the Agency Relations (AR) Department and its hundreds of Agency Partners (nonprofit community partners that distribute fresh produce such as YMCA, American Heart Association, and Social Justice Learning Center). The AR Director will design and implement protocols, data collection, and policies that strengthen Food Forward’s efficiency and accountability for the distribution of tens of millions of pounds of recovered fresh produce.
The ideal candidate will be a leader who is creative, efficient, and passionate about food justice, hunger relief, and building community. They will have extensive experience in developing and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships that ensure high quality, measurable outcomes for both Food Forward and the hundreds of organizations that distribute produce in their communities. This position requires someone that is extremely organized, collaborative, and flexible in order to meet the needs of various departments and competing priorities. The AR Director will report to the Chief Operating Officer.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Strategic Leadership

  • Partner with Senior Leadership team to develop and implement the strategic vision for the Agency Relations department
  • As a member of the Senior Leadership team, provide feedback and direction on essential projects and decisions that affect the organization

Operations

  • Develop, manage, and meet projected goals for the Agency Relations Department  
  • Prepare and manage department annual budget, monthly expense reporting, and audit support 
  • Develop and manage strategic agency partner relationships to ensure the greatest impact for the communities being served, agency partners, and Food Forward
  • Create and implement policies and procedures to ensure strong partnerships and  accountability
  • Ensure compliance and proper use of all product as directed by agency agreements 
  • Develop and maintain systems for feedback from partner agencies that guide process improvements
  • Develop and manage Agency Relations reporting and analysis
  • Ensure accurate and timely recordkeeping on all agency partner relationships, including donation documentation, engagement metrics, demographic information, contact and logistical information, and other relevant data; 
  • Leverage insights gained from data to inform strategic and operational direction

Team Management

  • Hire, train, and provide consistent direction and mentorship to the Agency Relations team
  • Create, improve, and implement department policies and procedures to ensure streamlined workflows, efficiency, and accountability
  • Ensure policy and procedures are documented and followed

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • 5+ years’ experience managing nonprofit partnerships/external relations and evaluating the success of those relationships
  • 5+ years management experience
  • Experience building large, successful, multi-stakeholder systems in social service networks
  • Proficiency speaking Spanish preferred
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, and database/CRM 
  • Possess reliable transportation, a valid California Driver’s License, and up to date insurance
  • Strong working knowledge of Southern California geography a plus
  • Willingness to travel throughout Southern California on a regular basis, occasionally working early/late hours, evenings, and weekends.
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach, and stoop as needed

BENEFITS

  • Medical, Vision, Dental, and Life/Voluntary Insurance coverage, FSA/Dependent Care, Pet Insurance, Simple IRA with 3% employer matching, Generous Paid-Time-Off policy and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone and internet monthly allowance

HOW TO APPLY

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected] The subject line should read: Agency Relations Director (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include: 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why? No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

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

CORE VALUES

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

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) Truck Driver
Hours: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Salary: $22-$24 an hour
Location: City of Bell, Los Angeles

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

POSITION OVERVIEW
Food Forward is seeking an organized, energetic, and detail-oriented WRP Truck Driver to join our team. The WRP (Wholesale Recovery Program) 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 4am to about 5pm 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 the dispatch team and supervisor
● Decipher quality and perishability of 100’s of varieties of produce
● Load and Unload produce donations in a safe and timely manner
● 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 a 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.

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

Application Deadline: Open
Desired Start Date: Open

HOW TO APPLY
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected] The subject line should read, WRP 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 follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

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

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

Volunteer Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Volunteer Coordinator
Hours: Full-time, Non Exempt
Salary: $24-$26 per hour
Location: North Hollywood, CA

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

POSITION OVERVIEW
The Volunteer Coordinator will report to the Volunteer Engagement Manager and will be responsible for volunteer
outreach, recruitment, training, retention, and appreciation. As such, they will be one of the first touchpoints for
Food Forward volunteers and will interact with many who are new to our organization. They will ensure that
volunteers have positive, fulfilling experiences and feel welcomed and informed throughout the process. This
position provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the food justice and environmental community,
while working with a prominent and growing nonprofit.

The Volunteer Coordinator is expected to attend, lead, and represent Food Forward at volunteer, community, and
speaking events. These events occur across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties at different times during the week
and on weekends; candidates must have a reliable form of transportation and/or access to a vehicle to attend
events not accessible by public transportation.

The ideal candidate is approachable, friendly, extremely detail-oriented, and able to enforce policies when needed.
They are enthusiastic about social justice, anti-hunger, environmental and/or food systems, enjoy learning on the
job, are comfortable handling large amounts of correspondence , and are passionate about engaging and expanding
Food Forward’s large and diverse volunteer community.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
Volunteer Coordination & Stewardship
● Collaborate with program staff to identify, recruit, onboard, train, and retain Event Leaders, who lead ~200
produce recovery events per month across Los Angeles and Ventura counties
● Recruit and coordinate volunteers for 20-40 monthly produce recovery events
● Act as the main point of contact for volunteers via email, phone, newsletters, volunteer events, and other
community events
● Sustain, create, and coordinate inquiries and partnerships with volunteer groups, organizations, and
institutions
● Plan and monitor volunteer appreciation, including engagement events, and collaborate with the
Communications team to develop content for external sharing purposes.

PROGRAM OPERATIONS
● Work with the Volunteer Engagement Manager to set annual goals and accomplish program objectives, as
well as provide input in the budgeting process
● Update and maintain volunteer-related data in Airtable and Google sheets
● Assist in improving the inclusivity and accessibility of volunteer opportunities to community members of
various backgrounds
● Assist in developing new volunteer opportunities and Event Leader positions as needed
● Become a trained Event Leader for all programs in order to lead and train volunteers at produce recovery
events as needed
● Recruit, onboard, and supervise office volunteers and interns as needed
● Ad hoc duties as needed

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
● Computer literate with proficiency in Google Workspace and able to learn new computer programs,
including our custom database, CITRA
● Minimum of 1 year of work or volunteer experience in a position requiring speaking with the public or
customer service
● Flexibility to work an occasional weekend as needed
● Bilingual, Spanish and English strongly preferred

PHYSICAL OPERATIONS
● Ability to work both indoors and outdoors
● Ability to lift and move boxes of produce and equipment weighing up to 40-55 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

BENEFITS
● Medical, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance Coverage and Pet Insurance
● Simple IRA with 3% employer matching
● Generous sick days, vacation days, personal days, and holiday allocation
● Cell phone and internet reimbursement
● Telecommuting and work flexibility

How to Apply: Send a cover letter in the body of the email including 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If
you were a variety of produce, what would you be and why? Please attach your resume as a PDF and send to
[email protected]
The subject line should read: Volunteer Coordinator – (Your Name). 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
● COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Working together, we inspire and are inspired by the people in the
communities we serve.
● EQUITY AND INCLUSION We cultivate a diverse workforce that nurtures equity and inclusion.
● FOOD JUSTICE We share the abundance of fresh produce and prevent food waste because everyone
deserves access to fresh and nutritious food.
● INTEGRITY We are honest, accountable and authentic in our words and actions.
● JOYFULNESS We embrace a creative, spirited and fulfilling environment.

Since Food Forward’s inception, staff, volunteers, and interns have rescued millions of servings of fruits and vegetables, helping to feed millions of people across 12 California counties and beyond.

Internships

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