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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

Agency Relations Partnership Associate

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) non-profit
Position: Agency Relations Partnership Associate
Hours: Part-Time, non-exempt
Location: Ventura, 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 in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to low-income populations across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, food banks, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, after-school programs, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, programs serving people with disabilities, college student assistance programs, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, thousands of dedicated volunteers in collaboration with our staff have rescued over 100 million pounds of fruits and vegetables, helping to feed over two million people across eight Southern California counties this year alone. *See our core values posted below.

Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking an organized, outgoing, and detail-oriented Agency Relations Partnership Associate to join our team. The Partnership Associate is a part-time position reporting to the Agency Relations Partnership Supervisor and will facilitate the distribution of Food Forward’s recovered produce, primarily focused in Ventura County. The Partnership Associate will achieve this by gaining an intimate knowledge of our receiving agencies and their needs as well as collaborating with Food Forward’s produce recovery programs to understand timing, quantity, quality, and type of produce being donated to Food Forward while supporting in the onboarding and maintenance of receiving agencies and partners. The ideal candidate is passionate about improving food systems, is able to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment, and is a skilled communicator. They will need to be able to think critically and demonstrate strong decision-making and time management skills. Due to COVID-19, this position is a hybrid of remote work with fieldwork days.

Core Responsibilities:

Partnership Maintenance – 50%

  • Support in the maintenance of existing relationships through regular outreach.
  • Act as liaison between Food Forward and existing produce distribution partnerships in Ventura County.
  • Act as staff lead for any regional on-site events requiring staff presence including produce distributions, partnership-building events, and outreach meetings.
  • Field inquiries and feedback from partner organizations.
  • Engage in resource sharing with partner organizations as available within our network

Agency Relations Logistics & Databasing – 30%

  • Support programs in the maintenance of partner data.
  • Communicate regularly with existing partner organizations to ensure accurate, up-to-date records.
  • Assist in the consolidation of program metrics for external communication purposes.

New Partnerships – 20%

  • Assist in the onboarding of new partner organizations seeking to receive produce from Food Forward programs.
  • Coordinate with Partnership Supervisor to execute targeted outreach to potential new partners in select geographies.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be available on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Computer literate and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Google G-Mail, and Google Sheets.
  • Good geographical knowledge of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
  • Maintain Valid Class C Driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Fluent in English; Spanish proficiency a plus.
  • High School Diploma/GED or equivalent work experience.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule and early hours.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry boxes of produce weighing up to 50 lbs repeatedly.
  • 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: April 9, 2021, or until filled
Desired Start Date: ASAP
Hours: Part-Time, non-exempt
Compensation: $15.50 to $16.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • 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, AR Partnership Associate – (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 Communications

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Director of Communications 
Hours: Full-Time, exempt position
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 in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to low-income populations across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, food banks, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, after-school programs, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, programs serving people with disabilities, college student assistance programs, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, thousands of dedicated volunteers in collaboration with our staff have rescued over 100 million pounds of fruits and vegetables, helping to feed over two million people across eight Southern California counties this year alone. *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 highly 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 a plus.
  • 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: March 18, 2021, or until filled, but strongly encouraged by March 1

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Hours: Full-Time, exempt position

Salary: $70,500-85,500

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, 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.
Major Gifts Manager

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Position: Major Gifts Manager
Hours: Full-Time, exempt position
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 in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal. This recovered produce is provided free of charge to low-income populations across virtually all social service sectors, including homeless outreach, food banks, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, after-school programs, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, programs serving people with disabilities, college student assistance programs, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, thousands of dedicated volunteers in collaboration with our staff have rescued over 100 million pounds of fruits and vegetables, helping to feed over 2 million people across eight Southern California counties last year. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview: Food Forward, Southern California’s largest nonprofit organization devoted to the recovery and donation of fresh produce to the region’s 2.5M+ food insecure, has undergone unprecedented growth in 2019 and 2020. Food Forward is seeking candidates for a new position, Major Gifts Manager, to steward its growing universe of supporters and expand the individual giving program.

The Manager will work closely with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) to develop strategy and implement research, relationship-building, solicitation, and stewardship for a growing individual donor program. Current strategies include: three major campaigns (online, mail, and event); cultivation events in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties; personal solicitation by the Founder/CEO, board, and volunteer fundraisers; planned giving; and ongoing email and social media. The Manager will work directly with the CDO and collaborate with an effective team of colleagues managing multiple revenue streams. The team also works with the Communications department to implement marketing strategies.

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

Success in Year One

In the first year of this new position, the Manager will be expected to:

  • Create an annual calendar and moves management system for active solicitation and stewardship of individual donors, including retaining the majority of new supporters from 2020.
  • Develop a sustainable strategy for increasing revenue in 2022, aligned with organization goals.
  • Work with CDO and CEO to implement specialized plans for key donors, particularly leadership gifts.
  • Work with development and communications staff to create a plan for cultivation and solicitation ofid-range and grassroots donors, including the monthly giving program.

Core Responsibilities:

Program planning and management

  • Manage solicitation and stewardship by the CEO, CDO, board members, and other volunteers, including research, briefing materials, and scheduling.
  • Develop data-driven understanding of donors to identify opportunities for growth, enhancement of the program, and reporting for board and leadership.
  • Work with CDO to develop annual fundraising goals and operational plans; participate in budgeting and cashflow reporting.

Donor cultivation and stewardship

  • Work with CEO and CDO to build relationships with donors, ensuring personal attention and service.
  • Spearhead portfolio growth, including working with leadership, board, and advisors to funnel prospects into the solicitation pipeline and developing an enhanced bequest and trusts strategy.
  • Produce appeals, updates, and other correspondence in alignment with organization messaging and brand guidelines; work with the communications team on marketing collateral; execute virtual and in-person donor events in coordination with development staff.
  • Oversee recordkeeping and acknowledgment process with development staff, achieving compliance and stewardship.

Other support

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

Minimum Requirements:

  • Three years’ experience in developing donor outreach programs including mail and digital campaigns, personal solicitation, events, working with giving circles and advisors, and donor management systems.
  • Experience with portfolios of donors in the 5-to-7-figure giving level is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated success in project management.
  • Experience working with donor databases or CRM; Salesforce background is preferred.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

Desired Start Date: April 5, 2021

Hours: Full-Time, exempt position

Annual Salary: $70,000 – $77,500

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to career@foodforward.org. In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why?

The subject line should read: Major Gifts Manager – (Your Name). No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application

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

*Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.
Operations Associate

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position: Operations Associate
Hours: Part-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 in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to low-income populations across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, food banks, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, after-school programs, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, programs serving people with disabilities, college student assistance programs, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, thousands of dedicated volunteers in collaboration with our staff have rescued over 100 million pounds of fruits and vegetables, helping to feed over two million people across eight Southern California counties this year alone. *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 Operations Associate reports directly to the Sr. Manager of Human Resources and is responsible for the deep sanitation, housekeeping, and general office maintenance of the Bell warehouse with the possibility of expanding to the North Hollywood location.

Safety is paramount at Food Forward, especially during a pandemic. The Operations Associate working together with the Operations Coordinator is responsible for the safety of our staff and associates. The ideal candidate must be a team player, able to prioritize between multiple responsibilities, and takes pride in learning and doing tasks that keep 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

General Office Maintenance

  • Organize janitorial storage and supply areas
  • Inventory control and restocking of janitorial and warehouse supplies
  • Coordinate delivery schedules of equipment
  • Daily pickup of mail
  • Minor repair of office equipment
  • Assist Operations Coordinator in EAP, IIPP, and SDS enforcement
  • General office support including Ad Hoc research

Minimum Requirements:

  • 1+ year of janitorial experience
  • 1+ year of system operations – phones, Wifi, and printers preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Periodically able to lift and carry materials weighing up to 35 pounds
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach and stoop as needed
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors
  • Ability to acclimate to hot and cold work environments

Application Deadline: February 28, 2021 or until filled

Desired Start Date: March 1, 2021

Hours: Part-Time, non-exempt

Compensation: $15.75 – $16.55 per hour

Benefits:

  • 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, Operations Associate – (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.
Ventura County Farmers Market Recovery Program Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit
Position:  Ventura County Farmers Market Recovery Program Coordinator
Hours: Part-time, non-exempt
Location: Ventura, California

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Our produce is recovered mostly in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties but reaches those in need in eight Southern California counties via distribution by hundreds of hunger relief agencies across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, domestic violence shelters, street youth homes, veteran services, LGBT teen/adult/senior services, after-school programs, low-income college programs, and many more. With the volunteer-power of over 10,000 registered volunteers and a modest staff, we will help feed over 2 million Southern Californians in need this year alone. *See our core values posted below.

Position Overview: The Ventura County Farmers Market Recovery Program Coordinator will directly report to the Farmers Market Recovery Program Manager. This person will play an important role in supporting, maintaining and expanding the Farmers Market Recovery Program. This position is an intermediate-level position and provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the food justice community, while working to grow the program’s presence in Ventura County. The Program Coordinator is the bridge between Food Forward’s wonderful volunteers, volunteer leaders, receiving agencies, and organizational needs.  As such, the ideal candidate must possess excellent communication skills and the wherewithal to conduct delicate conversations with multiple stakeholders.

Core Responsibilities:

Farmers Market Recovery Program

  • Coordinating, retaining, and training lead volunteers
  • Maintaining accurate metrics, performing data collection and data entry
  • Posting events, scheduling lead volunteers, and maintaining market kits 
  • Traveling to various markets throughout Ventura County to oversee the program and lead volunteers
  • Communicating with large numbers of stakeholders including hunger relief agencies, market management, and partners over the phone, email, and in person
  • AdHoc duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Mandatory availability on weekends and Mondays
  • Extremely organized and efficient with excellent attention to detail
  • Computer literate and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Google G-Mail, and Google Sheets.
  • Minimum 1-year experience in a fast-paced, hands-on job related to social justice, anti-hunger, environmental and/or food systems
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good geographical knowledge of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties
  • 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: April 1, 2021 or until position is filled.

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Hours: Part-Time, non-exempt (20 hours/week)

Compensation: $15-17 per hour

Benefits:

  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • 5 days of PTO for part-time staff with additional sick days
  • Prorated 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, VC FMR 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:

  • 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.
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 in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Terminal. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to low-income populations across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, food banks, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, after-school programs, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, programs serving people with disabilities, college student assistance programs, and many more. Thousands of dedicated volunteers in collaboration with our staff will help feed over two million people across eight Southern California counties this 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 our inventory. 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 2:30pm 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: April 1, 2021 or until position is filled

Desired Start Date: ASAP

Hours: Full-time, non-exempt

Compensation: $17 – $20 per hour

  • Benefits:
  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • 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, WRP Driver – (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:

  • 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

Since Food Forward’s inception, staff, volunteers, and interns have rescued millions of servings of fruits and vegetables, helping to feed over 2 million people across 8 Southern California counties this year alone.

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