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Organizational Overview: Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent 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 rescued from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last 9 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 50 million pounds (more than 200 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing nearly 19,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of 7,000+ volunteers, we will help over 1.75 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year. *See our core values posted below.
The Development Associate will report to the Director of Development. Joining a Development team of four, s/he will work in all areas of Food Forward’s fundraising efforts, assisting with the cultivation, soliciting, and stewarding of individuals, foundations, corporate partners, events, etc. The Development Associate will also provide key administrative support to the Executive Director and the Development Director.
The ideal candidate is passionate about hunger/food justice issues. S/he must be a self-starter who has an acute interest in non-profit fundraising. The Development Associate must possess exceptional organizational, communication, written, and critical thinking skills. These, along with ambition and a willingness to learn, are non-negotiable traits. Food Forward has been rapidly expanding since inception, and this position has great potential for growth!
Research donor prospects
Maintain donor correspondence
Assist in general communication outreach for all development department needs
Work with the Development team to help strategize on how to improve donor engagement, identification, and cultivation efforts
Support the Executive Director and the Development Director by scheduling appointments and maintaining individual staff calendars, prepping for meetings, and other tasks as needed; assist the Executive Director in booking business travel
Keep the CRM database (Salesforce) current, managing donor prospects and other Development Department data compilation needs
Assist with other Development projects and events, as needed
Bachelor’s degree preferred or 2+ years of relevant experience
Administrative support experience is preferred
Keen passion for food justice is desired
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbally, for interaction with donors, stakeholders, and others within the organization
Excellent spelling and grammar skills, with the ability to proofread internal and external communications
Aptitude and affinity for organizing and formatting electronic data and documents
Exercises good judgment in handling confidential and sensitive information
Ability to manage time, prioritize, and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines
Fundamental understanding and/or proficiency in basic bookkeeping is preferred
Skilled in Microsoft Office
Experience working with Salesforce and/or other CRM or donor software is strongly preferred
Valid driver’s license and car insurance
Comfortable working in a fast-paced, open-space environment
Hours: Full Time, non-exempt position
Compensation: $16-$19 an hour, d.o.e.
Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
Cell phone allowance
100% Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
Start Date: July 9th (flexible)
Send a cover letter in the body of the email including: 1) Where did you discovered this listing, and 2) If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be and why? Please attach your resume as a PDF and send to [email protected]
The subject line should read, Development Assoc. – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.
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.
*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.