Food Forward,

Development Coordinator

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

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.

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.

About this job

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.

Application Deadline: Rolling interviews starting August 2022

Desired Start Date: September 2022

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


– 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

Roles & responsibilities

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


– 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

To apply

Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to 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.

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