Position: Backyard Harvest Program Coordinator - LA County
Organization: Food Forward (501c3 non-profit), www.foodforward.org
Location: North Hollywood, 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. 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, the mentally disabled, low-income college programs, and many more. With the volunteer-power of over 7,000 registered volunteers and a modest staff, we will help feed over 1.75 million Southern Californians in need this year alone. *See our core values posted below.
Backyard Harvest Program Overview: The Backyard Harvest Program started in 2009 in the San Fernando Valley when two volunteers harvested over 800 pounds of tangerines from a single tree. The Backyard Harvest Program administers a volunteer-based, systematized collection of produce that would otherwise go to waste from backyard fruit trees and orchards. 100% of the fruit picked is donated to agencies serving those in need.
Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking a Backyard Harvest (BYH) Coordinator to join our team. The BYH Coordinator will report directly to the BYH Manager and work to improve programmatic efficiency and deepen the BYH program’s impact in LA County, with specific regional emphasis on the San Fernando Valley, Westside, Central LA, South Bay and beyond. They will also closely work with the other BYH Coordinators 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. 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. We are looking for someone detailed-oriented that can work in a fast paced environment, both independently and collaboratively, is capable of collecting and organizing large amounts of data and information, multi-task, and communicate clearly with a variety of stakeholders. They need to be a flexible team player who is able to work well under pressure and time constraints, possess excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to make and act on decisions quickly. 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.
Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:
Hours: 40/week full-time, non-exempt position
Compensation: $15 - $17 / Hour
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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.