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 over 175 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eight Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest last year alone. *See our core values posted below.
Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking a Backyard Harvest (BYH) Coordinator to join our Backyard Harvest Program. The BYH Coordinator will report to the BYH Sr. Manager and Supervisor and work to improve programmatic efficiency and deepen the program’s impact in LA County. They will also closely work with other program staff 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. We are looking for someone extremely detail-oriented who can work both independently and collaboratively, in-person and remotely, to schedule and coordinate logistics for 25-50+ unique harvest events each month, based on the season. They will be responsible for organizing large amounts of data and information, multi-tasking, and communicating clearly with a variety of stakeholders. This job will require working occasional weekends and evenings and includes some seasonal work in the field, but the majority of time will be spent in an office setting. 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. 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.
Communication and Community Outreach:
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: October 2021
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Compensation: $19.71 per hour
Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to [email protected] The subject line should read, BYH Coordinator - (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?
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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.