Vermont – Food Connects hiring Food Hub Logistics Manager

Brattleboro, Vermont

Food Hub Logistics Manager

About Food Connects

Food Connects is a dynamic and growing nonprofit organization based in Brattleboro, VT that delivers locally produced food as well as educational and consulting services aimed at transforming local food systems. Founded in 2013, Food Connects is a catalyst for food systems change by connecting the next generation with their food, local farmers with new markets, and school chefs with school food.

Job Summary

The Food Hub Logistics Manager (FHLM) is responsible for coordinating day to day operations of Food Connects’ mission-driven food hub. Food Connects delivers source-identified local food from over 50 farms and value-added producers to over 100 wholesale customers,  Deliveries are twice a week, managed through an online platform.

The FHLM supports Food Connects’ innovative and dynamic food system programming, helping to drive the continued growth and evolution of the organization and its food hubs. Food Connects is a small, horizontally-structured organization, which means that a collaborative process is used for occasional big picture decisions like hiring, creating organizational policies, outreach, fundraising, and conducting an annual peer review.

The FHLM is based in the Food Connects office in Brattleboro, VT, and is a full-time, year-round non-exempt salaried position.

Collaboration

  • The Food Hub Logistics Manager reports directly to the Food Hub General Manager.

  • The Food Hub Logistics Manager coordinates the drivers to build and and manage their daily logistical plans and act as reference point for their questions and communications about the day’s pickups/deliveries. Drivers ultimately report to the General Manager.

  • The Food Hub Logistics Manager also works closely with:

    • The Food Hub General Manager to coordinate sales and distribution efforts.

    • The Food Hub Sales Manager to compile orders and meet customers needs.

    • The Administrative and Marketing Coordinator to implement social media marketing strategies and event coordination.

Schedule

  • 40 hours/week; approximately 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Urgent logistical issues may occasionally require immediate calls and texts outside normal hours on ordering and delivery days (currently M-F).

  • Occasional meetings and events on evenings and weekends (with plenty of advance notice).

  • Occasional regional travel required

Job Responsibilities

Food Hub Coordination

  • Act as primary point of contact for order logistics and distribution, including fielding and resolving customer/producers issues.

  • Manage daily operations, including: receive and process customer orders every Monday and Wednesday; send regular order reminders; assist customers with the ordering process; invoice or credit customers/producers for extra/missing/damaged items.

  • Keep accurate financial records of food hub purchases; manage invoicing and invoice adjustments and accounting in the online commerce site; manage records of distribution; track and report on distribution errors.

  • Maintain accuracy of customer and producer information..

  • Build and maintain close working relationships with customers, producers, and other distribution partners.

  • Generate optimized driving instructions and coordinate with the drivers over the course of every delivery day.

  • Communicate with drivers throughout their routes  and assist them as needed in product aggregation and distribution.

  • Maintain accurate mileage and driver hour records.

Inventory Management

  • Lead warehouse operations, including stock management, product intake, order picking + preparation.

  • Actively manage product inventory numbers both at physical storage space and within online commerce system.

  • Manage purchase orders for maintaining inventory of stocked items.

  • Proactively communicate with producers regarding product availability and supply.

Business Development

  • Identify ways to improve the food hub program, and its distribution operations in particular, and help put those strategies into action.

  • Assist Administrative and Marketing Coordinator in developing and implementing a social media strategy for the Food Hub.

  • Assist Food Hub General Manager with meetings and events.

  • Assist Food Hub General Manager and Food Hub Sales Manager where possible with sales activities like lead development, customer and producers onboarding, etc.

  • Represent Food Connects in opportunities for Food Hub education and outreach.

  • Collaborate with Food Hub General Manager on projects to improve logistics, accounting, data management, and distribution systems.

  • Collaborate on business planning, fundraising efforts, grant proposals and reports, software testing, etc. as needed.

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Washington DC – 4P Foods hiring Local Food Sales Advocate

Washington, DC

4P Foods is a Benefit Corporation located in the Washington, DC-area. As a mission-driven company, our goal is one of duality:  First, we aim to help small farm families earn a living wage by giving them access to the growing demand for good, regional, ethically sourced, sustainably produced food.  Second, we focus our business model on increasing access for all people to the nutrient dense, healthy foods that our farmers are producing. 4P Foods strives every day to be part of the movement that is working hard to create a more equitable food system.

4P Foods believes in a future where nourishing, sustainable, and delicious food is not a privilege but a right. We help our customers to live their values by knowing that their food dollars are being spent to help support our farmers, our planet, and the communities we live in.

Position Summary:

Local Food Sales Advocate

4P Foods has an immediate opening for a sales team member to help grow our expanding member base throughout the Washington, DC region. Because our farmers rely on us to be their advocates while they do what they do best – grow awesome food – our team members are committed to a future anchored by equitable food systems.

The primary focus of this position will be to generate new relationships with commercial businesses that are interested in their employees’ health and wellness. Lead generation will be an important aspect of this position in researching local market segments, finding and calling prospects, and scheduling appointments for the 4P Foods sales team. We are a small but growing team, so we are looking for someone who has a proactive attitude, creative energy, and an ability to present new ideas to the team.

Ideal candidates should have experience in a B2B sales position, with a familiarity with outbound calling, telemarketing and/or other outside sales phone-based efforts. As a 4P Foods sales advocate, you must be highly motivated with a strong work ethic and exceptional people skills. Because you are an advocate for our family farms, you should have a passion for combining honest sales, a love of great food, a soft spot for farmers, and an appreciation for corny food puns. Bottom line, you enjoy the fact that your work will help make your community a better place in the world.

Responsibilities:

  • Generate leads by identifying commercial companies in set delivery regions that are looking for creative offerings for their Health & Wellness efforts

  • Perform outbound calls to introduce 4P Foods and qualify leads

  • Schedule appointments for the outside sales team with committed leads

  • Achieve or exceed monthly sales metrics and revenue targets

  • Regularly attend and eventually lead networking events

Qualifications:

  • At least 1 year of proven and successful outside sales experience

  • Strong phone presence and experience making dozens of sales calls per day

  • Solid understanding and execution of basic sales methods and techniques

  • Able to interact with potential customers both on the phones and in person

  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage your time effectively.

  • Has the skills to work independently and make good decisions without oversight

  • Experience with food or grocery industries is a plus

  • Knowledge of salesforce.com is helpful

Characteristics:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit

  • Motivated by a sense of purpose

  • Flexible to the dynamic changing needs of a start-up company

  • Sense of humor and love of good food

Compensation:

Commensurate with experience, softened by the fact that we are a scrappy startup trying to make the world (and our food systems) better.

Please send your resume and cover letter to joinus@4pfoods.com.

Colorado – Eco Lodge hiring Seasonal Cook

Grand Lake, Colorado

Eco Lodge seeks Seasonal Cook for Compassionate Kitchen!

Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge is a nonprofit educational lodge and retreat center located at 8,400 feet of elevation in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Grand Lake, Colorado. We are looking for a passionate cook interested in spending a summer in the mountains, meeting a diverse group of guests, volunteers and staff, connecting with local growers, and being a part of a dynamic Shadowcliff team.

Shadowcliff’s Compassionate Kitchen is not a restaurant, but a commercial kitchen where nutritious and delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided for workshop groups and staff members. Because we are not a restaurant, we create an environment which encourages ample time to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and its surrounding areas.

The Cook will plan menus to make the best use of seasonal and local foods, work with vendors and suppliers in food purchasing, train and direct rotating kitchen assistants, educate staff and guests about the Compassionate Kitchen philosophy, and keep the kitchen in top shape and in accordance with best food practices.

Prior experience in these areas is essential. The Cook should also be experienced in a variety of styles of food preparation, including experience with vegetarian, vegan and other specialized diets. Compensation includes a salary ranging from $6,000 to $7,500 (DOE). a private room and food, sharing in staff gratuities, and a discretionary end-of-season bonus.

Applicants must make a 5-month commitment beginning in early/mid-May through the end of the season (typically around October 1st), Applicants must demonstrate basic leadership skills, and experience in planning, preparing, and serving buffet style food to 15-60 people in a team environment. If you have passion, knowledge, and an understanding of local, organic, seasonal food and how to prepare enticing menus with it, submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to office@shadowcliff.org.

Shadowcliff is a rustic facility built by 650 volunteers from 42 different countries. Learn more about us and our compassionate kitchen here. For more information, contact office@shadowcliff.org.

Virginia – Allegheny Mountain Institute hiring Farm and Food Education Fellows

Staunton, Virginia

Farm and Food Education Fellowship

*Applications due 2/19*

Now in its seventh year, the Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully funded 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with food related non-profit partner organizations (Phase II). AMI is an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education based in Staunton, VA.

Phase I – Farm Study (April 22-October 31, 2018)

  • Explore local food system leadership opportunities and participate in school gardens, farmers markets, and other community events.
  • Study regenerative farming, nutrition and wellness, permaculture design, and community development through expert guest instructors, field trips, and educational sessions.
  • Gain hands-on experience in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, small animal husbandry, beekeeping, homesteading skills and more on our mountain farm in Highland County, VA.
  • Stay in handcrafted cabins, study in wifi-equipped common spaces, and share farm-fresh meals supplemented with whole food staples.
  • Receive $1,000 upon successful completion.

Phase II – Service Work (January 2- December 31, 2019)

  • Work with AMI and Partner Organizations to help build healthy communities through food and education in Highland and Augusta Counties, Virginia.
  • Contribute to projects such as: growing food and increasing food access, teaching nutrition and cooking, creating infrastructure for local food systems, and developing school gardens and site-based curriculum.
  • Build leadership skills through monthly professional development sessions and continuing education opportunities.
  • Receive an annual salary of $18,000 (less payroll taxes, paid bi-weekly).

Applicants must be physically fit, able to lift 50 pounds, walk distances up and down steep hills, work outdoors for extended periods of the day, and be comfortable living and working communally as a team in a remote, mountain setting.  Applicants invited to participate in the Fellowship must pass a background check.

Applications are due by February 19, 2018 and are available at: www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as complete. For more information please e-mail jessa@alleghenymountainschool.org or call 540-886-0160.

 

AMI admits participants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local laws.

Virginia – Project Grows hiring Food Access Coordinator

Augusta County, Virginia

PROJECT GROWS

FOOD ACCESS COORDINATOR

SUPERVISOR: FARM MANAGER

Project GROWS (PG) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational farm with a mission to improve the overall health of children and youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. We cultivate health by connecting children to nutritious food through 1) hands-on, gardenbased education and 2) access to nutritious local food. Project GROWS
cultivates 4 acres of mixed vegetables and perennial fruit on our farm in Augusta County, Virginia where we grow 25,000 pounds of food each year. We serve over 3,000 local youth each year with gardening, nutrition, and cooking education, and partner with 22 local agencies on food programs including field trips, summer camps, and farm to school tastings.

General Statement of Responsibilities

The Food Access Coordinator (FAC) will work closely with all members of the PG team including the PG Executive Director, Farm Manager, Farm Assistant, and Education Manager.
The FAC will primarily be responsible for 3 core areas of food access programming:
 Farmer’s markets: management, planning, promotion, fundraising, programs, and oversight (North Augusta Farmer’s Market, Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, Youth-Run Farm Stand in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, Health Department WIC (women and infant children) market)
 Farm sales & donations: (develop relationships with partner organizations such as the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and cafeteria managers at local public schools, assist with CSA member promotion and relationship management, establish wholesale partners, develop systems to record data)
 Community outreach & marketing – volunteer appreciation events, and summer volunteer night series, community garden work days, working with community partners on off-site garden development.
Other Job Responsibilities Include:
 Develop systems for tracking quantitative and qualitative data in order to accurately measure the impact of food access programs in the community and be able to relay that information via grant reports
 Work closely with community partners to develop additional food access programming in the community
 Chair a Food Access Program committee of the board
 Participate in farm tasks, garden education, special events, volunteer management, and administrative tasks as needed.
 Assist in leading farm tours and occasional workshops as well as willingness to speak at conferences, and to donor groups and other community groups.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:
 Most importantly, Project GROWS seeks a flexible individual who is willing to take part in all PG responsibilities and be part of a dynamic team
 Excellent communication and leadership skills, and ability to work well with variety of customers, vendors, and community members including youth from diverse backgrounds
 A minimum of 2 years nonprofit or related work experience
 Detail-oriented with considerable attention to customer service, and timely communication
 A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation
 A desire to improve our local food system, work to understand the underlying causes of barriers to food access in our community, and come up with creative solutions as part of a team
 Strong work ethic with a willingness to learn and work efficiently, as well as able to follow direction

Physical Attributes and/or Environmental Issues
The position is very much a “textured” position requiring of the Food Access Coordinator to be both comfortable in an outdoor setting gardening, comfortable working  independently in an office setting, as well as comfortable providing instruction and/or workshops to youth and adults on and off-site.
Other Requirements:
 Cell phone communication
 Frequent computer and internet access
 Reliable transportation
 A valid driver’s license
 Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
 Criminal background checks will be required for final applicants

Compensation
This is a paid position starting at $15-$18 an hour negotiable based on experience.
This is a year-round, 30 hr/wk position. Benefits include paid time off and a share of farm produce. Applicants must be available to work most Saturdays during the farmer’s market season (May to September).

TO APPLY
Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to Jenna Clarke, Executive Director, at jenna@projectgrows.org.

Massachusetts – New Entry hiring Incubator Farm Site Coordinator

Dracut, Massachusetts

Incubator Farm Site Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (temporary, part-time)

Posted: Aug / 10 / 2017

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s (New Entry) mission is to improve our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, New Entry provides critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers. New Entry is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks.

JOB SUMMARY
The Incubator Farm Sites are one of the cornerstones of the Farmer Training program at New Entry. After graduating from New Entry’s Farm Business Planning Course, participants have the option of leasing land for up to 3 years on the incubator farm. Many of the incubators choose to sell produce to New Entry’s Food Hub, among other markets.

The Incubator Farm Site Coordinator is an hourly (max of 18 hours/week), temporary position (August – mid-November) that will manage New Entry’s two incubator farm sites and equipment. Primary duties will include mowing, weed whacking, tillage, seeding and managing cover crop, basic equipment maintenance, organization of storage areas and tool sheds, and ensuring irrigation and electricity are functioning properly.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Manage New Entry’s multiple incubator farm training sites using organic and sustainable production practices;
Conduct farm services, including land preparation/tillage, custom tractor work, the use/management of greenhouse, irrigation, cooling/storage, and other farm supplies and equipment in order to maximize impact of New Entry resources;
Maintain farm equipment and facilities, including tractors, grounds, other tillage equipment, greenhouses and irrigation systems in order to ensure continuity of incubator farm site operations;
Maintain farm grounds and field edges to keep field edges and common areas free of weeds or vegetative overgrowth;
Determine equipment and supply needs and make purchases and coordinate with contractors in order to ensure integrity of their work;
Maintain soil health of fallow plots through active cover cropping;
Perform other related duties as assigned.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.;
Ability to work outside in all weather conditions;
Ability to safely operate heavy machinery (45 hp and 65 hp tractors) and various PTO implements on small acreage and in tight spaces;
Ability to assess equipment maintenance needs and address promptly;
Ability to walk on uneven terrain;
Valid drivers’ license and clean motor vehicle record.

QUALIFICATIONS
Agricultural training and experience in multiple aspects of farming and farm enterprise is essential. Prior farm management/farm business ownership experience a plus;
Ability to safely operate and maintain farm equipment and machinery, including up to a 65 hp tractor with multiple PTO-driven implements;
Highly organized and good attention to detail;
Self-motivated and self- directed. Ability to work well within a rapidly-changing environment;
Access to reliable private transportation necessary;
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

SALARY
This position pays $15-18 per hour, commensurate with experience. Hours per week range from 8-18 hours. This position does not include benefits.

TO APPLY
We strongly encourage online applications.  Please attach your resume and cover letter.

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
Attn: Employment Manager
NonProfit Center
89 South Street
Boston, MA  02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and New Entry will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.

Utah – Green Urban Lunch Box hiring FruitShare Coordinator

Salt Lake City, Utah

Our Mission at the Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB) is to empower people to engage in local food production by using the resources available in their community. We do so by connecting people to a creative network of spaces and opportunities. GULB runs 4 main programs: FruitShare, Back-Farms, the Small Farm Initiative, and the Mobile Market.

The FruitShare program maintains and harvests the unused fruit trees along the Wasatch Front. In 2018, this program’s goal is to harvest harvested 90,000 pounds of fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste. The FruitShare Coordinator, with the support of GULB staff, americorps, interns and volunteers, works to improve efficiency, relationships, and statistics for this program each year. This is a full time, year round, salaried position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide supervision, inspiration, and support to staff, americorps, interns and volunteers within this program

  • Hiring and training various positions

  • Communicate, educate, resolve conflicts, and deepen relationships with homeowners

  • Ensure all data collection is accurate, up to date and input into the system

  • Advertising, sales, oversight, and execution of tree care services and internally raised revenue

  • Arranging partnerships, payments/details (if necessary), and carrying out drop offs for excess fruit

  • Continual work with support team to increase sustainability, efficiency, and growth

  • Evaluate and troubleshoot on a regular basis

Seasonal Responsibilities:

  • January – March (~40 hrs/wk)

    • Pruning the trees and removing branches

    • Advertising/promoting, collecting/recording payments, tracking notes and records

  • April (~30 hrs/wk)

    • Brewing and spraying compost tea

    • Advertising/promoting, collecting/recording payments, tracking notes and records

    • Thinning apricots

  • May- June (~50 hrs/wk)

    • Thinning apricots, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears

    • Data collection and input

    • Training new staff, americorps, and volunteers

    • Preparation for harvest season

  • June-October (~50 hrs/wk – ~40 hrs/wk)

    • Scout/Harvest

    • Training team on harvest protocol

    • Data collection and input

  • November – December (~20 hrs/wk – ~10 hrs/wk)

    • Reflect, evaluate, and prepare for the upcoming season

    • Assist Executive and Development Director in locating and applying for upcoming grants

Qualifications:

The FruitShare Coordinator will be committed to the Green Urban Lunch Box’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience.

  • 2 years experience in nonprofits, urban agriculture, or related field

  • Strong marketing, public relations and conflict resolution experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficient computer skills

    • (Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Calendar are a must, Salesforce and other web based apps are a huge plus)

  • Motivated self starter who will work collaboratively with a team

  • Willing to work outside in ALL weather conditions (while motivating others to do so as well)

  • Valid Drivers License

  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds, bend over, and climb trees/ladders regularly

Please email Shawn@gulb.org to apply