Job Details

Food Bank Name Philabundance
Philadelphia, PA
Post Date January 30, 2017
Job Title Director, Zero Waste Initiatives
Opportunity Type Job
Job Responsibilities
  • Work to define the specific local needs around food waste and develop an architecture within which to design applicable programs and collaborations. This architecture will take into account the special needs of every part of the food system — from farms to restaurants and retailers.
  • Work with the PHLB Food Acquisition and operations departments to evaluate and quantify the effects of current logistics-based food recovery programs.
  • Identify new areas of excess food for new program development.
  • Define and implement or partner on applicable technology-based programs to aid in food recovery.
  • Define and implement or partner on Value Added or Social Enterprise programs that increase the usability of potentially wasted food.
  • Work to change behaviors on a large scale by working with institutions (such as education and healthcare) to integrate policies geared toward food waste reduction.
  • Understand and develop relationships with local and national partners working on food-related Zero Waste initiatives.
  • Create community engagement efforts around reducing food waste.
  • Understand current IRS and tax-code ramifications regarding food donations
  • Work with the Development and Food Acquisition Departments to develop educational programs designed to educate on Good Samaritan and food donation tax credit processes. Programs will be developed with the goal of increasing food or monetary donations to PHLB.
  • Define data and collection efforts necessary to drive initiatives forward • Ensure that all food recovery programming aligns with the PHLB strategic plan
Application Qualifications
  • Sustainability expert with experience in evaluating and driving culture change at both an organizational and regional/community level.
  • Adept at convening and managing stakeholders, this role should be committed to reducing food waste and fully comprehend the implications of its effects.
  • Experienced researcher; published in the fields of Food Supply, Food Waste or Food Security a plus.
  • B.A/B.S. from an accredited college and/or university required; M.A/M.S. degree preferred.
  • 4-6 years of relevant work experience.
  • Organizing experience, including a demonstrated ability to rally others to join a cause.
Deadline February 28, 2017
How to Apply

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About the Organization

Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, serving more than 90,000 people each week in nine counties in PA and Southern NJ. Of those served, 30 percent are children, 16 percent are seniors, and adults served include students, the working poor and single parents. In 2016, Philabundance rescued more than 10 million pounds of food and distributed 23 million pounds through its own distribution programs, and a network of 350 agencies. It employs approximately 110 staff members who collectively adhere to our Core Values: Leadership through excellence, innovation and accountability. Philabundance employees are selected for open positions based not just on their job skills, but also on their commitment to the work we do. This combination means that each of us, working together, strive to achieve our mission of driving hunger from our communities and ending hunger forever.

Additional Information

Philabundance is a leader in the areas revolving around food security.  Although food recovery has always been part of the mission, Philabundance would like to become a leader in the sustainability movement.  The Director, Zero Waste Initiatives will play an integral role in setting the stage for Philabundance to move into this area on a local and regional level.  This position will facilitate program development, collaboration and innovation on a systemic level with Philabundance as a facilitator and convener.  The ability to write, speak and engage the community on a national level will be crucial to the success of this effort. Although this position will not have direct reports initially, it will work cross-departmentally to accomplish goals.


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