Distribution Specialist

Food Bank
Distribution Specialist

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with first review on August 31st.

A cover letter is recommended for consideration.

The pay for this role is $23.09 - $25.56.

Note: Proof of COVID-19 fully vaccination status or exception per OFB policy will be required as a condition of employment.

Out-of-state selected candidates will be required to relocate to the Oregon/SW Washington area within 30 days of their start date.

The schedule is Sunday through Thursday 1 pm - 9:30 pm.The Distribution Specialist works as part of a team in a warehouse over 100,000 square feet, following established inventory and material handling procedures to receive and distribute food and other products using a warehouse management system (Primarius) and handheld computers. The Distribution Specialist performs a variety of warehousing duties that require an understanding of food warehousing procedures and receiving and storing of products. You are flexible and adaptable to a fluid and dynamic environment, and bring a positive, can-do attitude to daily work challenges. You prioritize customer service and collaboration, and can balance competing work demands with composure and accountability to achieve desired results.

End date
Opportunity type
Warehouse / Supply Chain / Drivers
Job responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

Operate several types of warehouse equipment safely and proficiently. Report all incidents and accidents to the manager, filling out the incident/accident form correctly.

-Receive and store products in dry, freezer, and cooler warehouses, using FIFO methods, and count and locate into inventory using hand held computers.
-Communicate with Shipping Lead, Managers and Inventory Specialist about issues, challenges, and errors in goods ordered and received as well as transferring products between warehouses.
-Maintain productivity and accuracy while order pulling.
-Ensure proper warehouse space management by combining pallets and rearranging space to accommodate a steady flow of products.
-Analyze, plan and manage work with other departments to ensure the proper flow of product in and out of the warehouse that is being repacked, ensuring that Regional Food Banks, Partner Agencies and clients are served well.
-Support Volunteer Action Center assisting in setup, troubleshooting issues, errors and other questions that arise.
-Perform cycle counts and physical inventory in order to reconcile products on-hand.
-Communicates with and supports RFBs and Partner Agencies to schedule and create orders, both in the Web Window (Primarius) and Agencies shopping the dock.
-Maintains perishable goods inventory in shopping area to ensure rapid flow, product quality and minimal waste.
-Perform pest control inspections and notify the appropriate staff of any issues, while segregating the product.
-Clean and organize warehouse during shift, this includes but not limited to, dumping trash, recycling and compost in accordance with OFBs Waste Management Systems.
-Assist with loading, unloading, weighing and labeling of products.
-Inspect and set reefer units on trailers to correct temperature of the product that is to be loaded.
-Load OFB and Outside Carrier trailers in accordance with DOT regulations weight restrictions. Securing load to ensure it does not shift during transportation and cause damage to the product.

Organizational level responsibilities of exempt employees include:
-To be an ambassador and a leader for OFB’s vision and mission, a cross-departmental collaborator, and an active contributor to building a movement to end hunger for good. -Provides leadership and examples of professional communication and behaviors to OFB standards.

In consultation and coordination with the supervisor, actively contribute to:
-Cross-departmental efforts.
-Work culture activities and programming.
-Advisory and consultative groups such as the compensation committee, affinity groups, Equity Ambassadors, Equity Think Tank meetings, among others.
-Plan and engage in professional development activities that strengthen your capacity for your specific role as well as your capacity to contribute and advance organizational goals, OFB’s vision and mission.
-Other related duties as assigned; we know it's impossible to convey every single task or responsibility for the job description. Our hope is that as we work together to fulfill the job responsibilities above as essential job functions, should the primary duties evolve with significant job responsibility changes over time, EPCA will periodically evaluate the updates through the job evaluation and classification review processes.

Application qualifications

Skills and experiences of the ideal candidate:

Three to five years’ experience in a warehouse environment or relevant field.
Ability to operate a handheld and desktop computer. Working knowledge of basic math, English grammar, sorting, and reading skills. Ability to operate, or learn how to operate, hand and electric pallet jacks and various forklifts.
Ability to use a computer to accurately maintain warehouse inventory, research problems with orders or inventory and other software needed to communicate with the organization, i.e. (Gmail, various organization calendars, google docs).
Ability to learn and safely operate manual and powered industrial trucks (sit down and stand up forklifts, pallet riders, stock pickers, and reach trucks) IAW OR-OSHA 1910.178; prior experience with warehouse equipment is preferred.
Ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail, handle interruptions, maintain focus on tasks and produce accurate work.
Experience with Microsoft Windows, Google/G-Suite, and Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe Reader, and basic office equipment.
Ability to obtain required certification relating to food handling and equipment usage.
Ability to work with confidential information and sensitive situations
Ability to take initiative and be self-directed in a quick-moving, ever-evolving environment
Organizational level skills and experience for exempt employees include:
Disposition and willingness to innovate, problem solve, test, fail and adjust.
Experience in modeling intercultural competence and demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically, take initiative, and to maintain confidentiality.
Project coordination and organization skills; ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail; meet deadlines, ability to handle interruptions, and produce timely, accurate work.
Self – directed, meets benchmarks and checks assumptions about results and end goals. Ability to work independently and as part of a team; provides role clarity, shows willingness to support others to build momentum and share success, comfortable working in an office environment and offsite.
Ability to thrive in a creative, responsive, and fast-paced culture.
Preferred Qualifications:

● Food warehouse experience.

● Customer service experience.

● Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

● Organizational level preferred qualifications of exempt employees include:

o Multilingual skills at a minimum professional level of proficiency or greater in English and any additional language/s, defined as being able to speak the languages with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical and professional topics.

o Multicultural skills of adaptation and integration are strongly preferred.

▪ Adaptation is defined as the capacity to communicate and interact with people of multiple cultures, backgrounds, and styles by incorporating and adapting to the world view and perspectives of others.

▪ Integration is defined as being able to move in and out of one's worldview and help others understand different cultures, backgrounds, and styles to promote diversity and inclusion.

o Commitment to continued professional development to strengthen capacity to work through an equity lens for equity and racial justice.

o Strong capacity to consider multiple perspectives, to pivot to respond to emerging needs and lead through organizational changes.

o Personal living/lived experience of hunger and/or systemic inequity/oppression.

How to apply
About the organization

Who we are:

Oregon Food Bank (OFB) believes that no one should be hungry. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

At Oregon Food Bank, we believe that food and health are basic human rights for all. We know that hunger is not just an individual experience; it is also a community-wide symptom of barriers to employment, education, housing and health care. That’s why we work on two fronts in our mission to end hunger in Oregon: we build community connections to help people access nutritious, affordable food today, and we build community power to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization. Over and above our commitment to non-discrimination, OFB actively seeks to employ members of the community who have experienced poverty or food insecurity and members of historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities. Please visit our website to read more about our commitment to equity.

Who You Are:

You care deeply about community, about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You are committed to an equity application as a process and an outcome of your work to disrupt systemic social patterns that promote hunger such as racism, sexism, and cissexism. You have a strong affinity with OFB’s 10 Year Vision and are profoundly excited to achieve this vision for and with our community.